I am slightly disappointed to note, dear reader, that I write this column on the last day of our holiday in Thailand.
I have been in the country of the best cuisine in the world for about two weeks now, and every single meal, with a couple of exceptions, has been utterly, magnificently outstanding.
Yes, I used an adverb in the previous sentence, and added one for good measure, but in this one case, it is justified. Thai food is in a league of its own.
And in what follows, allow me to recommend three or four places you should certainly visit when next you find yourself in this charming country. Each of these places is in Bangkok, for that is where I am now.
First, do visit Pier 21, which is the food court in Terminal 21. Easily found by even the most geographically challenged of souls, Terminal 21 houses the finest food court in all of Bangkok – and trust me on this, I have done my research. Any stall in the precincts of this wondrous place will serve you good food, and the rates are almost embarrassingly low.
A meal for three, with gluttony that bordered on record breaking levels, never set us back by more than seven hundred rupees.
Second, do visit a little establishment by the name of Paris Mikki. This is a bit of a surprise pick on the face of it, since as the name suggests, it is actually a boulangerie that serves Parisian bakery products, but trust me on this. One, the croissants are as good as any I had in Paris, and two, the ticket to Bangkok is way cheaper.
Third, visit Soi 38. What used to at one point of time be a sprawling food court is now sadly constricted in space, but thankfully remains undiminished in terms of its ability to dish out tasty dishes. Best of all, it remains open until 1 in the morning.
Fourth, visit Mont Sod Nom, in MBK. It serves warm toast with butter, along with various toppings, and that might not seem like much of a description. But if you are as big a fan as I am of toast done well – which essentially means copious amounts of butter on top – then this place is worth a visit.
And fifth, do visit Panlee bakery. This little place is staffed by grandmothers who are impossibly cute, and impossibly stoic, and who churn out food that could only have been made in heaven.
The butter roll, in particular, is alone worth multiple visits.
But honestly, truth be told, practically any place in Bangkok – and Thailand, for that matter – is worth a visit, for I have yet to have a bad meal in three visits to the place.
It has been two straight weeks of unrestrained eating, but given a choice, I would happily traipse back here for one more crack at the best cuisine in the world.
Oh (and I mean this, I really and truly do) yum.
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