Vanilla Industry, with four cafes under their belt and one more on the go, had opened a varieties of cafes around town. They opened a French Style cafe at the most popular shopping mall in Bangkok, Siam Paragon. I always told myself, when in doubt follow the queue, and Vanilla Brasserie was quite popular even during a non-peak hour. Like anything French, it is “Love at First Sight,” with the french-chic interiors and ambience. I ordered the savoury crêpes with ham, bacon, cheese and spinach. The stuffing was pretty generous and taste delicious, although it is a little bit on the salty side, but the crepe balance it all together. My friends ordered the Spaghetti Meatball, Soup of the Day, and Ice coffee. Overall we enjoyed our meal and the ambience was very relaxing to spend your afternoon. The cafe is very popular with their scrumptious dessert of french desserts, which we may want to give it a go next time when we are in town. The restaurant start to fill fast approaching dinner time, reservation is advisable during meal time.
G/F, Siam Paragon, BTS Siam Bangkok, Thailand
OPENING HOURS:daily 10am-11pm
When we first visited Bangkok, the first thing we were looking for was where is the best place to have Thai food. My local friend suggested to try a Thai restaurant called Som Tam at Siam Square, which is very popular amongst the local. I was delighted that they opened a new branch at Siam Centre shopping centre, which is nearer to the hotel we are staying in. Siam Centre is a very trendy and hipster mall filled with beautiful art installation and interesting shops. Located across Siam Paragon and reachable by Siam BTS, it is the heart of Bangkok’s shopping scenes.
The funny thing was when we met our friends who work in Bangkok they recommend and brought us to the same restaurant. After two visits back to back and trying the different dishes, I have to say the food is really good. I will totally recommended this place if you want to try the local cuisine. Although I adore eating at the street vendor, it is not for everyone’s comfort zone due to perhaps weak stomach. Therefore this place is a good place to try, authentic food, beautiful ambience and affordable price. Most of the dish is under 150 Bath (USD$4.50). You can have a big scrumptious Thai feast!
Som Tam Noir
Address: 989, Siam Center, 4th Floor,
Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan,
Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Phone:+66 2 658 1000
The ambience and scenes at Asiatique Night Market was beautiful. It reminds me slightly of Sydney’s Circular Quay, with waterfront view and alfresco restaurants and bar. Overlooking the Mekong river, you can take the Ferris Wheel ride and the free Ferry river shuttle and cruise along the mystic Mekong River. Although it is not as vibrant and cheap as Chatuchak market, Asiatique is much neater and cleaner unlike the maze at Chatuchak. Eventhough the variations are not as diverse, there are still plenty of good quality selections for you to shop at the market, such as fashion items, souvenirs, handicrafts, and much more. The night scene is very safe, the safest I can be when I was in Bangkok, and the riverfront breeze is such a delight to have amidst the twinkling stars of Mekong’s and Asiatique’ scenery. There were many type of food to choose from. We settled on a restaurant serving pastas, steaks, and imported beers. I can’t recall the name of the restaurant but not to worry, in doubt just follow the queue.
Asiatique The Riverfront
2194 Charoenkrung Road | Wat Phaya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok, Thailand
Nearest Train Station: Saphan Taksin BTS