Greyhound Café – Where Fashion Meets Food in Bangkok
March 29, 2012
[Bangkok, Thailand] There are chicken wings, and there are ‘Thai’ chicken wings – chicken wings that are halved, marinated in fish sauce and deep fried. And I swear by Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings, that this is a must-visit every vacation to Bangkok, especially if you are heading over this Songkran.
Greyhound is a Fashion-meets-Food café. First established in Thailand in the 80s as a casual men’s wear outlet, they have expanded to food business in 1997. Quoted by the Fortune Magazine as “the Hottest Seats in Bangkok”, Greyhound Café is the first fashion café in Bangkok offering the food concept with creative twists in a casual dining experience. Many say Singapore’s PS Cafe is inspired by Greyhound.
To summarise in a line, Greyhound is about fashion, about people-watching, about good food, about art, about good living, about travel, about new tastes, and about sitting at a corner of the café watching the world go by.
Back to the Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings (100 Baht, SGD $4.10), these crispy addictive noms are cut to half the size of the usual wings, evenly marinated with fish sauce and still retains its moisture. You would have thought that deep frying would have dried it up, but no. An absolute pleasure to just suck the chicken wing, and this is what I call finger-licking good.
The Fettuccini with Shrimp and Mushroom Cream Sauce (220 Baht, SGD$9.00 ) is all about European bistro style with a dash of Thai flavour. Cooked al dente style and topped with fresh prawns, the pasta is not overly creamy and delicate, possibly leaving you with space for more.
Greyhound café introduces many new dishes everytime I go, many fusion in style, such as Deep fried Crab with Seafood, Salmon Sashimi in Spicy Hot Sauce, Thai Steak with Thai Hot Sauce, Yum Thai Steak Salad and Crispy Sweet Corn with Crab Meat. Some hits and misses as some of the street-food are probably ‘over-fushionised’.
The one thing I like about many Thai cafes is that it is not just a café, but an entire lifestyle and brand. From the music they play, books they display, menu design, décor, to the individually-designed uniforms, you know there is pride in the things they sell. (Okay, but I am really fasinated by their uniforms.) The most pleasurable time spent there is to just grab a magazine, have my wings, and Thai-people-watch. Sawadee-best.
Siam Center, Ground Floor, Bangkok, Thailand (BTS Siam Station Exit 1) Tel: +662 658 112 930
Other Greyhound Café branches: J Avenue Lifestyle, Emporium, Central Chidlom, Phaholyothin; Ratchayothin; The Crystal (All in Bangkok) and IFC Mall (Hong Kong)
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily