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.