Gia Long, Central World, Bangkok

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Everytime I visits Bangkok, I couldn’t stop drooling over the wide array of sumptuous delicacies they have there, be it on the roadside hawkers or humble little coffee shop to the “grand-looking-but-very-cheap-price-tags” restaurants. Last month marked my fourth visit to the Land of Smiles and with a vegetarian lad in the group, there’s little choice when it comes to meal time, but for the most convenient and time-saving option, just walk into a café or restaurant with English menu and you won’t go wrong.

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Located on the sixth floor of Central World Plaza, the E&E couple first spotted this place due to the decorations. As you can see, black and white are the main colors that adorn almost every part of the restaurant and they exudes a contemporary Roman-Greek feel to the overall ambiance. Food wise, there are Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Western cuisine to choose from.

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My Bun Cha’s portion (100 Baht) might looked small but it’s enough to stuff half of my stomach… okay, maybe 1/3 of my stomach. Served with a side dip of lime and chilli dressing, the pork cutlets were a bit chewy (the don’t remove part of the skin, that’s why) but yet, very well marinated.

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CK was curious about the Crispy Noodle (120 Baht) and it turned out to be deep fried rice vermicelli. Normal stuff, nothing to shout about. The Goi Cuan (70 Baht) was slightly better, with plenty of greens especially basil. Now you know what the vegetarian lad had for that night.

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I didn’t touch the Crispy Shrimp (70 Baht) but they were gone in seconds as soon as they landed on the table, so I assumes that they were good. The Pad Thai (120 Baht) wasn’t salty enough for me and a little bit dry too.

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Thai Fish Cake (150 Baht) proves to be a good snack; well seasoned although a little spicy and pretty big chunks too. Other than the items above, we also had Pineapple Fried Rice (120 Baht), Lemongrass tea (90 Baht per pot) and Papaya Juice (60 Baht). All for 1542.06 Baht for 5 person… quite cheap I would say, considering the area and ambiance.

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Gia Long Cuisine
6th Floor, Central World,
Tel: 0-2255-9654 / 0-2255-9656

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My Second Japanese Post

It’s not that I don’t like Japanese food but more often, I found that the pricing here in KL are exorbitant. I seldom patronise sushi chains eventhough I have yet to try out Genki and Sakae because I see them as some expensive fast food joints. Japanese buffet doesn’t work for me too as I feel it lack the sense of authenticity. So, to cut it short, I haven’t been to Jogoya, Fukuya, Kampachi, Yo! Sushi, Shogun, Umai-ya, Ninja Jones and so on…

So hard please hor? Then where does my second post came from?

Fuji.

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No no, stop flipping the Yellow Pages, you won’t find it there. I came across this popular Japanese food joint in Bangkok last month on my second night in Siam Paragon. This was my third Bangkok trip and this time, we spent less time on the streets and explored the eateries in the malls instead. This particular outlet was 100% occupied when we arrived and we had to waited about 20 minutes to get a table while perusing the menu.

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If I could, I would have just keep one set of their menu and bring it back. It’s so attractive! Every item were arranged nicely with gorgeous pictures (first reason to make you salivate), details and pricing. We had a hard time deciding on what to order, seriously (even with the extra 20 minutes waiting time + “deciding time” was not enough). We finally settled for Alaska Salmon Roll (190 Baht). Very fresh and everything were rolled up nicely, plus no clumpy gohan.

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The Gyoza Ramen Set (150 Baht) doesn’t look appetising (my fault) but it’s good actually. The soup was very flavourful and ramen were cooked al dente. The gyozas were also nicely pan fried, with not so thick wrapping skin so you can still get the crispy sensation and juicy pork filling.

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Janvier found that his Sukiju Pork Set (140 Baht) a little weird for him as it’s a rice and noodle combo with braised pork, tofu, vegetables, onions and ramen in miso based broth.

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For bento set, you can choose either sashimi or tempura and I chose the latter. Fuji Bento Tempura Set (230 Baht) comes with grilled salmon, poached pork fillets (very tender!), nigiri, rice, tempura (prawns, squid, lady’s fingers, brinjal, yam and pumpkin) and salad. I practically swept everything and left no remnants.

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The Salmon Tekka Don (260 Baht) arrived in its glorious form, beautifully arranged with zucchini, pickled ginger, wasabi and a dollop of ikura (salmon roe), covering the rice underneath. The serving was huge where Frankie ended up eating all the salmon sashimis but couldn’t finish the rice.

All the above item plus a chawan mushi, one coffee, one orange juice, one lemon juice and one Fujicha (tea) costs the four of us 1,311 Baht. That’s about 327.75 Baht (approximately RM 32.80) per person.

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Fuji Japanese Restaurant
Same level as the food court with big aquariums
Business hour: Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 10.00pm, Sat – Sun: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Website: http://www.fuji.co.th/wwwfuji/
(Outlets also located in Central World, MBK Centre, Silom Complex and The Emporium)

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