Sole Mio – Excellent Italian Fare & Service in Bangkok!

Sole Mio Bangkok

I am fan of Italian cuisine. There is nothing finer or more comforting in this world than homemade pasta or a thin crust pizza with a nice sauce and quality toppings. I learned about Sole Mio (official website) through the Bangkok Foodies Official social media group. It was suggested as a foodie gem offering excellent food, service, and value in the Bangkok food scene.

After taking a look at their menu, and reading some overwhelmingly positive reviews, I decided to take my visiting friends there for dinner (they’d returned from nearly 2 weeks in Koh Chang and were looking forward to anything that wasn’t Thai food). All of my hopeful expectations for Sole Mio were far exceeded during our visit that evening. It was truly a wonderful experience and a great launching point for some rooftop bars afterwards.

Oh what a night!

Sole Mio
Ponte Vecchio (450 baht)

The food was excellent and well portioned.  We ordered a mix of pastas and pizzas. The “coolest” dish was the Ponte Vecchio (450 baht), a pizza made with a bridge constructed from breadsticks and parma ham with a “river” of fresh creamy ricotta cheese and rocket leaves running beneath it. My gal fell in love with their homemade spinach and ricotta cheese stuffed Ravioli Butter & Sage (300 baht) dish.

The ambience made us feel right at home. We were especially impressed with the service from  the very friendly and attentive staff. After receiving the bill for 4 persons who weren’t shy about eating and drinking I was thrilled with the value of our evening. I honestly expected it to be A LOT more for all that we ate, drank, and the level of service we received. But the final straw that put me over the edge was finding single serving packets of mouth wash in the bathroom. I know that sounds silly. But it demonstrated to me that THIS is a place that takes the extra step to pamper their customers.

I decided it was also a place that needed to be further explored, written about, and shared. So I coordinated with them for a return visit where I could focus more on their food (instead of focusing on my friends and the many, many drinks we had) as well as learn a little more about their story. After reading this article I think you’ll get a sense for just how wonderful this place is, and why it truly is a gem in the Bangkok food scene!

Let’s begin with the food…

Fresh pasta!

Sole Mio Bangkok
Fettuccine Black Truffle (360 baht)

As I said, nothing is finer or more comforting than fresh homemade pasta. At Sole Mio they make their own fettuccine, lasagna, and ravioli pasta (gnocchi as well!). For their traditional pasta dishes you pick the type of noodles you want and then the sauce you want with it. They also have some specialty noodles which is what I selected from. I chose to get the fancier Fettuccine Black Truffle (360 baht) pasta dish. I am worth it.

This dish comes with a generous portion of homemade fettuccine egg noodles cooked al dente, with an imported Italian black truffle cream sauce, topped with fresh parmesan and almond slivers. It’s creamy, addictive, and perfectly seasoned with the truffles (not overpowered by them). I highly recommend this dish if you are a fan of truffles!

Sole Mio makes some great pizzas!

Sole Mio Bangkok
Seafood and Capricciosa Pizza (320 baht)

First off, I am not trying to start a pizza war here. That being said, Sole Mio makes some excellent pizzas–in fact they have a full menu that is just for pizzas. You will feel hard pressed to just pick one pizza which is why I really found it to be wonderful that for their traditional pizzas you can actually order a half/half pizza. This is one of the few places in Bangkok that I’m aware of that lets you do this. You basically pay the price for the more expensive pizza style. So if you want to try a couple of different pizzas and they’re close in price, this is the smart option (unless you really want to order two pizzas). I won’t judge you, they’re tasty!

I ordered a pizza that was half Seafood (320 baht) and half Capricciosa (290 baht), thus the pizza was (320 baht–the more expensive half, see?). The seafood side was covered in fresh seafood (mind the tails on the shrimp, perfectly cooked calamari, and mussels), and mozzarella cheese. The Capricciosa side was made with ham, artichoke hearts, shitake mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and an egg. They are both fantastic pizzas–and it was great to try them both on one pizza.

This is definitely the way to do it!

A simple salad… simply HUGE.

Sole Mio Bangkok
Mix Salad (190 baht)

I underestimated the size of this salad. Simply put Sole Mio salads are meant to be shared. This Mix Salad (190 baht) is not a side salad. It’s a course. It’s a nice salad, however my recommendation would be to order it if you are dining with a couple of other folks. Unless of course you just want a salad for your meal!

A chat with the owner…

Sole Mio Bangkok Owner

I was fortunate to have an opportunity to chat with Domenico, the owner and operator of Sole Mio. Domenico is originally from Turin, Italy. He arrived in Bangkok in 2001 and after working here for a few years decided it was time to retire.

But he didn’t want to fully retire so he decided to pursue his dream–owning his own Italian restaurant. Domenico comes from a family that has been involved in the restaurant business for generations, so he’s no stranger to the workings of the food industry. Many of the recipes at Sole Mio are family recipes.

Sole Mio began its brand of restaurant located at Thonglor Soi 21. It operated there for 6 years and built quite a fan base of regulars. But when the building was sold, Domenico had to find a new home for Sole Mio. The new location he found was on a side street of Thonglor Soi 13. It used to be a home which was transformed into a dentist office with many little rooms. Domenico bought the place and tore down the walls to transform it into a restaurant that feels like home. Sole Mio has been operating from its current location for 2 years.

Sole Mio Bangkok
Sole Mio Team

Domenico runs the restuarant with the help of Henry (pictured in the middle) and Jane (not pictured). Henry has a culinary background, and is an accomplished photographer as well. He manages the kitchen staff and operations. Jane is very personable and handles the public relations and marketing strategy for Sole Mio. Together along with the myriad of cooks and serving staff they comprise the Sole Mio family.

A place for families!

Sole Mio Bangkok
Private family dining areas…

Domenico is a family man. He wants Sole Mio to be a place where families will feel welcome to bring their children. There are private areas inside for family style dining, as well as a kid’s menu where children can enjoy smaller portioned Italian fare at very reduced prices ranging from 90-180 baht. In the near future, Sundays will be a special time for families to visit as there will be a dough making corner for kids to get some hands on learning experience making dough!

Sole Mio – Where Italian culture and cuisine connect!

Sole Mio works closely with the Società Dante Aleghieri – Bangkok to provide a venue for Italian culture and language events. In April they intend to put on a production of the play Pinocchio. Sole Mio also hosts many cultural entertainment events of their own (open mic nights, talent shows, and special talent stars making guest appearances).

Sole Mio has also been recognized by the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce for their Italian cuisine and cultural efforts by awarding them with the Ospitalita’ Italiana Quality Award. This prestigious award is based on Sole Mio following strict requisites for the quality of the ingredients they use, the genuine Italian recipes and wines they offer, the fact that they have chefs with direct experience in Italy, and that they consistently demonstrate a strong commitment to spread and enhance the Italian culture overseas. If you dine at Sole Mio you’ll instantly realize the award is well deserved.

It’s best to follow Sole Mio’s Facebook page if you want to keep abreast of their cultural events and menu specials!

I’m hungry. Where is it?

Sole Mio Bangkok

Sole Mio is an excellent place to dine solo, as a couple, or with small or large groups. You’ll find plenty of romantically lit tables for two. On the other side of the spectrum there are private dining areas that are perfect for family dining or business dining. There’s also ample seating inside and covered seating with fans outside.

Sole Mio also has a small parking area inside their compound and if that is full there is parking available at the Civic Park which is 15 meters from the Sole Mio restaurant.

If you enjoy Italian cuisine and amazing service without it breaking the bank I highly recommend you check out Sole Mio!

OMG – A Great Place for Tex-Mex in Bangkok!

OMG Bangkok Fajitas

I learned about OMG (official Facebook page) through a friend who appreciates good food and cool places to hang out. It was enthusiastically described to me as a place with some “seriously tasty eats, and a really cool owner!”. I value my friend’s recommendations on such matters as he’s a person who doesn’t sugar coat his opinions. Unsurprisingly, his assessment was spot on.

OMG has a varied menu of some great eats but most of their concentration is on Tex-Mex dishes. If you’ve found yourself disappointed with Tex-Mex experiences here in the Big Mango you will be very happy with this foodie find. But let me show you what I’m talking about!

OMG – A real Tex-Mex treat!

OMG Bangkok Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajita (229 baht)

Fajitas are a Tex-Mex classic. OMG offers three different fajita options: chicken, steak, or shrimp. I chose to get the Chicken Fajita (229 baht) which comes with marinated tender spiced chicken tenders, onions, and colorful peppers on a sizzling hot plate.

It’s accompanied with sour cream, pineapple salsa, regular salsa, and a seriously light your backside on fire sauce (during this visit it was a sauce called Ghost Town  as it’s made with Ghost Chili Peppers–fire!).

It also comes with 2 tortillas which despite their thinness hold it all together very well. I would highly recommend this dish–and if you’re a fan of heat don’t shy away from the spicy sauce (their next batch will be made with Vietnamese peppers and will be called “Napalm Kiss“).

Shrimp Tacos

OMG Bangkok Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp Tacos (229 baht)

As OMG is located near my gal’s work, she joined me after her work was over and ordered her favorite dish Shrimp Tacos (229 baht). The shrimp are beer battered and fried. It’s topped with a chopped red onions, tomatoes, purple cabbage, and coriander with a bit of tangy sour cream based sauce. The thin tortillas are lightly fried so they have a bit of chew. The only thing missing from this picture is the beer that accompanied it!

Bring on the dank!

OMG Bangkok Buffalo Chicken Wings
Buffalo Wings (139 baht)

Much of the menu at OMG is Tex-Mex fare. Their special’s board should be noted before ordering as there’s some great non Tex-Mex options, too. For example, these Buffalo Wings (139 baht) with “dank bleu cheese sauce” were on the special’s board.  The wing’s sauce is perfect,  it’s flavorful and with a vinegar tang the way Buffalo Sauce ought to be.

Though “dank” isn’t normally a word I’d associate with good food it accurately describes this blue cheese sauce. It contains big chunks of bleu cheese that’s much sharper than your average offerings. Once the wings are gone you’ll be mopping up the sauce with the celery and carrot sticks. If you run out of veggies you might just use your finger–OMG is a safe place. You will not be judged. The bleu cheese together with the sauced wings makes a great starter or beer snack!

A chat with the owner…

OMG Bangkok Owners
Guru and Aey

I had the good fortune to be able to chat with Guru, the proprietor of OMG. My friend was right, this guy IS really cool. Restauranteur by day, lead singer for the Sin Tonic heavy metal band (they play their own original music  but in the style of classic heavy metal) by night. Cool, right?

OMG opened in September ’16 as an izakaya style bar and restaurant that also served Indian and American Chinese dishes (Chop Suey, Tikka Masala fries, those kind of dishes). One day, Guru made some fish tacos and was very happy with the results. OMG has always had a “specials” board, and so he added them there. They were a hit.

Guru’s always been a fan of Tex-Mex, but has had some disappointing experiences in the Big Mango. He started cooking Tex-Mex for himself and adding it to the board…each item received an overwhelmingly positive response. You might say the specials board steered the menu, and now OMG concentrates on cooking up some great Tex-Mex!

It’s a family affair!

OMG Bangkok Cat
Poncho “The Head Honcho”

OMG is a family run business. Guru mans the kitchen and keeps the good eats coming. When he’s not working the grill he’s chatting up guests and just being an all around cool guy to talk with. His partner, Aey, staffs the bar, serves up the food, and her soft spoken manner (which I’m convinced masks an inner rock n’ roller) will instantly win you over. Poncho “The Head Honcho” manages the Accounts Receivable Department. Give her a bit of your chicken meat, fish, or shrimp and your accounts will be in good standing.

OMG – A great place to hang!

When I first arrived at at OMG it was around 4:30 pm. All was quiet except for a couple of regulars that eat there nearly every day. Once the clock hit 6:00 pm folks started pouring in ( a mix of both Thais and expats). This is a place where folks feel comfortable eating, socializing, or just hanging out with a few beers. Guru told me that unlike many restaurants, OMG doesn’t “turn tables”. He wants people to hang out, socialize, and become a part of the scene.

OMG also puts together many social events. For example, on the first Thursday of every month they have a very popular quiz night. This isn’t the kind of quiz night you find at pubs where you are hushed for being too loud. This is for fun and hilarity. The winner gets a case of beer. Their quiz night anniversary is in April.

Monday’s are buy two get one free Asahi drafts. If you’re looking for something to do on Taco Tuesdays they offer a pretty sweet deal of 50 baht tacos (chicken or veggie) and 100 baht margaritas. You will want to follow their Facebook page to keep informed of their specials and events.

I’m hungry. Where is it?

OMG Bangkok FrontOMG offers seating both outside and inside with chairs at the bar as well. This is a great place to show up solo or meet friends for drinks, eats, or a little bit of both to socialize. They are located within an easy walking distance of the Rama IX MRT Station on a Soi Yu Charoen just off Ratchadapisek Soi 3.


101 Restaurant – My BEST English Breakfast in Bangkok!

101 Restaurant Bangkok

First off, I rarely use the word “best” much less capitalize it in my article titles. It’s certain there are many places in Bangkok that serve a fantastic English breakfast. and I am certainly not saying that the 101 Restaurant (official Facebook page) has THE best English breakfast in Bangkok. I am saying that they offer the BEST English breakfast that I’ve had in Bangkok to date, and I have tried a few places.

Yes, I am an American. That being said, I’ve previously lived in the United Kingdom and I’m no stranger to a proper full English brekkie. In fact, when traveling around the UK I preferred to stay at B&B’s (Bed and Breakfast), and if they served a proper full English breakfast the place would endear me to them and they’d be receiving my repeat biz. I mention this because that’s what I kept remembering the first time I had this meal at 101 Restaurant.

That being said, if you’re a fan of English food you’re going to enjoy this article. But if you are on a cholesterol restricted diet I caution you from reading further or recreating my experience…

A breakfast feast!

101 Restaurant Bangkok
The feast!

I was joined by my friend John (check out his Sweet3Mango site!). He first introduced me to 101 Restaurant and I could really use his help eating this feast. We basically shared the two meals, but even then I had leftovers for the next day’s breakfast.

Let’s start with the English breakfast…


101 Restaurant Bangkok English Breakfast
The Full Monty (330 baht)

This is The Full Monty (330 baht).  It comes with 2 eggs any style, 2 slices of bacon, 2 pork sausages, black pudding, hash browns, baked beans, and a grilled tomato and mushrooms. What’s not pictured is the two slices of thick toast and tea (or coffee) that comes with it. If this is a bit much for you, and it certainly was for me so I am not judging, go for The Half Monty (235 baht).  It’s basically the same thing but with 1 less bacon and sausage.

What makes this a proper English breakfast for me is the quality and authenticity of their sausages, bacon, and black pudding. If you’ve been disappointed before with a brekkie that had hotdogs or lunch meat on the plate you will really appreciate this experience. The 101 Restaurant buys all of their English goods locally from Bunter’s Foods Bangkok. Bunter’s makes all of their products in accordance with strict quality controls, using traditional recipes and methods. You will taste the difference.

Eggs Benedict!

101 Restaurant Bangkok Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict with Salmon (210 baht)

I love this dish. This is the Eggs Benedict (210 baht). You can get it with a choice of English bacon or Norwegian smoked salmon. I chose the salmon and was not disappointed with the very generous serving of flavorful thinly sliced salmon topping the English muffin, crowned with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

This dish is impressive with its portion size. I have had this dish at other restaurants in which I received half of this portion and paid more than 210 baht! If you’re a fan of Eggs Benedict, this should be on your radar.

A chat with the owner…

101 Restaurant Bangkok Owners
Peter and Gay

I had the good fortune to sit down with the 101 Restaurant owner, Pete. After talking with him I began to understand why it was their English breakfast so good.

Pete’s originally from Derby, United Kingdom. He has spent many years working and living far from his birthplace. He moved to Bangkok in 1984, and has certainly seen many changes.

Pete has spent much of his time in the Big Mango cooking and it’s no coincidence that 3 out 5 of the places he’s worked at have made the top 5 places for an English Breakfast (Queen Victoria (now Scruffy Murphy’s), Chequers, and Bobby’s Arms). It’s no surprise that the English Breakfast at 101 Restaurant is so amazing. My hope is that some day it may be recognized and make that top 5 list as well.

After the Queen Victoria was sold to new owners, Pete and his lovely bride, Gay, decided to make a go of running their own restaurant and purchased the 101 Restaurant. They have been operating the restaurant for 2 years and it’s become a place for locals in the Sukhumvit 101 area to relax, and enjoy some great food and service, without breaking the bank.  It has been one of those places that folks go to by introduction or by word of mouth. Until today as I write this, they didn’t have a Facebook presence Pete could manage so it hasn’t been exactly well advertised. It’s a bit bare so give their new page some love!

101 Restaurant – An oasis on Sukhumvit 101/1!

When I first walked into the 101 Restaurant it seemed like a tiny, hole in the wall restaurant. If you pass through to the glass doors at the end of the restaurant you will find they open up to a large peaceful garden seating area. It’s a great respite from the noise and dust of Sukhumvit!

Out in the garden area you forget that you’re at a restaurant. You feel like you’re at a home…or an English B&B if you’ve got a full on breakfast before you!

Though this article has been about the amazing breakfast feast we enjoyed. There is plenty on their menu for lunch and dinner. Pete recommended their very tender and flavorful Beef Stew (295 baht) and their Fish and Chips (295 baht) which comes with a generous portion of battered cod fish. They also have a special all-you-can eat BBQ party on the last Saturday of the month for 250 baht/person. I recommend checking their Facebook page for future events and specials.

All of there prices are net with no service charge.

I’m hungry. Where is it?

101 Restaurant Bangkok

The 101 Restaurant is actually located on Sukhumvit Soi 101/1. It’s within easy walking distance of the Udom Suk BTS station. From Sukhumvit, turn on Soi 101/1 and you’ll find it on the left hand side of the street. There’s just a small hanging circular wooden placard hanging in front with the number “101” on it. No flashy neon signs here.

I highly recommend this place if you want excellent food, service, and value. If you have a BIG appetite, or are training for an eating competition, order the Full Monty!

Palate – An Affordable Bangkok Rooftop Bar Experience!

Palate Bangkok Chow Traveller Cover

A friend recently recommended Palate (official Facebook page) to me as a hidden foodie gem in Bangkok. Palate offers an expansive menu filled with delicious and shockingly inexpensive Thai cuisine. Take a look at their menu and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

I brought my visiting family there to try it out and we were very impressed with the quality and taste of their food, the incredibly reasonable prices, fast service, and ambience of their rooftop bar. I decided then that this  would be a place worth returning to and writing about.

Now I want to be clear that this rooftop bar will not afford you incredible views of the Bangkok city skyline. If a view is what you want, this place will not impress you. Palate’s rooftop bar is on the 6th floor. But if you’re happy being away from the traffic and noise of the city and just want an intimate place to dine and entertain your friends with good food and drink that doesn’t break the bank, then this place will impress you!

Let me show you what I mean…

A feast for the Palate!

Palate Bangkok Chow Traveller Cover

You can see I tried my best to get a fair sampling from Palate’s menu. But choosing these dishes was tough as everything on their menu looks so good and is so reasonably priced!

I must have crispy pork!

Palate Bangkok Pork Belly
Deep Fried Pork Belly with Spicy Salad and Herbs (160 baht)

I am a huge fan of crispy pork. This Deep Fried Pork Belly with Spicy Salad and Herbs (160 baht) is a winner. There are many different crispy pork options on their menu and I’m confident you won’t be disappointed with any of them. This particular dish is made with crispy pork tossed with the same herbs and dressing that is in larb. I love the spice and tang of it mixed with the crunch of the pork crackling! I highly recommend this dish (or any of their crispy pork dishes).

Deep fried yum!

Palate Bangkok Fried Prawns
Deep Fried Breaded Prawns with Lime Cream Sauce (180 baht)

If you’re a fan of fried shrimp you will love this. I did. The Deep Fried Breaded Prawns with Lime Cream Sauce (180 baht) is lightly battered (don’t expect Tempura style) and though it’s deep fried it’s not greasy at all. The sweet and tangy lime cream sauce drizzled over the perfectly cooked shrimp is absolutely delicious, too!

Some serious pepper!

Palate Bangkok Chicken Pepper Sauce
Stir Fried Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce (170 baht)

This Stir Fried Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce (170 baht) isn’t sparing the pepper. It’s intensely flavorful and you’re going to want to have some rice or noodles to eat with it. If you’ve been disappointed with bland pepper sauce dishes before you will find this experience quite different!

Oh yeah!

Palate Bangkok Fried Rice
Hot Basil Fried Rice with Beef (160 baht)

I’m not normally a rice person. But Palate offers some great rice dishes. The problem is trying to decide which one you want! I am a fan of Pad Krapao so this Hot Basil Fried Rice with Beef (160 baht) is perfect for me. They don’t skimp on the flavor here. There’s lots of basil leaves, spicy birds eye chilies, and plenty of minced beef. If you like a stir fried rice dish with a kick you will love this!

GIANT river prawns!

Palate Bangkok Pad Thai Prawns
Pad Thai with River Prawns (190 baht)

At this price the Pad Thai with River Prawns (190 baht) is an amazing value. Look at those river prawns. They are HUGE! The pad thai is made with Sen Chan noodles which I enjoy as they are more “chewier”. I also loved that Palate puts the chili, sugar, and peanuts on the side so that you can spice it how you like. They do use palm sugar to make this dish (which gives it a creamy sweetness) so you may find the granulated sugar unneeded. I recommend you taste before you season it–it may just be perfect as it is!

Where has this been all my life?

Palate Bangkok Salmon
Raw Salmon in Spicy Chili Paste (170 baht)

This dish blew me away. It’s incredible! The Raw Salmon in Spicy Chili Paste (170 baht) is a dish that is a symphony of flavors. Take the thin slices of raw salmon and roll it up around a dollop of roasted sweet chili paste laden with red and green onion and slivers of fresh lemongrass. Your mouth will thank you. This is another dish I highly recommend, especially if you’re enjoying some drinks!

A word about drinks…

Palate has a fantastic selection of cocktails and beers (both bottle and draft). All of them are very reasonably priced. Their cocktails are average priced at a reasonable 150 baht.  They offer several German and Belgium brews ranging from 190-270 baht. Local beers are 90 baht, and you can pick up a pint of Asahi on draft for a mere 140 baht. They also sell the draft beers by jugs and towers if you want to buy in bulk.

A chat with the owners…

Palate Bangkok Owners
Aey and Oil

I had the good fortune to meet with the owners of Palate, Aey and Oil. They started Palate in August, 2016 as a shabu hotpot style restaurant (you can still find some pretty amazing hotpot dishes on their menu).

They decided to expand their menu to seafood after operating for 6 months.  Then they rented out the entire building to expand their operations so that they could include a bar and rooftop bar (located on the 5th and 6th floors).

Palate Bangkok Second Floor
Second Floor Area (note pallet furniture)

The name “Palate” was chosen for 3 reasons. It plays on the same sounding word “pallet” which was what some of their furniture was made with when they were starting out. It also plays on the Thai word “Pa– take you to” and “late“–as in encouraging customers to stay longer. Finally, it is also references “palate“,  a person’s appreciation for taste and flavor.

All of their seafood (with the exception of their salmon) is purchased from the Saphan Pla Fish Market located on Charoen Krung every night from 12am-1am. All of their produce is purchased nearby at the Pak Khlong Market. Khun Oil prides herself on doing the shopping herself to ensure the quality and freshness of the ingredients.

Both Aey and Oil are proud of the rapid growth of Palate, and the large fan base that enjoys eating their delicious food and enjoying the scene. They’ve taken great care to ensure that processes have been adopted to provide a consistent dining experience, and that kitchen stocks are properly managed to provide fresh ingredients at all times and keep the costs low. They have every reason to be proud of their creation.

I’m hungry. Where is it?

Palate Bangkok Front
Palate Restaurant/Bar Front

There are 6 floors to the building. Only the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th floors are used for dining and drinking. So if the rooftop experience is what you desire, don’t be turned away when you climb the stairs and find the 3rd and 4th floors not being used for customers. Keep climbing and you will be rewarded!

Palate is located just a few minutes walk from the Saphan Taksin BTS exit on Charoen Krung Road. Palate is a great place to dine alone, as a couple, or as a large group. They are also able to provide for private/event functions. Tuesdays through Fridays they have live acoustic music on the rooftop. Check out their Facebook page to see their latest promotions.