Thursday, July 25, 2013


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.

Overall, a very good dining experience. I'd love to be back here during the next trip to this part of the world. Props to Jellybean for making such a great resto choice (and for treating me as well, hehehe :D)!

44/9-10 Thonglor Soi 13; +66 (0)2 185 2670

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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Bangkok, the City of Angels, ranks as my favorite Southeast Asian capital city; and i was glad to drop by for a weekend visit recently.

First-time visitors will definitely have tons of activities to choose from: Shopping (swanky malls such as Siam Paragon to the renown Chatuchak Weekend market);  eating (Somboon Seafood curry crab, haha), culture (Wat Pho, Grand Palace, my personal favorite Jim Thompson House, etc.), entertainment (Calypso Cabaret ;-D, Patpong); and of course, getting a Thai massage (check out the ubiquitous spas near most hotels, offering a limited menu of Oil Massage, Body Massage, Foot Massage and Thai Massage).

For a second-time visitor, i would recommend setting aside a couple of hours to go to a day spa for even more pampering. These are typically converted houses, and located in various sois (side streets) in the Sukhumvit area. My favorite one
is the Bangkok Oasis Spa Sukhumvit 31 branch, which i had visited previously and had such a great time at.

Thus, a return visit (yeah, i'm senti that way) was in order and i booked online in advance. 

As you enter the gate, you feel like you left the bustling, noisy madness of Bangkok behind and ventured into a tranquil place where time stands still. Check out the lovely exteriors below:

Pond and staircase to the treatment rooms

Closer view
 The staff is exceedingly polite and friendly, and makes one feel at home. 

Entrance to the reception area

Ah, here below is the entrance to my own private room/villa. I had availed of the "Oasis Pampering" package, which consists of a body scrub (i chose the Thai Coffee, Honey & Yogurt ;D),  an Aromatherapy hot oil massage and lastly, a Thai facial. 

 "DO NOT DISTURB" mode on for the next 2 1/2 hours!

Inside the room

The scrub and massage proved to be soothing, and i was in a hazy, dream-like state in no time. Totally relaxed, with my mind in shutdown mode. (Had you asked me to recite the alphabet then, i would probably have gone as far as "E" only).

And this next picture below was not some sort of vegetarian snack they served. Rather, these were the ingredients for my facial.

 I drifted to sleep at some point, and woke up feeling refreshed, with my face as smooth as _______ (hmm, how to describe? A baby's bottom? Porcelain? Silk? Ray Allen's jumper?)


As i sipped hot ginger tea in the reception area, and waited for them to bring my shoes around, i didn't feel like leaving yet and tarried way too long, which resulted in having to hurry a bit for my dinner appointment with my friend, winsome Jellybean. 

Oasis Spa Bangkok at Sukhumvit 31

64 Soi Swaddee, Sukhumvit 31, Wattana, Bangkok 
Open Daily 10.00am-10.00pm
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