On the first full day at Bangkok, Mell and I decided to head downtown to Siam Paragon as it was a Friday, and the most important destination, Chatuchak, only opens on weekends. We took a the Skytrain from Saphan Khwai, the nearest station to our hotel, all the way down to Siam Central, seven stations away.
I really like the Bangkok train system, they’re fast, efficient, and people are pretty friendly. For example, strangers would adjust and leave two side by side seats when they saw us walking in as a couple. Kapkun kap!
Tony Romas at Siam Paragon
We did a little bit of shopping and walking around before catching the show every girl has so eagerly waiting for – Confessions of a Shopaholic. I must admit that the movie was actually pretty good (especially for a bimbo show). The cinema at Siam Paragon was also the most luxurious cineplex I’ve ever sat foot in, and the royal theater our movie was screened in could seat 1,200 movie goers. Very impressive.
the real deal: baby back ribs
After the movie, we decided to have an early dinner. Walking around the ground floor of siam paragon, we arrived at Tony Romas. Well, we do have this again alongside TGIF and Chili’s, but there is a crucial difference. In Thailand, the baby back ribs that made Tony Romas name so recognisable is served with it’s original ingredient – pork.
onion ring loaf, bread and butter
Naturally, we can’t pass up such an opportunity. We stepped into the restaurant and ordered ourselves a full rack of ribs and half a loaf of their unique onion ring to share between the two of us.
Service was commendable despite the odd hours (it was just before 5). A yeast roll was served with butter to get us starting while our dishes were being prepared, and they were pretty delicious. Slightly hard on the outside and soft and warm inside.
KY & Mellissa at Tony Romas
Next up was the onion ring loaf. Even though it was their smallest portion, the serving was still rather big. It tastes like a cross between the normal onion ring and those you get from banana leaf rice accompanying deep fried dishes. Very delightful with the dipping that tasted rather like thousand island dressing.
Then came the ribs. Full rack of baby back goodness with a perfectly prepared baked potatoe topped sour cream and bacon bits.
The ribs were absolutely fantastic! Tender and flavorful, with the sauce that complement the meat so brilliantly. We literally sucked the bones dry. It was truly worthy of the reputation.
If you are in Thailand or Singapore, give this a try and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Now why can’t we have a just one Tony Romas at home that is non halal? Just one, please?