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Cabbages & Condoms
Price: B600. Wine: B600 (inc. VAT)
This restaurant is about as strange as its name since a wide variety of condoms of all shapes, sizes and colours and a tableau of vasectomy equipment are on show here. It goes from strength to strength and combines its work to improve life for rural Thailand through contraception, hygiene programmes and AIDS education with great Thai cuisine. Situated just off the lively Sukhumvit Road, it is a very restful place with a lush garden and tasty food, and the addition of a deserving cause make it an ideal place to visit. A very delicious dish is the hot and sour salad of Shanghai noodle with shrimp and chicken.
10 Soi 12 Sukhumvit Road
Telephone: (02) 229 4610/11. Fax: (02) 229 4632.
 
Harmonique
Price: B650. Wine: B660 (inc. VAT)
Situated close to the river and the famed hotel The Oriental, the family-run Harmonique is incredibly welcoming. The restaurant is an old house, dating back more than 100 years, with a lush garden, Thai antiques and fans. The fantastic appetisers are recommended, including the steamed shrimp in coconut. A selection of appetisers available for B250 for 2 people. Closed Sunday.
22 Charoenkrung 34
Telephone: (02) 237 8175. Fax: (02) 630 6269.
 
Ma Be Ba
Price: B1,000. Wine: B1,000
The Ma Be Ba is an ideal place to escape from the hot, steamy streets and it feels like it could be Italy. The smell of the bakery and the tiled mosaic floor, plants and an open kitchen are wonderfully evocative of southern Italy. It has a friendly atmosphere and is popular among ex-pats as well as local people. A set lunch for 3 courses is available at B329. Seafood is a speciality, such as the pan-fried crispy seabass filet.
93 Lung Suan Road, Phloenjit, Lumpinee
Telephone: (02) 253 9426.
 
Manorah Cruise
Price: B1,200. Wine: B1,750
There is no better way to explore the Chao Phraya River than on this stunning cruise on a superbly restored rice barge. The Manorah Cruise is owned by the Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel, and provides visitors with daily lunch and dinner cruises passing waterside temples and riverfront homes, and offers the opportunity to see riverside lifestyle. There is a choice of three set menus of Thai food, including tasty river prawns in hot curry sauce. The cruise leaves from the Marriott Hotel listed below but can be boarded from different piers: Sathorn Bridge, River City or Oriental Public. Reservations are recommended.
Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel, 257 Charoennakorn Road
Telephone: (02) 476 0022. Fax: (02) 476 1120.
Web site: www.marriottdining.com
 
Senor Pico Price: B650. Wine: B1,190
The Senor Poco is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city, situated in the Rembrandt Hotel (see Hotels). It is built in a cantina style, and decorated with terra cotta pots, Mexican bric-a-brac around the walls and low lighting. A resident band adds to the lively atmosphere. The subtle mixture of spices is evident in the charcoal-grilled prawns marinated in lime juice and herbs. Combination meals of chicken enchiladas and beef fajitas with refried beans and rice are a good value at B380. Lunch is not available.
Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Soi 18 Sukhumvit Road
Telephone: (02) 261 7100. Fax: (02) 261 7016.
Email: catering@rembrandtbkk.com
Web site: www.rembrandtbkk.com