Eating in Bangkok is no shabby affair- with a wide range of dining options, from cheap roadside stalls to fine dining establishments, one is spoilt for choice. In this post I review the food and dining experience the bf and I had at 3 establishments in bangkok: the famous T&K seafood restaurant in Yaraowat, Chote Chitr, a small 5-table establishment located in old bangkok, and the familar KFC.

First off is sprawling T&K seafood restaurant, located in the busy Yaraowat. Loved by tourists and locals alike for it's wide range of seafood available at wallet-friendly prices, the bf and I made the trip down from our bed and breakfast one weekday evening, between 7-8pm.

Those familiar green polo t-shirts beckoning you towards great & reasonably-priced seafood...

When we arrived, business was brisk, with the outdoor tables full. We were at a loss for what to do and wondering how long it would take for us to get seats but surprisingly we were quickly welcomed by a staff, who spoke to us in chinese. He suggested for us to take a seat indoors, on the second floor, which is air-conditioned and is less smoky, and we jumped at the idea. 

dining outdoors is an option if you prefer the bright and rowdy atmosphere

staff busy preparing seafood for the hungry guests

Once we were shown to our table, we were given the menu to browse through. We quickly decided on the oyster omelette , tom yam soup, and black pepper crab, the bf's favourite. 

pepper crab on the menu

The restaurant was about 80-90% full at that time, and it took about half an hour for our first dish, the oyster omelette, to arrive. Shortly, the tom yam soup arrived, then finally the crabs. In total, along with 1 coke and 1 beer for the bf, it cost us about 50++sgd for 2 crabs, the omelette, soup. 

soup and omelette

I really liked the omelette- the consistency of the omelette mixture is just nice- a bit goey, but still crisp on the outside. They were also very generous with the serving and included a lot of oysters in the omelette. 

Quite a few pieces of prawns, fish, squid were cooked with and included in the soup served to us. The seafood tom yam soup was just the right combination of spicy and sour, which the bf loved. 

I didn't manage to get any photos of the crab as we were ravenous by the time the crab came and couldn't help but start eating immediately. It was the dish i felt was the most average of all the dishes we ordered. For the price we paid it was fine but the taste was rather forgettable. All in all, we had a good meal and were satisfied with the price we paid. 

One afternoon we ate our lunch at KFC in bangkok, after an entire afternoon of shopping. One might ask, what's the difference between KFC in bangkok and in Singapore? Well, there are a couple of things that KFC Bangkok has that can't be found here and that I miss.

Firstly, there's the spicy thai chicken drumlets. These were available in Singapore some months ago but has now been taken off the menu. The taste is very rich and tangy, and for people who like their chicken fried with a slightly sour but very rich spices taste, they should try this. This is the bf's favourite. 
Second is the green curry with fried chicken and rice, my personal favourite. I love Thai Green curry because it has a mild but rich spicy favour, with a hint of coconut milk. This dish is basically a marriage of the normal KFC fried chicken, thai fragrant long grain rice and green curry, with a dash of peas. It's delicious! 
Lastly, for dessert they have banana chocolate egg tarts, which are creamy, chocolatey and deliver that right shot of sweetness that you need for an afternoon snack or as a post-lunch dessert! 

banana chocolate egg tarts, thai spicy fried chicken, green curry fried chicken with rice

the bf enjoying the fried chicken

Aside from the food, an interesting thing the bf noticed was that at the outlet we visited many of the staff employed were blind. It's nice to know that KFC bangkok are compassionate and willing to hire blind staff to work for them- they did a great job taking our orders and serving us our food that day, and it also made us feel good that some part of what we paid for our food was going to help them in a small way. 

The last establishment I am reviewing is Chote Chitr, a small eatery located in banglamphu, or 'old bangkok city'. It was indicated as one of the recommended restaurants in our bed and breakfast's area map, and also recommended by various guidebooks, so when we came across it we decided to give it a try. We arrived on a weekday afternoon, just in time for lunch. Surprisingly there only 1 table was taken when we arrived. 

Discreet sign of Chote chitr and owner of the restaurant
image credit to owner

view from across our table

As we had some snacks prior to eating at Chote Chitr, we decided to just order 2 dishes to try. I decided on the yellow curry with pork, while the bf ordered a salad (can't recall exactly which it was). It took about half an hour before the dishes were served. In total it cost us about S$15+ for both dishes. Serving portions were large, suitable for sharing. We could have ordered 1 more dish and easily shared it amongst 5 people. 

ready to eat. 

Till now I'm still at a loss for describing what the curry tastes like but the best description would be that it has an acquired taste. The curry is very rich, but not very spicy, and covers the taste of the chicken totally. There are some fried bits of what seems like vegetable pieces and batter topped over the curry, which is very tasty and goes very well with thai rice. The bf's salad was very sour and tangy, a tad too sour for my liking- I had to keep drinking water to clear my palette! 

It was a pity that only after finishing our meal did we realise that we should have ordered their signature Banana flower salad- it is said to be delicious and worth the trip down to Chote Chitr's obscure location. Even then it was quite an enjoyable meal, and still reasonable for the price paid. If you're in the area, you should definitely consider dining here.