Showing posts with label Restaurants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Restaurants. Show all posts

07 January 2013


Zen is a Japanese restaurant with several branches scattered in Bangkok. This one is in Central Mall, Bangna.

While I was waiting for my food they started putting these on my table

I love Japanese cuisine but I rarely go to Zen and I'm not planning to come back soon. I brunched here last week for only one thing - their crispy fried karaage. And if I ever visit again it would only be to satisfy the curiosity of dining in their mezzanine. I liked the ceiling of autumn red leaves though.

Zen has several positive reviews. But some complain that their steak arrived cold, and took too long to be served. I found what they were talking about when I came last week but didn't mind because I wasn't hungry and John Grisham is such a riveting storyteller. I did mind the fly that fluttered on the teacup. Bummer.

Zen Central Bangna is on the ground floor toward the end of the mall on your left if you get in from the main entrance. Prices are average. I paid around US$15 for a set meal and a dessert, no drinks; taxes included.

Value **  Atmosphere ***  Service ***  Food **

ABCW - Our World - Blue Monday

26 November 2012


This is my screwdriver during a birthday dinner with a girl friend. We ate at a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms.


    30 October 2012

    Piri Piri Portuguese

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    A friend of a friend recommends the chicken dishes at Piri Piri. Several times I pass by the restaurant in Siam Paragon but refrain from getting in because I read "flaming hot" and I'm no fan of hot, spicy food. But one weekend after church I wandered around looking for something to eat. There's an advantage when you're not that hungry while restaurant-hunting. You get to vary the restaurants you go to. I was curious and didn't want to miss what Piri-piri is famous for: flaming hot chicken.

    No smoke came off my ears and nostrils - a discovery that tells me it's OK to go back. I love how fresh the lettuce and capsicum strips are. The menu presentation is charming, and that's great in my books. There's a little story in it which makes up for leisure reading while waiting for your order. So I learned Piri Piri is Portuguese / Mediterranean cuisine. There are small pictures of ancient sea vessels around the menu which remind me of the Portuguese explorer Magellan. And yes, this was a yummy brunch experience.

    There are two Piri-Piri restaurants in Thailand, both are in Bangkok:

    Emporium, 5th Floor
    622, Soi 24 Sukhumvit Rd, Klong Toei Nua, Wattana 10110

    Piri Piri Siam Paragon, Ground Floor
    991/1 Rama 1 Rd Pathumwan 10330

    Business Hours: 10.00 - 21.00 every day
    Price Range: 200 - 1,000 Bht / 6 - 33 USD

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