VIE Hotel McGallery (by Sofitel)
Lounge at the hotel downstairs…
We stayed here for 4 nights and came with buffet breakfast which had a good quality spread from western to local cuisines, here is an example of one of our morning spread.
Our Superior Room, super King size bed and very spacious, located just 1 minute from Ratchadewi BTS stop (10 mins walk to Siam area), hotel provides complimentary Tuk Tuk to the malls at Siam -depending on availability though.
The interior of the restaurant located at Thonglor area
Freshly pressed guava juice
Appetiser – I’d call it Thai otah stuffed with juicy crab meat in the middle, pretty good
Tender beef in Thai curry – I’d recommend this dish highly and went so well with the bowl of Thai rice
Also had stir fried prawn with ‘petai’ in premium Thai ‘belacan’ sauce, this was another scrumptious & homey dish for me
We over ordered and our 4th dish was Crab Meat Omelette, homey and faultless with sweet crab meat within.
Though I was full to the bream, I had to order this Thai tea Panna Cotta fused with vanilla – so glad I did ’cause I might not be back here. Do this dessert if you’re ever here.
I would recommend this restaurant for visitors with appetite for Thai home cooking/street food but sensitive stomachs, ingredients here are fresh and cooking was without any MSG. Prompt service, comfy setting…getting here we took Taxi or a short walk from Thonglor BTS.
Farm to Table
River met from Wat Pho to the cafe
This cafe visit was totally by chance, we were deterred from the crowds to getting to ferry to Wat Arun when we alighted at the pier near Wat Pho, he googled up a place to chill and we found this gem. Located at a very quiet lane and non touristy at all, it was indeed a hideout.
A welcoming entrance indeed with the greens
A shot of the cosy & rustic interior
Chose a window seat and settled down with a thick iced Thai milk tea
Home cooked passion fruit grilled organic chicken with rice & salad – from farm to table
Braised soya sauce pork with rice was pretty tasty
Local dessert – sweetened coconut milk, coconut ice cream, cendol and crunchy jackfruit strips!
Banana muffin with chocolate hazelnut sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice-cream, all made in house and straight ingredients.
Milled crepe Thai tea (125 THB++), one of the most seen cakes on Instagram when one is in Bangkok, so had to order it to find out if it’s worth the rave, unforunately, the mille crepe itself was dry and bland, if not for the puddle of sweet Thai tea sauce, it would have been nothing.
He insisted of having something fried and savouries so here is a basket of mini croquettes served with cheese sauce, and a glass of Thai milk tea which was overpriced. So, now that I have tried out this cafe and not coming back.
As for another ‘must visit’ cafe in Bangkok, we landed up at Siam Centre’s branch for Greyhound Cafe. I felt obliged to find out what the hype is all about…knowing food is western/Thai which you could get in Singapore too.
This was actually our 1st meal in Bangkok so we tried the quintessential local dishes including their famous fried chicken wings, damage was about SGD33 (inclusive of service charge 10% and GST 7%) with a glass of milk tea – food was delicious but not mind blowing, interior was probably the point of attractions for most people.
Apart from the original shoplot at Siam Soi 5, they set up another branch nearby Siam Centre mall which was where we had our revisit this time. Food was as usual causual, tasty and spicy. Reasonably priced, no complaints!
Wine I Love You
Appletini (~240THB) to start our last dinner off
This was a totally unplanned dinner spot – he wanted wine for some reason and this place serves a glass of house wine for about SGD5, reviews online seemed to be good so we went…
Interior and we tried out the branch at Central World mall
I had the corn & shrimp cakes for appetiser to share – tasty
And smoked chicken & basil pizza, the topping came with abundance of melted cheese but the dough was of pre-made which was pretty soggy…unfortunately
A lot of locals patronised this restaurant guess should have asked them for the house signature dishes instead. Total damage was about SGD40 for 2 including alcohol.
And now it begins the Matcha specialty shops…
Matcha soft serve atop of matcha pudding from a glass jar – THB 58, this combination was not seen in Singapore and certainly not this brand too, located at Central World, portion was just right for a person, smooth pudding base with the right intensity that lents some bitter edge.
I saw Fuku Matcha on the way for our Som Tam Nua dinner and this was perfect to cool down the heat from the spicy dinner – matcha soft serve with matcha jelly cubes and red bean paste, good for 2 person sharing, about 85 THB! Matcha intensity fared well, spotted the bittersweet edge that I was looking for.
Kyo en Roll
This Matcha specialty dessert shop has the most branches spotted throughout the malls in Bangkok and sadly their matcha desserts have the faintest taste.
Still, they have the most varied menu and combinations to try out.
We stumbled upon the branch at Emporium mall.
The seating inteior was located above a water feature, pretty cool if you want to look for some place to chill…
Here is the dessert set 185 THB net, pretty nice ensemble but I really hope they can up the matcha taste and roll cake texture.
Pablo has a branch at Siam Paragon food basement! Couldn’t miss it!
The imported and freshly made Pablo produce display
I almost missed this trip and managed to get to the store at 10am opening time to gobble down these 2 freshly baked mini cheese tarts, (about SGD3-4 each).
Yes, molten inside, very snappy sweet pastry crust to boot. The matcha version was nice, the slight matcha bitterness hit the spot.
One of the popular legit cafes in Bangkok has a branch at Emporium mall, so we tried out only Flat White here before the cinema. About SGD4.50 after ++, delicious cups I must say.
Helix shopping mall – linked to Emporium has a garden theme and the plants you see here are all real. The casual/ mid-range restaurants here are beautifully designed, I would revisit this place for a meal or two next time.
Lastly, our supermaket haul…spent almost SGD200 for a 1/2 year’s supplies of Thai snacks (I hope they last).
Try to get tax return receipt if you spend more that 2000THB!
I didn’t…I only found out this on the day of departure :P
Trolley getting filled!