Ekkamai’s plant-based meal delivery provider opens a cafe.
The buzz: Born as a delivery-only option and meal plan service offering 100-percent plant-based dishes, Plantiful has now opened a gleaming new cafe at Sukhumvit Soi 61. The owner, a Gen Z graduate from UCLA, is looking to bring the healthy, plant-based diet culture from Los Angeles to Bangkok.
The decor: This not-your-usual cafe is premised within the sun-dappled ground-floor room of The Residence at 61 in quiet and laid-back Sukhumvit Soi 61. Enter, and you’ll find yourself propped inside a bright, airy, lofty space with a clean and modern interior design. You’ll find hints of black and white, with leafy indoor plants adorning the corners of the cafe, offering an easy-on-the-eyes experience fitting for brunch or working away on your laptop during the week. You’ll find bottles of wellness drinks and fresh vegetables occupying the counter right beside the cashier area, with a kitchen located in back. On the second floor is a space for future health workshops, accessible via the metal spiral staircase.
The food: The cafe whips up hearty, vegan-friendly food like the Bibi Bowl (spinach, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrot, Japanese cucumbers and rice berry with a bibimbap dressing; B240), or the baked zucchini and eggplant lasagna (B350). Layered with house-made cashew nut cheese and marinara, it tastes not too far from the original. For veggie skeptics, the deeply flavorful roasted carrot dip (B260) offers a great introduction to plant-based cuisine. No-nonsense vegetarians and vegans should opt for the cheekily-named Unbeetable Kale Salad (B280), which does not play around when it comes to nutrition. Desserts like the banoffee pie (B150) fall on the lighter side, with a combination of crunchy almond-oat crust, freshly whipped coconut cream sweetened with date caramel sauce and bananas. Wash it all down with a wellness drink like the wholesome beetroot latte or Golden Mylk latte (both B120). The latter is made with turmeric powder, almond milk, and honey.
The crowd: Hardcore vegetarians, health-geeks, and borderline nutritionists.
Why we’d come back: If you’re a serious lover of vegetarian or plant-based dishes, Plantiful needs to be on your shortlist. If you’re dabbling in the cuisine, some of the more flavorful dishes will ease you into the vegetarian diet. While not predominantly geared toward the Instragram crowd, this place is photogenic enough to update your feed anyway. Plus, you can bring your pets here. Veerabhatr Sriyananda