A dining room made of glass walls and concrete, a wooden house whose yard is packed with logs and plenty of outdoor seating make Salt a solid competitor for the crown of most elegant outdoor drinking spot in Ari. Try the Salt Swinging cocktail which comes with sparkling wine, cranberry and mandarin juice (B280) and signature dish seafood salt carpaccio (B300). You’ll love the sexy crowd of beautiful people and a solid play list that skips the popsanova (most of the time).
12/F, St. Regis Hotel, 159 Ratchadamri Rd. Bangkok, 02-207-7829. BTS Ratchadamri
Room 126, Soi 38/3, Section 2, 08-1648-2282.
This wooden khao gaeng shop, with its red clay plates, boran-style cutlery and coconut shells used as cups, is famous for its fresh ingredients. Make sure you try the delicious kanom jeen naam phrik (B40). The rich peanut sauce over noodles is a perfect combo with the deep-fried morning glory leaves. Dishes are around B50 each, and you need to get there early as they tend to run out fast due to the regular swarm of loyal customers.
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MEE TON PAE
214/7-8 Phuket Rd., Phuket Town, 076-216-293. Open daily 10:30am-5pm. Closed every 29th of the month
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