Yea, it's not the best option of bars and restaurants that it could be, but it certainly has its draws:slavedog wrote:I was thinking just the other day that the Riverside really hasn't improved much over the years. The only place I occasionally go to is K West, and there are one or two other exceptions such as Metro. But on the whole it's a mess, and a less charming mess than it used to be. There's even a good old fashioned 10,000 reil massage joint, complete with satin curtains and grimy foam mattresses, recently opened a stone's throw from Paddy Rice. Throw in to the mix the coffin shops, rice and salt wholesalers, construction sites and the empty lots and it really is pretty crap.el Dangeroso wrote:Have all the happy pizza places been priced out of the riverside yet?Miguelito wrote: I heard it was just that the lease was up and the price was increasing too much to renew.
Yi Sang: Although south of "the riverside" and Royal Palace, I enjoy a long lazy dim sum lunch looking over the river here. A great place to bring visiting friends. Try their signature "almond ball" which is a shrimp dumpling center with a fried almond exterior.
Pop café: A tiny little Italian restaurant really hidden away, but worthy of a stop (even says my Italian friends).
FCC: The infamous FCC featured in all of the tour guides... the service has gone to shit. Lucky that they're about to close for a total rehaul -- hopefully they'll reopen re-energized.
Tuk: Just across the corner from the FCC is a series of bars stacked upon one another. An afternoon drinking beer at Tuk looking out over the river and street below is quite pleasurable.
Chez Tonton: A relatively new addition, this little French bistro is worthy of popping into now and again for a bottle of wine and perhaps dinner.
5 Drunk Men: I'll admit that I still haven't been there, as they've annoyed me a few times -- but others seem to enjoy it and the view.
Le Moon / K-West: A very pleasant rooftop with a good view, the cocktails are reminiscent of an Applebee's in the '80's. But, another spot worthy of a drink to show visitors the view below, especially nice with Wat next door. Happy hour in the hotel lobby on the ground floor is two for one, good for a business meeting but not the best ambiance to just stop in for a drink.
Metro, as mentioned
La Croisette: Decent for lunch or happy hour (I like the aperol spritz).
Juniper: A few dozen meters down St 130 is Juniper Bar, with one of the best views of all bars in the city. Excellent place for the sunset, although it is small and can get crowded (don't forget there's a second bar area/"viewing platform"). Also right there on St 130 is Sher-e-punjab or Noodle House for dinner.
Oskar: I think it's a great all around place, and wish more places in the city had that ambiance and mix of drinks/food that Oskar does.
Viva: Certainly not the fanciest of places, nor with the best food, but it's hard to beat their $1.50 margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime juice.
Hummus House: Moved a few doors down from before, the place looks nicely polished from before. This is a go-to delivery spot for me actually. Try the fish wrap (seriously).