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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 27/12/2013

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 19/09/2014

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    Sets to impress

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 26/09/2014

    » And Bo.lan has a new home. The dynamic culinary duo behind the original incarnation over on Sukhumvit Soi 26, Duangporn "Bo" Songvisava and Dylan Jones, have transplanted themselves to Soi 53 and spread out into a more spacious (and stylish) premises not far from the Thong Lor BTS. While they had plenty of renovations to do, Dylan assures us, it seems the place has been there for decades with an already settled feel. Again, it's a house set among a well-kept garden — this time with a pool — that colour the main view and light source of the moodily-lit house. It seems they are enjoying the bigger space, particularly in the kitchen apparently, again creating a transporting effect through the portal driveway entrance to the secluded surrounds. There's enough room for 60 diners (80 at a push), with two private rooms available. They are pushing the environmental aspects of the place, (which is still largely overlooked in this city of appearances), reducing waste, installing LED lights and recycling organic matter and grey water. They are also moving towards being carbon-zero and hope to achieve this by 2018, which by then the city should have a better handle on such issues (and the real definition of words such as "farmer's" and "organic"). During our mid-week afternoon sitting, many local Thong Lor ladies were lunching with their well-dressed mums, but things get decidedly more moody in the evenings with all the mood lighting and timber, and the crowd morphs accordingly. Tunes sound like reminiscent of a molam Paradise Bangkok party, right in line with the other sensory stimulus.

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    Electro fest

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 03/10/2014

    » Plenty of live music again this week in more good signs for the city. Tonight (Oct 3) sees the hosting of the 1st International Live Looping Festival, presented by The Wet Carpet-Studio (fb.com/thewetcarpet). It will go on for both nights of the weekend and involve a showcase of music geeks from around the region who will loop their sounds live. Entry is an easy B100. Venue is Zoo (goo.gl/47zGcD). Open your ears and your minds.

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 11/07/2014

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 25/07/2014

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    Soap and spaghetti

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 20/06/2014

    » What do soap and spaghetti have in common? Not a lot might be a fair answer, but actually it’s more than you may assume. The link between food and beauty products has come to the fore in Bangkok in venues such as the Karmakamet outlets. And the House of Lakshmi Mantra is the next to fall in line. Situated on a huge leafy block on a southern Sukhumvit soi, walking into Lakshmi Mantra is like entering the house of the crazy aunt you never had. It puts the itch back in kitsch, with the soapy aroma throughout the house definitely tweaking the nostrils. The quirkiness kicks off immediately with the soap and flower displays in every corner among the one-off items collected by the proud owner (one of the Supanniga partners). Take a seat at one of the mismatched tables, or, even better, head upstairs where there’s more space for bigger groups.

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 11/04/2014

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 20/12/2013

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 22/11/2013

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