Weekly Special (July 9 – 13): Butternut squash veggie burger

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New Seasonal Menu! April through July

Mixed mushroom lasagne with pinenuts and ricotta

Birds in a Row Seasonal Menu April – July 2012

Salads:
1. Salad of lentils, chickpeas, butternut squash and paneer with masala dressing
2. Summery watermelon, tomato and feta salad with mint and vinaigrette dressing
3. Mixed greens with edamame beans, tomato, tofu, Japanese cucumber and miso dressing
4. Sauteed green beans, snow peas and walnuts with orange sauce
5. Couscous with mango, parsley and almond slivers
Mains (veg): 
6. Paneer cauliflower fritters with curried yogurt sauce and cilantro
7. Bean medley (broad beans, fava, chickpeas and lentils) frittata with pecorino cheese
8. Mixed mushroom lasagne with pinenuts and ricotta
9. Ruby-red beetroot latkes with dill cheese
10. Wholewheat grilled panini sandwich with grilled eggplant, zucchini, sundried tomato and creamy tahini sauce   
Mains (non-veg):
11. Roast free-range chicken with gorgonzola cheese and figs
12. Creamy smoked salmon dill tarts with caper berries
13. Moroccan style mackerel and tomatoes on potatoes with pickled lemon
14. Potato rosti with salmon, spinach and black olive cream cheese
15. Wholewheat grilled panini sandwich with free range chicken salad, cheddar cheese, pickles and tomatoes

We offer combinations of one salad and one main option.  Vegetarian main combinations are 160B and non-vegetarian, 180B. We deliver free of charge within the Rattanakosin area and will deliver outside this range with delivery fee added.  
As always, please place your order by calling or emailing: 
Mobile: 084.5391819, Tel. 02.6284588
Email: birdsinarow@windowslive.com

7 Divine Mouthfuls from Big Bite Bangkok

by on January 31, 2012

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The debut Big Bite Bangkok was truly a tasty success!

If you missed it, hopefully you can join another Big Bite Bangkok in the future! Become a ETF Facebook fan to catch this event and others.

I started the day off with a few bites of northern Thai sai oua sausage handcrafted by the Bangkok Glutton herself. It was delightful, a wonderful blend of pork and spices.

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After visiting Sri Lanka a few months ago, I was hurting to eat some more of their glorious cuisine. Big Bite Bangkok included some awesome Sri Lankan food like the kottu and potato cutlet pictured above. It was spectacular – authentic Sri Lankan food in Bangkok!

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BKK Bagel Bakery was represented by a selection of their tastiest bagels and cream cheese – the authentic taste of New York City at Big Bite Bangkok!

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These peppers stuffed with lentils, spices and topped with a bit of cheese were fabulous – a healthy and delicious treat brought by Birds in a Row.

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The fresh organic cherry tomatoes brought by Adam’s Organic were among my favorite snacks of the day. They were flawless, a burst of pure juicy tomatoey goodness wrapped in a thin bright red skin. Amazing!

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The citrus cake from Roast BKK was a sweet success. They were sugary, tart and crumbly!

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But those sweet bars weren’t the final thing I enjoyed tasting at Big Bite Bangkok. To end the day in style, I ordered a fantastic plate of freshly fried Vietnamese spring rolls from Vietnamese & More. They were hand rolled on site, fried and served with a tangy sweet and sour sauce!

Thanks to all vendors who participated in the event, the organizers (Dwight and Chawadee), and everyone that showed up, the first Big Bite Bangkok was a tasty success!

Dwight is going to give you the more in-depth overview of Big Big Bangkok on an article that will publish on Thursday. Make sure you stay tuned to read more!

organic lettuces available

Hello Birds in a Row customers!

In addition to our regular delivery meals (the seasonal menu of which is listed below), organic local producer friends of ours have bestowed on us a large assortment of various lettuces. For the rest of this week we will have available red oak, green oak, romaine and butterhead organic lettuces at a price of 40B per pack of 250-300g. Please let us know if we can provide you with some beautiful lettuce along with your order!

Best wishes,

Birds in a Row

Seasonal menu: January – March

Salads:

1. Nicoise-style mixed greens with quail egg, potato, tomato, croutons and herbed vinaigrette

2. Mixed greens with corn, bacon, tomato, avocado and blue cheese dressing

3. Mixed greens with edamame beans, tomato, tofu, Japanese cucumber and miso dressing

4. Barley quinoa medley salad with carrots, cucumber, tomato, mint and parsley

5. Purple sweet potato salad dressed with mint yogurt sauce

Mains (vegetarian): 

6. Savoury grilled lentil cakes with creamed olive cheese

7. Our version of vegetarian Greek moussaka with buffalo mozzarella

8. Rustic wild mushroom walnut tart

9. Ruby-red beetroot latkes with dill cheese 

Mains (non-vegetarian):

10. Nutmeg crusted free-range chicken with mango salsa 

11. Pancetta, tomato, onion galette

12. Glorious gnocchi with herbed chicken and asparagus

13. Potato rösti with salmon, spinach and soft dill cheese

We’re finally up and running following a busy holiday season. We are now offering a single fresh (or grain-based) salad option rather than the two side salad options previously provided. Vegetarian mains are 160B as usual and non-vegetarian 180B. We will deliver free of charge within the Rattanakosin area.  

As always, please place your order by calling or emailing:

Mobile: 084.5391819, Tel. 02.6284588

Email: birdsinarow@windowslive.com

Boxes consist of 2 combination sets:                
Set A: Veg main and one side salad– 160 Baht
Set B: Non-veg main and one side salad– 180 Baht
 
BIRDS IN A ROW
Whole food delivery
Tel. 02.6284588 Mobile 084.5391819
Email: birdsinrow@windowslive.com
 
(Please call or telephone before 10am for lunch or dinner orders)

Year in review: Bangkok’s best new restaurants

Printed in CNN GO, 29 December

Restaurants come and go every year in Bangkok. Here’s a look at the top eateries with staying power that joined the city’s dining scene in 2011. 

Mugendai Tempura and Sushi Bar

 

Mugendai 

Mugendai’s long bar, where you can watch the head sushi chef at work, is the most popular spot in the restaurant.

Style:Japanese fine dining 

Thailand had been lacking specialized Japanese restaurants, with most often lumping their food preparation methods into one bundle.

But Mugendai does only tempura and sushi, all made with fresh fish caught and delivered from Japan’s famed Tsukiji market. Which, as might be expected, comes with a price.

The menu changes daily, depending on the catch of the day. The sushi stresses the importance of fresh, grade-A ingredients, and the tempura is made according to traditional Japanese tempura house methods.

Try the Uni Hotate Tempura (sea urchin roe with scallops, 700 baht) and Aburi 7 (2,200 baht) — a series of nigiri which included masazaka gyu beef (tender, barley fed beef) and otoru (blue fin tuna).  

This is the place to go when you want to splurge. Expect to pay 6,000 baht for two without drinks (on the upside, there is no corkage fee so you can bring your wine in). 

Atmosphere: In the heart of Thong Lor, on a rooftop overlooking the city, the vibe doesn’t get any better. The restaurant is small and cozy, furnished  with wooden tables and chairs.

Thonglor Soi 12, atop the Grass Serviced Residence, +66 (0)2 726 9222. Open Monday-Friday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m. until late.

 

Salt

 

Salt 

Salt has become one of Ari’s hottest places to eat and drink.

Style:Hipster heaven 

Two favorite cuisines– Japanese and French — mingle mellifluously in this hip spot in the hippest area in Bangkok — Ari. 

While Salt’s massive menu doesn’t have any descriptions, whatever you choose is going to be pretty good.

Recommended is the Wagyu beef pizza from the seasonal menu. It’s 280 baht for a small, 400 baht for a large. It could very well be some of the best pizza in town. 

Atmosphere: Salt has a lot of space. At the entrance, a large room with bay windows showcases the action — a bar, a DJ and a seating area that’s packed as often as not.

Outside is a more relaxed down-tempo courtyard. Around the corner, you can dine on the lawn next to the wood-fire pizza oven.

112/2 soi Ari, corner of soi Ari 4, Phaholyothin soi 7. +66 (0)2 619 6886. Open Monday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight. On Wednesday, open 12 p.m.-midnight.

 

Seven Spoons

 

Seven Spoons 

Seven Spoons’ filet mignon with long-simmered pink peppercorn gravy.

Style: Slow food  

With more than half of the menu being vegetarian (and even offering some vegan choices), this homegrown food joint fills a large, gaping hole in the Bangkok dining scene.

The restaurant stemmed from the Birds in a Row delivery service that became popular with the United Nations crowd for its local produce advocacy. It became mega-popular because of chef Joke’s creative dishes and seasonal menu. 

The dishes at Seven Spoons have a Mediterranean flair but are completely original. After tasting the savory and surprisingly filling quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and feta (190 baht) we quickly found out that organic, local whole food doesn’t translate to expensive and unappetizing. 

What most people don’t know about this restaurant is that the cocktails are delicious too, especially when paired with Seven Spoons’ bar food. 

Atmosphere: Turn a Chinese shophouse into a hip restaurant with a hint of hippie and you get Seven Spoons. Wooden walls and tables give the place a warm, earthy feel. It only takes two groups to fill up the space, so call and reserve before you make the trek. 

211 Chakkrapatipong Road. +66 (0)2 628 4588. Open daily, 6 p.m.- midnight. 

 

Snapper

 

Snapper 

Snapper’s batter is nice and thin so you enjoy the actual fish instead of pure grease.

Style:A real deal fish-and-chips shack from New Zealand 

Claiming to be Bangkok’s first New Zealand restaurant, Snapper is primarily a fish-and-chips shack that dishes out freshly caught seafood. 

It’s no fuss, no muss menu makes it clear: if you go to Snapper, you’re going for fresh seafood imported from New Zealand. 

It’s a little more expensive than your average fish-and-chips shack, but the quality, great service and a friendly host make up for it.

Atmosphere: Snapper, only a stumble away from Cheap Charlie’s, is furnished with tables and chairs made from the wooden planks of a lakeside dock, with a fishing net draped overhead. It feels like you’re dining by the sea. The seating, however, could be improved upon.  

1/22 Sukhumvit soi 11. +66 (0)2 6511098. Open daily, Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday-Sunday, noon-midnight

 

Gastro 1/6

 

Gastro 1/6 

Gastro 1/6′s full english breakfast with sausages.

Style:Artsy brunch spot 

An outdoor brunch joint featuring an all-female staff in the courtyard of RMA institute, this joint closes mid afternoon, marking a nice contrast with most of the new start-ups this year. 

Most importantly, it serves arguably the best breakfast in the city. All the classics are there, including a full English breakfast with sausages, two eggs any style and baguette, for 380 baht. Chef Su’s French toast with seasonal fruits, berries and syrup is a Gastro classic (195 baht).

The menu is limited, but every choice you make will be the right choice. 

Atmosphere: Gastro 1/6 makes diners feel like they’re eating in a secret garden. The outdoor courtyard is shaded by trees. There’s a swinging chair where you can sip espresso, but otherwise seating is scarce and so is the staff.

If you’re planning on having a lazy Sunday brunch, make sure you come early because this place gets packed. 

Sukhumvit 22, soi namthip 2 (RMA Institute). +66 (0)80 603 6421. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

Bangkok Burger Company

 

Bangkok Burger Co 

If you’re craving a burger, this is a good place to start. Pricing is average, with no surprises.

Style:Classic burger joint 

Everyone knows burgers. So if you’re going to open up a restaurant, you’d better make sure your burger is right. Some people love Bangkok Burger Company. Some people are disappointed. But everybody is talking about it. 

It’s American, Aussie, French and British. Bangkok Burger Company shack crosses borders. They use Charolais beef, which is popular in all of the listed countries. The patty is juicy and tender. 

The menu is simple, with choices ranging from the classic bacon cheeseburger (230 baht for a small, 295 baht for a large) to more eccentric selections, like The Emperor (a burger cooked in teriyaki sauce with sautéed onions, mushrooms and wasabi mayo. Small 230 baht, large 295 baht).

Atmosphere: Red booths in this small, Thong Lor restaurant are reminiscent of a classic diner. The decor feels very “America.” But when you’re getting ready to chomp down on a burger, that’s a good way to feel. 

Unit 103, G/F, Opus Building, 139 Thong Lor Soi 10, +66 (0)2 715 9407. Open daily 11a.m.–11p.m.

 

Zuma

 

Zuma Bangkok 

A plate of spider rolls at Zuma, where the presentation is just as impressive as the food.

Style:An informal izakaya in fancy surroundings 

With highly-acclaimed branches in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Miami, the local “see and be seen” crowd couldn’t wait to dig their chopsticks into the contemporary Japanese dishes served up at  Zuma’s recently-opened Bangkok restaurant, which can be accessed through the posh St. Regis Hotel.  

Zuma is the kind of place you take someone you want to impress as the food definitely lives up to the hype. Just don’t leave home without your platinum credit card. 

Menu highlights include the melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu sirloin with Wafu sauce and garlic crisp, miso-marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf and a wide selection of fresh off the boat sashimi. 

The problem is, Zuma is an izakaya-style restaurant, which means you’re expected to share. With dishes as delicious as these, you’re not going to want to. 

Atmosphere: Like all five of the other Zuma restaurants, the Bangkok venue was designed by famed interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu and features both local and Japanese influences. The stone and wood work is remarkable, while the seating is comfortable yet sophisticated. For those who prefer the great outdoors but not the heat there’s an air-conditioned patio.  

St Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Road. BTS: Rajadamri. +66 (0)2252 4707. Email: reservations@zumarestaurant.co.th. Open for lunch and dinner.  


The Bar and Restaurant

 

The Bar and Restaurant 

A plate of Chef Olivier’s spaghetti arrabiata with tiger prawn.

Style:A champagne bar/restaurant serving creative French/Italian cuisine  

Thai celebrity Krirkphol Masayavanich and Chef Olivier Daniel’s newest venture, The Bar and Restaurant, is Bangkok’s first Champagne bar.

Given the stamp of approval by Moët & Chandon, the Champagne is priced a bit lower than what you’ll find at most Bangkok venues, plus they have great deals practically every day of the week.

But since opening, there’s been a common misperception that this place is just for high rollers who want to sip Champagne and dine on oysters. Not so.

Chef Olivier’s creative French and Italian dishes, made with top imported ingredients — think Canadian lobster, black truffles and U.S. beef – are priced very reasonably yet never fail to impress. 

Atmosphere: The bar, downstairs, is all about flash. There are draped private booths, a gold bar and a sparkling Moët & Chandon sign. Upstairs is the restaurant, which is far more relaxed and low-key. 

24th Avenue, Sukhumvit Soi 24, next to The Davis Hotel. +66 (0)82 222 7474 Open daily, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.