Royal Vanilla – chain restaurant in Bangkok

April 25, 2009

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Vanilla (xiang cao) is my favourite flavour in ice cream, my daughters reminded me. Therefore, I should not forget the little restaurant in Ekamai, not far from our neighbourhood in Thonglor, Bangkok. Well, I thought, but what can you expect from a chain restaurant with standardized dishes and tastes? Tearoom and dim sum, I thought, how does that go together? The Chinese characters in ‘pinyin’ read “huang jia xiang cao” which means “royal vanilla”.

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The interior of Royal Vanilla looks like a Chinese tea house. The lacquered furniture is not my favourite style, I prefer a simple and more robust wood varnish. The room divider doors were copies but succeeded in creating a private atmosphere. In contrast the wooden door at the entrance seemed to be solid and real. We ordered an assortment of various dishes which, I admit from the outset, were delicious, very delicious.

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Without some chilli I cannot live any longer.

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Beautiful dim sims.

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Spring rolls on a bed of dried seaweed.

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Dried tofu (dofu).

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The fish (Japanese gindara = silver cod fish) was spectacular.

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Also the chicken was very delicious.

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The spinach with ham was one of my favourites.

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The soup was spicy and very tasteful.

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The choice of drink, was a Tsingtao beer, solid traditional German style.

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Pouring a glass of beer.

We had a great time at Royal Vanilla in Bangkok. The garden around it is beautiful too. There is also a cake shop and a book store. If you are around somewhere in Ekamai, check it out. It’s worth it. And in case you are a tourist in Bangkok, I highly recommend to explore this neighbourhood (Ekamai and Thonhglor) with its many charming restaurants and eating places.

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