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    Haus of burgers

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 07/09/2018

    » Just a few minutes' walk from BTS Ari, Cast Iron Burgerhaus has been open for almost 10 months but has already established itself as a go-to place in the area when you're craving a burger. The resto isn't that huge but what it lacks in size it compensates for with its chill feel. Its industrial decor gives it a ragged elegance with the bar being the centrepiece, which brings the entire quaint place together. No doubt you'll have no trouble settling in and that's great because now it's time to dig in.

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    It's a party alright

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 15/06/2018

    » The Firm is a few metres down Sukhumvit 33, a short walk from BTS Phrom Phong and at first glance looks like a nightclub. It is a nightclub, but it's also one of the very few restaurants in Bangkok that serve food 24/7. Yes, you read that right: the kitchen doesn't stop and dishes out food around the clock. The first and second floors are dining areas while the third to fifth floors are where you can dance the night away. Most of the time, nightclub-goers fill the dining area before heading home. Don't get us wrong, The Firm isn't just for late night/early morning, post-party people. You can definitely head over for breakfast, lunch or dinner because what they've got to offer is a feast at any time of day or night.

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    Welcome to the Mancave

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 13/04/2018

    » As evidenced by its name and our headline, the inspiration for Caveman Base's design and concept is a mancave. No, not like the one in a basement that reeks of beer, a certain type of plant meant to be smoked and dirty laundry. Rather, it's the mancave of anyone's dreams: consoles, board games, beer in bottles or tap and an air hockey table. That's the whole concept of the place, but that doesn't mean ladies are forbidden (we're pretty sure there are more than a few females who can dish out a beating in Tekken better than any other dudes). In fact, the look and feel of the place invites everyone to pull up a chair, order some grub and drinks, and get rowdy over boardgames, a game of Mario Kart or maybe a few rounds of beer pong. And that's exactly what patrons of the almost five-month-old establishment have been doing. But aside from the fun and games, Caveman Base's menu caters to adrenaline-pumping appetite acquired after back-stabbing friends at UNO.

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    High Thai dining

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 22/12/2017

    » The setting: Not to be confused with Saffron, the indoor restaurant, Saffron Sky Garden is high above the hustle, bustle and traffic of Sathon Road on the 52nd floor. This garden lounge has recently reopened and caters to those who are looking to unwind after work over a drink or two, or perhaps a romantic night out with a special someone. Plus, it's a more intimate and less crowded alternative than the famous Vertigo and offers the same breathtaking view of the Bangkok skyline and Chao Phraya River. You can choose to sit at their high-stools and tables or choose the bigger tables with comfy couches if you're looking to order more than just drinks.

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    Eat on. Game on.

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 08/09/2017

    » <b>The setting:</b> It's a shame not a lot of people have heard about Hopeland. Within the offering of bars and restaurants at Thong Lor's 72 Courtyard, this one is at the very back on the the ground floor. At first glance, it seems to be your typical bar and restaurant. Lights in neon purple, steel tables, thumping music to get you going -- the usual. But don't judge a book by its cover. Hopeland does pride itself in its array of Korean dishes as well as its Tiki drinks, and we'll talk about that later. The thing that makes Hopeland special is its arcade games. And no, we're not just referring to those two arcade machines near the entrance and the kitchen where you can play games like Street Fighter and Tekken. There are also arcade games built into the tables. Yep, you read that right. While eating your food and nursing your drink, there's no need to get up from your seat; you can play some Pac-Man or Donkey Kong right there at your table. You can even take turns and play as two-players! You can game all you want, of course, but will you be feasting on good food as well? Or is Hopeland simply just another gimicky resto and bar? Read on.

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    Street and savoury

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 04/08/2017

    » <b>The setting:</b> After being dubbed the world's street food capital for two years in a row by CNN, it seemed only proper that the first Michelin-starred street food restaurant, Hawker Chan, opened its doors to Bangkokians almost a month ago. Hailing from Singapore, this is the restaurant's second venture out of its home country, the first being Taiwan. The restaurant has opened in a pretty accessible location on the fifth floor of Terminal 21. Much like its original Singaporean location, it's not a stranger to long queues, but customer flow has definitely improved since they opened. Still, don't be surprised if all their tables are full during lunch and dinner, especially on weekends.

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    Fish 'n chips 'n delicious to the lips

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 05/05/2017

    » <b>The Setting:</b> Sukhumvit Soi 23 is not really a place well-known for good dining options and more for being the location of the infamous Soi Cowboy. Yet, a newly-opened restaurant on the premises is set to change all that. Walking into Papa's Fish 'n Chips is like walking into a rustic, industrial, chill-out place that has a banging adult rock playlist and a centre table that pops out thanks to the blue-white tiles imported all the way from Italy. It's a different atmosphere from what you'll see outside -- bars and street food. And despite having only been opened for about three weeks, Papa's Fish 'n Chips has a menu that blows us all away.

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    Goin' full American

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 31/03/2017

    » <b>The Setting:</b> Stepping inside the small, homey restaurant makes you feel as if you've left Thailand and entered a diner somewhere in America. It's not just because of the feel of the restaurant and the food. The owner, Katherine, is Thai-American and is very much hands-on with her customers, making them feel welcome and right at home and going around and checking up on them as they eat. We think that makes all the difference in terms of service and atmosphere because it was nice to have a mother-like figure asking you if you're doing okay and checking if you're still breathing after eating so much. Despite the somewhat small space, the restaurant welcomes regulars who come in every week. We think this is because of the welcoming atmosphere, thanks to Katherine and her staff, and of course, the homemade American meal its patrons feast on.

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    Nerd haven, food heaven

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 17/03/2017

    » <b>The setting:</b> The Setting Paradise comes with different names for different people: Heaven, Shangri-La, Krispy Kreme, you name it. But for Bangkok's gamers and nerds, it's called Game Over. Equipped with consoles, PCs, and a huge assortment of board games and party games, Game Over has been a cool hangout place for both gamers and noobs alike. Recently, it held a grand reopening and added some perks to its already impressive location. There's an extended "club area" for those who want thumping music to go along with their night as well as a playground area for the younger ones who don't really know their way around a PS4 yet. But the highlight of all these additions could arguably be the fact that they now have a bar and a kitchen that allows them to have a full-blown menu of utter deliciousness.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Borderless cuisine

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 03/08/2018

    » Barely more than two weeks old, Cali-Mex Bar & Grill has a pretty interesting story. Its owner, Jeff Moss, is Australian and the restaurant started in Hong Kong. Three years later, Cali-Mex had 20 outlets all over Hong Kong, and fortunately for us Bangkokians, they decided to make their first international venture in the Big Mango. At the Holiday Inn in the corner of Sukhumvit 22, Cali-Mex Bar & Grill has a small space decorated appropriately so that it feels as if you've just stepped into what seems to be a bar at the US-Mexico border sans Trump wall. The entire place gives off an inviting atmosphere, subconsciously telling you to invite your friends to come over, gather at the table and hang over a good meal.

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