THE fourth Bangkok branch of Dressed, a quick service café selling healthy salads, artisan sandwiches, wraps, pasta, soups, smoothies and organic coffee, has opened on the first floor of the Exchange Tower Building, located at the corner of Rachada (Asoke) and Sukhumvit roads. Introduced to Thailand by two young entrepreneurs, Sid Sehgal and Anchit Sachdev, Dressed currently operates branches at Mercuryville (Chidlom), Siam Paragon, and Empire Tower on Sathorn Road. As in all the Dressed branches in the city, several new items will be introduced at the Dressed Exchange Tower. Highlights include High energy salad (iceberg, spinach, green apples, beet roots, pesto chicken, almonds, flax seeds, kiwi vinaigrette); Penne Sundried Tomato with Spinach (v); and Carolina BBQ chicken panini (BBQ chicken, mozzarella cheese, mixed oak, red onions, and Panini bread). Open daily 9am-9pm.
THE second branch of MyCafe (in Suanluang Square) is aimed at customers on the go and offers more than 40 ‘express’ takeaway items (mainly Japanese and Thai favourites). That said, there’s still a second floor hangout space serving food and coffee, and free WiFi. Menu highlights include Pork tonkatsu curry, Fried shrimp Udon noodles, and Spicy pork Bulgogi. Dishes range in price from B49 – B139.
Suanluang Square lot.1 no.19, Soi Chula 12, Pratumwan. 02 040 5464. facebook.com/MyCafe Express
Elefin Coffee (Wat Pho)
ELEFIN Coffee has marked its 10th anniversary by opening a new cafe located next to the historic Wat Pho Temple and in walking distance of the Grand Palace. Like Elefin’s other branches in town (at Museum Siam, Hansar Bangkok Hotel, and Sukhumvit Soi 1), the new shop offers single-origin coffee sourced from a region in Thailand known as ‘Elephant Mountain,’ or as Thais say, Doi Chang. The coffee shop is located in the ground floor of a shophouse on Maharaj Road, just across from Wat Pho Temple. A Thai and Western food menu is also served. Open daily 7am-10pm.
394 / 1 - 2 Maharaj Rd. 02 622 1115 elefincoffee.com
RENOWNED Japanese restaurant Mugendai has opened a second branch in Bangkok, on Thonglor Soi 10 (its first, Mugendai Penthouse, is at the Helix Quartier, EmQuartier). Here, guests can opt to dine in standalone chalets (which seat 6-8 people) or in the Tatami Room, which can be adjusted to suit meetings or group parties. Expect exquisite sushi and sashimi and excellent service to match. Menu highlights include Honten roll (Pan-fried French goose liver wrapped in seared A5 Wagyu sheet, Hokkaido sea urchin, Alfonsino, caviar. B2,700), Seared halibut fin, poached quail egg topped with white truffle oil (B380), and Matsuzaka beef (B900 / sushi / pc.). Through April 17 the new restaurant is offering 20 percent discount to all diners.
02 726 9222, www.mugendaibkk.com
WITH its bright marble counter, smoky white brick walls, blonde wooden furniture, oversized couches, and playful décor, this new homely hangout on Thonglor Soi 10 is a lovely place to while away an hour or two in the company of friends. The ‘All Day Brunch Menu’ features burgers (such as Munch Mac & Cheese. B320; and Crispy Jalapeño Chicken Burger. ); pasta (try the Maguro Pasta – spaghetti, Bluefin tuna, parmesan cheese, anchovies and parsley. B650); as well as a wide range of sweet treats like Munch Pancake served with Hokkaido soft cream; and Croissant and butter pudding with soft serve ice cream (B280). Open daily 10am-10pm.
Thonglor Soi 10. Tel:02 381 4711