My boyfriend and I were stumbling down Sam Sen Road in Bangkok after a very messy outing in Bali the night before followed by an exceptionally uncomfortable 4 hour plane journey desperately looking for somewhere with a menu that would be kind to our still-tender stomachs. After several disappointed glances over menus serving nothing but oriental food we found this little gem on the corner of Soi 1. The first thing we noticed as we approached was the big sign outside advertising BIG burgers and our eyes lit up with pure joy.
|Snazzy exterior decor|
We rushed inside, grabbed a menu and took a seat, relieved to be off our feet. We were greeted by Gili, the owner, who asked us what we were after before talking us through some of the dishes. My boyfriend explained to her the fragile state he was in and I told her I was after some sort of banana-based drink. She told us she had just the thing and dashed off behind the bar to whip us up some drinks. A few minutes later she returned with what I can genuinely say was the most delicious drink I have ever tasted in my entire 20 years of existence: a banana, coconut and cinnamon smoothie. Everything about it was perfect. For my cusping boyfriend she had concocted what she termed "the ultimate hangover cure" and presented him with what was basically a virgin mojito but with added secret ingredients to make his stomach stop churning. I'd tell you how it tasted but I didn't even get a look in so I'm guessing it must have been pretty fine and he definitely looked a lot less grey by the time he'd finished it.
We both ordered sandwiches as neither of us could handle anything bigger and despite our condition we pretty much licked our plates clean.
When we went the place had only been open for a few weeks and it was still a bit of a work in progress but that didn't stop it from having a fantastic vibe. Gili's children were there at the restaurant with her and it was so lovely to see a working mother who could still spend time with her babies. Her son brought us our cutlery and her tiny little girl amused us to no end with her gorgeous smiles. She told us about how her restaurant came into existence and how hard her and her husband worked and are still working to get it off the ground.
If you are in Bangkok I seriously recommend you hit this place up whether you're craving home food or not. The atmosphere is great and the food is to die for, the perfect combination.
|Gili and her husband behind the bar|