Thursday, 17 August 2017

Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok

 This treasure of a restaurant tucked away in a small street near Rama IV road may take a while to find unless you have GPS. (Having GPS service when out of the country is essential for us and proven to be helpful and convenient esp when drivers are not familiar with the way.) 

Issaya Siamese Club is housed in a beautiful 100 year old mansion surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It is the flagship home of Thailand’s best-known celebrity chef, Ian Kittichai.

Chosen as one of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for 2 consecutive years, it is certainly one of the finest Thai restaurants I've ever been. I just wasn't able to take some decent photos with my camera because the dining room was a bit dark (Pricey meal to eat in the dark. hehe) but nonetheless the dishes were exciting and full of flavour albeit a bit spicy but you can always request to tone it down a bit and they were all beautifully presented. I
love the food here so much! Now I understand why this place was packed.

Would be great to have this everyday.
Lemongrass Mint Kaffir Lime

Really excited to try some amazing dishes.

Amuse Bouche
Coconut Creme Brulee
Lamb Satay
Minced Chicken

Amuse Bouche
Coconut Creeme Brulee
Lamb Satay
Minced Chicken

Spice Rubbed Pork Baby Back Ribs Glazed with Issaya House-blend Chilli Paste

Banana Blossom and Heart of Palm Salad, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts in a Chilli Jam Dressing

Grilled Imported Tender Beef, Fresh Herbs, Organic Vegetables in a Charred Bird's Eye Chilli Vinaigrette

Mulberry Sorbet

All Natural Sankarubee Chicken, "Issaya Spiced" Rubbed and Charcoal
Didn't capture the whole flambe thing. Oh well, just imagine there were flames.

Boneless Lamb Shank Simmered in Mussamun Curry Served with Pickled Cucumber

Prawn Sear-fried in Chilli Flavour Sauce

All Natural Sankarubee Chicken, "Issaya Spiced" Rubbed and Charcoal

Asian Multigrains, Chiang Mai Mushrooms and Garlic Sprinkled with Mushroom-Scented Oil

Jasmine Flower Panna Cotta Served with Jasmine Rice Ice Cream and Jasmine Rice Tulip

A lovely treat to take away after the meal.
 Krob Khun Ka!

Booking is essential. Ring them if you are going to be late.

Issaya Siamese Club
(0)2 672 9040-1
4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chue Ploeng | Thung Mahamek, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Monday, 5 June 2017

What To See, What To Do and Where To Eat in Kanazawa

Located 400 kilometers west of Tokyo, Kanazawa, nicknamed "Little Kyoto" is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Just last year, new bullet train service were added linking Tokyo to Kanazawa in just 2.5 hours making it easier and more convenient to visit this charming historic old town these days.

Stand on the red line if your train is departing next otherwise stand on the green line and wait for your train to arrive.

 Ekiben shop at the train station. Be prepared... more exciting food to come.
Read more on Ekiben here. 

These little bites of heaven just made my eyes light up.

Unagi Ekiben

Love the lotus root chips!

Chocolate Banana Cream
It's soft, fluffy and not too sweet. Just the way I like it.
Kanazawa Station, listed as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

 Had an excellent meal at Saburouta.
Read more here.

Visit Gold Leaf Sakuda and learn how gold is hammered into thin sheets. It's a long process and involves many steps.

Try some tea sprinkled with gold or on your skin perhaps?

 Tiny plates with forks made to resemble a fan.
Of course, do not miss out on Gold Ice Cream
I'm still mesmerized by this awesome golden look.

Even the walls are made of gold.

Historic town of Kanazawa.

We dropped by this place to try some wagashi, a healthy Japanese sweet made of bean paste, rice and fruits.

This type of wagashi served with a bowl of thick matcha, koicha is called omogashi.  
These are sure to delight your palate.


Kenrokuen Garden is known as one of the three top gardens of Japan. It's a must see when in Kanazawa particularly during winter as you are likely to see the yukitsuri, meaning snow suspension, a technique for preserving trees and shrubs from heavy snow. 

Kanazawa is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.

Sweet rice balls covered with lots of bonito flakes. So yummy!

Enjoy Cherry Blossom Sundae all year round! You can purchase them from this shop, they also have matcha flavour and sundae wrapped in gold leaf. Located on the way up to Kenrokuen Garden.

Coffee, tea or soup on a cold winter day.

Sushi Ippei was certainly one of our most unforgettable dining experiences in Kanazawa.
Read more here.

Very well preserved lanes and old mansions in Nagamachi, 
Kanazawa's former samurai district.

 Nomura Samurai House
This residence is beautifully preserved and maintained.Give yourself some time to quietly enjoy its gorgeous garden. 


 Kaisen Don at Oumi-cho Kaisen-Donburi Ya Hirai located on the second level of Omicho Market. 
Read more on Omicho Market here.

A visit through Kanazawa's "depachika" with endless eats and free samples is a must for every foodie.

 Kamaboko comes in many different shapes and colours like this Sea Bream-shaped Kamaboko.

 Okiagari Monaka

Discovered this wonderful Hawaiian pancake cafe (Tiki Garden) in a popular shopping mall in Kanazawa. Better go on an empty stomach. The pancakes were fluffy and delicious.