Eating in Bangkok has been a series of hits and misses.
We went, armed with a list of recommendations from well meaning friends, with a mix of local Thai, Chinese and Western food. The local food won the day.
Do visit the Mandarin Oriental for dinner by the river or lunch at La Normandie giving a spectacular view of the river. Service is excellent but if you have recently had French food at Ho Chi Minh then the quality of French bread and food at La Normandie may not meet expectations. The oxtail, tuna and soufflé were very good. None on my table tried the crepe suzette but I reckoned its good from sight. [Listen to the hints of the maître d on what he personally likes. Although we wanted to try everything so each ordered a dish. ]
Seafood paella (with black rice)
While in Thailand go for Thai food and steer away from the European joints unless you know the owner. My experience at Eat Me was also lacklustre. The grilled chicken with Thai fresh herbs was spectacular. The duck confit as expected. The Wagyu beef and appetiser very average, the bread – cold. Our friends who were there a month earlier, loved this place and recommended us to try. So it could be a hit and miss. Reading the excellent reviews at the TripAdvisor, go when the owner is there. Its quite easy to find, just ask the street vendors outside the BTS station, look for the Seven Eleven convenience stalls. I’ve noticed that Thai street vendors speak quite good English and are generally very helpful with directions.
Go to the Siam Paragon Gourmet Food Court (basement) to try the local Thai food. Take Sukhumvit BTS Line to Siam Station. Next time I’ll make it my first stop in BKK. [Try the roast duck, tom yum soup, mango sticky rice, Vietnamese spring roll, roast pork, roast chicken cut-let. Everything. ] https://potgardening.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/bkk-5-reasons-to-visit-siam-paragon/