Oskars, Soi 11, Bangkok.

I seem to have explored Soi 11 pretty thoroughly so far, and having made several visits to Oskars bistro both for drinks and for dinner it is about time I wrote a little about it.

It has a sort of urban design to it I suppose you could say; exposed brick walls, lots of metal work – you know that kind of thing, and is spread over 2 floors with seating on the terrace as well at generously sized booths, more intimate tables and bar stools for the drinking crowd as well.

They offer free Tapas with drinks at the bar daily between 430pm and 730pm and a DJ spins tunes late into the night as well making it a fun but “grown up” place to enjoy a drink on the Soi although ummm, recently it seems that some of the ladies are not just there socially shall we say?

Whilst not revolutionary nor particularly creative the cocktail list is pretty decent and with drinks at 195 baht & it is definitely worth enjoying a cocktail or two here. In addition to the standard Mojitos, Fruit flavoured “Martinis” and Cosmos etc it also lists more interesting options like “The Avenue” Papidoux Calvados, Heaven Hill Bourbon, Passion Fruit, Grenadine and Orange Blossom Water” and the “Cherry Blossom Sour” made with Tanqueray, Amarena Cherries, Lychee, Lemon Juice and Egg White.

At first glance the menu appears to be Mediterranean in style – Ratatouille or Mixed Seafood and Chorizo with Paella Rice served in Cocottes, Steak Tartar, Lamb Shank with Polenta, Pasta and Wood Fired Pizzas. On second look you notice a hotch potch of Asian inspired dishes too though, Steamed Barramundi with Shrimp Gyoza, Beef Lok Lak (A type of Cambodian Beef Stirfry) and Yam Wunsen (A Thai Seafood and Rice Noodle Salad)

We stayed very much on the European side of the menu with both the Wood Fired Pizza and Pastas we tried being successful and with dishes from 180-600 baht it seemed pretty reasonable to us overall. There is a good management presence onsite and when we experienced delays in getting our appetizer they stepped in with an apology and service improved markedly after that even though we had barely registered the delay. A safe bet for a cocktail and bite to eat in a lively and buzzy atmosphere without breaking the bank, what’s not to like?

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