Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When I feel like ice-cream!!!

Often I crave for ice-cream. Swensen's is usually the typical joint that can be found anywhere and it is decent enough, I have to admit. Technology these days seems to go beyond our imagination. Not the ingredients and technique it supposed to be but yield similar result. Salute. However, there are 2 small places in Bangkok that I from time to time have to stop by to fill by blood vein with more sugar and fat. One is in Soi Sukhumvit 39 called Ampersand and the other one is tucked in a small Soi on Charoen Krung Road which is Gelato Finale. Both are delicious but different in someway.

MapAmpersand Boutique @ Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok
Charged Price: THB79 per scoop
Visited: 2 May 2016
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 6/10
Services: 5/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Ampersand Boutique is just a small joint in Baan Prompong Building in Soi Sukhumvit 39. This ice-cream parlour seems to position itself a little bit towards homemade/high-end stuff. I have to say it is wonderful enough to keep insulin keeps working. Texture wise they are firm and full. Not too sweet is a plus point for me. Personally, smoothness is the point they could improve to make their ice-cream beyond satisfaction. Recommend to try their classic range to start off.


Mango & Sticky Rice with Chocolate

Ampersand Boutique @ Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok
Floor 1, Baan Prompong
147 Soi Sukhumvit 39
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: daily from 12:00pm - 10:00pm (from 10:00am during weekend)
Tel: +66 (0) 2662 0351


Charged Price: THB60 per scoop
Visited: 2 May 2016
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value for money: 10/10
Services: 6/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Gelato Finale is perhaps my favourite found of the year. Tucked in a small Soi of Charoen Krung 46 where anybody would expect nothing like this to be there. It is right next to Bang Rak Market. Driving there can be hassle in finding parking lots. However, BTS can be convenient enough.

I gotta say that this place has decorated to bring the ambient to a friendly point. It is comfy too. For a delicious scoop of gelato at the price of THB60 in Bangkok, I would say it is a bargain. This is Bangkok, not Italy. Usually expect something expensive not for value. But it is not the case here. Texture of each scoop is just soft, tender, smooth, and most of all creamy. If it is near my house, I could drop by daily. I would recommend you to try just anything here. Finale, it is!!!

Ferrero Rocher and Amaretto

Gelato Finale @ Charoen Krung 46, Bangkok
20-26 Soi Charoen Krung 46
Bang Rak
Bangkok 10500

Open Hours: daily from 09:301m - 09:30pm except Monday

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2010

Date of Tasting: 13 May 2016
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.5%
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Expect to Pay: ~ EUR80
Chubby Appreciation: 94/100
Critics' Opinion: JS - 95/100, FS - 95/100, WA - 96/100, WE - 97/100, AG - 97/100, WS - 93/100, CT - 93/100

Appearance: Dark ruby.
Aroma: Sweet oak, coffee, cassis, floral and spices.
Palate: Deep and full in the mouth. Sweet and smooth but somewhat rigid tannins with balance acidity. Notes of black berries and spices. 

Somewhat modern but lovely. It is accessible at this stage but more time in bottle should be a reward. Otherwise, pop up an hour before sipping. Its strong structure will support long aging. Accompany with rich food to enjoy. Cheers.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok - คุณเล็ก ข้าวหมกไก่ @ ถนนเจริญกรุง กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Thai Muslim Food
Charged Price: THB150 per person without alcohol
Visited: 9 July 2016
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 9/10
Services: 5/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Khao Mok or Biryani is something rather common in Thailand. Thanks to the magic of mixing spices of Muslim culture. However, a really good one and authentic can be difficult to find. Here on Thanon Charoen Krung and opposite Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Khun Lek who is the owner of this tiny joint, Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai, produces such wonderful khao mok.

Khun Lek operates her shop only during lunch time and I can tell you that things run out pretty fast. Make sure you are here not too late if you don't want to get disappointed of something running out. As mentioned, it is a small place and only around 10 tables, so be patient. To get here, driving might be your only choice as there is no major public transport around except bus.

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok

just a small joint of 1 commercial building

This is where the delicacy prepared

perhaps 10 tables

surely something good on the wall

Typically, khao mok with chicken is common. But I tend to go for something with beef each time I visit as you won't often see khao mok with beef around. If you fancy combination, they can also do it for you for example Khao Mok Chicken + Beef - ข้าวหมกไก่ + เนื้อ (10/10). I have to really say it is fantastic. The quality of rice that has been prepared well with spices is top of the class. Chicken and beef were as well tender, juicy, and flavourful. In case of fancy something rare, Khao Mok Mutton - ข้าวหมกแพะ (9/10) could be your pick. Again very nice with its distinct character. Among chicken, beef, and mutton, my top pick would have been beef. To couple the meal Beef Soup - ซุปเนื้อ (8/10) was also a good choice. With a bit of spice from chili, it just completed the meal.

Personally, khao mok of Khun Lek is one of the best in town. So bon appetit if you are visiting Khun Lek.

Khao Mok Chicken + Beef - ข้าวหมกไก่ + เนื้อ (THB80)

Khao Mok Mutton - ข้าวหมกแพะ (THB130)

Beef Soup - ซุปเนื้อ (THB70)

Khun Lek Khao Mok Kai @ Charoen Krung, Bangkok - คุณเล็ก ข้าวหมกไก่ @ ถนนเจริญกรุง กรุงเทพฯ
2432/3 Thanon Charoen Krung
Bang Kho Laem
Bangkok 10120

Open Hours: daily from 11:00am - 03:00pm except Sunday
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