Thailand is famous for food stalls on street. Actually, vendors would sell anything on street such as clothes, toys, etc. The sad truth is that there are venal officers who ask for the protection fee….rental fee…or any fees?
My fave street food in Bangkok
- Iced Thai milk tea “Cha-yen” ชาเย็น: THB 35 less sweet please. It’s my all-time fave drink. It’s difficult to find the thick, creamy, and less sweetened Cha-yen nowadays. oh if you find cake or ice-cream of Cha-yen, please do order them!
- Iced Thai black tea “Cha-dam-yen” ชาดำเย็น: above one without milk. THB 25
- Iced lemon tea: get this at Au Bon Pain!, a cafe chain. I like to order from any places but my fave is from that cafe.
- Hot soy milk: less sweet
- Crepe: it is thin and crispy with variety add-ons to be stuffed >> “Prik-pao moo-yhong crepe” for sweetened pork and chili paste. You just need to try it.
- Roti: original one is thick but if with stuff inside would be thin >> banana and egg roti
- “Ka-nom-tuay” ขนมถ้วย: sweet thing served in a small size. THB 25 for six
- FRUITS ! fresh fruit is cheap here. Just pick whatever is attractive to you. I love coconut the most as well as the coconut ice-cream
- “Som-tam” ส้มตำ: Som-tam is a kind of salad that sweet and “VERY Spicy.”
- Grilled chicken “Kai-yaang” ไก่ย่าง >> The grilled chicken especially the one on stick is juicy and tasty.
- “Rad-na” ราดหน้า: thin big noodle with pork and veggies topped with slimy sauce. I prefer this one to the famous Pad-thai though
Anything you wanna add on the list? Tell me!
For other markets, check out these posts for vibes and splashy dishes
Soi Ari, Pahonyotin 7 Road, is one of the booming neighborhood area for hanging out especially at night. It is located next to BTS Ari station and most of the restaurants can be reached easily on foot from the station that makes it truly convenient.
Recently, several shops, restaurants, and bars have been opened which attracts people from many places not just people who work around here like in the past anymore. And these are recently-opened restaurants/bars you gotta try!
How I do this: Since I am not a food guru. I cannot say “recommended dishes” because I have not tried it all. Let’s just say food that I have ordered and some price tag, well one of my friends said she only scrolled down to see the prices in food review’s article 😀
Note: All of these photos were taken with Fuji X-A1 with Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 (I just started using this lens so hasn’t brought out its full capability.) and you can click to enlarge the images.
Salt Smoke: Cozy little bar (and more)
I came across this place even before its soft opening day because it is just across Noble Re:D condo where we park our car. It is a nice cozy little bar for beers and burgers (also hash brown) for catching with friends. The seats are quite limited as of now probably 10-ish.
What I have ordered:
I have ordered THB 180 Beef burger and a can of THB 30 Root beer….hang on I went there for a dinner and then went to somewhere else for dessert with my friend to show him around, so didn’t have a chance to grab some drink here yet, but next time I will 🙂 (FYI variation of drinks to choose from!) He ordered THB 280 Wagyu beef with foie gras and THB 100 Orange juice.
I like the burger bun like this. It was soft and went well with my medium-beef. The serving amount was just right to me because when I go to many western-styled burger places, they always serve like 2 portions of what I would like to have. So, girls come here and grab your burger! But for guys, as my friend told me, he wasn’t full yet for a single serve.
Where it is located:
This place is very close to BTS Ari station exit 3. It is behind Piyawan Building which is linked Pahonyotin Road with Soi Ari 1. Just when you go down the BTS stairway, turn right on the small alley, then turn left when you reach the back of the building. It is right there! opposite of Noble Re:D condo (the red tall building.)
Updated: 4/12/2014 Beef burger price is 250. Cheese Beef burger at 280.
Shinsei Authentic Sushi: Fresh and great quality sushi bar
It is well-decorated and spacious sushi bar. I think it is a direct competitor of Sousaku, my all-time favourite sushi bar in the area. They are less than five minutes away from each other, so when one place’s seats are all taken…
What I have ordered:
I went there at lunch time so I ordered a lunch set which was grilled salmon with fish eggs at THB 250… well that is not exactly the name but you can tell from the photo anyway. I have also ordered salmon sashimi since it was discounted 30% from THB 220 down to THB 154. And today I just came back from here again for THB 200 Salmon don set.
The lunch set was great, especially the side dishes. Because I did not expect anything from them. I thought they would just be like other places’ BUT they were not! Salad had some crunchy texture from the fried dough. (I don’t know how to call that tempura thingy.) and miso soup was condensed and very fulfilled. What about the main dish I ordered? It was salty from the season and from that eggs. (I think.) So I don’t have to dip it in anything before I put in my mouth that would be the part I like.
Where it is located:
Shinsei Sushi is located on the main Soi Ari. So just walk straight from Pahonyotin Road, turn left on Pahonyotin 7 or Soi Ari. You will pass Soi Ari 1, and Soi Ari 2 on the left then you will see this place next to Shambala, the always-opened restaurant that I go often (when I have no choices.) You will reach here before Noble Reflex condo and Soi Ari 3.
Open every day 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-20:00 Call 02 619 7271
Shinsei Sushi’s Facebook page: You should check for their updates on monthly promotion and some yummy-sashimi photos.
Tête Et Nez: Fusion food with special natural scents
Honestly, I did not plan to try this place since its first week of opening. I was heading to street noodle for my budget dinner… but then the moment my mom saw that it was already opened when we passed by, she decided to give it a try. (So I went home and grabbed my camera.)
The atmosphere was nice and this place is really well-decorated. It looks like a scientist’s lab (the chic one) in a garden! She said they will open the other floors later, so you can actually set up some parties here (including outdoors.) I went there twice already and had fun taking photos….(wait what?)
They serve fusion food and adding some natural scents in some dishes (brownie with orange scent) or drinks (wine with chocolate.) I know that the owners and the waitress would kindly answer or explain anything about this place since it is kinda new thing here.
What I have ordered:
Most of the dishes were tapas size which was quite small but you actually have a chance to try many dishes. I have ordered THB 250 Tuscan lamb pot, THB 180 Grilled kurobuta with jaew, and a pasta with meatball. (I feel sorry for the waitress that she had recommended many dishes which I didn’t like in general so we ordered from our preferences.)
The pasta was cooked well the taste was just right not too salty or too sour (from tomatoes.) The kurobuta (black pork) was ok since I just had a street grilled pork the other day, so didn’t feel anything much. We ordered the lamb pot later on just to fulfill our stomach’s space. The lamb was soft, the whole dish was easy to eat… I am really not good at food reviewing. hahaha.
Oh and I have came here twice for the below dish already 😀 The warm brownie with chocolate ice-cream for THB 150. You can choose a scent to add here from madame, monsieur and mademoiselle.
Price range: THB 120-150 for desserts, THB 120-250 for Tapas (main dish here), THB 220 for 330-ml Hoegaarden beer
Where it is located:
It is in Soi Ari 2 and next to Summer Street, the trendy seafood truck. So when you walk on the main Soi Ari road just turn left on Soi Ari 2. It is right there, the green building. If you drive, please notice that it is a one-way road and parking space is hard to find here.
Call 085 363 4975
So, this is it. The three new places in Ari to hang out and have some good food (and dessert… and drink?) There will be a lot more opening from what I have heard soon. However, for my next post about this area would be my all-time-favourite restaurants, and cafes that I have been more than million times each (too exaggerated?) including budget and not-so-budget meals 🙂
Some links posted about the Ari neighborhood:
7 Reasons why Ari is Bangkok’s hottest neighborhood right now – wow such a catchy title
Cafes in Soi Ari – photos of 6 cafes in Soi Ari but you know there are a lot more.
Bangkok’s Ari Neighborhood Guide
What’s up Ari
How to choose the convenient area in Bangkok: ARI, the good tradeoff – by a real estate’s site
Last but not least, my street photos in Bangkok including Ari area 🙂
P.S. I’m not sure whether I have covered everything or not, so if you want to know anything please feel free to ask.
With its catchy name, The Girl and The Pig was really hard to be forgotten. I came across this one on the day that I went for a dinner with my friends too early, so I decided to stop by this place. Guess what? It currently offered an afternoon tea set promotion; a pot of my choice of tea and a plate of any dessert for THB 390.
I finally ordered Chocolate Lava and Poached Pear. It looked good and did taste good! Its chocolate lava caked was filled with mocha dark chocolate so it was not too sweet for my taste. The poached pear in white wine complemented the cake so well that you will feel the balance of the richness of chocolate and the feeling of freshness from pear. Another thing that came well with the rest was little scoops of homemade vanilla ice-cream 🙂 So, overall was the great combination of taste and texture (crispy, soft, moist, cold, hot… yummy!)