Since the massive anti-government protests began in Bangkok, Thailand two months ago, most of the city’s malls have closed. That’s why I’ve been frequenting The Esplanade mall, away from the protest sites and home to many fabulous restaurants. In fact, I have to thank Thailand’s red shirt protesters as, if they didn’t have the city in lockdown, I would never have discovered ‘Our Story’, an incredible Korean restaurant at The Esplanade.
Location of Our Story – This new Korean restaurant is situated in the basement of The Esplanade mall, on ‘Restaurant Row’. At the bottom of the escalator, keep walking forward but bearing left until you see Our Story on your left hand side (it’s in the middle section of all the restaurants).
The Atmosphere and Staff at Our Story – The atmosphere is the only thing that could be improved at Our Story. It’s a bit bland and dull, with much of the restaurant just looking like the surrounding mall. The staff though is lovely. Friendly, welcoming and helpful and extremely efficient. Our order was taken quickly, food arrived fast (and piping hot), green tea was refilled constantly, and everything appeared exactly as ordered. When we left, the owner, a lovely Korean man, even came over to ask if everything was okay and if we liked our food.
The Food at Our Story – Of course, the food is the main attraction at any Korean restaurant and Our Story didn’t disappoint. The food is phenomenal. I went with a Thai friend, who eats as much as I do, first order of the day was to choose an appetizer. Deciding on the ‘Sampler Platter’, which came with breaded shrimp, chicken wings, fried Korean spring rolls and vegetables, for entrees, I went with a korean bibimbop (rice with beef and veggies) and my friend ordered Korean noodles.
In typical Thai-style (and possibly Korean-style too), of course our entrees arrived before our appetizer. I’m so used to this in Thailand though, it doesn’t even phase me anymore. The appetizers arrived a few minutes later and we dug in. And, let me tell you, ‘dug’ is the correct word as there was so much food to dig through.
The appetizer platter was large and for only around $5, an incredible amount of food. The taste too was wonderful. The fried Korean rolls were stuffed with meat and vegetables yet light and simply delicious. The breaded shrimp were fresh and not remotely oily and the chicken wings had a Korean sauce baste that was spectacular.
My bibimbop was wonderful. Arriving in typical Korean style, still cooking in a steaming bowl/skillet, I stirred everything around to make sure it all cooked evenly. Once cooked, I added a small amount of one of the sauces that came with it, and mixed it in. Just slightly spicy and tomato-tasting, it was perfect. The bowl was huge, the food had a subtle yet rich flavor and the side dishes of pickled vegetables, egg and noodles were a lovely addition. My friend also loved her noodles and announced they were the best Korean noodles she’d eaten in Thailand.
For drinks, we ordered iced Korean green tea, which came with free refills and, was literally refilled every few minutes.
The Price at Our Story – Korean restaurants in Thailand can sometimes be expensive but Our Story is not. For the huge appetizer platter, two large entrees and two iced green teas, the total bill for two including tip was only 650 baht ($20).
I enjoyed the Korean food at Our Story so much in fact, I’m heading there again this week with another Thai friend. I’ll probably order the sample platter again too, as you can’t pass up that much incredible food for such a cheap price.
To get to The Esplanade Mall, take the underground train to Thailand Cultural Center station and, at the street level, turn right. Walk just over a block and you’ll see The Esplanade on your right hand side. Our Story Korean restaurant is in the basement.