Tawandaeng is a huge restaurant come cabaret come beer hall that has been delighting customers for over ten years.
Whilst not cheap the quality of the food, beer and entertainment makes it excellent value and my friends and I make it a monthly treat, and a must-go venue when entertaining visitors to Bangkok.
The huge menu (no beef) has a few German inspired dishes (deep fried pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mash and a wurst platter with the same sides) but is mainly contemporary modern Thai cooking. There are some dishes which truly excell, try the raw prawns with seafood sauce-undoubtedly the best I've had anywhere-or the 'Tawandaeng style' morning glory. In fact, for a restaurant that serves so many people with such startling efficiency, the food is outstanding, and, despite not being cheap, great value.
The beer, brewed on the premises by a German braumeister who has been with the company since its inception, comes in three varieties, lager, wheat and dark and as a wheat beer lover I cannot speak highly enough of it. At 130 baht per half litre (although we tend to buy it in 5 ltr towers!) it is exceptional value and there is no tragic downside the next day.
The cabaret, musically directed by Bruce Gaston, is fully professional and the singers are of world-class standard. The band itself is one of the highest paid musician jobs in Bangkok and this is reflected in the calibre of the players.
The serving staff are attentive, helpful, polite and friendly and deserving of a reasonable tip
Tawandaeng attracts a mixed crowd of wealthy Thais (check out the car park!), office parties and ex-pats and is pretty
much a guaranteed fun evening out. They do the whole birthday thing well with singing waiters and sparky things and encourage foreigners to get involved in the audience participation sections of the evenings entertainment.
All in all a great value, if not cheap, night out.
A feast of food and rather a lot of beer tends to come to around 1000-1500 a head in my experience.
Now, stop reading this and go to Tawandaeng, you'll love it there.
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