La Marina Bar – Sunee Plaza

UPDATE 10/06/16 Open, closed, open when it feels like it

marina160110Former restaurant, now changed to open-fronted beer bar which does a little food. Shame. It did good meals before and has now lost something. Still in these days where everywhere is struggling, one has to do something to stay afloat.

Same as all the other beer bars in Sunee. Nice boys, right prices. Hardly a restaurant any more though.

Google coordinates – 12.922802,100.874852

Ole Restaurante

oleFormerly known as the “Dinning Restaurant”, this place has changed its name to Ole Restaurante. It is a Thai restaurant at the start of the Krazy Dragon Soi in Sunee Plaza. Serves some European food.

Reasonable selection and reasonable menu.

Google coordinates – 12.923335,100.875062

Oud’s Cafe and Bar – Sunee Plaza

Oud'sThe indomitable Oud makes a grand host in this bar. His personality shines through and he will amuse and entertain you. Watch out for his “sister” who appears on special occasions. On other nights he and his boys will keep you royally watered (and fed).

The bar does a fine line of American snacks, including burgers, sloppy joes and a pulled pork sandwich that will leave your mouth watering.

Google coordinates – 12.923254,100.875362

Sky Restaurant and Drink – Sunee Plaza

skyNow open in the old Villa Rouge. It’s good to see the lights back on. The colour scheme is very orange and the imaginative use of the old “heads” from the Villa Rouge sign make a statement that is notable. The beer and drinks are a good price and the boys are friendly. The food has a French theme, but is a little pricey. Nice bonus in the soi.

Google coordinates – 12.922946,100.875016

Thai Food – Sunee Plaza

Thai FoodA tiny restaurant nestled in the Krazy Dragon soi. You’d walk past it if you didn’t know about it. It looks a mess from the outside, but the food is possibly the best, most authentic and cheapest around. Their spicy chicken (30B on rice, 35B with a fried egg) is to die for and their Panang Curry (80B) a great favourite of mine.You can always fall back on fried rice (25B, extra again for an egg). There’s a handwritten menu up on the wall, in Thai and bad English, but it gives you an idea of what it’s about.

TRY IT! I just wish I could give it a higher rating.I don’t know its name, it probably hasn’t got one. I just took the cue from the sign outside that says “Thai food”.

Google coordinates – 12.923032,100.874954

* A Street Cart Named Desire

streetcart desire

When we consider where to eat in the evening, we usually think along the lines of French, German, Italian, American etc. We don’t often sample the delights of the local cuisine. OK, we do sometimes. Maybe when we have a Thai boy in tow, or we feel like we should try something local, but do we really try the variety?

In Sunee Plaza they have an extraordinary variety of foods available. There are two Thai restaurants offering really cheap and complete meals. Song Kwae (which translated means Two Bridges) is in the middle of the Plaza by the Spirit House. They will do you a great green curry for 90B, including rice. The other restaurant has no name. When asked, they couldn’t see the need for one, but the sign above it just says “Thai Food”. They are across from C.U. bar. I love their spicy chicken with a fried egg for 35B or the Panang Curry with rice for 70B.

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But what I’d like to focus on in this article are the street carts. In a typical evening over 50 will parade through Sunee Plaza and the variety of food is astounding.

Where else in the world could you get everything from fried crickets to chicken in a doughnut? From fresh tropical fruit to barbecued chicken livers. Let’s look at a list of the types of carts seen in one evening in the soi.

Fried insects
Corn on the cob
Chicken in a doughnut
Sticky Rice and Mango
Sticky rice in bamboo
Strip pork
Dried squid
Ice cream sandwiches
Flavoured teas
Barbecue skewers
Fried live tiny fish
General fried food
Noodle salad
Chicken fillets
Pork “lumps”


Just to answer the doubters. Is it safe to eat off street carts? Is it safe to eat in top restaurants in England? The Telegraph reported in 2009 “The Fat Duck, the Michelin-starred restaurant run by renowned chef Heston Blumenthal, has closed as a result of a food poisoning scare.” It’s all part of life.

Have you ever wondered what the Thai army secret weapon could be? Try a squadron of Thai cooks all frying chilli and see how the eyes and the lungs of the enemy fare! Take a deep breath, hold it, OK, that cart has passed.

So what appeals to me? It’s the “spur of the moment” feeling. You see a vendor of chicken fillets walk past and you can wave them down. They will smile and offer you your choice of their wares. It’s always tasty. If you don’t like it, then you’ve only spent 10 or 20B. Try something else. I guarantee there will be something to your palette. And as for desire? Ask the street cart vendor in the picture above with the green “ball” cart and “up to you”, is the answer you normally get. And I believe if the price was right that could include the seller himself!