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MBK Food Courts: Very centralised Food Court(s) eating
The most comfortable way to enjoy the street food of Thailand is here: The food courts of MBK. It's comfortable as there is air-conditioning and yet the prices are economical (to different pockets).
There are now 2 food courts in MBK.
The 5th floor is now home to a swanky upmarket style food court going by the moniker, The Fifth Food Avenue....selling food in a cold faux restaurant ambience with warm lights, live bands and hey, 2-3 times the price. Balmy. A plate of Pad Thai is now 120 Bahts for example. Here, trash the coupons. They issue a kind of smart card that one gives to the respective food vendor and they add one's order to the card. One can spend up to a maximum of 1000 Baht and need to return the card at the exit where you will pay the respective amount you spent. If one doesn't return the card, they will charge you 1100 Baht.
The more down-to-earth food court is on the 6th floor....sharing space with many boutique shops and flea market stalls. Here, you buy coupons in bundles of 100 Bahts and get your refund for the remainders by the end of the SAME day. It's noisy, messy, but hey, twice the fun but 2-3 times lesser the strain on wallet/purse!
Favorite Dish: 5F: You get a taste of everything. Local, Japanese, Western, Italian, Pizza, Indian, Chinese and hey, there is even a Halal stall selling local and Arabic dishes.
If you like comfort, do not wish to hang around with the locals staring down at you while you struggle with the chopsticks, and just want to place to bum out, try here.
6F: There are stalls selling tasty duck noodles & Thai style "Yong Tau Foo" (noodles served with an assortment of meat and fish items). Also look out for the stalls selling Thai desserts (like steamed Tapioca with coconut milk), Thai Milk Tea, Infusions (like Chrysanthemum, Lemongrass and Barley) and cheap Bird's Nest Brew.
If you love food, nary a care for what others think of you as you wolf down whatever that is in front of you, and just want a place for your bum to park while you eat, try here.
MBK Food Court: International Restaurants in a Food Court
I usually do not like food court. MBK food court (the Fifth Food Avenue) is something different, located on the fifth floor. The cuisine is restaurant standard with quality chef cooking your meal. The price is cheap oh well compare to Aussie price. You can find International cuisines in MBK ranges from Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian; they also serve halal meat for the Muslim. The local Thai food is excellent especially the Pad Thai.
The ambience is relaxing and comfortable with air conditioning. They even have live band playing but we did not get to see it because most probably we ate there at the wrong time. In MBK there are many food court and restaurant. In my opinion the Fifth Food Avenue is the best.
We stayed at Pathmawan Princess Hotel which is attached to MBK and most of the time we ate here except breakfast as we have it in our hotel. The beverages and alcoholic drinks is also cheap, Heineken beer less than $2 AUD.
The Fifth Food Avenue has interesting systems. When you entered the food court a credit card is given to you. The credit card is swiped each time you buy your meal or beverages. After your belly is full and satisfied, you hand your credit card to the cashier at the exit and settle your bill with 5% surcharge.
If you happen to be hungry and have plenty of time, try everything, they all good for the price. Name of the few of the restaurants that we tried their cuisines: Vietnamese (Blue Ginger), vegetarian (Tamarind), Italian (Giorno), Indian (Chutney), Thai (Kao Gub Kaeng Express), Arabic (Ali’s Arabic). There are more restaurants that we did not try Creative Canteen which serve steak and seafood, Chinese Wok and Me and Japanese Yura. Next time we will try it.
Have a happy appetite and indulge yourself, yummy yummy I got love in my tummy.
Favorite Dish: The food that I've tried in Fifth Food Avenue I dont have favourites, for the price they are all good.
MBK Food Court: Loads of Choice for Minimal Money
Really busy cafe where you can choose a huge variety of regional and international food from many different counters. No frills, nothing fancy but good food served cheap and fast.
Before you start, you need to locate the coupon booth where you buy coupons for your food - you don't pay for the meals at the counters. I guess this increases the hygeine and reduces the waiting time.
100 bhat (about $3) will provide you with a vast amount of food, but if you don't spend all your coupons you can swap them back to cash - just make sure you do it the same day as they are only valid for the day of purchase.
Once you have your vouchers, have a good look at all the different counters to see what is available - lots of local food, plus Indian, italian, salads etc. Simply hand over vouchers to the value of the food you want, and take your dish.
Favorite Dish: The fried chicken was great - very tender, juicy, succulent and fresh. It was served with rice, a little salad and a bowl of broth. The counters also have a range of sauces and condiments if you want to spice things up a bit.
Once you have your meal, next move is to find a free table - no always easy!
This is a great choice if you are in a hurry, but don't want any of that golden arches rubbish - healthy, fast and incredibly cheap.
MBK Food Court: 5th Food Avenue: International food at Mah Boon Krong mall
I ate at The Fifth Food Avenue one lunchtime during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.
This international food court is located on the fifth floor of the Mah Boon Krong (MBK) shopping mall. The MBK mall is easily reached on the Skytrain – simply alight at National Stadium station and follow the covered walkways into the mall.
As at September 2007, the food court contained the following international food vendors:
Ali’s Arabic (Muslim)
Blue Ginger (Vietnamese)
Creative Canteen (Steak and seafood)
Kow Kub Kang (Thai)
Wok & Me (Chinese / Singaporean)
Yura An (Japanese)
The Juice Bar (Fruit juice)
Upon entering the food court, you are given a “credit card” which is swiped for each purchase that you make. After finishing your meal, you hand your credit card to the cashier at the exit and settle your bill (which includes an automatic 5% service charge).
Favorite Dish: I opted to purchase my meal from Nara, a kiosk which offered a large selection of Thai dishes. Amongst the choices were red, green and yellow curries with rice, various stir fries with shrimps, chicken, pork and seafood, rice and noodle dishes, soups and spring rolls.
I opted for:
Fried noodles in sweet soy sauce with chicken - Cost: 75 Bahts (approx. 1.20 GBP)
A decent sized plate of wide, flat egg-fried noodles, tender pieces of chicken and stir fried green vegetables. The meal was quite filling and very good value for money.
From the drinks kiosk, I ordered:
Draught Singha beer (330ml) - Cost: 65 Bahts (approx. 1.00 GBP)
Mirinda orange juice (with ice) - Cost: 25 Bahts (approx. 0.40 GBP)
A good choice of international food in the MBK shopping mall!
MBK Food Center - 6th Floor: Change your money for a meal-coupon...
(date visited - Jan/Feb. 2004)
Before ordering food, change your money for a meal coupon and then pay it corresponding to the price of each meal. Of course, if you were not able to use all your meal-coupon, there's a booth for changing it into cash.
Favorite Dish: as of Feb. 9, 2004 (lunch)
1. Khao-Kha-Mu (pig's legs) with rice - THB 35
2. Lemon Tea - THB 20
as of Feb.11, 2004 (dinner)
1. Gen-Som (sweet & sour soup) - THB 60
2. Pat-Pak-Raum-Mid (mixed vegetables) - THB 40
3. Pu-Pat-Phong-Ka-Ri (fried crab curry) - THB 80
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Cafe Kaldi: Comfortable cafe at Mah Boon Krong mall
I visited Café Kaldi one afternoon during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.
Thanks to Google, I have since found out that this is a popular Japanese coffee chain, which has now expanded beyond Japan. I visited the branch on the 4th floor of the Mah Boon Krong (MBK) shopping mall. The MBK shopping mall is easily reached by Skytrain; simply alight at the National Stadium station and follow the walkways into the mall.
The menu at Café Kaldi is similar to that of other coffeechains, both in Bangkok and worldwide.
The extensive drinks menu features the usual selection of various flavoured coffees, cappuccinos, iced teas, frappes, milkshakes, smoothies, green tea, fresh fruit juices (orange, lemon, pineapple, guava, mango…) and soft drinks.
The food menu includes a selection of sweet and savoury snacks, ranging from sandwiches to cakes, cookies, waffles and yoghurts.
The café is a wi-fi hotspot and offers comfortable seating in an air-conditioned environment. It is difficult to think of any particular features that distinguish it from Starbucks or Coffeeworld, except for a slightly varied menu, but it’s a pleasant place to escape the hot sun with a cold drink and a snack.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Chocolate smoothie - Cost: 65 Bahts (approx. 1.00 GBP)
A thick chocolate ice cream milkshake that was difficult to drink through a straw, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
Waffle with butter and jam - Cost: 30 Bahts (approx. 0.45 GBP)
2 hot waffles served with a couple of slabs of butter and a small dollop of jam. Very nice, but could have done with more jam.
A good selection of drinks and snacks in a standard coffeechain outlet.
MBK Food Court at Level 6: MBK Food Court at Level 6
Lot of variety of excellent food at MBK Food Court at Level 6. Be sure to purchase your cupon at the counter. Unused cupon can be refunded at the refund counter.
I love the Pad Thai (35THB), Fish maw Soup (80THB), Birds Nest Soup (50THB), Papaya Salad (40THB), Beef Soup (40THB).
All the food are excellent. Cheap and good.
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MBK Food Court: MBK Food Court Rocks!!!
- food court is at top floor, you will have to buy coupons to get ur food. Unused coupons can be refunded within the day
- the only food court that sells sharkfin soup and birdnest, save ur effort to get to Chinatown, where these delicacies are in abundance there.
- this food court is not as hip as many others, we were hungry, that was y we ate here. Ppl recommend us to eat here anyway. Foodcourts foodcourts, aren’t they all the same?
- you will get to see the stall vendors sorting the coupons at the end of the day, tedious, as compared to the value card system other foodcourts are using
- http://cello-play.livejournal.com/72919.html for more pics ;)
Favorite Dish: - every stall deserves your try!
MBK Food Court: Affordable and Nice
Place can get crowded especially during peak hours. Prices are cheap and provides a great variety of food to choose from. There are two stalls selling Halal food.
Favorite Dish: It has to be the one and only 'Crispy Chicken Rice' which cost only 35THB ($2). I can never getting bored having it everyday.
The chicken are crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. The chilli sauce is sweet. Simply great!
MBK Food Court: Curried Rice / Yong Tau Foo / Thai desserts
Food court have been around in Bangkok malls for a much longer time (about 20 years) than they have been in Singapore.
There's not much ambience here at food court, but more of convenience. It would be crowded during lunchtime. There's a section near the Egyptian El-Pasha outlet which is rather cosy. The wallpaper depicts ancient Egyptian culture.
Coupons have to be bought from a counter before food could be purchased. Unused coupons could be refunded at a separate counter. You have to look out for "Refund".
Favorite Dish: 1 ) Curried Rice Stall
This stall sells local food, curried rice, which is popular with the Muslim Thai. It is basically yellow rice with chicken curry or fried chicken - your choice. The serving is rather small. However, I would usually have some desserts after my meal. So, the serving is afterall sufficient.
Cost : 35baht
They also serve yong tau foo with noodles (kway teow or vermicelli). The yong tau foo mix is standard unlike Singapore's style where you could choose from a wide variety. If I am not too hungry, I like to have this yong tau foo dish.
Cost : 35 baht
2 ) Thai Desserts
I love the durian with glutinous (sticky) rice. They used fresh durian and top it up with coconut cream. Simply delicious !
Cost : 35baht
If you have not acquired the taste of durian, you can try mango with the sticky rice. Oh, just the thought of it makes me drooling :p~
Cost : more expensive than 35 baht. can't recall.
There are also others which you could mix and match. Select any 3 and choose either coconut or sugar syrup for 35 baht.
3 ) El-Pasha
They serve a variety of Egyptian / Lebanese Food. Food here is rather good, as my dad and aunt would say. As for myself, I prefer to immerse myself with the local Thai food , rather than other culture when in Bangkok.
MBK Food Court: tom yam kun at C4
C4 is my favourite booth in MBK. their tom yam kun is definitely one of the best on planet earth. the red color of the soup screams superhot, the herbs spew soothing aroma. only 70b a bowl. rice is 5b. i had to order 2 rice. love it love it. no wonder i didn't bother to try other menu but tom yam kun all the time im in mbk. i always finished my meal with a runny nose!
MBK Food Court: so nice...so cheap!!
While you're shopping at MBK don't forget to go all the way up to the 6th floor. Waiting up here for you is the food court. What a great place to eat!
Once we figured out the coupon system there was no stopping us. The minimum amount to buy as you enter the food court is 100baht, this in turn gets exchanged for whatever food you fancy. Great idea as the food handlers don't need to touch money.
We wandered around looking very much out of place (no other westerners to be seen), not sure what half of the food was! But that didn't stop us from enjoying a wonderful meal! In fact we liked it so much we went back on another day to try some more.
We thought everything so cheap, no complaints from us.
Don't forget to cash in your coupons on your way out if you didn't spend them all.
Viet Cuisine: Yummy soft crab dishes
Exhausted and famished from exploring the gigantic MBK mall, I found this restaurant's menu tempting - a medley of soft crab concoctions plus some classic Vietnamese dishes. For mains, I had soft crab in tamarind sauce: a tad sweeter than what I would have wanted, but delicious nonetheless, with the tangy tamarind sauce creating a soft burning sensation on your tongue. Before that, I had classic Vietnamese shrimp dumplings: fresh, simple, healthy with the crunchy lettuce wrapper providing a happy contrast with the soft morsels inside.
Overall, it was a light but satisfying lunch.
MBK 5th Avenue Food Court
Located on the 5th floor of the MBK shopping centre, the 5th Avenue Food Court has a pleasant relaxing restaurant-style ambience and occasionally has a live band playing. You will find a range of international cuisine including Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Western and of course Thai food.
The Fifth Avenue uses a credit card type payment system. As you enter you are given a card to hand to each vendor who swipes it each time you purchase a meal. When you have finished choosing your meal from various counters, you hand your credit card to the cashier at the exit and settle your bill. Tipping is not necessary as a 5% surcharge is automatically added to the bill.
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MBK Food Court: All you can eat for 50 baht!
I was delighted to find an all you can eat in the food court for just 50 baht. Traditional Thai fare with lots of strange dishes you've never seen before, all really tasty, the only problem I had as pacing myself! There are also plenty of other eateries in the food court ranging from Sushi bars to Dim Sum to steakhouses.
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