Living in the center of town and want some decent homemade steaks and pie but don’t know where to dine? Have a read on this review of the Ae&Ek Steak&Bakery from Peter Garwood as he tells you all about the food, price, location and more:
If Ae&Ek Steak&Bakery were to set themselves up at a busy location in the town centre, they would clean up. A very astute Thai proprietor has achieved what very few Western restaurateurs have done in recent years. Start a largely Western cuisine-based eatery in what would at first seem the most unlikely spots to generate business (a random single unit on soi Siam Country, as well as a hard-to-find resort hiding between Sukhumvit and the railway)… and regularly fill them with hungry diners not that long after opening.
I previously reviewed the outlet in soi SC, and was impressed by the quality and excellent value. The standards at this restaurant (adjoining the Vilaiwan resort) were just as good. A T-bone steak cooked rare, with salad, fries, garlic bread and pepper sauce – 295฿. Pork fillet in breadcrumbs with salad and rice – 90฿. Spinach and cheese bake – 95฿. Five stuffed mussels – 175฿. Two lemon and a kiwi smoothies – 69฿ each. A small water, 15฿. An espresso – 35฿ (which by the way was good, and a bargain).
Served promptly despite being packed this Sunday lunchtime at 1pm. Beautiful setting, pool crammed with colourful carp as well as catfish. Large bags of fish food for 10฿ each to keep kids happy between courses.
Why so busy? Decent quality, tick. Clean and efficient, tick. Prices about as low as it gets for Western food, tick. And probably the biggest plus any would-be restaurant entrepreneur needs these days. Thai appeal. When we turned up every table inside the air-conditioned dining room was taken. Not one single farang in sight.
How to find it? It’s just a few hundred metres off Sukhumvit soi 81 – which is between the top of Pattaya Tai and Thepprasit. Highly recommended.
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