Shopping malls are everywhere across Bangkok, and containing within them are an abundance of restaurant options ranging from the ubiquitous MK, BBQ plaza, Fuji restaurant, you name it. Food in shopping malls are generally decent. More often than not, you’ll get a very respectable meal within the confines of an air conditioned building. Street food is fine and all, but there are certain moments during that day that a reprieve from the scorching heat becomes absolutely necesary. Yeah, I can be a total wimp sometimes.
Before heading off to the airport, we decide to have our dinner at Terminal 21, which is located near the Asoke BTS station. The mall itself is quite quirky with each level having a different theme e.g. Istanbul, San Francisco, etc. Restaurant wise, there are the usual suspects as mentioned above, but also quite a decent selection of new restaurants such as Mix, which we’ll be trying out today. Our Thai and International friends had recommended it, and being ranked one of the best restaurants in Thailand three years running can’t be a bad thing.
Initial impressions, I was totally confused by the menu. There must have been thousand of dishes, ranging from Thai, Western, Chinese, etc. And there’s a drinks menu too, with a plethora of cocktails to choose from! We basically gave up and relegated the decision making to our server, whom recommended their house specials. I’m typically skeptical of restaurants with ginormous menus, potentially spreading themselves too thin, jack of all trades master of none, and all that jazz. We were at the whims of our server. Oh boy.
The first dish came out, which was a sort of “otak-otak” or steamed crab cake, stuffed inside a crispy cornet pastry, which is then garnished with Thai basil leaf and a sliver of red chilli. And, it tasted pretty good. Oh thank god. Food here is actually good!
It didn’t stop there. Next came the deep fried fish with sweet chilli sauce, topped with deep fried Thai basil leaves. Also very delicious with the fish being remarkably fresh, and the exterior nicely crispy.
This was one of my favourite “Thai” dishes growing up, which was deep fried chicken wrapped with Pandan leaves. Chicken was nice and moist, and definitely made me feel happier. The presentation was kinda cute, but was a minor hindrance in my state of hunger. Undeterred, I removed the onion garnish and ripped into the pandan leaf with reckless abandon. I want my meat, damn it!
The final dish we had were the lemongrass pork skewers. The meat was also pretty moist and tasty, with a hint of lemongrass to it.
Despite my initial apprehension, we had a pretty good meal. There’s nothing fancy about food here, but it was simple and tasty. Couldn’t vouch for the cocktails as we were pretty toast after clubbing last night. Otherwise pretty satisfying as good comfort food goes, and worth a revisit whenever we’re back in the area.
Contact: 5th Floor, Terminal 21 department store. Asoke Intersection/BTS Asoke. Bangkok. (662)-254-0799. Website.