Coming back to Thailand after being away for a month – there is always a need to spend a little time with the Rats in Bangkok. Kicking off in Soi 4.
Anyone noticed what a craphole soi 4 is these days? The place looks like a building site. Oh I am sure in a few years there will be some nice buildings spattered down the soi – but the road itself, the sidewalks, the telegraph poles, pot holes street and vendors will still be there.
The rendezvous point with the Rats was Hooters. This is becoming a bit of a hub to meet at – mainly due to the people watching opportunities.
Monday afternoon saw the rats meet up at 2pm. Bottle of GG ordered. For the 3600 you get the mixers thrown in. All well and good, but why is it they display everything out on your table? I don’t want 6 cans and a big bucket of ice sitting in the sun for the next few hours. Please – just leave it in the fridge. I lost count of the times we had to ask for the jug of water to be replaced with a jug of ice.
Wasn’t really paying much attention, but Hooters is pretty expensive – food wise. Don’t get me wrong, the food is o.k – typical American style chicken wings and the like – but come on… waaaay too expensive for what it is.
The Hooters girls still break out into a little dance every now and then, but you can see the enthusiasm has long gone. Not too many punters in – so doesn’t make for a great atmosphere. Maybe they should try slashing their prices and get the place packed out. Speculate to accumulate and all that.. Or an even better idea – relaunch the loyalty cards they gave out when it first opened – basts.
After polishing off the bottle of Grey Goose – we did the usual rounds. Big Dogs, Morning Night, Soi 22, Nana blah blah… you all know the places.
There were a few places that were new to me – so thought I’d give them a mention. In no particular order…
Some pals and I stopped off here a couple times during our Bangkok visit. Never really been on our radar as it’s full of old bastards. Turns out that we are also old bastards so fitted right in.
Took a seat outside which for us was perfect. Bit of privacy out there so no one could hear us taking the piss out of everyone with our obnoxious drunken talking. Pretty nice place to be fair. Food was good too. Recommend the goulash!
They have girls working there which I guess are Freelancers? I did notice one of the waitresses come over to us and tried to get us to buy her a drink. Sorry, but if we’re going to buy you a drink, you have to have done something to deserve it.
Being a first time Kiwi Bar patron, I am having mixed views. First let me say the service staff do a great job – and the bar itself is nice and professional looking.
However, Tuesday night is ‘free bbq night’. We didn’t know this as there were no balloons outside. That didn’t matter, the freeloaders knew – and they were out in numbers.
It is a great gesture from a bar to lay on free food and I don’t think the general public know what goes into it. It’s not just a chance for the bar to get rid of the food that’s almost out of date. I am not going to go into it – but putting on a spread costs money. From the food, the staff, the plastic knives/forks etc… it all has a cost.
I just hope the people who were shoveling the free food down their mouths were leaving good tips. I doubt it though.
The problem with giving away free food – is the kind of people it attracts. I am not talking about poor people, who we can cut them some slack. I am talking about the people who want something for nothing and binge on it. We saw one guy on his second plate – piling it up like it was some kind of gameshow task. I’d have loved to have pulled him aside and asked why he needs to overly large platefuls of food. Ask yourself this – “if it wasn’t free – would you have still eaten it”?
This guy was a greedy fat bastard. I can only assume there was MacDonalds somewhere that also gives away free food?
We paid up, left a tip – Lomeo made sure of tipping our service girl direct and thanking her for the good service. We were offered a visit to the bbq which we thanked them for but declined. We then headed to Monsoon for some dinner.
It’s not often we have sat in a bar/restaurant and said ‘this place is getting better’. Usually, the best a bar looks is on its opening night. From then on Its run into the ground until its sold on or refitted.
The Monsoon however, seems to be looking nicer each time we go. Has it been refitted recently? Or are they just taking good care of it and making subtle improvements? The food is great, the service is really good and it’s a nice place to be.
One thing we noticed, was the Chefs/kitchen staff working in almost silence . They worked we together and from what we could tell, were very efficient. It’s rare to see a place working this well these days. That is, in a restaurant that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to eat in.
Of course, our time in Bangkok was not just spent sitting around and stuffing our faces. Well, a lot of it was, but there was the darker side too.
Now, if only I could remember what we got upto?
I’ll have a think.