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Address: Soi Post Office, Pattaya Beach Rd., Na Kluea, Bang Lamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand

Tel:+663871 0827

Service day:Everyday

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The Den Bar is a UK-themed 24hr beer bar with a wide selection of local and imported beers and spirits, and a range of happy hours running throughout the day. Outside seating and a pool table is available for customers, and rooms are available for rent upstairs for 550 baht per night.

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Newly resurrected gastropub joins Bangkok's southern dining scene

The Den is set in a residential house.

One aspect of Thailand's culinary heritage that receives scant attention in English-language publications is ahan pak tai, or southern cuisine. Apart from the fact that ahan pak tai is extremely fiery and pungent, which can be challenging for non-Thai palates, another reason that this flavourful fare is omitted from the circle of high-profile gastronomy is that it's typically offered at ramshackle eateries rather than fine establishments. Yet this doesn't mean that southern cuisine ever fails to impress first-timers.

In recent years, fortunately, the number of pleasant-looking restaurants in Bangkok that offer southern food has increased (Khua Kling Pak Sod opened in 2009, Phuket Town in 2010, and V Bar and Baan Ice Thonglor earlier this year). Though the growth rate is still far from matching that of sushi joints and wine bars, it gives me comfort every time I hear about the opening of another ran ahan pak tai.

This week's subject is the latest addition to Bangkok's southern dining scene, though not exactly a new face.

A resurrection of two well-loved establishments _ the two-year-old The Den gastropub and the year-old V Bar restaurant, which have recently merged _ the 60-seat eatery serves up ahan pak tai in the setting of a booze shack.

To make it even better, at The Den, the fiery food of the South is offered along with a nice selection of Western bites _ an uncomplicated unification of the gastrobar's favourite menus and well-loved Thai dishes, providing a perfect gastronomic solution for everyone in the family to enjoy together.

Goong kaew , a must-order starter.

From the Thai menu, goong kaew (139 baht) is a starter you don't want to miss. Served with sour and spicy chilli-lime dip on the side, the crispy crystal shrimps were marinated to exhibit a flavoursome chew that combined a crispy, slightly battered exterior with a meaty centre.

My all-time favourite, gaeng lueng pla kaphong nor mai dong (149 baht), was served next. It's the southern-style sour and spicy curry with sea bass and pickled bamboo shoots. With super crunchy bamboo shoots and fresh fish fillets in a subtly pungent curry made tangy by lime juice, the dish is the best in town without a doubt. The restaurant's khua kling nuea (149 baht), or super fiery, southern-style stir-fried minced beef with herbs and spices (galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and plenty of chilli) still proved immensely peppery but irresistibly good.

Likewise, sataw phad kapi (139 baht), or nitta beans stir-fried with shrimp paste and prawn, was delightful. Also order khao phad pla khem (109 baht) or fried rice with salted fish, which is not exclusively southern but provides a tasty and addictive respite from the fiery offerings.

Our party of three adults plus child pleasantly started off our journey into the Western menu with Caesar salad (100 baht), prepared with romain lettuce and home-made dressing. We also found great joy with fish and chips (199 baht).

The Den pizza, the best-seller from the Western menu.

Accompanied by french fries and sweet cocktail dip, the home-battered fillets of white fish boasted a light and flaky exterior with a delicate centre _ all truly delectable.

Surprisingly, one of the restaurant's attractions is pizza. The dough is home-made according to a secret recipe and the pizza is baked in an imported oven to yield a touch of pleasant charcoal smoke.

The Den pizza (320 baht) is the best-selling pizza option and fully justified its popularity. This tasty pizza featured bacon, ham, Italian sausage and mushroom on a crispy thin crust packed with cheese.

The restaurant also has a decent variety of pasta, well... mainly spaghetti. We had the spicy bacon spaghetti (149 baht) with cherry tomatoes, bacon, basil, garlic, black olive and dried chilli, and were delighted.

As a bar, The Den has a neat selection of cocktails, beers and wines. And to enhance the dynamic gastrobar ambiance, it presents live music from Thursday to Saturday, from 8-9.30pm.

The super fiery stir-fried minced beef with herbs and spices.

Home-style fish & chips.

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Soi Post Office, Pattaya Beach Rd., Na Kluea, Bang Lamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand

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