restaurant

Love Scene, Bangkok, Thailand

Love Scene is unassuming. To be honest, it’s not a place I would have chosen myself, considering it’s location just off Soi Cowboy and it’s grunge appearance from the street. Went there on a recommendation with a local and honestly, worth it. The food tasted totally authentic and didn’t hold back on spice or flavour. The papaya salad has a real punch and it does Thai Cuisine perfectly. Well priced and great value; It’s one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you shouldn’t worry about decor or location because the food transcends. 
.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Din Tai Fung, Central Embassy, Bangkok

Din Tai Fung in Bangkok is excellent. I’ve been to a few Din Tai Fungs across Sydney and Asia, but the Bangkok restaurant has to be my favourite. There’s a great selection of delicacies and they’re so delicious. The xiao long bao are to die for, the Dan Dan noodles are peanutty with a hint of spice and they claypot chicken rice is so flavoursome. Reasonably priced and great value.
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Bun Cha Ta, Hanoi, Vietnam 

We asked our tour guide where’s good, what’s off the beaten track, what’s a hidden gem, and his first answer was this. Bun Cha Ta is a must-do restaurant in Hanoi. It’s two storeys of intimate bun cha (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup). It always seems pretty busy and you’ve got to be prepared to take your shoes off and sit on the floor.

The menu is relatively limited, but will still have something for everyone and their dietary requirements. The salad is filled with herbs, and the waitress will explain to you how to eat them and what medicinal properties they have. The soup is hearty and flavoursome, like those pots that have been bubbling for generations. I also tried an egg coffee and was pleasantly surprised,  what what a delicious drink! 

This restaurant is such a cool experience and it’s wonderful value for money. Don’t even bother trying bun cha anywhere else, it just won’t be as good.



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Calabur Café, Bondi Junction, Sydney

Calabur is truly a hidden gem. A short walk from Bondi Junction takes you to an underground cafe, covered in vines and smelling of Asian curries. It’s a fusion, a flavour explosion with a menu inspired by asian profiles and western tastes. 

The fruit salad and yogurt is absolutely to die for. Is there anything more virtuous and delectable than honey drizzled over fresh fruits and nuts? The green smoothie bowl celebrates kale and spinach but tastes just like banana and coconut. I paired my brunch with lemongrass and pandan tea, refreshing and uplifting. 

I haven’t even delved into the savoury realms yet. Maybe I’ll see you there when I do. 
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El Mercardo, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Hail, Bangkok’s best kept secret. El Mercado is tucked away down a side street, down a side alley, down a long driveway. It’s a courtyard and a delicatessen and bar and a terrace house all rolled into one restuarant. It’s off the main drag, and the place is vibing, with fairy lights and fig trees and raucous laughter. 

Find it. You wont regret it. 
This Spanish delicatessen treats you in all manners sweet and savoury. Their cheese selection is to die for, and their charcuterie is carefully selected, and decadent. We tried an array of tapas; salmon, tuna, salads, cheeses, meats, wines. Everything was exquisite. The owner came to greet us, recommending wine pairings and off the menu delights. It was a perfect feast for my final night in Thailand.

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Bare Witness, Rhodes, Sydney

Right on the waterline, away from the bustle of Rhodes, is Bare Witness. It’s trendy, it’s light and the food is gourmet for brunch or dinner. The cold drip was smooth and full bodied, the batch brew divine, the salmon poke bowl had zest and spice with brown rice, edamame, avicado mousse and miso salmon. My friends mac and cheese benedict was decadent. 

We stayed and talked long enough for us to dabble dessert too, but I didn’t care too much for their desserts. I thoroughly recommend you try mains menu; there were too many options, and it served vegan, vegetarian, gluten free. Service was very quick and it has a relaxed vibe. I’ll be back for sure to try all the other delights!

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Green Farm Restaurant, Hanoi, Vietnam 

The Green Farm was there when we needed it- air conditioned, English menu and vegetarian options. The service was a bit hit and miss, and they managed to misunderstand my order. I wasn’t too bothered by this, but was quite unsettled when the bill came back with items we didn’t order. They apologized for the inconvenience and gave us a discount as compensation. 

Honestly, the experience is what I remember most about the place. My refreshing beverage was underwhelming and my rice paper rolls were heavy on the herbs and too overpowering. 

The restaurant seems to be fixated on receiving five star reviews online, but the food and service don’t help their cause.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.