Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Greyhound Cafe @ Emporium, Bangkok

Enough of "emo" moments with my Bangkok trip and lets get down to serious business. After all, thats what my blog is all about right?

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Greyhound Cafe rang a bell when i chanced upon it while walking in each of the numerous shopping centres that Bangkok has to offer.

The cool and chilled out decor, bustling traffic in and out of the entrance, their brand of clothing next door gives you a feel of our local "Delicious".

Walking in, we were soaking into the life of the upmarket Thais. Locals that could afford a cup of coffee that costs 90 baht as opposed to 9 baht, a meal that costs 300 baht instead of 30 baht. It was after all, one of the objectives to go to Bangkok; enjoy what the locals do, whether rich or poor.

When we first looked into the menu, stress accumulated. The menu is essentially half european and half asian cuisine. With western cuisine so commonly available in Malaysia, we concentrated hard on the local half, which was not to say totally local. Serving fusion food, we were contemplating whether this is really the place to eat some "Thai food" or just soak in the atmosphere only.

Well here goes.
Essentially franchised all over Bangkok and started from a clothing line, the wall just shouted "I am cool, come in here!". No wonder i had to wait 10 minutes for a table.

I remember the juice being sweet, mint, pineapple and something else that made it green. Otherwise, refreshing as it can get from the inhuman humid weather.

Thai Anchovy spaghetti. Looking like your normal tomato based pasta, this was "asianised" with salty anchovies and dried chilli whole pieces. Something that i have never tried before, not even close, the chilli and salty sensation kept me digging at the plate.

I was first served this. Mint leaves and a light sweet chilli dressing. Hmm, dip it in and chew like a cow?

Haha, the cow has arrived. The healthy beef salad drizzled in the dressing and flavoured with extra mint leaves, was healthy and wholesome. The red centre proved that beef is eaten properly in this region too.



The dish oozes the word "home-cooking". Simple rice and salted egg, served with fried local fish with vegetable fritters and accomodated with their HOT HOT fish and shrimp paste. The paste was simply magical although numbing and robust in flavour. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

Overall the flavours were good and it was fun to see how the locals were dropping in for lunch, speaking in a language that we can only reply with a smile. Thankfully the waiters were speaking English and ordering was a blessing in disguise. With the experience of eating what upmarket Thais eat, what do the normal Thais on the street eat? Well, next post.

Address:

Emporium Shopping Centre
Take the BTS and stop at the Phrom Phong station

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

24 comments:

ling239 said...

wow... so ikan bilis goes well with spaghetti ^_^

Nic (KHKL) said...

"With the experience of eating what upmarket Thais, what do the normal Thais on the street eat?"

err...i think sorta same, sans the ambiance and western ingredients like pasta.

love thai street food! awaiting yr next post!

Bernsy said...

I think the difference is in the presentation ... and the different types of ingredients used ...

daphne said...

that spicyness looks 10/10!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: yeah yeah!!!

nic: haha way different la..

bernsy: i would say still familiar..but yes..with a local twist..

daphne: 11/10 sounds like it..

Kenny Mah said...

I think the mint leaves were probably less of an appetizer and more of a mouth cleanser... I'd love that in every restaurant here... very refreshing to munch on it... if one doesn't mind looking like a kambing in a high-end eatery, hehe.

CUMI & CIKI said...

i love greyhound! i love to shop there and i love to eat there! Heaven!

sc said...

never tried greyhound..might check it out when i'm there in a couple of months time ;)

J2Kfm said...

oh, love mind-numbing hot stuff la!
though spaghetti with anchovies? hmmm, i've doubts.

Kok said...

joe,
Anchovies spaghetti is so new to me. But will the spaghetti sauce cover the taste of the spaghetti?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kok: haha essentially the pasta is to soak up the sauce mah..so no cover haha..anywayz the tomato base is not the main flavour..it is the salty anchovies..

j2fkm: well i took the risk haha n i loved it!

sc: no harm..but definitely not street food stuff la

c&c: haha i m not alone eh? shopping? the t shirts too small for me..hmmm

kennymah: baahhhh bahhhh..

mimi said...

got salted egg somemore...

tigerfish said...

I was expected Tom Yum Spaghetti or similar :D

Whoa...high class Thai food ler!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: haha something different rite? well tis is definitely not high class..the whole meal cost me less then USD 30?

mimi: the eggs used in thailand is damn good..show u another pic later..

Shell (貝殼) said...

u really chew the mint leaves like a cow~~haha

Henry Yeo said...

agree with Kenny about the minty mouthwash, very cool actually.

So do we get to see you eat insects in your next post?

Simon Seow said...

Wah, the beef salad really looks good.

Hazza said...

This meal looks exactly like what Euro-Asian fusion cooking should be!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hazza: hahah clear cut europe mix asian rite?

simon: damn tasty too!

henry: cool meh? haha...told u no insects in my 1st post..no GUTS!

shell: but wait..cows eat mint?

New Kid on the Blog said...

Errr.... ikan bilis + spaghetti?? Sound so fusion to me.

teckiee said...

i think if i go to bkk with you i'll die man. where are the dirty dirty street food?

Jun said...

dude, i'm sure the juice must have been refreshing, but why does it look suspiciously like the color of the torrens?? @_@

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: hahah its too solid green for torrens..torrens abit like the pandan lemongrass juice i had on the BTS! which i unfortunately didnt take a pic of..

teckiee: hahaha looks like you need dirty food in ur blood ar?

new kid: well the best part is..the ikan bilis is that its paste more then fried ones..yum yum

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