[Bangkok] Taking a page straight out of the Hong Kong modern cha chaan teng playbook, TAMP Kafei & Bar pays homage to Hong Kong culture while on its way to deliver the Thai-Chinese fusion café food.

Seriously, walking into TAMP is like being transported away from Bangkok, and may just bring you to “In the Mood for Love”.

Located at Soi Sukhumvit 31 (one km away from Phrom Phong BTS Station), you would find yourself surrounded by cafes such as Holey Artisan Bakery, Casa Lapin Specialty Coffee, Home Work, Chu, Sometimes I Feel, Green Connect, Gooseberry Cafe, FICS, to PAGA Microroastery, but I was attracted to visit TAMP as it looked different.

Looking like a set off Wong Kar-wai’s movies, the walls are covered in a patina green-like coat and old-fashioned tiles are the choice of flooring.

TAMP even had dividers that looked like a just-opened shutter door, with mahjong tiles lining the bar counter.

With traditional Chinese letters “萬壽無疆” (wishing you an ever-long life) in red neon lights, the entire premise is a cool photo spot.

It is no surprise, as the interior of TAMP is done up by a reputed design firm, which has given life to a great number of dining spots all over Bangkok.

Scanning through the menu, you have drinks named after Chungking Express, a timeless classic in Hong Kong cinema.

There are snacks you would find in a dim sum spot, and there are desserts to bring you back to the nineties. Like I said, its influence is obvious.

Breakfast is served from 7.30am on weekends and holidays, there are the Steamed Egg with Minced Pork (60 THB), Soft Boil Eggs with Toast (80 THB), Pan-Fried Eggs with Toppings (120 THB), and Breakfast Set (185 THB).

The standout is the Pan-Fried Eggs with Toppings (120 THB, SGD4.70). While it sounds mysterious, the toppings are mainly minced pork, Chinese-style sausages, two sunny side egg, with pieces of toast on the side.

With a drizzling of light soy sauce on the eggs, this really a typical Thai-style breakfast you can find in many places (like even your hotel breakfast).

On every day of the week though, heartier lunch options are available for order.

Chinese Sausage Fried Rice (85 THB) is one, and Mai Fun (100 THB), which is a Sauteed Rice Noodle with Prawns dish, is the other.

There are also snacks available from 11am every day, such as Deep-fried Shrimp Balls (75 THB), Fried Traditional Chive Cake (95 THB), and Deep Fried Shrimp Rolls (140 THB).

The strong suit of TAMP is actually with the desserts, which are quite traditional-like.

The Milk Custard with Fruits Salad (80 THB) is one for the ages. Silky smooth and slightly sweet milk custard is an ever-popular treat.

The signature however is the Longan Shaved Ice with Sweet Barley and Ginkgo Nut (THB 140) which would be slightly medicinal and refreshing.

I had the Golden Plum (140 THB) which was iced chrysanthemum tea with plum, which needed a half-an-hour wait as the froth was created fresh from egg whites.

While food is clearly secondary here, putting it altogether TAMP is the stylish place to be for photos and immerse yourself in those Chinese vibes with 60’s twist.

TAMP

TAMP Kāfēi & Bar
AVORA31 Residence, 28 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Klongton Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Google Maps – TAMP Kāfēi & Bar

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* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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