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where can i find the best authentic thai restaurant in london? And what about the best indian restaurant?
It depends if you’re looking for something ‘fancy’, or a local gem.
You will struggle to get truly authentic Thai food in London as it is usually adapted for the Western palate and isn’t as spicy etc. However, you can still get very good Thai food. Some to try are:
Patara (Soho) – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/5931.htm
Addie’s Thai Cafe (known to be authentic) – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/525.htm
Esarn Kheaw – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/437.htm
Crazy Bear (expensive) – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/4147.htm
As for Indian, check out this list from Squaremeal:
You have to search hard to find local gems, but London’s high end Indian restaurants are among the best in the world. I would recommend:
The Painted Heron – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/2613.htm
Moti Mahal – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/6243.htm
Benares – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/3646.htm
Zaika – http://www.london-eating.co.uk/90.htm
If you’re in or near North London, then Meghna Hampstead is well worth a try. Their dishes have great flavour and they do Indian tapas at lunch. It’s reasonable too.
Good luck and happy hunting! 🙂
I never realized that the Pattaya People Weekly — a local newspaper in the Pattaya area — has an occasional feature within it called Esarn People. At least, I suspect that it’s only an occasional feature — I never noticed it within the current copy of Pattaya People Weekly (Issue No. 361). Note that I’m editing my post on September 29 (2012).
The page of Esarn People features that I linked to above (if the link fails, you can find Esarn People listed as one of the Features in the column at the left on the main website) seems to have Issue 169 as the most recent one in which Esarn People appears. And sure enough, if you access that same Pattaya People Weekly edition (here), you will find that very Esarn People feature on page 27 of the full weekly.
Apparently, then, the last time the Esarn People feature appeared within Pattaya People Weekly was in January 2009.
A Thai author by the name of Pira Sudham wrote a book called the People of Esarn that is supposed to be a series of stories and essays about those people. As Wikipedia says, the book was enlarged considerably with a 2007 revision.
Amazon has the book, for anyone who is interested; but it is also available through other sources.
There is a reader’s short review of it at Goodreads.
Another source for the book is Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies (alibris.com) and Alibris (UK) at alibris.co.uk.
For more general or basic information about the people of Isaan or Esarn, just access online resources such as Wikipedia‘s entries Isan and Esan people; and Siamese Style‘s Isaan: Northeast Thailand. You might even look over Ajarn Michael‘s Isaan: Northeast Thailand. Do not neglect history, either: Wikipedia‘s History of Isan.
There are also some missionary websites that give their impressions of the people — as a couple of examples, there are Esarn Harvest, and also Joshua Project’s Isan, Northeastern Thai of Thailand. There are also PrayforIsaan.com, as well as what appears to be a 1996 overview given at JMarlett.tripod.com.
There are numerous other places on the Web to learn something about the people of Esarn or Isaan — I have just pointed out a few.
Here are a few somewhat related references you may find helpful or of interest:
… University permit revoked. Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej has revoked the permit for E-sarn University over the selling of diplomas. … Google Maps strives to provide people around the globe with the most.
Publish Date: 09/19/2012 20:14
… announced the establishment of E-sarn Day June 28 to allow locals to enjoy E-sarn music and culture and to meet each other. Many E-sarn people now living in Rayong, Sattahip, Jomtien and Pattaya flocked to the event.
Publish Date: 07/13/2012 20:27
I figured I would put this here because all the Esarn people will see it. I’m curious what are the best hospitals in Esarn by province in your opinion. I’d especially like to know about Korat and Ubon as I am closest to those and …
Publish Date: 05/26/2011 22:08
The use of English signs and other languages in the protesting by Red people is not to only to internationally communicate with the world(since the media in Thailand is controlled) , but also want to proof that E-Sarn people …
Publish Date: 03/28/2010 17:34
Pancho was not entirely clear on the dates (And a tad to lazy to research them) however the forefathers of the Esarn people were forcibly resettled from Laos to Thailand quite some time ago. This is observable in the Esarn …
Publish Date: 11/06/2009 1:07
Sizzling Hot “Esarn” North-East Hit By 40 + Degree Heat In March. Share. The Thai Meteorological Department announced a warning to all north eastern people that the hot season is approaching with dry conditions and …
Publish Date: 03/01/2012 20:11
People of Esarn. Pira Sudham, 1987. This Thai author discusses rural life and problems in Isan, Thailand from a personal perspective. These books give another look into the Northeastern area and Esarn people of Thailand.
Publish Date: 10/14/2010 2:38
Isarn, Isaan, Esan, Esarn, Eesarn? ….. whatever! May 3, 2011. By Paul Wilding | Posted in … After a month here I’m convinced of that too, it’s a place for people that want to visit Thailand. Part 1 – Templed out in Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima) …
Publish Date: 05/02/2011 10:01
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