Sathorn's new furniture shop has an equally exciting cafe.
From the eclectic rustic-industrial decor to the menu of down-to-earth comfort food (with nods to local producers and seasonality), Luka holds Sathorn’s crown for cafe culture. Twinned with a French-leaning furniture boutique (Casa Pagoda), the space is light, bright, and just perfect for enjoying a long black with an acai bowl (for when you’re feeling healthy) or chicken and waffles (for when you’re not).
The buzz: Chong Nonsi really is the new Phrom Phong. After a slew of cool new bars and cafes opening on Sathorn Soi 10-12 (plus a couple ultra-luxe offerings at the intersection), the area's revival has made it all the way to Thanon Pan, a leafy soi running from the Hindu temple on Silom to the Myanmar Embassy on Sathorn. It's close to that end that you'll find Luka, a cafe within the newest branch of Casa Pagoda. With a focus on light fare (salads, sandwiches) and coffee, Luka is fast becoming a favorite lunch spot for Sathorn's busy professionals.
The decor: Just like the other Casa Pagoda shops, this location's decor is meant to look like the edgy Provence villa of a couple of urban weekenders: a mix of 1900s bistro paraphernalia, distressed tufted leather couches, and vintage-looking seats upholstered in salvaged fabrics. It all basks in plenty of light, befitting Luka's menu.
The food: Chef Sirote Udomthongsuk, who boasts stints at fancy kitchens like Savelberg, Gaggan and Water Library, serves up down-to-earth comfort food that's ideal for breakfast, lunch and brunch: breakfast burrito (B310) with quinoa, scrambled egg, cheese, sausage, tomato salsa, avocado and "Thai chipotle" salsa; "Green Goddess" grilled cheese sandwich with pesto, baby spinach, mozzarella and avocado (B240) served with tomato soup dip; shakshuka (B320) with eggs, spicy tomato gravy, capsicum, chorizo, Greek yogurt, olives and sourdough bread. For the sweet tooth, there are treats like the warm brownie sundae (B210). Sauces, juices and pickles are homemade, while the produce comes from reputable names like Adams Organic, the Royal Project Foundation and Sloane's.
The drinks: Proper coffee by a barista who'll go out of his way to make useful recommendations (from B70 for an espresso) and a solid list of teas, including single origin and blend options made with leaves from China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Israel. Try the black earl gray (B160) or green tea spearmint (B120), both made with organic tea leaves from Israel.
Why you should care: For all its newfound hipster cred, Chong Nonsi is no Sala Daeng it comes to lunchtime. Luka isn't just a welcome addition to the neighborhood for nearby office workers, though. Come Saturday and Sunday, it's a proper brunch destination in its own right.
Warm brownie sundae