You can usually be sure of a good meal if you're being taken to a restaurant you've never tried before by a friend who knows what you like. A recommendation from a co-worker with reliable foodie instincts will also generally lead to good things. But there's a lot to be said for playing it less safe, heading into unknown territory for a meal at a restaurant you've chosen just because you like the look of it.
The quiet and cosy Khrua Phak Plaa restaurant near the Krungthep Kreeta Sports Club.
As everyone knows, appearances can be deceiving. How many times has Ung-aang Talay's palate been brutalised by the fare at restaurants where, if the flawless decor were any indication, the kitchen should be performing miracles (the Sukhumvit area is a danger zone), while some of the best Thai cooking U-a T has ever tasted was served at food shops so unalluring in appearance that even a rat might think twice before walking in.
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