As you can tell by the title of this article we love puns. We also love eating animals. After KohSpot completed Steak Smackdown Parts I and II, in which we concluded the steak at the common man’s Chokchai Farm outdid the wagyu at hi-so Rib Room & Bar, we decided why not give Best Beef a chance to woo our carnivorous inclined palate? The Best Beef restaurant claims to have the best beef in Bangkok simply by registering its business name as such.
The venture seemed worthwhile, but we were quick to realize that Best Beef focuses primarily on a meat department entirely separate from a steakhouse – moo kata. Rather than partake in the popular 199 baht buffet most other patrons seemed to be enjoying, we decided to go upmarket in a downmarket restaurant, never a good idea (see right), and order the most expensive item on the menu: Australian tenderloin (300 baht), or as we call it, the Platter of Disappointment. Despite the promise of aged, tender Oz steak, what arrived was nine baby-sized cubes of salty, somewhat gristly beefy beef, as one member of our party dubbed “cow parts”, on a hot plate dominated by carrots and cabbage.
The buffet is your better bet, all-you-can-eat for two hours, with unlimited Chang beer for the period for another 100 baht per person. We’re not sure if that makes the deal better or worse, but we were too drunk to care. Best Beef at least knows all the cuts of beef, offering chuck, rib eye, strip loin, sirloin, brisket, shank and even paleron and macreuse, which KohSpot thought were Crayola colors. There are two kinds of nam jim, though neither is particularly worth your dipping time.
The vibe is country western, with wood furniture and sticky tabletops for your pleasure, as this place seems more at home on Lat Phrao than Sukhumvit. Several huge projector screens offer the latest soap operas or football match, as the building is open-air but covered by cheap aluminum siding. We think you get the idea.
The service won’t win any awards, but they do get your food out quickly. And we could have done with our beer not being frozen. In the final analysis, Best Beef is not the best examplar of a steak restaurant, but they do a decent job at providing the moo kata experience.
Location: 1490/2 Sukhumvit Road, on the southern side of the road, equidistant between On Nut and Phra Khanong BTS stations.
Mass Transit: BTS On Nut or Phra Khanong
Hours: 4 pm-midnight daily