(1307/1 ซอย พหลโยธิน Phahonyothin Rd, Khwaeng Samsen Nai)
We walked around Ari and Sanam Phao for hours looking at possible locations to start a bar. It was incessantly hot. Around 2pm we got pretty hungry so Kol, our local buddy, steered us to this very local and very basic looking beef noodle shop. For the princely sum of 40-60 bhat you could get a steaming bowl of authentic Thai-style beef noodle soup.
Unfortunately, sometimes local tastes and western tastes don't quite align. This was a stretch too far for me, with minimal broth that was very liver/oxtail tasting, not much noodles hidden under the meat which was mostly cartilage and gristle. I know the locals in many Asian countries adore this type of food, but for me I could hardly stomach it. After chewing on a piece of liver for a full minute trying to swallow it but failing each time, I had to give up and surrender.
Thailand has a bounty of amazing culinary delights, for me this was not one of them.
(32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok)
After spending months in Japan hunting the perfect bowl of Ramen, who would have guessed one of the top 10 was in Thailand!!
Situated at the back of The Manor, behind the car park, this gorgeously decorated Ramen Bar looks like its straight out of Shibuya. The service is generally excellent, the prices a tiny bit steep (but for quality like this you are happy to pay), the ramen/noodles/pork/egg are all absolutely top, top class.
This is one of the best ramen places I have ever been to, outside of Japan, and even kills a lot of the places there too.
100% recommended. The Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen is absolutely mindblowing.