We were working at home since early morning on Saturday, and with the evening slowly approaching I couldn’t bare having stayed indoors all day. Auste on the other hand didn’t mind, but I convinced her to go to town and checkout the Kinokunya bookshop in Emquartier. It’s been a while since we owned, or actually even read proper books. By the way the bookshop is huge, with thousands upon thousands of English publications of all genres, including hundreds of magazines. Most books cost 400-700 baht, which is really good for over-taxed imports!
We weren’t supposed to eat, but let’s just say somebody (the missus) didn’t eat her fruit before leaving home… (Sorry luv!) We took a stroll up to the Vertical Food Street, just one level above the pretty gardens. Some years ago we used to feel a bit awkward looking at the menus at restaurant entrances and walking away. Nowadays we just flip through the pages scanning for anything vegetarian, and go to the next one. It’s hard work when you’re hungry. We had already had an Asian meal and coffee that day, so we wanted something different.
The food street goes in a spiral, so we scanned literally every non-Asian menu and ended up right at the top. Total possible eateries: 4. Our choice was very much influenced by the number of vegetarian options on the menu, not even considering “possible” ones where we would ask for certain ingredients to be replaced.
The atmosphere was definitely sophisticated, with a modern-vintage décor. The spacious layout with a spiral staircase, large glass carboys strapped in wooden frames, and wooden wine racks with hundreds of bottles on display. High-ceiling with dimmed lights resembled of an outdoor space which allowed to experience an element of privacy.
We were seated right under a bright light which made it impractical to take photos of the gorgeous food, but it didn’t affect the eating experience. The wine menu was perhaps 5 pages long, with around 9 wines available by the glass. We went for Shiraz and Chianti, both of which were full-bodied, came in big beautiful glasses, and cost around 250-280 each. Bottled wines were at around the 1,200-1,900 mark. Bottled water was only 30 baht!The menu had lots of dishes to choose from, like pastas, pizzas, ravioli and risottos which all ranged from 280 to 480 baht. Main courses (all non-veg) ranged from 480 to 2,000+ so it definitely covers variety of budgets. You can download the menu from their website here (opens in new tab). The prices indicated do not include a 10 % service charge and a 7 % govt. tax, which will be applied to your bill, as advised on the menu.
Right after we ordered our food, the waiters delivered complimentary bread with tomatoes, and tomato sauce. It was so fresh and moreish, it even felt like a healthy snack. The potato gratin wasn’t available, so we were offered potato skins, which were basically oven-baked wedges. Auste enjoyed them, but for me they lacked just a tiny bit of taste.
The dishes came at the same time, and they both were delightful. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in truffle cream sauce were just as we imagined – creamy, yet not too heavy, with melting-in-the-mouth truffle goodness. Very tasty. The pizza Margherita was of a decent size, with tons of mozzarella and an appetising tomato sauce covering a slightly charred crust. There was a lot of cheese, but it didn’t overtake the flavour of the gorgeous thin-base.
Overall we had a very good experience with everything: interior, staff, and prices. Simply fresh, tasty and high-quality food. We loved it and we can’t wait to go there again!