Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Up next, Lebanon!

Mark your calendars, we're heading to Lebanon for our next meal!

Beirut, the restaurant and not the capital of Lebanon, was recommended a few times from the suggestions given through the signup survey. They serve Lebanese (of course) and Mediterranean food, and have a few branches around Bangkok. For this meetup, we will meet at the one at the basement of Ploenchit Center at Sukhumvit Soi 2.

Their menu is online, and they have a full range of shwarmas, hummus and kebabs. Also some Lebanese specialties like fatayer (pie) and fasolia (haricot beans). Vegetarian options available. Mains are about B300-500.

Sign up on the Meetup page.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Meal #01: Switzerland

For our very first meetup, I thought we would head to neutral territory: Switzerland, the land of the alps and cheese. Today's food explorers included myself (Singapore), Lynette (Philippines), Kim (Australia), Fabian (Switzerland/Germany/France), Ann (Thailand), Pear (Thailand), Zoe (Greece and UK) and Douglas (India). An international crew, very fitting for this meetup's theme.

Swiss Choice is located in Sukhumvit Soi 43, not far from Phrong Pong BTS. It's a short soi, and there's a red lightbox with a white cross on it so you can spot it from the main road.

I didn't take enough pictures of the interior decor, but the ground floor is where the cheese is sold. There is also a giant floating cow (man, wishing I took that photo now). The second floor is where the main dining area is, a small cosy space that seats around 30.

There are two main highlights of the menu at Swiss Choice, both traditional cheese dishes. The first is a Raclette, roasted cheese accompanied by assorted pickles and potatoes. It comes with a little oven to roast your cheese in. Once it's all melty and bubbly you scrape it on to your plate. 

The other traditional Swiss dish is the fondue: a pot of melted cheese served with bread cubes. You were given long thin forks to dip the bread in the cheesy goodness.

Besides the cheese, Swiss Choice had a small number of mains in their menu, pastas and pork escalopes (top), which a few of us had. Lynette had the Tomme Vaudoise poêlée (bottom), which was a pan-friend cheese which was crispy on the outside and soft inside.

So for starters, this was a great opening meetup. Lots of small conversations, lots of big conversations, and of course, lots of cheese. Here's to many more to come!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

10 years ago when I was living in Melbourne, I followed this blog entitled Around the World in 80 Meals, and how this group met up once a week to explore a new restaurant around town explorign a different cuisine. Now I live in Bangkok, and this is my attempt to do the same.