Well, four of us set off from Asoke sky train station around 9.30 am with the intention of catching a ferry from Saphan Taksin to ensure we got to Nonthaburi around 11.30 am. All went well except for a minor hiccup when I almost boarded the tourist boat which was showing a blue flag and then I was heading to another ferry that was going the wrong way...........Then after some quick and fancy footwork we were seated and on the correct boat and away we went. The others indicated I was an idiot and we would have been on the wrong boat except for them. The Thai lady dispensing tickets and rattling her money tin appeared and 56 baht for the single trip lasting around one hour for the four of us was good value and there was plenty to see along the way. This is sight seeing at its cheapest.
We got off the boat at stop number N 30 (Nonthaburi) and there was no hassle as each stop is numbered. After a quick toilet stop, just after the getting off the pier and a little to the left, we paid our 2 baht each to the woman collecting the money and decided to walk to the Bangkok Hilton Prison before lunch. The prison is easy to find. Walk down the main street, past the clock tower, turn left at the first street and after a few hundred yards is the prison with its guard towers and barbed wire. Its a sobering sight and we saw a couple of lean and hungry looking guards coming out for lunch. Worth seeing and taking a few photos, but also glad we were outside and not inside. What a horrible place to spend an enforced holiday.
Now back to the pier area and the Rim Fang restaurant which was to our left as we walked back from the prison on the pier area about 200 metres perhaps from where the fery comes in (on your right if you are getting off the ferry).
Rim Fang is an unpretentious place with a sign out the front in Thai presumably indicating the name of the place but nothing in English. We walk in and sit ourselves down at a table overlooking the water. Its around 12.30 and we are the only people there for lunch. We order a couple of large Singha beers at 90 bt each and they arrive soon after, well chilled, which is good because its quite hot and humid, as usual.
After a quick look at the menu I decide on a spicy sea bass......sorry, its not available, says the friendly Thai waitress. So, we decide on a crispy roast duck for the Lipstick Lover- 150 bt for a medium serve and 280 bt for a large serve. The waitress says the medium serve is good, so we go with that.
A shrimp tempura is 100bt. A green chicken curry 75 bt. A pad pet catfish 90 bt. Steamed rice at 15bt.
We watch the river barges go by and long tail boats whizzing past us, we enjoy the beers. Two other people arrive, both tourists like us. A few more mnutes pass and another table is occupied by a family. Now there are nine for lunch in a place that can hold probably 100 covers plus on a busy night.
The food arrives.. The pad pet catfish. Wow. This smells good and it tastes good too. Its hot and spicy and my nose starts to run after a couple of mouthfulls. The dish has plenty of coriander root, thai holy basil, sliced red and green chillis and slithers of those small red inferno chillis that cause the damage. There are baby green peppercorns, kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce plus other things I can't determine. There are plenty of fish pieces. The Lipstick Lover says its far too hot. I give it 10/10. Its absolutely perfect.
The roast duck turns out to be a chopped up half duck, although not a large duck its a good size and a bargain for the money. We taste the five spice powder and its a nice and crispy duck. It sits on a bed of fried morning glory. This dish is given a 9/10 by all of us.
The tempura prawns have also arrived and we have been given eight plump battered river prawns. The batter is light and not greasy. They are a good size for river prawns and the dipping sauces are both hot and sour and plain hot.Its good food and worthy of a 7.5/10.
The final dish, a green chicken curry has arrived- its perfect. A good size with thai green eggplants, peas, red chillis in abundance, shredded kaffir lime leaves in a sauce that you can tell has not come out of a bottle. We all agree its a 10/10.
The food has been excellent and probably the best we have had in Thailand for a while.The bill for the four of us comes in at 705 bt which included three large beers.The sevice has been good.The place neat and clean and the toilets clean. I always think clean toilets equals a clean kitchen.
Back to the boat and off home before the school rush starts. A great day on the river.
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