[Bangkok] Ah… a Japanese-styled café at Ekkamai Bangkok, with Zen-inspired interior and the lovely outdoor garden.
Located at Ekkamai Soi 12, Nikko Café is quite a find. A Japanese-inspired coffee shop situated in a two-story building, owned by a couple of Thai graduates.
For those of you with the intention of café hopping around the district, Vanilla Garden, One Ounce For Onion, Featherstone, Coffee Beans by Dao, and Ekkamai Macchiato are a short walk of 5 to 10 minutes away.
Nikko Café is tucked away in a hidden area, and the atmosphere inside the café was quiet and calm when I visited.
Some customers appeared to come here to catch up with friends, while others were trying to get some work done.
The good news is that there are plenty of electrical outlets to plug in your laptop.
Mostly furnished with wood and floor-to-ceiling windows, Nikko Café is separated into 4 different areas.
There is the indoor area downstairs which almost feels like a Japanese home, and the lovely outdoor garden area with lots of shade and green.
The second floor is more about socialising, and offers air-conditioned seating, a library and also an outdoor seating area.
(Photo credit: Nikko Café)
Besides its chic Japanese design, Nikko Café offers a variety of dishes to choose from including pasta, chicken sandwiches, salads, and garlic bread with clams.
However, the menu provided was all done up illustration style – keeping up in the theme, though my friend commented that people might prefer to see real food photos to be enticed.
The food offered included Corn Soup (150 baht), Bacon & Egg (150 baht), Grilled Cheesy Chicken (170 baht), Tonkatsu Curry Rice (240 baht), Buta Don (220 baht), Omelette Okonomiyaki (180 baht), Chashu Fried Rice (170 baht), Chashu Don (220 baht), Nikko Fried Rice (190 baht), Terikyaki Chicken Rice (190 baht) and Chicken Hambaku Rice (200 baht).
That is between SGD$6.20 (USD$4.50) to $9.00 USD ($6.60). The soup sounds relatively expensive but the rest are standard café pricing.
With such an extensive menu, I was initially sceptical if the food quality could match up to the usual Japanese standards, therefore stuck to a safe choice of Nanban Chicken with Tartar Sauce (170 baht, SG$7.00) on toast.
Turned out to be much better than expected. The fried chicken coated in a crispy egg batter was particularly juicy, topped with delicious tartar sauce, resting on toasted with a light crisp.
The cocktail list at Nikko Café is quite extensive, and most would recommend the Bouquet cocktail, which is made from syrup, Japanese whiskey, vodka, and dried French rose.
If not, you could also stick to a predictable, ‘legit’ though slightly pricey Matcha Latte called “The Macha Cold” (160 baht, SGD$6.60) here.
The easiest way to reach Nikko Café is to reach the Ekkamai BTS and take a taxi/uber from there. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Ekkamai Soi 12. In case you feel like walking and the weather is okay, Nikko Café is a 20-minute walk away from Ekkamai BTS.
Ekkamai Soi 12, 30/18 Soi Charoen Jai, Bangkok, Thailand (Ekkamai BTS)
(ซอย ปรีดี พนมยงค์ 31 Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110) Tel: +66 2 381 5291
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Google Maps – Nikko Café
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