The buzz: With five partners whose careers span from DJ to architect to seasoned foodie, Feat. fizzes with a seemingly boundless energy. Each takes turns running the eatery, situated in the heart of the new Siam Vintage, ensuring a decent casual space from which to drink in the Siam Square atmosphere after dark.
The décor: Feat. makes the most of its limited space, serving as a sort of observation deck on the 2/F of Siam Vintage. There might only be two actual dining tables, but the real fun is had pulling up a tall stool to the long counter that runs around the octagonal room’s window façade and studying the street-level fashionistas parading about. Wood dominates the interior, which might remind you a bit of Wine Connection at Rain Hill, while industrial touches (hanging wires, black steel) add some real personality.
The food: Most of the owners studied abroad where they gained an appreciation for plain old tasty hamburgers without all the gourmet frills. Get started with BBQ spare ribs (B180) or chicken and waffles (24-hour marinated chicken thighs with buttermilk Belgian waffles and coleslaw, B180), before moving onto classics like the cheeseburger (B160), sloppy joe (B140) or mac and cheese (B140). There’s also heartier fare like grilled strip loin steak (350 gram strip loin with salad and fries, B590) and pan-fried Atlantic salmon with lemon aioli and salad (B240).
The drinks: This really is a cool spot to watch the world pass by over a few drinks. They recommend the Tom Collins (B140) and sparkling sake jelly (B220). Beers are B100-B120, while classic cocktails range from B160-B220 and wine by the glass starts from B150. Hot chocolate (B90) and tea (B65) are also available.
The crowd: By day it’s mostly young and hip Chula students taking a break from shopping, before the office workers start to roll in around 6pm looking to start their night in style. Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet
Sat at the second-floor entrance to the decidedly hip Siam Vintage, Feat. is a cool, casual spot to watch Siam Square over a few drinks. The menu, however, forgoes gourmet frills and subtlety in its homage to all that’s fried and fatty in American cuisine—think burgers, sloppy joes and fries. Still it’s worth climbing the stairs to check out the small cubby-house of a venue that lies somewhere between a dream frat-boy’s hangout (a life-size Stormtrooper props up the bar, a mix of R&B and gangster rap blares from a MacBook, and there’s even an adjoining sneaker shop) and an arty loft (paint-splattered floorboards and exposed wires). With only a handful of actual dining tables, you can pull up a tall stool to the window-side counter that suits the casual bites on offer, like buffalo wings (B95) and prawn tartare (B95). Both are solid pre-meal nibbles: the former packs a nice sour flavor courtesy of a particularly vinegary cayenne marinade, while the latter comes with a pleasingly crunchy batter. The fried chicken and waffles (24-hour marinated chicken thighs with buttermilk Belgian waffles and coleslaw, B180), a fave in America’s South, avoids being too dry thanks to the sufficiently tender and juicy chicken. Even without the overly oily breading, you’re grateful for the large helping of aromatic waffles to soak it all up. The BBQ spare ribs (B180) are well-cooked, with the meat easy to pull off the bone, but the slice of pineapple on the side isn’t enough to turn this into a healthy option. However, the Feat. Parmigiana (deep-fried pork cutlet topped with cheese, bacon and tomato sauce, B140) is just too greasy, the breaded pork turned sponge-like under the dripping topping. The Caesar salad (B150) continues the theme, with massive croutons and a poached egg, all totally drenched in a pungent dressing. Drinks-wise, the recommended Tom Collins (gin and lemonade, B140) falls flat, overloaded as it is with sugar and lacking effervescence. Yet it’s cheap, like much of what’s served here, so it’s hard to really complain too much. This is unashamed comfort food that’s wandering deep into junk territory. The edgy setting and snapback cap-adorned crew, who deliver your dishes with style and swagger (all very politely, it must be said), suggest Feat.’s heart is in the right place, even if the food might give yours a scare. Corkage B300.
|Address:||Feat., 342/1 Phayathai Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Price Range:||B - BB|
|Open since:||April, 2012|
|Opening hours:||Mon 11:30am-11pm|
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