Day One in Bangkok@Grand Mercure Hotel & Central Plaza, Bangkok


Hurrah! Short haul flights are great when your entertainment device fails to function…tsk tsk tsk, MH.

Managed to get a view of these structured paddy field linings which were rather breathtaking from up here.


The food quality level also, my personal first impression..dropped. The food was really quite average, although I would say it was rather healthy.


My place to close my eyes for the next 2 days. The Grand Mercure Hotel is located just next door to my affiliate office here. The great thing is that the hotel and its rooms seemed like they were recently refurbished.


After wrapping up with work, I took a stroll via the underground tunnel to Central Plaza for dinner.


I took a stroll at the resident grocery store and bought ome groceries to bring home. For those who know me..unique flavoured and distinct locally produced chips are a must-explore for me!


There were TONS of japanese eateries located in Central Plaza, Bangkok. I walked around and surveyed until I came to a point of realization that there isn’t much differentiation from one to another, thus I used the “pasar” way to make my choice : 1) packed restaurant 2) packed with local Thais.

So I went with this ramen restaurant found on the 7th floor, being curious myself towards the taste and flavour of Thai inspired ramen.


I guess for only RM 8, this Thai inspired ramen was pretty alright. The porky broth was quite flavourful and spicy despite its bland brownish looking colour. I regretted splashing in giant spoonfuls of chilli flakes before testing the broth out.

The pork slices well…were average also. Normal and nothing to shout about.


Needless to say, for the price of RM8, you won’t be getting Jap made noodles, and instead…Nissin/instant noodles haha.

Oh well, a bowl of ramen for the price of RM 8, it is probably hard to find too in any malls in the Klang Valley. Perhaps, its taste and price suits to likings of the locals here, otherwise it would not be packed.


It didn’t take me long to finish up my dinner. I guess eating alone in a restaurant with constant flow of customers and queue outside tends to speed up your eating.

As it was only 8pm, I thought it’d be fun to just watch a movie and reminisce the memories of my movie days during my stay here for the holidays years back.

See those brightly lited plastic chandeliers up ahead with plush cushion seats? The area is reserved for the “privilege” members, much like the business class lounge. I, on the other hand, sat at this far corner, on cold and hard metal seat while waiting for my movie to begin.


As I love watching trailers, I would always be sitting in the hall early. Thinking that this flow was universal, I did the same here too…only to realise that it was much more different.

The hall was empty still past 10minutes from 8.20pm, and for once I actually wished there were people around me as it got a little creepy being in the dark in total silence.

Thankfully, the screen started showing and what I’ve learnt is that trailers are hardly shown. They played their local adverts for a good 30minutes long, and my sleepiness started kicking in. Although, some ads were quite funny despite not understanding their language.

Other than that, their screens, cinemas and sound system are a notch better in class and quality compared to the ones we have in Malaysia. But the price per ticket was expensive! RM is 16 for a movie…phuar… life surely is getting tougher for everyone in this world.

Twas a fun night exploring the mall myself and I crashed soon after I reached back to the hotel. Busy day ahead!

Sparkling thai affair@Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion, Kota Damansara


We had a business dinner with a group of business partners and had pre-booked this place a week before by my team mate. I have been told that walk-ins are not entertained at this place unless there is only 2 of you as most of the tables would be reserved.

It took us quite a while to be able to find the restaurant as it is located at one of the innerlanes of the shoplots near The Strand. Luckily we were early and managed to get a parking space nearby in this overly densed and parking problematic area.



The place was small but quaint. Definitely had an authentic thai feel to the whole place. As my team mate didi a bit of background search, not only are they focused on  delivering good authentic Thai food, the paintings on the walls also done by them. There are some talented artists in the family.


We were seated near their wall of fame..mostly awards from magazines eg: tatler for being part of the list of best restaurants in Malaysia throughout the years. They framed up some printed media write ups on them which helped us kill some time while waiting for our clients.

From there, I learnt that the pair of siblings opened this restaurant and one of them is the head chef behind the kitchen. The food and recipes are inspired by their late grandmother who was one of the Thai King’s appointed cooks in the early days.

The cheg has his own cooking book published too and has shared several recipes of his on magazines.

Wow. I was impressed knowing that information and was looking forward to taste the food!


Lukewarm tea

My lemongrass tea, came in a fanciful cup and teapot. I liked the idea that the entire pot is for my use, and my use only..the biggest downside however, was that my tea was lukewarm. Within minutes it was already cold. I am not sure if this was intentionally done, but I’d much prefer my tea super hot.


Local appetizer

This typical thai appetizer served to awaken the sleepy tastebuds was the first for me. The method of eating it is the same as eating BBQ pork/beef in a Korean restaurant. Wrap these nuts, chopped chillis, cucumbers, onions, fried dried coconuts with leaves and pop the entire thing into your mouth!

Rather different, tangy, soury, spicy combustion of flavours that would really wake up your tastebuds.


Fried sticks with fried baby crabs, shrimps

These was the fried sliced potatoes with fried baby shrimps and crabs accompanied by some sour, citrusy cold prawn appetizer. Nothing really special, tastewise was average. Can’t go wrong with fried stuff.


Spicy squid

The spicy squids were about RM40, and I have a huge weakness for squids and cuttlefish… so when I ate the squids, I got to say, I could possibly finish the entire plate on my own. The squid pieces were cooked just about right, retaining their softened chewy texture. The price tag to me, was a little steep for the portion.


RM98 3 piece big prawn

As all group meals must be pre-ordered because of the increased volume of ingredients required. We were told that all ingredients are bought fresh every morning. This was the first time I was really surprised to know that all prawn dishes here only come in 3, at RM98++. I really could not understand how a restaurant that serves such cuisine has so few dining options.

If you were to come in a smaller group, you’ll end up having to order another plate and that would already cost you RM200, and at this price, you may be able to get good prawns at large portions.

So…this was THE dish I was looking forward to be WOW-ed by after heated discussions transpired back and forth between my team mate and the restaurant to fix our meals within a certain budget.

When it came, I was wow-ed alright, but it did not reach a Bazinga! Level. The wow factor came skewed more towards its presentation.  was hoping to be wow-ed 10 times more if I has to pay that price of a RM30 per piece of prawn.


Every bite cost few dollars

The prawn was about the size of a petite woman’s fist. Taste wise was not bad, but as mentioned..any form of frying especially with these amazing curry leaves and spices can’t go wrong. RM 30 per prawn like this can be a huge pain in the heart as you savour each bite. Every bite is dollars gone.

They also serve steamed fish fillets which cost a whopping RM90 for 2 pieces. The fillets were not bad, but oversteamed a little in my opinion as they tasted a bit hard and…the price again, was over the top for me for the portion and quality.


Tom yam kung

How can we boldly say we are Thai foodieventuring without Tom Yam! Clear broth tom yam soup with finesse. Heaty, spicy and yet not oily. This was some good quality stuff yo! for someone like me who loves food with heavier flavours and thicker gravies to actually like something lighter and cleaner towards refining the taste.


Best red rubies I ever had

We ordered several desserts to share on top of each individual red rubies cup. Salute! One of the best red rubies ever! Although I was so so so full, I managed to squeeze in some space for all the available red rubies. If I recall correctly, it was about RM10.


Unworthy durian "hoot"

I honestly didn’t not expect the durian dessert to come in this way. This was a raw, properly fermented durian “hooot” that ended up turning out looking like a sweet potato. Wait till you hear the cost of one “hooot”… RM30. You can actually eat a decent ripened durian of many “hooots” with RM 30. Not worth it.


Grilled bananas with almonds, raisins and cherries

The grilled bananas, were pretty unique to me. Grilled with the skin on, the black layer at the bottom of each slice was actually the skin itself. Grilled with raisins, almonds and chopped cherries until they turned caramelized and soft. Pretty delicious! A little too western for me, I did not get a feel of Thai in this dessert.

Total damage per pax was about RM130. I admit that I was really full by the end of the meal, however it was probably from the desserts, rich in coconut that filled me up.

My personal take is that the price of the food may be just abit over the top for me, even if the Thai food here is of good quality, even better than Rama V, I would say.

Specifically zooming into seafood itself, you can find better quality ones with larger portions in other restaurants for the similar price paid here.

Service was great here, courteous owner who takes pride in explaining how every dish was done and the highlight specialty of each dish. All the waiters will be attentive to your needs even when you do not voice out. You would feel really well taken care of here.

Indeed, this dining experience was a sparkling thai affair!

No.22-1, Jalan PJU 5/16,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-6141 2393