It wasn’t really very long ago when I was in Thailand. But when you are busy living your life, time does tend to go so fast, albeit unconciously. My trip together with my parents last November to Thailand seemed so far away now.
Our last evening’s dinner in Bangkok was spent at Baan Khanitha Thai Cuisine. We all didn’t fancy going somewhere so Baan Khanitha restaurant came in handy, located just beside our hotel on Sathorn Avenue.
Read here and see pictures of our hotel in Lumphini Business District: Staying at the Embassy Row of Sathon - Urbana Sathorn Hotel
Outside of the restaurant you can find a big picture of the king and queen of Thailand. The King of Thailand is strongly revered in the country. It reminds me of my visit to Jordan years ago where all establishments have a picture of the king as well. We don’t have this kind of royalty omniprescence here in the Netherlands. Only government institutions hang a picture of King Willem Alexander.
My parents on the other hand were finding all the royalty parade very interesting because there are no kings and queens in the Philippines.
As we entered the restaurant we were welcomed by a very cordial yet enthusiastic entourage of authentic Thai hospitality, which included the clasping of the palms together and the bowing down of the heads. We were not sure if we should respond similarly, but as a gesture of politeness we all smiled and I even managed to bend down my head a bit as a sign of acknowledgment.
The head waitress asked if I have made a reservation and I replied yes. She checked my name and then ushered us to a table right next to a window, which is exactly what I requested.
We quickly went down to business and started off with some local starters:
The interior design of the restaurant is quite elegant, using indigenous materials and contemporary local art decors. It right away gives you the idea that this dinner is not going to be cheap, haha.
Unlike in Europe where each person orders his or her own main course, we in Asia, rather, we Asians, tend to order our main courses to share. So when I am with my parents, I adapt to this dining custom. So we proceeded to order each a main dish to share with each other.
Unfortunately, I did not took down notes of the names of the dishes and I also couldn’t find them on the restaurant’s website. What I could remember though was our goal in ordering our main dishes -- they must be healthy to eat aka there must be more vegetables than meat. The senior citizens need to carry on with a strict healthy diet, hence our vegetable rich main courses.
Although in my opinion this dinner was quite good, my parents insisted that for the price we paid, they could have eaten at a much better restaurant in the Philippines. Alas, we were not in Cebu or Manila, but in Bangkok.
The upside with eating at this restaurant was the distance. It was just right next door to our hotel. We did not have to walk that far which is already a huge plus point for my mom who is mobility challenged.
For this Thailand trip, we agreed that we did not really had a superlative foodie experience. Perhaps we expected too much?
Travel Period: November 2015
Destination: Lumphini Business District (Bangkok), Thailand
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