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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

THERE’S no end of great food in Bangkok — ever met a Thai who couldn’t cook? Of­ten, though, the city’s din­ing spots are less than glam­orous. Bo.lan, off Soi Sukhumvit 26, is run by Aus­tralian Dy­lan Jones and wife Duang­porn Songvisava (Bo), both former alumni of David Thomp­son’s Nahm Lon­don. Authen­tic flavours and sleek in­te­ri­ors make it a spe­cial night out. Save your­self the anx­i­ety of choos­ing from the a la carte list and let the chef de­cide with the five-course Bo.lan Bal­ance menu com­pris­ing salad, chilli rel­ish, stir fry, curry and soup, at 1680 baht ($54) a per­son. More: bolan.co.th. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Come Dine With Me: Woo-hoo, three back-to-back episodes of this all-time fave in which showoff home cooks pre­pare dishes they’ve never tried for strangers they (usu­ally) hope they’ll never see again. Dave Lamb’s bit­ing commentary is de­li­cious. Things don’t get much bet­ter than this for week­end fare. To­day, 12pm, Life­Style Food. Brick Lane: This east Lon­don neigh­bour­hood is well known for its vi­brant mar­kets and many shop­houses sell­ing Bangladeshi cur­ries, but Mon­ica Ali’s novel, on which this 2007 movie is based, strips bare a so­ci­ety torn be­tween old and new. Sun­day, 10.45pm, World Movies.

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