There are many food courts in Bangkok, many of which are lovely. They are usually located in an air-con shopping mall where, in self-service style, you pick from a range of dishes from food stalls. They are all prepared quickly and cheaply or sit pre-cooked in trays. When Central Embassy, the ultra-luxury lifestyle mall, opened EatThai, it was clear they would do something different with their food court. And they did. Let’s tell you about EatThai.
What is EatThai?
‘Eathai’ is the concept of offering hundreds of classic Thai dishes from across the entire country in a beautiful setting. This place is like a Thai food kingdom and spans 5000 square metres. They have assembled signature dishes from all four regional cuisines – central, southern, northern and Issarn food, which means massive variety. There is also a vegetarian, seafood, and street food area, a bar, a cooking school and a supermarket. The supermarket has excellent produce you can pack into your suitcase to take home. Care has been taken to source the best brands but at affordable prices.
A food court with table service
Unlike classic food courts, your meal is served to you at a table. Also, unlike classic food courts, the decor of this place is just incredible. Yes, you are inside an air-con mall, but the effort has been made to authentically recreate the old-style food stalls, the cooking implements and the comfortable wooden seating. Many of Bangkok’s most famous food stalls have been invited to recreate their signature dishes inside this lavish arena. Dishes start from around 80 baht up to 400 baht. Despite the wide range of choices, ordering is easy since most dishes are laid out in examples with detailed English descriptions.
Upscale Supermarket in Bangkok
When you add the draw of the supermarket with its impressive range of organic toiletries and cooking pastes, I could literally stay here all day.
I totally put this food court into the bracket ‘affordable’ because although you can find all these dishes 20-30% cheaper out there on the street – this really is value for money and won’t break the bank no matter how many dishes you order. It’s also educational; I live in the South, and love Issarn food, but the Central area was a new discovery. Their vegetarian and vegan dishes are fantastic.
ADDRESS FOR EATHAI
Central Embassy 1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
5 min walk from Phloen Chit BTS station or Chit Lom BTS station (Skytrain) over a comfortable walkway.
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Photo of Central Embassy’s Atrium courtesy of Flickr.com – By Nonth. All other images courtesy of Eathai’s Facebook Page. Laab Tofu taken on my phone.