[bkk] oasis of tranquility – ad lib

if you’ve been following the café trends of bangkok i’m sure you’ve heard of the new hot hangout spot ad lib by now. is it a hotel? a cafe? it so happens to be both! i actually had no clue till i was there. and if you are following my instagram, it’s no surprise that this place is my current obsession.

anyways, it’s tucked away in the middle of sukhumvit 1/1 – soi that leads to bumrungrad hospital. they describe themselves as a ‘oasis of tranquility’ and i swear it is just that. you go through the maze of hustle and bustle to find yourself at a safe haven. it literally feels like a two different world.

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so you enter that door and will find yourself at the lobby of the hotel and and also the café. it co-exists so don’t be surprised when there are people with luggages checking-in right next to you while you’re enjoying your meal.

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i’m a sucker for cafés with nice ambiance and outdoor patio and this place has one of the best (and largest) outdoor patios in all of café scenes here in bangkok. they have huge shade over your head that goes from one end to the other as well as fans so don’t worry about being too sweaty over your meal…

now, let’s get into the serious business. the menu was pretty impressive. it covers pretty much all range of food from breakfast/brunch menus to actual ‘serious’ meals like steak, fish, and thai food. (you can check out the menu at the end of the post).

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baby spinach and grilled oyster mushroom salad. i normally love anything with mushroom but this one was sautéed a little too much with the oyster sauce.

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avocado and tiger prawn salad. i actually changed the dressing to balsamic from cocktail cos i wanted something lighter and refreshing. it was good but i only wish they were more generous with the avocado.

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the big english breakfast. it comes with a basket of bread and butter which i thought help live up to its name, the ‘big’ english breakfast.

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wagyu beef burger. those wedges were way too salty. and not that i mind but the waitress asked if we preferred fries or wedges and we asked for fries but they gave us wedges anyway… #justsayin

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brioche french toast. it comes with syrup, strawberry jam and crème fraiche on the side which i liked because i can control to the sweetness i like. but i have to say, it’s nothing too mind blowing even though it looks pretty damn good. i only wish it was more moist and flavourful.

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pad krapao pla (stir fried dory with holy basil leaves). who would’ve thought i’d say this but this was one of the best dishes i had here, haha. and don’t get me wrong i’m all for brunch but maybe i didn’t like the brunch dishes here as much as i wanted too.

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regardless, it is in a nice hotel so you are to expect a very nice, clean and crisp atmosphere. i can tell they’ve put lots of effort into creating this hidden oasis in the midst of the concrete jungle. the staffs, too, are very professional and attentive!

i can’t say for the hotel itself but it seems very nice and modern. i’d definitely check this place out if you’re up for some peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle.

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[bkk] bangkok’s best – new york steakhouse

if you ever tried searching for the best steak house in bangkok, i’m sure you’ve come across new york steakhouse along with several others such as rib room & bar, prime,  and so on. new york steakhouse is located on the second floor of jw marriott hotel (sukhumvit soi 2). at first i was quite hesitant because i wanted somewhere nice with great food and excellent ambiance but this place was lacking in the skyline department.

nonetheless we decided to try it out cos of all the positive reviews it had received.

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as cnn review states “[it] mimics its Manhattan namesakes in look, atmosphere and menu — and sky-high prices.” well, i can’t say much on that because i’ve never been to manhattan but i gotta say it was indeed loved by many, many expats.

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mushroom soup – they kindly asked if i wanted to 50/50 it, which i thought was a nice move because i normally get too full for the main course if i finish it all by myself.

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rocket salad with sliced wagyu beef prime rib and a basil flavoured tomato vinaigrette. it was pretty much like any other rocket salad you can get. but i guess the highlight was the large servings of wagyu beef underneath those greens but then again, i wouldn’t be able to tell you whether it was good or not.

i don’t know if i have mentioned this somewhere in the earlier posts but about four years ago i accidentally watched this most horrid and gruesome clip on animal slaughter (for food) and since then i was never able to get back to eating any kind of meat again. so yeah, i’m basically a vegetarian slash pescatarian. a total random tidbit about me, haha.

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pan-seared peppered tuna loin on a lemon beurre blanc sauce. it was tad bit salty but i swear it was one of the best ahi tuna i’ve ever had! and the chunks were humongous!

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filet steak. i was told that it was one of the best steaks in bangkok. coming from a steak-killer, i’m pretty confident it’s a reliable statement.

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a complimentary cheesecake!

i gotta say, all the great reviews about new york steakhouse on the internet are true and legit. the food, as you can see, were pretty much excellent and the service, oh the service, was beyond expectation. it was one of the most personalised service i’ve ever received in any kind of restaurant. only if it wasn’t so expensive i would love to go back again soon.

definitely recommend this place for anyone who’s looking for a five-star fine dining experience in bangkok!

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of course i wouldn’t know a better way to end this lovely evening but with a restroom selfie. have a great week! ;)

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a match made in heaven

i admit i’m a granny twenty-something. i would always choose comfort food over night outs and cozy bed over clubs. i feel like i no longer have the energy to be out there and about, you know? those were only fun when you were in high school when doing all the wrong things seemed so much fun (like.. making a fake id at khaosan to get into clubs even though you and your friends totally look fifteen.)

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waiting for la madre…

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does anyone else think these two right there are a match made in heaven? seriously! black coffee and original glazed go oh-so-well together. give me a dozen of those and a black coffee; i swear i could have them at one go. but then again.. i would hate myself for doing that.

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and here comes my favourite place to be in the whole wide world. mk! mk is one of the most (if not the most) popular suki restaurants in thailand. they have normal mk branches as well as ‘mk gold’ where it differs in service, quality and ambiance.

it’s been our family tradition to dine at mk gold (soi ekamai) every week. sometimes even twice a week. if you’re ever in thailand definitely put this on your to-eat list, it’s not to be missed! i always bring my relatives, friends and visitors from other parts of the world to eat mk when they visit. and with no exception, everyone loves it.

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i’ve just taken a nice cold shower (that’s a lie – i can’t take cold showers) and now munching on reese’s peanut butter cup while writing up this post.

how was your friday?
heartannie