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Hemlock: nice place to eat
As we had no clue where to got for dinner and didn't want to end up in Khao San road again we consulted our Lonley Planet and looked for a place not to far away from our hotel. Hemlock was a good choice.
The nice and kind of european style of the restaurant was a nice change. Food was good and prices were reasonable.
Hemlock: Thai cuisine romanticized
Taking inspiration from the potion that killed Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Hemlock is Thai food romanticized - with lots of chillies and exotic spices, except that I settled for the less spicy rice dish with native sausage and dried shrimps. The odd combination (actually, not really that odd for my Southeast Asian palate) provides a happy contrast between the rich pork concoction that is the sausage and the salty, a-bit-crunchy texture of the shrimp. The rice acted as the unifying agent. Washed down with ice-cold beer, it was a fitting start to what would be a nice gastronomic two-day trip around the city (and country) that boasts one of the world's best-loved cuisine.
The dessert list though did not charm me, so I opted to have it elsewhere. Service was mediocre owing perhaps to the lack of staff (there were only two that night - both doing the serving and the cashiering) and strong customer flow. Unfortunately, I also sense a strong 'preference' for Caucasian customers - both in choice of seats and service quality - an observation that was soon validated in other restaurants. This is a farang-loving (foreigners, Caucasians, specifically) country after all.
Hemlock - Art Restaurant: OK food, Good Atmosphere, Bad service
Don't know what happened to this place. Maybe they need more friendly staff (or just simpy hire MORE staff ) Last time we were there ( last month, August 2006) waiter couldn't be any ruder. I asked him nicely if I could have a menu (please) he just snapped "Can you just chill out for a second?" Don't you tell me to "chill out" I come to a restaurant to eat, not to chill out.
It's double-standard at this place. If you look a bit well-off you might not have a problem. They seem to take care "look richer" guests first. I asked for bottle of water many times, it's never been served. I had to walk to get it by myself. (from the case that was lying on the corner of dining room)
I might be very biased here anyway, Just listen but you don't have to believe everything I'm saying. We were probablly unlucky that day. But totally, I hated this place that evening. Heard from my friend too that they've been serving like this for a while because they have not enough staff.
Food itself is not that bad But a bit too mild for Thai taste. b For example, Tom Yum Goong is not spicy as it should be..really really mild..too mild!)
The place is lovely, nice decorated. But they NEED to do something with their employess before their reputation will get worse.
Anyway, another outstanding "selling point" of this place is they're "Art Restaurant" which means they are venue for art events too (photography exhibition, performances, plays) Get some flyers at their resto.
Favorite Dish: Gai Hor Baitoey (Fried Chicken wrapped in pandanus leaf)
Hemlock: Real Thai in Banglamphu
Hemlock on Phra Arthit is deservedly the first adress for Thai cuisine in Banglamphu. It's Thai food 'at its best' with an extensive menu of mouth-watering delicacies. And the best thing is you don't pay much more for the truly delicious dishes here than you would pay for mediocre, westernized Thai food at the ubiquitous farang places around. Definitely not my last visit here!
Favorite Dish: Gorgeous Red Curry with Chicken and Pineapple (80B)
Mushrooms with Cashew nuts (80B)
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