Lo-Shu: "Extraordinary combinations of food and wine" Lo-Shu Tip by richardjw

Lo-Shu, Bangkok: 1 reviews and 0 photos

My wife and I, following a tip from an American ex-pat living in Bangkok, just had a couple of terrific meals there, quite different from the usual Thai fare. Lo Shu uses the Chinese-inspired feng shui orientation for their decor, seating and wine list, all of which are thoughtfully chosen. The main floor of the restaurant, while small (maybe 30 seats), is divided into four sections; fire, water, earth and air. Each section has its own style of chairs, tables and decoration.

Our favorite was the water section, mainly because of the bubbling water tanks and comfortable seats. The fire section's chairs, on the other hand, while extremely comfortable, leaned back a little too far from the tables for our taste, but others clearly enjoyed the relaxed position. For the most relaxed seating there is an intimate mezzanine level for drinks and appetizers.

The creative Thai-fusion menu leans toward seafood (our favorites were the grilled sea bass in a gently-spiced mustard sauce and the John Dory), but there are daily specials of poulty and meat offerings. The wines each have an articulate interpretation for pairings with the main dishes. If you want a taste of traditional Thai fare, the Tom Yam Kai opening soup is as good as we've had in the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, San Francisco, Paris and New York. My wife particularly raved about the original salads as starters.

You can eat more cheaply in Bangkok, but Lo-Shu is far from exorbitant. Main courses range between $8 and $12. Wine by the glass or bottle is reasonable, and while it's easy to get to by taxi or tuk-tuk, there's free parking across the street. You can start your juices flowing from their website. www.lo-shu.com, or just go direct to 110/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, or call for reservations: 02 259 6771.

Favorite Dish: Grilled sea bass in a subtly flavored sauce with a foundation of Thai spices. The spices enhanced the flavor without overpowering the natural taste of the sea bass.

Address: 110/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: The website is definitely worth a visit. Photos give a hint at the beauty and intimacy of the decor, and whet your appetite with the current menu. The site also gives precise information about location and directions.
Phone: 02 259 6771 for reservations
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim
Website: http://www.lo-shu.com

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  • Written Apr 13, 2009
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