Proving to be quite a crowd-puller in the expat-heavy Sribamphen neighborhood, The Corner may be a bit light on the décor, but who cares when such close attention is paid to the food.
The buzz: A welcome addition to the expat-heavy Sribamphen neighborhood, The Corner may be a bit light on the décor but who cares when such close attention is paid to the food, with mainly Mediterranean fare and a few Western and Thai comfort dishes that are reasonably priced and rotated regularly.
The décor: Located in a guesthouse of the same name, the décor is very much a casual, slightly rustic affair, with dark wooden furniture, splashes of green on the menu board, table mats and a small bar. For a somewhat fancier terrace vibe, they’re renovating the front part of two floors into outdoor patios.
The food: Mostly Mediterranean recipes that use local and organic produce, impressively whipped up by French Chef Cedric Cador, who picked up many of his techniques from his Greek roots. Almost everything in the house is homemade, from the bread to the sausages. Do try the house favorites like the humble Mediterranean trio (B240), pita bread served with hummus, falafel and baba ghanoush, or the slow roasted free-range chicken with fried rosemary potatoes (B260). There are also a few Thai dishes, including the tender chicken satay (B180). During the day, you can opt for tasty breakfast options from B90-B150 and sandwiches from B140-B160.
The drinks: Smoothies include Morning Punch (banana, ginger and lime, B60) or lassi (B70). Come night-time you can select from a brief list of new world wines with prices starting from B1,050. Local beers are B65 and Carlsberg B75.
The crowds: Neighborhood expats and groups of international friends. Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet
Proving to be quite a crowd-puller in the expat-heavy Sribamphen neighborhood, The Corner may be a bit light on the décor, but who cares when such close attention is paid to the food. Upstairs is a low-key guesthouse (rooms start from B500), while downstairs is very much a casual, slightly rustic affair, with dark wooden furniture, splashes of green, a small terrace and a rather New Age soundtrack.
At first glance, the all-day dining menu appears to pick and choose from disparate parts of the globe—mainly the Mediterranean, but there are also Western and Thai comfort dishes, befitting the place’s double-life as a backpacker haunt. The house favorites and regularly rotating specials (Wednesday is “Couscous Royal” night), however, are far from your typical travel fare.
Almost everything in the house is homemade, from the bread to the sausages, with French chef Cedric Cador looking to use local and organic produce wherever possible, while drawing on cooking techniques from his Greek roots. This is evident straight away from the complimentary appetizer of soft, chewy bread and tapenade.
One of the most popular dishes is the humble Mediterranean trio (B240), falafel and pita bread served with hummus, tzatziki (Greek cucumber yogurt dip) and baba ghanoush (eggplant dip)—and it’s easy to see why. It really sets the tone: warm, homey flavors done right. The tzatziki is especially fresh and flavorful, while the deep-fried olives offer a welcome savory burst.
The mains stick to tried-and-trusted recipes to deliver equally satisfying results, just don’t expect massive fireworks. Take the slow-roasted free-range chicken (B240), with its simple but tasty lemon garlic marinade and soft-but-not-mushy rosemary potatoes, or the hearty beef lasagna (B240)—nostalgia food that really hits home. A dessert like the crème brulée (B90) is equally homespun, coming in different flavors weekly, like the delicious lime and ginger version, with its strong, almost spicy taste.
During the day, you can opt for simple breakfast options (from B90-B150) or one of their sandwiches, which we recently lauded as among the best in town—our pick is Le Provencal (roasted vegetables, olives, parmesan cheese and pesto on homemade ciabatta, B140).
Add in a decent drink list that covers New World wines (from B900/bottle) to milkshakes and lassis (we’re not the biggest fans of the coffee), and The Corner is more than your regular neighborhood haunt—a well-priced, down-to-earth dinner or brunch spot that does most of the little things right.
|Address:||The Corner, 27/39 Soi Sribamphen., Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Price Range:||B - BB|
|Opening hours:||daily 7:30am-11pm|
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