Ban Khun Mae

Cuisine: Traditional Thai
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Bangkok
Tel: (02) 250 1952
Payment: VI, MC, DC & cash
Originally posted: July'2008

Table for two: THB603 (non-alcoholic drinks).

In a nutshell
> Fast and responsive services
> Reasonably priced
> Convenient & central location

> Dessert too sweet

The restaurant ...
facadeMain entranceDining hallPerforming altarDining hallDining hall

Thai appetizer/dessert ...

Our order ...
Chicken satayHor mokStir fried mixed-vegetableDeep fried chicken with garlicJapanese tofu and glass noodle soupEnsembleSteamed riceIced ruby (crispy chestnut)Chinese teaServiette

Getting there ...
Walk from Siam BTS station.

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Bua Restaurant

Cuisine: Thai
Address: Soi Convent, Silom, Bangkok
Payment: Cash and major credit cards
Web: Nil
Originally posted: July'2008

Having dined here a few times, our experience with this restaurant has been positively consistent as such there is not much of difficulty writing about them.

The restaurant located at Soi Convent, another food haven in Bangkok. Coming from Thanon Silom, the restaurant is only a short walk from Saladang BTS station in to the left-hand-side of the Soi.

To begin with, the 2-storey restaurant is small and bare. There is really nothing to talk about on the interior decor and its ambiance. The ground floor consists of a dining area, service counter and a kitchen behind it. More dining tables are available on the upper floor and it is also where the washroom is. Since the restaurant is sitting on a small footprint, whatever that is cooking in the kitchen, the dining hall at lower floor smells it. ^_^" This is probably the only gripe we have.

Considering the location of the restaurant which is in Bangkok's financial district, we find the food to be reasonably priced. Honestly, I am contemplated to say 'dirt cheap', should I compare the price that I've to fork out for the same dishes back home in Singapore. Ouch! As a gauge, a dinner for two would probably cost around THB500-600 inclusive of non-alcoholic drink. In our case and because of the extensive varieties, we tend to over-order which explained our inflated bill. :)~

Table for two: THB776 inclusive of two non-alcoholic drinks.

P/S: 'Bua' is Lotus in Thai language.

In a nutshell
> Good selection of Thai foods
> Economically priced
> Accessible location

> Dining hall smells

Mixed Seafood Salad (120B) - A variation from the typical Thai Yum Woon Sen. The veg is fresh. Recommended.

Yum Pak Boong Krob (120B) - This tempura-like crispy morning glory (kang kung) is one of their signature dishes. Thumbs-up.

Fried Shrimp Patties (80B) - Passable.

Tom Kha Gai (120B) - Generous ingredients, clean thick white gravy and most importantly, appropriate sized skinless chicken fillet. A very typical standard in Bangkok. Strangely, the same level of satisfaction can hardly find in Singapore.

Goong Ob Woon Sen - Lackluster of the night. The size of the prawns were a tad too small and overall taste was flat. Not recommended.

We were ushered to a table very close to the counter/kitchen. We should be grateful that they didn't charge us for sniffing.

Simple and minimalist. While it didn't score much points in the ID department, it stood up with good and cheap foods.

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THAIoholic, the blog, is setup with the initial intention of keepsake. As time goes by, I find it harder and harder for my gray cells (of what left) to remember traces of great places we have been to, good foods we savored but missed, details that I should remember but they slipped away unknowingly.

Then, we have also friends and folks asking little details I thought I should blog them here, because my pea brain is simply no good at recollections.

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