Sunday, August 19, 2012

Silom Restaurant, Silom Soi 15, Bangkok

Silom Restaurant, Silom Soi 15, Bangkok

Much like how Colbar is, Silom Restaurant is a Hainanese institution that hails from the colonial era just after World War II (68 years old now it seems) serving Western influenced Asian and Thai Chinese food from another time. With spacious seatings, high ceilings fans and no air conditioning to be found. 

That also meant that some food was done in ways which I didn't quite recognize from the renditions today as well. In any case, this was an interesting breakfast trip

Bangkok, Silom Restaurant, chrysanthemum tea

It was the first time I've had breakfast with chrysanthemum tea. What the Thai speaking old proprietress also know as kiat huay.

Bangkok, Silom Restaurant, oxtail soup

Then came our oxtail soup which looked and tasted a lot like a peppery clear chicken broth with macaroni. I would never have known it was oxtail until we got to the bits of collagen and fatty chunks of tender meat at the bottom.  I was initially quite apprehensive from the appearance, but it turned out pretty good. I still think it tastes like chicken broth though.

Bangkok, Silom Restaurant, bread butter

The carbohydrates of choice was sliced bread and butter. This establishment makes a good old school sweet loaf. Sadly these can either not be found or are difficult to find back at home these days. Imagine all that light and airy texture that made you think that you were actually breathing in all the bread rather than eating them. The butter was salted and tasty. Very good with the bread. Or by itself. We had seconds.
Bangkok, Silom Restaurant, beef steak

Their grilled beef steak was way off from what I had imagined. I couldn't tell where the meat came from and it was rather salty and overcooked. The meat was hard and chewy soaked in a onion infused tomato sauce.

Bangkok, Silom Restaurant, ox tongue

What fared a lot better was the ox tongue that was both tender and beefy in a beefy tomato sauce. Enjoyed the soft grainy tongue. Wished that the portions were larger. Those green beans on the side were surprisingly tasty too. Odd that I was actually able to tell the differences between the 2 tomato sauces that were used today. In the past, it would have been just the same to me.

Silom Restaurant, Silom Soi 15, Bangkok

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