Editor’s Note: In celebration of American Restaurant Week 2014, we’re featuring guest fatty Adam Sharpe (@AdamSharpeSEA). Adam is a musician, humanitarian, and a foodie above all. Read below to find out which American restaurant in Bangkok he most highly recommends!
Has your over-enthusiasm about a restaurant in Bangkok ever come back to haunt you?
If you’re anything like me, you tell your colleagues at work, all your fellow foodies, and you shamelessly post food pics onto umpteen social media platforms. Only later to hear back from others that the restaurant you adore is only okay. The feedback on the dish you personally vouched for was that it was bland and the burger?! It wasn’t half as good as Daniel Thaiger’s despite being 3 times the price! Blah, blah, blah… Your friends wasted their time, money, and most importantly their hunger is all your fault.
You blame yourself:
“Was I a little too over-excited?” you ask.
“Is my palate not what it once was after a few years of Thai spices pommelling away at them?”
Then you blame your friends, “What the hell do they know about food anyway? Constantly eating on the street has turned them into complete cheap-skates!”
Sigh. After experiencing this on a number of occasions, I have come to the conclusion that consistency is often lacking on Bangkok’s Western dining scene. I have become much more reserved in my praise for restaurants settling for adjectives like ‘good’ and ‘tasty’ instead of ‘amazeballs’. But some restaurants, however, truly deserve my array of go-to expletives and one of them is Shuffle.
I can praise Shuffle until the cows come home because they seem to get it right every single time. The service is warm and attentive but never stifling. For all those trying to learn Thai and failing miserably all the staff speak great English, and hats off to Chef Nick for his complimentary freshly baked mini-croissants which beat any breadstick out there. The menu is packed full of American classics from steaks & ribs to clam chowders and quesadillas. I think the spare ribs are some of the best in town and the creamy beef penne is comfort food at it’s finest. Shuffle could never be a vegetarians go-to, but it does have a delicious butternut squash soup and some salads on the menu. Although, most of their salads have bacon in them, yay! It’s well priced too. Without craft beers and Californian wines the bill comes to around 5-600 baht per head, which considering the quality of the service, the food, and the ambience that’s a bargain.
Shuffle is located on the 1st floor of that green mini-mall Rainhill on the corner of Sukhumvit 47. Go on a Wednesday and get a balcony seat for the drunken carnage that is Wine Connection’s 300 baht all you can consume wine buffet. It’s like going to the theatre. You’ll see people all dressed up in their finest gear flailing about in the water fountains. Just remember how you once flailed about Bangkok the same way, trying to find consistency in the restaurant scene, but now you’re reclining with a belly full of ribs, enjoying the show!