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Bangkok - T. Restaurant Seafood

Going to be in Bangkok for a day again, with wife this time. Is T.Pochana open in the afternoon? How far is it from the Renaissance Ratchaprasong? Walkable? Any other recommendations for authentic Thai (hot) food for a couple to go to? We would like to do a fancy dinner and love Thai curries. I liked Spice Market at the Regent many years back, but I think it is a little touristy?

Apr 06, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

First and only one night in Bangkok

I really liked Spice Market at the Regent for 5 star Thai food. Don't know if it still exists. I think the hotel is called the Four Seasons now.

Mar 02, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - T. Restaurant Seafood

We did Lek Seafood. Great stuff. Everything was outstanding. I loved the crab curry, a worthy competitor to Singapore's Black pepper crabs. No weak spot. We had the Oyster omelet, Tom Kha soup, Sea Bass in lime, Clams in Basil, Morning glory and the crab curry off the shell. All perfect. Even the Mango with sticky rice was great!
Thanks Curt and Klyeoh.

Feb 23, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong - Under the Bridge Spicy Crab

All very good. I love Ponnusamy in Chennai. They have 4 - 5 branches but the original is at Royapettah. Excellent Chettinad food, the local cuisine of Tamil Nadu. They will have stuff like Rabbit which is unusual in Indian food from other states. I love the Mutton pepper fry and the Egg Appams too. Everything at Murugan Idli is good including the Pongal and Dosa. MTR surely makes the best Masala Dosa in the world (and by a distance!). Grillhouse at Bangalore has decently priced steaks (Indian buffalo, so not very fatty).

Feb 17, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong - Under the Bridge Spicy Crab

I will try that next time. Those metal ones are round and really difficult to use. The wooden disposable ones are a lot easier to use.

Made any plans for Bangalore / Chennai yet?

Feb 16, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Group dinner in Shanghai?

We had a great dinner for a group at South Beauty. They have 2 - 3 outlets but one of them is in a stand alone house converted into a restaurant. Very nice. The food is Sichuan not Shanghainese. But my American friends loved it.

Feb 16, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong - Under the Bridge Spicy Crab

I had some great Patagonian Tooth fish in Seoul. I think that is what they call sea bass there. I hate the Korean metal chop sticks. Much more difficult to use than the Chinese chop sticks. The easiest to use are the Japanese ones.

Feb 16, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - T. Restaurant Seafood

Thanks Klyeoh, Curt

I live in Mumbai and get a lot of seafood here. I do prefer my red meat a little fattier. I thought the northern Thai food had more meat.

IG

Feb 15, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong - Under the Bridge Spicy Crab

Klyeoh

I love this restaurant. But the crabs are better in Singapore. I prefer the black pepper sauce also. Under the Bridge has great clams in chill garlic sauce also and I love the Prawns fried in Duck egg yolk too.

IG

Feb 15, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - T. Restaurant Seafood

Klyeoh

I am going to be in Bangkok for 3 days with a few friends. Any must eat places? I think the above looks tempting. I have seen Krua Apsom also recommended. I have eaten at Somboon and Phaya Thai seafood in the past. Both very touristy, fresh seafood but taste inconsistent. Also pricy, especially Somboon.
Also where do you get good red meat in Bangkok?

IG

Feb 15, 2012
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Caracas recommendations?

Hi
I am to visit Caracas soon.
What food is the specialty in Venezuela?
Which are the best restaurants?
Thanks
ig

Oct 09, 2011
intrepidgourmand in Latin America & Caribbean

Lunch Suggestions in Andheri Mumbai for Today?

This is a few hours too late, I think.

There is an excellent Oh, Calcutta in Versova / Lokhandwala area. This is an excellent chain with great seafood. One of the best restaurants in Mumbai. There is Gajalee in the west also where they serve liquor unlike the original in the east which is dry. Also Punjab Grill on Gulmohur road. The Mahesh at Juhu is the best one of the three branches in Mumbai.

Oct 09, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Goan Christian Food in Mumbai

City Kitchen closed about 6 months back, I think. Martins is still open.

Oct 01, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

seafood joint - mumbai

Gajalee serves Malwani food from the Konkan coast more like Maharashtrian and Goan Hindu food. It is a fantastic restaurant. The others are Mangalorean Shetty (Bunt) style food. They are also great.

The original outlet of Gajalee does not serve alcohol.

I would add Oh Calcutta for seafood and Diva Maharashtracha for excellent Maharashtrian style meat.

Best dishes:

Gajalee - Tandoori chicken (best I ever ate, Maharashtrian style and spicy unlike the blander original North Indian style), Mutton Sukka, Tisrya (Clams) Koshimbir, Bombil (Bombay Duck) fry. Each dish is unique and will not taste the same anywhere else.

Mahesh - Pomfret Gassi (Best ever, mother never made it like this and I am from Mangalore and Mom is a great cook), Surmai / Rawas Masala fry, Prawns in Butter Garlic. The Mahesh in Juhu is the best of the three outlets with a larger variety.

Trishna - Crabs in butter garlic (also available without the shell) and Pomfret Malai Kabab (This is better than the Hyderabadi. The strong pepper flavor of the Hyderabadi overwhelms the delicate flavor of the pomfret) and Rawas Hyderabadi.

It is worth trying the difference in Mutton Sukka between the one Gajalee serves (Malwani) and the one served at Trishna, Mahesh, Apoorva etc. (Bunt style). Two totally different takes on a dish with the same name. (Sukka means Dry).

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Trishna
7, R Walk Lane Mumbai Maharashtra, Maharashtra , IN

Sep 09, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Goan Christian Food in Mumbai

One of the better food shows is by Vir Sanghvi. I like some of the Anthony Bourdain ones on India.

I am not sure Soul Fry or Viva Paschim do Goan Christian food. More of the Hindu style food. Goa Portuguesa does some but their food is not always authentic although a few dishes are very good.

There is one fast food joint in Bandra which serves some Goan food, I think it is called Hearsch on Hill road.

Sep 09, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Goan Christian Food in Mumbai

City Kitchen is shut. Martins still going strong. The show is crap

Sep 07, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

That is the one. Terrific seafood. Just ask for Chandra. He is the guy who runs the place.

Jun 12, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

In transit in HK

Thanks for the recommendations, everyone.
I had a very short time in transit and took a cab to Tim Ho Wan after checking my bags at Kowloon station. I thought if the queue was long, I could just eat elsewhere. Luckily as I was alone, I got a spot immediately.
It was worth the trip. After eating the Har Gao there, I am not sure I have actually eaten this dish anywhere else. The skin is quite simply the best. And that was not even the best dish I ate. The Baked BBQ Pork bun is outstanding and so was the Congee, both phenomenal. The spare ribs in Black bean sauce were average and so was the dessert.

May 18, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

The Bombay Store is really nice. This one is where the chain started. It was even better earlier when it was called the Bombay Swadeshi store. Still pretty good.
Try Apurva in the parallel lane to Mahesh (after the Bombay store). Excellent restaurant, very similar food but better.

May 13, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

In transit in HK

Thank you Charles
Does that outlet have the same timings as the one at Mong Kok? Is there a queue, but shorter?

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

In transit in HK

I might have a bag with me so I guess I will have to get a cab. From Kowloon Airport express station though. I will go to Hung Hom from there.

The Man Ga buns sound good. Is there a sign in English? I had some congee and Char SIu near Mong Kok station before. Average.

I will probably get to Tim Ho Wan by around 11. Hope there isn't too much of a queue. By "not keep my place" I guess you mean I can take a coupon and come back in 30 minutes or so? What if my number has already been called? Do I lose my place in the queue?

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

In transit in HK

Hi
I am going to be in transit in HK twice next week.
Once in the morning, get in at the airport and need to take a train from Hung Hom. Then a couple of days later back to Hung Hom and get to the airport to catch a flight.
I was thinking of an late breakfast / early lunch at Tim Ho Wan. Is it worth it? Will the queues be very long? Is there any alternative?
On the way back maybe a late afternoon snack before getting the airport express back at about 530 pm. any suggestions?
ig

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

Klyeoh
You are a man after my whole heart! I love this city.
Let me know next time you are in Mumbai and we shall eat together. I promise you a memorable experience
IG

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Visiting Subcontinent

The Bukhara is at the ITC Maurya Sheraton. Great food but pricy. Very similar food with a few additional dishes at Punjabi by Nature. They have a website and 3 - 4 locations in Delhi. About half the price.

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

In my post, when I say hot, it is pretty spicy. Be aware of how much spice you can handle.

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

Hi Klyeoh

You know Mumbai well. The Konkan cafe is fabulous and has the best value lunch deal in Mumbai. There are a few restaurants in the vicinity that do great Mangalorean food, but that is one of the best.

I also suggest Diva Maharashtracha, which has exceptional Maharashtrian food, not available almost anywhere else in the city. (Although the alcohol there is a rip off). The Saoji mutton is probably the hottest dish you will eat in Mumbai (a speciality of Nagpur in the north of the state). Also they serve steamed Khima Modaks, a dumpling stuffed with mince meat which I have never eaten anywhere else. Also try Hotel Sindhudurg (the first proper Malvani food restaurant in Mumbai (No alcohol). They have a staggering variety of seafood with some dishes you will not see anywhere else. Esp try the Fish Roe Koshimbir, The Thikla (Spicy fish curry) and the very special Rasachi Kodi (Prawn curry with Coconut milk). These two are in Central Mumbai.

There is a gem of a hotel where you could stay at a more reasonable cost if your budget does not stretch to the Taj. Try Hotel Welcome, near the Victoria terminus and the GPO. Fantastic renovated rooms and a real bargain.

Apr 28, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Bangalore a few reviews

Has anyone tried Annupam's Coastal Express? They have a unique dish called Chicken Ghee Roast which is worth trying. They do have a bunch of other stuff including seafood, but that dish is their specialty. They are a branch of a restaurant of the same name in Mangalore.
Try it out. I wish they would open a branch in Mumbai too!

Apr 27, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Going to Mumbai - Great Food and Cool Places to Stay

October weather in Mumbai can be pretty humid and hot. But the good news is that the fish will be back! Mumbai has lots of great restaurants with great seafood among other things.

The hotels can be very expensive. I am not sure what your budget is. The best place to stay (money no object) is the old Taj. It should be around 500 USD a night. Luxury link has some good deals on the Oberoi right now. You might want to check that out today itself. The President should be cheaper than these two. These three hotels are in South Mumbai which is the old part of the city, also the business district and is relatively less crowded at nights.

Let us know what budget you are looking at and I can make some other recommendations. Will let you know about the restaurants as well.

Apr 27, 2011
intrepidgourmand in India & South Asia

Hong Kong Sichuan Recomendation for 22

Do they have the sliced beef in hot chilli oil & pig trotters? I really like those two. I will be back in HK later this moth with some friends. Definitely try this one out. Da Ping Huo is too much food if everyone in the group is not focused on food. A La carte will be good.

Jan 31, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Sichuan Recomendation for 22

I must try that one. Is it ala carte or fixed menu? Where exactly is it?

Jan 31, 2011
intrepidgourmand in China & Southeast Asia