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Wine Connection Wednesdays – All You Can Drink For 300 Baht

We’d been meaning to give Wine Connection a visit for a while, but between the Bangkok protests and university exams we just hadn’t had the time or ability to get to the area on a Wednesday afternoon. Wine Connection 4We’d heard about this place from students on the international exchange programme at Thammasat Univeristy, there was a bar in Suhkumvit that had all you can drink wine and all you can eat tapas for only 300 Baht! Expect to see lots of expat locals, foreign teachers and international students taking advantage of the cheap food, drinks and networking opportunities.

(Excuse the shaky photos, thats what happens when one is taking pictures at an all you can drink event!) Wine Connection 3

How It Works

Wine Connection offer free flow red and white house wine and tapas (including cheeses, cold cuts, bread and pastas) for 299 Baht + Tax from 5:30 until 8:30pm every Wednesday night.  Wine Connection 6It is strictly limited to 250 spaces, and it sells out every single week.  To guarantee your spot you will need to pop in early to grab your tickets in advance (we got there at around 4pm and it was fine, but by just after 5 they’d all sold out). Wine Connection 5I’m not really an expert on anything wine related, so I have no idea what the wines are like or how they compare to what else is out there, but even to me this seems like a great deal, especially when you consider you are paying at least 100 baht for a glass at most places, it only takes a couple to make it worth while.

Me, I was there for the cheese and cold cuts, which can get pretty expensive (I will happily spend 400 baht on a cheese and meat platter elsewhere, heck I even paid 195 baht upstairs for cheesy fries!).  Where else can you find all you can eat parma ham, salami, cheese, bread, cured meats, fish balls, sun dried tomatoes and more!

If like me, you aren’t too much of a wine drinker and prefer a beer, they still have a reasonable choice of imported beers, mainly from Belgium, I managed to grab myself a Bar Bar Belgian Strong Ale and a Lefebvre Floreffe Blonde for around the 160 Baht mark each.

How to find Wine Connection

Take the BTS and get off at either Thonglor or Phrom Phong stations then walk towards Soi 47 (which is roughly in the middle of the two stations), you’ll it on the lower floor in the Rain Hill Plaza.Wine Connection 2

Wine Connection, Rain Hill Plaza, Soi 47 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

Steve Cafe and Cuisine – Hidden Gem in Rama 8

Sarah and I were planning to go out for dinner last night at The Wine Connection, but ended up deciding against it due to the protest locations, and her class timetable.

We decided instead to give Steve Cafe and Cuisine a try, a restaurant that we’d often spotted from the Thewes pier when vegetable shopping but never actually tried out in the year I’ve been living in Thailand (of which I’ve spent more than 6 months less than 800m away!).

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The Steve Cafe and Cuisine Story

The Cafe opened in 2012 and has quickly built up a reputation as one of the top places to eat in Bangkok.  Named after its Thai owners English nickname, the restaurant offers Thai/European fusion meals by the water, and aims to provide the owners hearing impaired son with a career and business in the future.

I’m unsure of the exact situation, but I’ve seen Steve branding pop up on an old boutique guesthouse down the street by the Thewes Pier, so perhaps we will be seeing some growth from the business in the near future.

The focus is on quality and nothing is prepared in advance, so expect to wait a little longer for your meals, don’t worry though as the result is definitely worth it!

Finding the Cafe

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If you come via the Thewes pier it can be hard to find. Google maps isn’t much help and we ended up getting lost down an alleyway walking down the klong and past various huts until we ran into some locals fishing.  It turns out they are used to lost foodies trying to find the place and sent us in the right direction.

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The easiest way to find it is to make your way to the temple next door, either come via Samsen down Si Ayutthaya or take the boat t Thewes, walk down the side of the market and in the direction of the 7/11.  Turn right into the temple (Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn) and talk through the grounds towards the Chaopraya River.  You will find a small soi that has Steve Cafe as well as another small restaurant.

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For those who require the actual address: 68 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Soi Sri Aytthaya 21 (Devet/Thewes), Vachirapayabaan, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300

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Some of the best Thai fusion food in Bangkok

What can I say, the food was absolutely amazing and dinner was 1300 baht incredibly well spent (This says a lot when we usually feed the both of us on 300 baht a week, its got to be really nice to justify this sort of spend!) .  I’ve heard that the place is often fully booked, and you need to book in advance, but we had no problem securing a table by the water – I’m guessing the lack of tourists in Bangkok due to the political situation probably had something to do with this.

If you are prone to getting bitten by mosquitos, remember to wear repellent as you are right next to the water!

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Black Pepper & Ostrich Meat Stir Fry with white rice.  Absolutely amazing and the first time I’ve seen Ostrich meat for sale in Thailand.  200 Baht

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Southern Style Bean Curd Yellow Curry with Lai Bua.  This was Sarah’s and she ordered it extra spicy (Ped Mak Mak), the staff gave her a strange look and asked if she was sure, and after explaining that she had lived on the border of Mexico they were satisfied that it  wouldn’t kill her.  Sarah LOVES to throw heaps of chilli powder on her food, so I know she enjoys it spicy, that said even this one was a little too spicy for her, but she still loved it.  (150 Baht)

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Paulaner Beer (180 Baht).  Its always great when a place has a selection of imported beers, as I often get bored of the local stuff.  Sarah rated the house wine as well, and after trying her spicy curry I had to down a bottle of Leo on ice to stop my mouth from burning!

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Purely in the interests of science we decided to try three desserts.  We ended up with Frozen Strawberry Yoghurt (130 Baht), Chocolate Mint Gelato (80 Baht) and Dark Chocolate Ice cream (120 Baht).  While all three desserts were great The Dark Chocolate was absolutely amazing, as it was filled with a dark chocolate sauce and rolled in cocoa powder.

Dinner was great, the service was excellent (the staff speak impeccable english) and the selection of local and imported food and beer made it value for money.  To put it in context, the entire meal cost us around the same as what it would cost for us to take a taxi into town and eat a burger king meal, a couple of 7/11 beers and a takeaway dessert.  I highly recommend checking the place out if you are anywhere near the Old Town area of Bangkok and can see why this is rated as one of the top 15 restaurants  in Bangkok.