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    American barbecue, the Thai way

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 04/03/2016

    » The beginning of 2016 marked a new beginning for Meat & Bones. Once solely a presence at pop-up markets and events in Bangkok, it has now set up in permanent shop in the newly opened The Commons community mall on Thong Lor Soi 17.

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    Doni Nacho a no go

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 29/01/2016

    » We spied the Doni Nacho stand at the woefully unattended “Love Is All Around” market at K Village on Sunday. As a Texan and an American and a disgusting glutton, the very idea of nachos makes me swoon.

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    Of death, brew and burgers

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 05/02/2016

    » It's easily missed, the unassuming shophouse on a quiet Chinatown soi, where traffic is light and the surroundings mundane. But keep your eyes peeled and you'll spot the intentionally weathered exterior of Let The Boy Die, a three-month-old bar the name of which is inspired by hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones. The interior, while a bit cramped, is appropriately medieval, with long communal tables and benches of stained wood, and walls adorned with peeling frescoes. Bare light bulbs add dim illumination to wooden latticework and exposed beams overhead. Leaves from ceiling-hung potted plants droop, willow-like, in their futile reach for the floor.

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    Where September never ends

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 08/01/2016

    » If Green Day's hit song is to be taken seriously, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong would channel Rip Van Winkle at this autumnal eatery. Cafe September is located in Chic Republic, a relatively small outlet mall on Bang Na-Trat Rd, and is designed to resemble and evoke the quaint charm of a small European cafe, or perhaps a rustic cottage. Yellow ochre paint coats the walls, exuding warmth; tables are of light, sandy wood; homey cushions and pillows bedeck chairs and benches. A a meal at Cafe September is a relaxing one, with an atmosphere that is refreshingly distant from the uber-modern, industrial, T-1000 cool of so many of the restaurants that line Sukhumvit Road. A private dining room, which seats eight to 12, can be booked for special occasions.

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    Greased up, ready for action

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 04/12/2015

    » Continuing with Guru’s unofficial “Grab & Go delivery series” (i.e. “In which the publication’s writers are too lazy to leave the office and/or their respective homes”), we this week bring you the delivery services of John’s Shophouse Deli, the brick-and-mortar storefront of which is located on Sukhumvit Soi 77, directly across the street from The Base Sukhumvit 77 apartment complex.

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    The secret's out

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 11/12/2015

    » Enter a shophouse on the alley-like Soi Chokdee, and you will find what initially appears to be a doorway leading into the first floor of a personal home. There is a small sofa, a flat-screen television and a long dining table, the darkened wood of which is somewhat medieval in appearance. A small cocktail cabinet holds a wicker basket filled with complimentary soft drinks and bottled water. The atmosphere is that of a particularly homey speakeasy — secretive, cosy, inviting, sophisticated but not overly formal. Through a partial glass door one can observe the kitchen, where the largely self-taught chef Mor, who lives upstairs, prepares a set menu that changes monthly, depending on ingredients, for a single nightly party of six to eight people, whom must book at least four days in advance. Welcome to Storehouse Dining.

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    Beast mode

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 06/11/2015

    » For the last year, visitors to and citizens of Chiang Mai have been drawn toward the canary-yellow paint of Beast Burger's food truck, eager to order from a simple three-item menu that delivers exactly what is promised: forces of nature.

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    Meat love you long time

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 06/11/2015

    » A converted shipping container on Charoen Rat Road marks the kerbside location of Butcher Beef & Beer, an approximately one-month-old cook-it-yourself restaurant focusing on, you got it, beef and beer. Diners, who at the time of our visit were predominantly young and good-looking, sit on wooden stools and tables, which can be moved in- or outdoors, depending on the weather. At each table is a portable gas cooker, on which various cuts of beef, chicken, pork and seafood are prepared. The atmosphere is intimate, but not formal, a locale perfect for a start -- or an end -- to a night out. An indie-rock soundtrack will back your meal here, further adding to the hipster vibe.

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    Italics straightens up

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 13/11/2015

    » A few months ago Guru reviewed Italics, a kind-of Italian restaurant built upon the foundation of an odd-yet-fun menu that focused as heavily on concept as food. We believed it then (and still do) to be a hidden gem, obfuscated only by an ever-so-slightly out of the way location (i.e. not directly in line with the flow of Sukhumvit traffic).

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    A house of meat, a carnivore's palace

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 16/10/2015

    » You won’t find much in terms of setting at El Toro House of Meat. Situated on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 29, the glass-fronted restaurant-butcher is a small place, looking out onto the lurching creep of heavy traffic, with enough seating room for only a handful of diners. Standing guard at the entrance is a display counter of fresh cuts of beef, pork and lamb for sale, some imported from countries such as Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, others from Grand Beef Farm near Phitsanulok, where the restaurants’ co-owners, Jacob Schenhav and Jair Da Rosa (who serves as El Toro’s chef), raise Wagyu cattle.

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