bookmark_borderIn Krabi – Lae Lay Grill

Prior to my trip, I was doing some research on what to eat in Krabi. Some I read (over the internet) recommended western cuisines while some just pointed straight to fast food joint (read : McDonald’s). I didn’t really fancy those and hence, I did more research.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

And that’s how I stumbled upon a website / blog that mentioned about this place; Lae Lay Grill, a mid-high end restaurant that serves local Thai food as well as western food. Apart from good local cuisines, it is said that they offer stunning view overlooking the mountains and sea which enhances one’s dining experience.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

Located on the mountain, the environment was cosy and comfortable with slow soothing contemporary songs being played over the air.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

Although the tables were limited, they were arranged spaciously with customers dining al-fresco style. They practice open kitchen concept and hence, you get to view the chefs working out their magic.

Lae Lay Grill Menu

Their menu are pretty extensive; categorised to sections such as appetizers, types of meat, seafood, noodles, rice and western food. They have separate menu for drinks and dessert too.

Coconut Drinks


Refreshing and sweet, the coconuts were good although they were a little small size. They are best served chilled. Bliss…

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong (220 Baht)

A visit to Thailand would not be complete if you didn’t try their tom yum. They are after all the originators of this famous dish. The version by Lae Lay Grill didn’t disappoint us. Sourish, spicy and appetising, the soup was good. The usage of kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass was at an appropriate level that they didn’t overpower the soup. Best of all, the prawns were fresh. We liked it so much that we finished it and left us sweating for more.

Squids with Salted Egg Yolk

Squids Stir-Fried with Salted Egg Yolk (220 Baht)

Squids were okay – chewy texture, but the way they fried it wasn’t. I guess it was our mistake to compare it with the ones found in Malaysia. It was close to tasteless; the essential component (salted egg yolk) was vague and it was slightly sloppy wet. They were stir-fried with vegetables such as bell peppers.

Tiger Prawns with Chopped Garlics

Prawns with Chopped Garlics (420 Baht)

There were loads of chopped garlics and green onions but they didn’t overpower the dish and the natural sweet taste of the prawns was still intact. The tiger prawns were really fresh; firm with slight hint of crunch texture.

Pork Rib in Spicy Red Curry Soup

Pork Rib in Spicy Red Curry Soup (180 Baht)

Fearing that we can’t take spicy food, we were told ahead that this dish would be really spicy for some. We didn’t heed the warning and we went ahead and ordered it. It came in a small bowl and we were totally baffled by it; the portion and the ‘spicyness’. It wasn’t spicy at all. Not a single bit. It was so mild that it didn’t tickle our tastebuds at all. The pork ribs were a lil chewy and the portion was little – 7 tiny pieces to be exact. The good thing about it though was that it was fragrant with hints of various types of spices being used in the dish.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice (220 Baht)

The pineapple fried rice looked promising. It came with decent amount of pineapple chunks, prawns and chicken and can easily feed for 2~3 person. Sadly, the rice tasted rather bland. The crackling cashew nuts and the sweet soft pineapple cubes did provide some bite though. It was saved by bird eye chilies that came along with the dish.

Tub Tim Krob

Tub Tim Krob (70 Baht)

Unfortunately, we can’t try their mango sticky rice. Hence, we opted for Tub Tim Krob. Refreshing would the best description for this dessert but it was okay. Nothing fancy about it. Crunchy texture of water chestnut with gooey chewy texture of tapioca made it fun to munch. The coconut-based broth was chilled and lightly sweet which we slurped till the last drop.


Overall, the meal was average. The bill came to about 1750 Baht. As expected, it’s a little pricey but we were prepared for it. But the fact that there were more misses than hits didn’t help much either. The Tom Yum Goong and the tiger prawns were good but that can’t be said for rest of the dishes. However, if you look at it from another point of view, the view from the restaurant was beautiful – especially during the sun sets and the environment of the restaurant was relaxing. They do provide free pick up (and return trip) service if your hotel is near to them (*need further verification). It is best to make reservations prior to your visit and do arrive early if you want to view the sunset.

Address :
89 Moo3, Ao Nang,
81000 Krabi,

GPS Coordinates : 8.03775, 98.820798

Phone Number : +66(0) 75 661 588
Mobile Number : +66(0) 84 8490 001

bookmark_borderCeladon In Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

2 weeks back, me and my friends went to this Thai restaurant called Celadon in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur for dinner. It is situated at the highest floor, same level as Angus Steakhouse and TGiF.


And the casts were :









While waiting for the food to arrive, I took these :




Wine Cellar


Upon entering the restaurant, I did not have this Thai-feel due to the arrangement and settings of the restaurant. As shown above, the restaurant adopted simple yet modern design rather than what you normally see or get in other Thai restaurants. With all the sofas and pillows lying around, it somehow projected the ‘make-yourself-at-home’ feeling instead. And yes, the chair freaked me out due the printed face. Hehe.

The food did not take long to arrive…

Tom Yum Soup

Extra Spicy Tom Yum Soup

No Thai meal is complete without having their Tom Yum soup. Celadon offers two type; clear or milky (coconut milk based). Upon ordering the soup, I cheekily told them to bring their spiciest soup they have from the kitchen. Oh boy, they did not fail me at all. Ladened with chili padi (tons of it) with its seeds in it, the soup, filled with prawns, mushrooms and lemon grass, was indeed an extra spicy one. I told my friends to try it which they did but they did not bother to take a second sip. It did numb my throat for a while which was a good thing because I was having sorethroat at that time. I can barely feel the pain after downing the soup. Hehe.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

I guess it is a norm to order Pineapple Fried Rice too whenever one visits a Thai restaurant. The portion was alright as it could possible share among 4 adults with two or three spoonful each. Prawns, cashew nuts, mixed vegetables and pineapple, the rice was cooked to perfection. Sadly, the dish was not warm enough as though they were pre-cooked even before customers order it.

Green Curry Chicken


Green Curry Chicken and Pita Bread

Yet again, another famous dish by Thai restaurants. Celadon offers either beef, chicken or homemade fishball filled with eggyoke. Yes, you read that correct. Fishball with eggyoke in the center!! Unwillingly to take the risk, we opted for the safest choice; that was Green Chicken Curry. Chicken chunks, eggplant, onions and other vegetables in it, I’m not sure whether it is normal or not but I found it rather sweet to my liking. Some of my friends said that green curry chicken was supposed to be sweet. Oh well, I just went with the flow.



Mango Salad

Mango Salad

I did not have the opportunity to taste the Mango Salad as the portion was rather small. But, from what I saw, the salad must be good as it was gone in quite a short while. As for the crabstick, it was normal with nothing to shout about. The good thing was that it was not entirely made of fish paste, which could typically found in other places. Suffice to say, at least 80% of it were crabmeat while the rest were fish paste.

Sizzling Black Pepper Beef Steak

Sizzling Black Pepper Beef Steak

Since we are carnivores, we needed more meat. Hence, we tried their Sizzling Black Pepper Beef Steak. This has got to be one of the best black pepper steak I’ve ever eaten. The meat was tender but not overcooked/chewy. Not too sweet nor not too overpowered with black pepper, the sauce was prefect to go along with the meat. There were around 6 to 7 small pieces of beef, I don’t think it was enough especially when there were 5 adults there.

There were 2 more dishes like Phat Thai and Kangkung vegetables but the (photo) shots were horrible. Most of the photos turned out blur so I didn’t bother to put up in here. I struggled alot while getting the shots above because the lightings were very low. I was forced to use ISO 1600 most of the time to get decent shutter speed. Thank god, I managed to capture a few or else, I’ll be stabbing myself.


Another thing to note is that you are forced to order bottle of mineral water instead of they providing free flow of chilled water. I’m not sure how much the bottle above costs, but I’m sure it would be 200% more than what you can get in supermarket. It would definitely be not enough especially when you are about to experience spicy Thai food.

Overall, the food and service were good. The attention to the detail was alright but I guess they could improve further on the soup. No, I’m not talking about the spicy-ness. I’m talking about the taste wise as it has this vague Tom Yum taste. Besides, they should serve their food warm rather than luke-warmish.

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