Saturday 31 July 2010

Sarina & Marina Thai Restaurant - Ladphrao Soi 53/1, Bangkok

Sarina & Marina Restaurant is located in a small lane of Ladphrao Soi 53/1. It starts business at around 5pm till 11pm daily. It's best to take a cab there as it's very difficult to get a parking space nearby. We parked our car in Soi 51 and walk to Soi 53/1. It's not far from the Chok Chai junction and the Chok Chai Police Station. Once you get to Soi 53/1, walk in for about 5 metres and you'll see the stalls: 3 all together. One ala-carte stall, one noodles stall and the other is the beverage stall. You can either dine inside the building or on the road as seen in the photos below. The place is always crowded with not only the Muslims as the non-Muslims like to dine here, too. There were 3 of us and had white rice (khao suai), deep fried grouper with chili sauce (plaa kaao rat phrik), morning glory@kangkung (phat pung fai daeng), kailan with salted fish(phat khanna pla khem), shrimp tom yam(tom yam kung) & stir fried lala with roasted chili sauce(hoy laai phat phrik pao). All these dishes with 3 glasses of ice blended fruit drinks came up to THB550 only.

The stalls are right opposite of Tops Deli @ Tops Market

Kuaytiaw@noodle stall

Ala-carte Thai food stall.

The outdoor kitchen.

7 dishes can be cooked at the same time: service is very fast.

You can dine inside the building or...

...outside on the street.

The beverage stall.

The Menu (unfortunately none in English or with photos)
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Sarina & Marina Restaurant

Ladphrao Soi 53/1,


Opening hours: 1700-2300hrs daily.
To get here, take the MRT and alight at Ladphrao MRT Station and take the exit towards the parking building. Walk towards the nearest bus stop and take one of the following buses: No. 8, 27, 44, 92, 96, 122, 126, 145, 178, 182, 502, 545. Press the bell when you see the Chok Chai junction, after Soi 51. Look for Soi 53/1 and you'll find the place without much hassle.

Thursday 15 July 2010

Al Tara Halal & Vegetarian Restaurant in Bangkok

The Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest outlet, Al Tara Halal & Vegetarian Restaurant. Al Tara is possibly the only fine dining venue in the city to offer Halal food as well as a delicious array of pan Asian cuisine including Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Indian and the Middle Eastern.

With Islam being the fastest growing religion, the estimated global population is currently two billion resulting in the increasing demand for Halal food to be more widely available. All ingredients used at Al Tara follow the strict dietary laws as outlined by the Islamic guidelines and are prepared by Chef Manit Laemit, a Muslim himself as with the rest of his kitchen team.

Al Tara’s interior fuses the mystical charms of Arabia with a fine touch of New Age modernity. The open arena cooking station does not only add a touch of entertainment to the dining experience but it also allows the uncluttered area the appearance of maximum spaciousness. The vibrant colour scheme reflects the trends of today that blends artfully with the intricate d├ęcor.

Opens everyday for lunch and dinner with outside and home catering available upon request. Call 0-2290 0125 ext. 7105 for further information

Executive Director Khun Teeradej Tangpraprutgul (first row, centre), Khun Pikul Chayopas (front row, third from right) and Managing Director Khun Apinya Loychusak (front row, second from right) with General Manager Andrew J. Wood (Centre back row) looking on during the opening ceremony. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by other hotel Executives and VIP guests.

Seated in Al Tara waiting to sample the first meal served at the Grand Opening are Executive Director Khun Teeradej Tangpraprutgul (seated far back on the left), Khun Pikul Chayopas (seated far back on the right) with the Chaophya Park Hotel’s VIP guest Mrs. Cornelia Bik (left) and General Manager Andrew J. Wood.

Source: e-Travel Blackboard

247 Rachadapisek Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel : (+66) 2290-0125 Fax : (+66) 2290-0167-68
Email :

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To read the review by Bangkok Post, kindly click here.

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2010

To all my shopaholic friends, the following SALEs will take place this month:

1. The Thailand Grand Sale
Date: 24th July - 1 August 2010
Venue: Building 5-8, IMPACT Mueangthongthani, Bangkok.

2. The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair
Date: 29th July - 1 August 2010
Venue: Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok.

Sunday 11 July 2010

Halal Seafood BBQ Buffet in Bangkok

With effect from 1st January 2012, the seafood buffet is no longer available. Instead you pay for normal buffet at THB139/pax and can purchase the seafood platter (photo above) at THB299 per plate. Fruit juice is no longer available, too. Only aerated drinks and drinking water are available.
(13 January 2012)

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11 July 2010
The 'Khrua Muslim kap Ton Mai' @ Muslim kitchen with trees serves seafood buffet at only THB159per pax. Drinks are charged separately though. Fruit juice is priced at THB25 per glass.
The food spread is a bit too much for small eaters like me...he,he,he. The restaurant starts its operation at 1700hrs till about 2230hrs. We were there at 1700hrs and only 3 tables were occupied but when we left at 1815hrs almost all the tables were taken up. All were local customers except for the two of us. At the end of the scrumptious meal, our bill came up to THB415 inclusive of drinks. Although there were just the two of us but we ordered 2 glasses of sweet pineapple juice (naam sabparot), 1 glass of watermelon juice (naam taengmo) and 1 bottle of mineral water with a bucket of ice. Roughly it's about THB200 per pax.

It would be good to make your reservation before going during weekends (Fri-Sun) as it can be really packed with locals.

Left signage: siifud tahlee phaaw (grilled seafood)
Right signage: plaa phaaw gluea (grilled fish with salt)

The seafood spread.

Grilled on our table.

Your choice of 'tom yam' is prepared individually by the chef. It's part of the buffet. (no longer available w.e.f. 1st Jan 2012)


Coming from the city centre, get onto Ramkhamhaeng Road and drive all the way to Ramkhamhaeng Soi 151. Once you see the following Kasikorn Bank on your left, take right and make a u-turn as Soi 142 is on the other side of the road.
Slow down after passing Ramkhamhaeng Soi 142/1 until you see the pedestrian bridge and the signage with the moon and star sign which has the name of the restaurant in Thai @Khrua Muslim kap Ton Mai, written in red.

If you go ahead of the bridge, you'll see the following signages. Do not pass the bridge.

Turn left into the little nameless alley just like the white car is doing.
And you've reached your destination.
There's ample parking space here.

'Khrua Muslim kap Ton Mai' Restaurant
50m before reaching Ramkhamhaeng Soi 142
Tel: 081 345 2901 / 089 455 3012 / 086 000 1278 - call for reservation
Opening hours: 1700-2230hrs

Musolla is available here.