Just came back from our firm trip to Bangkok - and can you believe it, it's my first time there! Clueless, I managed to get some foodie recommendations from a friend who works in Bangkok. I managed to try 3 of the restaurants there - this was the first. Known as Taling Pling, the original is at Silom Road, and this is its posh offshoot at one of the biggest malls in Bangkok, Central World.
First up - some pomelo salad - this was very delicious: spicy enough with the heat from bird chillis and lovely mixture of sweet, salty, spicy, and sour, from the lime juice, fish sauce - loved the coconut slices! [8/10]
Some dumplings to carry on the meal - this was alright; quite fresh, with the chopped pork and mushrooms. But nothing to wow me over.
The green curry arrived next, with beef, and this was really good - the green curry was very flavourful and the beef extremely tender. Good quality meat. (8.25/10)
The pad thai had enough wok flavour and was delicious enough on its own. (7/10)
We were very enthralled with the Pork shoulder with Tamarind Sauce which was just delicious. Lovely tasty cuts of meat with fat at all the right places, just delicious with the tamarind sauce. (8.25/10)
The tom yum soup (this version with coconut milk) was quite delicious as well - fresh seafood in tom yum, the quintessential thai dish. (8/10)
Last of all - fried soft shell crab. Not bad, although I prefer Thai Express's curry version. haha.
Overall Taling Pling was quite a good place for lunch - consistently good food and in a convenient location, at one of the biggest malls in town.