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Toby’s coffee and brunch in Thong Lo, Bangkok

DO NOT walk from the BTS – that’s a rookie mistake.

On Google maps the distance looked way too short for a motorbike taxi, so a thirty-minute walk later we arrived hot and moist. We got to see how pretty Soi 38 is though: there were very few cars or in fact even people, there were fenced private properties with nice gardens, and stunning new developments. Before our destination there were actually a few more coffee places that looked very promising.

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It was a nice Saturday afternoon and we were about to meet a friend who texted us:”I’m there. Waiting for a table”. Whaaat? It’s either a coincidence or the place is THAT good, we thought. Toby’s has been featured on BK Magazine; I don’t know the criteria to be picked for their site, but it is a real boost for businesses in Bangkok. As many others, we wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.Toby's Bangkok

We ordered the “Smashed Avocado”, which was delicious! It was a lightly toasted sourdough bread with some gently seasoned avocado and a poached egg on top. Roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh tender leaf salad were also gorgeous – all the flavours and textures were perfectly paired as you can guess. The sad part was that I only had one bite as Auste “Hulk” Treciakauskaite ate the whole plate. It’s supposed to come with chorizo, but they were happy enough to cater for vegetarians, and it was still good.

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The crafty lattes were silky smooth, and my guess is that they used proper full-fat milk as they were very creamy, without any of the coffee bitterness you get from many other places. Auste loves them, and I prefer the more roasty ones. The cake display was very tempting, as always is, but every item seemed to be different: bacon donuts, flourless chocolate cake, and the one I tried I forgot the name of. But it was like a chocolate chip sticky toffee caramel nutty datey “walk the plank” (is that it’s name??) pudding thing. It was sweet, but not overwhelming, and it had everything you can ask for in a dessert (except peanut butter!). Price-wise it was on the high end, but it’s Thong Lo.

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The exterior was very pleasing to the eye. It looked like a modern Norwegian terrace with red brick walls, brown wooden tiles reflecting the setting sun, and the tall grass moving to the gentle sea breeze. There was no sea though, just a humid downtown BKK waft. The interior was just what you’d expect from such place: high ceiling with hanging lamps, white walls with tiny plant inceptions, brand new wooden furniture and cosy seats with pillows.

All in all, we had a typical IG-friendly experience, but for me the most different part was the outdoor area giving a definite non-BKK feel.

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Bella Rocca Emquartier: high quality, vegetarian-friendly restaurant

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.

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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.

Our experience:

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.

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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.

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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!