The buzz: Located at the tiny community mall Ozono Plaza at the Petchaburi Road end of Sukhumvit 39, The Ozono Café is yet another spot that serves up Italian-Thai dishes along with cheap booze in a house turned garden setting.
The décor: The house is just a one-story box, but there’s plenty of textures to soften things up: wood, a wall with spongy tiles, faux limestone. The furniture too ranges from simple modern pieces with colorful cushions on the outside to country home chairs indoors, where big hardwood tables allow for proper sitdown dining. Right now though, the al fresco deck is mobbed by crowds enjoying the cooler nights.
The music: International hits play in the background while live bands are up on stage on Fri-Sat from 8-11pm, covering Thai and inter hits.
The crowd: First jobbers and above, pet lovers who take their dogs out for a walk at the Ozono Plaza and even a few Thonglor-Ekkamai clubbers that are just getting warmed up.
The price: Affordable red, white and sparkling wines range from B800-3,800 (by the bottle). No whiskey for now but plenty of white spirits served both as shots (B180-280) and by the bottle (B1,200-3,800). Beers are all bottled: from B120 for local ones, while Belgian favorite Hoegaarden is B200 (no draught, though). The Thai-Italian fusion dishes go well with booze: baked tiger prawn with tom yam butter (B380), barbecued chicken (B120), spicy grilled salmon Thai-style (B260) and crispy chicken salad with watermelon (B160).
Why you’ll come back: A good spot for both after work dinner and the drinks that will inevitably follow, Ozono makes for a solid pre-party meeting place to line your stomach and get a buzz before hitting the neighborhood clubs. Vasachol Quadri