Finding a good place to dine in a city swarmed with restaurants might be a little challenging especially if you are a vegetarian, organizing a get-together that includes vegetarians or simply finding an affordable restaurant with a taste of Asian dish, not crowded and has a cozy ambiance. If you find yourself in this dilemma, fret not for Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant offers you more than these.
Last week I organized a get-together dinner for a former colleague visiting Bangkok. It was my first time to organize a dinner for our group and aside from that, there are two vegetarians and many are health-conscious. And since Sharmila was living in Jordan for over 2 years, I was thinking of having the dinner in a restaurant with Asian cuisine. Finally, I decided to just call and ask her if there is any place she would like to eat before leaving to Jakarta where she will be based in the next couple of years. She chose Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant, and I couldn’t be more happy.
Dalad is a small restaurant in Soi Ari. I recommend you make a booking few days before going to ensure that you get a space. You can call them at (66)2 271 2109 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the restaurant is a bit small, it is ideal for a group dinner. This way, your group will be occupying most of the space and it will give you a sense of privacy even if there are a few other customers around.
Dalad exudes a comfy and relaxing ambiance. Their menu offers a wide array of choices and the food are not only super delicious, they are also very affordable. For our group of 12, we only paid 160 Baht each and that includes both food and drinks!
You know those times when you are having so much fun and you just can’t help but relish the sweetness of life? Today is one of those with my partner in crime Ate Sheila. Although I woke up a bit late, I’m still able to wash some of my laundry before heading off to our first stop, Big Bite Bangkok. Big Bite is a series of outdoor markets featuring the best of the city’s small-scale artisanal food producers. You can sample big bites of the food for free but you can also purchase more if you want to take some home. Donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go to In Search of Sanuk, a non-profit benefitting the needy in Bangkok. About $1,000 was raised today!
After making our belly happy, we went to Dasa bookstore. They sell secondhand English books at very low prices. There are only few English bookstores in Thailand and most of them are very expensive. What I hate about going to Dasa though is that I can’t leave the place empty-handed. They have almost all the books I can die for. As a result, I keep hoarding more books even before I finish reading the others. But despite my indulgence I always go home super happy.
We then walked to Queen Sirikit park just beside Emporium. One of the things I love about Bangkok is that in the midst of the metropolitan’s skycrapers there are plenty of parks to relax and just be still.
We hiked the next train station and just enjoyed the walk while taking some snaps of the typical Bangkok street. And just before we hop in the train, a splendid dusk stunned us in awe. Rainbow colors crept from the clouds, such beauty I have never seen before.
A delicious Thai food dinner was savored with Neil. Before heading out the mall we dropped by at the DVD shop to search for good movies. And finally our last trip for the day, lightning photography 😀 Ate Sheila was patient enough to wait for the next lightning to strike. When it finally came I gushed with excitement causing her to capture a shaky photo. Oopps my bad.
Now gotta read my newly hoarded book, Stumbling on happiness by Daniel Gilbert, before going to sleep. La dolce vita! What a wonderful world indeed 🙂