The City of Angels presents innumerable choices for the tourist. For second-timers, check out the Thonglor and Ekamai parts of Sukhumvit Road, where the newest and hippiest shops, restos and bars converge, tucked away in small discreet sois.
I had given Jellybean carte blanche in choosing where to have dinner (my only request was no more Thai food, as we already ate at the famous Bo.Lan resto), and she decided to keep her chosen resto a surprise. Thus, she could be heard mumbling on her mobile, confirming our dinner reservation.
As expected, we got a bit lost finding the place; and our taxi driver motioned for us to walk down the soi, rather than him dropping us off right at the entrance.
We were supposed to look for a French bulldog statue (as this was the landmark of the resto). Suffice to say, we didn't see it!
Fortunately, after a short walk, we found the signage of Little Beast resto, our destination for the evening.
According to Jellybean, Little Beast seeks to evoke a New York vibe with its food (emphasis on small plates) and decor. The interiors were suitably dark, with comfortable seats; and there was a well-lit bar area as well. The place was rather small, surprisingly enough.
Onwards to the food!
First up was the Warm Creamy Crab Dip with House-Made Crackers and Baby Romaines (250 Baht. Seriously good. We were both blown away! Creamy and tangy dip, yet not cloying. I could have eaten a whole mayonnaise jar's worth of this dip.
Next was the Snap Peas & Chicken Skin salad (200 Baht). I must admit to have had initial reservations about this dish (as greens aren't really my thing). But the peas proved to be sweet-ish and crunchy, and the chicken skin was superb.
Here's a closer look at the chicken skin. It looks more like a deep-fried cracker. My only wish was that there should have been more pieces of it in the dish!
My personal choice for our 'main' course, the 15-Hour Lamb Shoulder (350 Baht). It proved to be extremely tasty, and tender and juicy; and i could have eaten this whole portion below.
Jellybean chose the Black Truffle & Pork Cheek Penne (350 Baht). Considered as a 'small plate', the portion was quite generous; and we both liked it very much. Pasta was perfectly cooked, pork cheek was tender, and the cream sauce was not overwhelming.
For desserts, we chose the Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches (150 Baht), which came in 3 flavors: Peanut Butter cookies + vanilla ice cream, Chocolate Chip cookies + milk ice cream, and Snickerdoodle cookies + salted caramel ice cream.
Nice presentation. I'm a huge fan of ice cream (well, desserts in general), but these were just okay. Nothing really great, so a bit of a letdown. If i recall correctly, Jellybean and i agreed the Snickerdoodle with salted caramel was the best one.
Ah, we finally found their mascot, the French bulldog. He's standing guard on a small bench in front of the resto entrance.
44/9-10 Thonglor Soi 13; +66 (0)2 185 2670
For more info on nightspots in the area, check out http://www.thonglor-ekamai.com.