Mr Jones Orphanage (Bangkok – Thonglor)

Mr Jones Orphanage

Address: SeenSpace Thonglor 13, Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Operating hours: 10.00am to 12:00 midnight (last order at 11:00pm) daily

Introdution

Mr Jones orphanage is located at the ‘atas street’ of Thonglor. You may have noticed that the address is exactly the same as Roast Coffee and Eatery. Yeap, this cosy little cafe is at level one of the SeenSpace, just below Roast Coffee & Eatery. I guess as a child everyone would had dreamt of such a place where there are endless candies, cakes, chocolate and ice cream. Mr Jones orphanage is exactly such a place, only that you need to pay for it. LOL.

I would have to say the selling point of this cafe is the design of their cafe instead of just food. Upon entering this “wonderland”, on the left lies a kitchen that is literally full of pastries, with the ceiling decorated with a giant wooden clock.

In the middle, there is a long table arrangement that reminds me of of mini Harry Potter’s Hogwarts dining hall.

On the right, it’s labelled as “The Playground” where there is this large carousel-design dining table in the center. The area is the most well lit and if you want to get some good food shots, dining at this area will never go wrong.

However, I am most impressed by their attic dining area and this is where i choose to have my meal. There is a ‘secret attic’ that is leaded up by a flight of narrow wooden stairs. I have to bend my knees and lay low so that my head won’t knock onto the ceiling while exploring the “secret hiding place”. Low seating sofas and tables are placed at various corners of the attic with decorative items like toy soldiers, library books and plush toys are scattered all over the dimly lit attic, with no ‘adult’ (the waitress) looking at what you are doing.

It’s like you had been transported out from Bangkok, and into a place that only exist in a story book.

As i reach there quite early at about 11 am, i had the whole attic to myself with the freedom to walk around, sleep flat on their sofa, or do anything you want. Best chill-out place ever.

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Pastries and cakes:

Since I just had my breakfast at Roast Coffee and Eatery, I didn’t get to try Mr Jones’ main course and I only ordered their desserts. Mr Jones Orphanage do offer brunch menu like Egg Benedict, Sandwich or a full breakfast platter. But now the problem is, WHICH DESSERT SHOULD I ORDER?! There are a wide selection of desserts like Lemon Meringue, Passionfruit Sponge Cake, Rocky Road, Chocolate Fudge cake, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Ferraro, Oreo Pie,  Berry Sponge and even M&M + Kit Kat cake, which they call it the “Kit Kat Monster”.

In the end, i finally settle with their coconut cake at 100 baht (cus Thailand is famous for their coconut), Chocolate Ferraro at 110 baht and their Chocky Mud Pie (135 baht).

Their coconut cake is divided into four layers, first layer with the fresh coconut shavings, then the coconut cream, the sponge cake with a layer of fresh coconut meat sandwich between the sponge cake. I thought this is something that is not commonly found in Singapore. For those who like coconut, this is worth a try.

The staff recommended their Chocky Mud Pie and this pie was served piping hot from the oven. Nothing beats a molten chocolate center that goes with a mouthful of dark chocolate ice cream.

Conclusion

Mr Jones Orphanage has actually little main courses to offer therefore i would suggest having your breakfast at Roast Coffee and Eatery at level 2 and pop by to experience this cafe and to have desserts. Don’t be fool by it’s plain-looking main door.

I think it’s worth the visit cus this is something that we don’t have and will not have in Singapore. And apology if my photos focus a little too much on the interior design instead of the food, but that is because i really really like the interior of the cafe. Definitely an eye opener and a place not to be missed, especially if you are already at Thonglor area.

Directions

The nearest BTS station to Mr Jones Orphanage is Thonglor station and takes a 15 minutes walk. Direction is exactly as coming to Roast Coffee & Eatery. Taking a cab to this place will be much easier. If you choose to walk, you just need to walk on one straight road on Sukhumvit 55 and turn left into Akkhara Phat when you see a building call “Home Place”.

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Soi Polo Fried Chicken (Bangkok – Lumpini)

Soi Polo Fried Chicken

Address: 137/1-2 Soi Polo, Th Withayu | Lumphini, Bangkok

If you type this in google map, this address won’t point you to the exact location of Soi Polo Fried Chicken. I will elaborate on the exact location and directions at the end of the post.

Operating hours: 7.00am to 10.00pm

Introduction

Some of the online reviews say that Soi Polo Fried Chicken offers the “best fried chicken in bangkok”. The funny thing is I will be writing another post on this fried chicken from Siam Square and that too is “the best fried chicken in Bangkok”. So which exactly is the best fried chicken in Bangkok? I would say these two versions of fried chicken is entirely different and i will explain why in my later post.

Unlike the SabX2 Wanton Noodle, this place is not much mentioned in Singapore’s blog or site. I gave this place a miss for my last two Bangkok visits so i made it a point to try it out when i can afford the time, and i am glad that i did!

The air-conditioned dining area is behind the Pepsi banner so don’t miss it. The Kitchen area is slightly further up. You can see the shop with a red signage at the most right hand of this photo and that is the Kitchen area.

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Fried Chicken

Soi Polo Fried Chicken comes in two portion sizes, half chicken for 100 baht or whole chicken for 200 baht. Their version is not the flour breaded deep-fried style but more of a hotel banquet kind of roasted chicken. The chicken itself is rather decent. It’s tender and not too dry. The one thing that makes this chicken really unique is their fried condiment that was scattered generously over the chicken.

For sure I can taste salt, pepper, fried garlic and onion and i have never tasted such fried chicken like Soi Polo’s. Scoop a spoonful of the condiment and eat it with the chicken for maximum Soi Polo Fried Chicken effect! For those who love garlic and onion, you will be a fan of Soi Polo Chicken. I just can’t get enough of the fried condiments. Probably i will return to this place for their Fried Chicken when i visit Bangkok again!

Moo Larb

Instead of only ordering the chicken, we also tried two other dishes. Their Moo Larb tasted quite OK but i feel that there’s nothing special about this dish. If you only have stomach for one, then make it the Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Note that this Moo Larb only cost me 80 baht, which is about S$3.20.

Spicy Pork Soup

I am still seeking for the “Best Tom Yum Soup” in Bangkok, so i tried out luck to see if Soi Polo Fried Chicken’s can fit into my criteria.  But apparently, the Spicy Pork Soup does not taste exactly like Tom Yum Soup. It’s just a spicy soup (not sour) with pork. Verdict? Can give this soup a miss although it only costs me S$2.50.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a convenient eat, then I think you can skip this place. But if you are someone like me who goes overseas in search for hidden gem and good food, plot your map well and make a trip down!

May i suggest to visit Banyan Tree’s sky bar – Vertigo & Moon Bar after Soi Polo Fried Chicken. Take a 15 minutes walk from Lumpini MRT station and i was there for my last trip. The bar itself is awesome and the night view is spectacular. One of the most romantic dining places for Lovey Dovey Couple. But do note the attire to enter the bar is smart casual.

Directions to Soi Polo Fried Chicken

From the map provided, zoom in to the red circle “A”, you will see a street call “Sanam Khli”. The is a small lane just above Sanam Khli without any road name and that is where Soi Polo Fried Chicken is situated.

I took a cab down to Soi Polo Fried Chicken although it is possible to walk from Lumpini MRT but i think it will take a 15 minutes walk from there.

You will see Soi Polo Fried Chicken once you turn into the small road.

SabX2 Wanton Noodle (Bangkok – Pratunam)

SabX2 Wanton Noodle

Location : From the main road of Phetchburi Road, turn in to Phetchburi Soi 19 and walk about 2 minutes to locate this shop. It’s just situated in a lane beside Shibuya 19 Shopping Mall / Glow Pratunam Hotel.

Operating hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm

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Introduction

This SabX2 Wanton Noodle is located beside my hotel, Glow Pratunam, at Phetchburi Soi 19.  Just turn into the small lane Soi 19, walk for about two minutes this stall is on the right hand side. This Wanton Noodle is very popular among Singaporeans and the waitress even knows how to communicate in Mandarin.

SabX2 is a fairly clean air-conditioned eatery just across the road of the Platinum Mall that serves mainly three items: Wanton Noodle Dry/Soup, Braised Pork Trotter and Braised Pork Intestines.

Wanton Noodle Dry

The most popular must-order is the Wanton noodle dry. Unlike some of our singapore version, their Wanton noodle has no sauce, no gravy and no fried chilli. The ingredient to Sabx2 great tasting noodle is the  fragrance of the deep fried pork lard and a little bit of Chye Po (preserved radish).

There are lots of crispy goodies in every mouthful of noodle, including the slightly char roasted Char Siew. Do note that the noodle’s portion is rather small so do manage the expectation well. And if you are someone who shun stuff like deep fried pork lard, then this Wanton noodle may not be appealing to you. Add some dried chilli flakes for a stronger flavor!

Braised Pork Trotter

One of the reasons to order the pork trotter is – the portion of the Wanton noodle is so so so so small and i could finish it in three mouthful so I’m still hungry! Ok, to be honest, I think the pig trotter is worth a try. The braised trotter is so tender that the meat almost fell apart when I exert more strength on my chopsticks.

There are other braised item like intestine, egg, tau kwa (bean curd). My friend’s verdict of the pork intestine is “I had never tasted such a tender pig intestine. Not in Singapore for sure”. This is the photo that i took during my last Bangkok Trip:

Conclusion

When you visit Bangkok platinum mall, why not just pop by for a quick bite to see why is this little air-conditioned eatery so popular within the Pratunam area. Some of my friends told me that they made it a point to visit this place every time they visit Bangkok. Definitely there are better tasting. Wanton noodle in Singapore, but this Thailand version has it’s own uniqueness in it’s own flavor.

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