Little Bhutan – Authentic Bhutanese Food in Bangkok!

Ema Datshi at Little Bhutan Bangkok

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon“. It’s an incredible country of natural beauty, friendly people, and deliciously unique cuisine. In Bangkok there are a few restaurants that offer a few dishes claiming to be Bhutanese. But sadly these offerings are not even close to being authentic. You need Bhutanese ingredients to make Bhutanese food. But now the newly opened restaurant Little Bhutan (official Facebook page) offers Bangkok diners an authentic Bhutanese food menu.

What makes Little Bhutan “authentic”? For starters it’s Bhutanese owned, operated, and there is a Bhutanese chef working the kitchen. But what really brings authenticity to the dishes are the fact that they use ingredients imported fresh from Bhutan! Bhutanese red chili peppers, cheese, sun dried pork belly, teas, and spices are some of the things that truly give guests a taste of Bhutan. Yet despite the importation of much of their ingredients, they manage to keep their prices at an incredible value. Let me show you! Continue reading “Little Bhutan – Authentic Bhutanese Food in Bangkok!”

The Moon Under Water – Finally Russian Food in Bangkok!

Borscht The Moon Under Water Bangkok

I first discovered my affinity for Russian cuisine in the unlikeliest of places, the country of Niger. While living in Niamey, Niger my friend’s Russian wife would return from Moscow with all kinds of goodies. I immediately fell in love with Russian food the second I bit into a slice of crusty bread slathered in a spread of blended pork fat and garlic and washed down with a shot of ice cold vodka.

I was really surprised that despite the large Russian community living in Bangkok there were no options for authentic Russian cuisine. A query to fellow Bangkok foodies directed me to one chef, Alesha Voronin. All agreed that he was a magician in the kitchen but unfortunately he was only doing pop-up dining experiences. Then something happened last month. Alesha opened a Russian restaurant called The Moon Under Water.

Excited, I immediately planned a visit. I was completely blown away by the food, its quality, flavor, and presentation. I was equally impressed with the extraordinary value. Here you can experience amazing Russian food in Bangkok without breaking the bank! Continue reading “The Moon Under Water – Finally Russian Food in Bangkok!”

Rakuu – Great Teppan Style Dining in Bangkok

Pork, squid, and cheese okonomiyaki at Rakuu Bangkok

Thailand is world renown for it’s amazing cuisine. But one thing I love about living in Bangkok is that if you’re craving food from another country it’s easy to find a restaurant that offers it. Mexican, Portuguese, Indian, Spanish, Ecuadorian, heck even Tibetan! Whatever your gut desires, Bangkok’s got a place for your craving.

One of the most culinarily represented countries in Bangkok’s food scene is Japan. Ramen shops, sushi bars, izakayas, and teppan style establishments litter the restaurant landscape. It is easy to seemingly transport yourself to Japan for a meal. Save yourself a plane ticket cost and visit one of these areas that cater to Japanese tourists and locals in Bangkok instead.

In this article I share one teppan style dining place in particular that I think is a real hidden gem. Though Rakuu is quite popular with local Thais and Japanese visitors for their deliciously affordable, truly authentic teppan dishes with omotenashi service it is little known by westerners.  Continue reading “Rakuu – Great Teppan Style Dining in Bangkok”

Edinburgh, Scotland – Great Places to Eat, Drink, and See

Calton Hill Views

As a food lover, Edinburgh is one of my favorite European city travel destinations. Scottish cuisine is amazing–delicious Aberdeen Angus steaks, incredibly fresh seafood (salmon heaven, I tell you), and a focus on fresh complimenting veggies that extend much further than “neeps and tatties”. Speaking of “neeps and tatties”, let’s not forget Scotland’s most famous culinary contribution haggis! Love it or hate (I love it!) you’ll find it on the menu in some form or another at just about every restaurant/pub in Edinburgh.

fun fact: did you know that Traditional scottish haggis has been banned in the usa since 1971?

 

During my 4 day/3 night trip to Edinburgh, I found tons of places to eat, drink, and see. But I only want to share the places that truly stood out. If you’re looking for recommendations for places to eat,  drink and see on or near the Royal Mile of Edinburgh THIS article is for you. Continue reading “Edinburgh, Scotland – Great Places to Eat, Drink, and See”