Just a 2 hours flight away, the land of smiles is possibly the only other country that I travel too as often as I head up to Malaysia. Termed as the land of smiles, this country probably brings more smiles to my face more than anything else thanks to good local dishes and affordable bargains for clothing. Apart from that, the cafe scene in Bangkok has been on the rise since I first visited many years ago. While it’s difficult to hop to every single cafe located within Bangkok, without burning a huge hole in my pocket, I managed to head down to a few during my short weekend getaway last month.
With the cafe scene booming in Singapore, it is no different from the ones in Bangkok. While I try not to make it comparable, it is no doubt that Bangkok has much more land area and freedom to create a space that they prefer. With that, here’s my take on the places that I’ve been to!
Located along the streets of Silom, where most of the embassies are, you’d find Bitterman tucked in the middle of houses. You’d probably not realise that there’s a cafe there with the way it looks. Apart from a simple signage that says Bitterman and an easel with their menu, you’d also be greeted by a glasshouse and tons of greenery. I kid you not when I say that all you see are greens, but I’m not complaining. A step into the restaurant, you have a choice of sitting in the inner spaces of the building, where the space feels like a mini library and a living room, or on the outer portion where you’d be sitting in a greenhouse. With cooler air and natural light, what’s not to love about the space?
The menu comes as a wooden slice, with burnt in letterings which adds to the whole forest vibe and a smaller Brunch menu. Brunch is served over the weekends, Friday till Sunday between 10:00am till 3:00pm. Lucky for us, we dropped in at about 2:30pm, just in time for last orders for brunch. Highly raved by my cousin, we ordered the Cinnamon Toast (B210) and shared Beef Ragu (B260), which was recommended to be served with Penne. For pasta choices, you were able to choose the type of pasta that is served with your pasta, namely – Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccine, Macaroni, Linguine, Black Spaghetti and Angle Hair.
When the Cinnamon Toast arrived, I couldn’t help but looked at it with glee! The Cinnamon Toast came with a scoop of vanilla rum ice cream and was dressed with seasonal berries and nuts. The toast had a crispy sweet exterior with a soft fluffy interior that paired so well with the vanilla rum ice cream! I could go for another one if not for the main that has yet to arrive.
For mains, we had the Beef Ragu (B280) and was recommended to be served with Penne. When it arrived, all we saw were the thick chunks of beef generously mixed with al dente penne and streaks of cheese that topped the pasta. The aromatic combination of beef and pasta filled the air as we dived in and quickly wipped out the entire plate.
There is no doubt that Bitterman is the top of my cafe list as the lush greenery, warm service & amazing food has bought me over.
5/1 Soi Sala Daeng, Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Opens daily: 11am – 11pm
#2: Rocket Coffeebar
With a few outlets sprinkled around Bangkok, you’d know that Rocket Coffeebar is definitely doing well in Bangkok. Known for it’s amazing industrial interior, it’s no doubt that this cafe is both photogenic & worth the travel.
Of the 3 outlets, we decided to head to S49, slightly due to how secluded it is as compared to the other 2 outlets & also nearer to our next destination. From the outside, you’d be able to see the entire space thanks to full glass panels that covers the cafe from top to toe. The best part of this space is how natural light comes in play, with a ridiculously high ceiling & a loft area for you to lounge in the whole day.
Thanks to the loft, you’d be able to capture the perfect top down shot of the blend between the bar, marbled hexagonal tiles and wooden planks. That blend of marble & wood is serious #housegoals pointers that no one can deny.
Currently served at the all 3 outlets is Rocket’s Nordic Menu called “The Nordic Collection”. Have a look at their menu, & you’d know why! As we had quite abit of food already, but I had to try something from here, I went ahead and ordered a Roast Pork Open Faced Sandwich (B190). It includes thin sliced roasted pork loin, curried danish remoulade, crispy shallots and dill pickles of danish rye bread!
I must say, the curried danish remoulade paired so well with the pork loin and rye, it was so easy to finish up the entire dish! I don’t usually like having dill pickles, but the combination of the dill pickles together with the rest helped to add some oomph into the flavour of the dish!
46/, Soi Sukhumvit 49/12, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Sunday – Thursday: 7am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 7am – 11pm
#3: Toby’s on 38
Situated near the heart of Sukhumvit, is Toby’s on 38. Located at Sukhumvit Soi 38, this little store tucked in a corner exudes the perfect home-like interior and comfort.
The perfect spot for a Sunday morning brunch, that’s where we headed to right after church service! Thoroughly blessed, we were given possibly the most comfy corner of the entire cafe – the sofa crates by the window. Once we plonked ourselves down, we knew that we’d be staying in for long.
As usual, everyone ordered their mains to help curb their morning hunger pangs. Coffee was great to boot, and the simple brunch fare made it a great start to our morning!
The cousin & I shared an Avocado Toast that comes with a perfectly poached egg, a side of fresh salad & bratwurst. For some weird reason, having avocado in BKK got me hooked onto it and I constantly add avo as an add-on to alot of my dishes.
Toby’s on 38
Sukhumvit 38 Alley, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 10:30pm, closed on Mondays
Here’s just some of the places that I’ve been to and there’s many more on my list that I’d like to venture to, but have yet to find the time, or money or company to do so. If you do have places to recommend, do reach out & let me know! I’d be more than keen to head there when I fly over to the +66 once more!
Till next time,