If you’re fed up with all the cramped rustic cafés in the city center, Treat Café & Hang Out is true to its name. Located way out in Soi Phaholyothin 32 (near Kasetsat University and Major Cineplex Ratchayothin), Treat sits in an old 60s house renovated in an English countryside theme—all-white walls, steel chandeliers matching wooden table sets. The lush garden is strewn with beanbags and string lighting, while there’s a cute conservatory for private gatherings, making Treat a prime weekend destination.
Unlike many other chic cafés across town, though, Treat’s medium-sized menu does deliver a few hits, most notably with its Thai dishes and desserts. Some items could do with a little more attention to detail, though. The recommended foie gras with mixed berry (B380), for instance, looks the part but is let down by a slightly dull berry sauce. It’s a similar problem with the pesto almond fried rice with Parma ham (B220), in which the nice, salty Parma ham can’t quite make up for the overly oily rice. The sweet-noted deep-fried buffalo wings (B120), too, aren’t the best we’ve tried.
Treat does considerably better with Thai dishes. One of our favorites is the salad yam moo yang (spicy grilled pork salad, B120), which is lovely and tangy, while the grilled pork is tender and well-seasoned. We love that they use the whole roots of the baby carrot—so fresh and sweet. Like all English-indebted cafés, you simply can’t miss dessert. Their tasty banoffee pie (B85) has a huge layer of cream, we just wish there was a little more banana instead of all that banana jelly, even if it does form a kind of protective layer that keeps the biscuit base from getting mushy.
Wine starts from a middling B780 a bottle and B300 per glass. Treat offers a vibe suitable for both a date and just hanging out on the weekend, just be mindful the main parking lot fills quickly (there’s another one on a neighboring soi). Even if the food doesn’t always hit the high notes, the atmosphere here is worth the drive.
|Address:||Treat, 563 Paholyothin Soi 32, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Price Range:||B - BB|
|Open since:||November, 2013|
|Opening hours:||daily 11:30am-11pm|
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