The buzz: One of the few chill-out spots in the Prachaniwet area (off from Vibhavadi Rd.), Triple Ate is run by a couple who previously operated a branch of a Japanese fast food chain. Thanks to its sub-soi location near Bon Mache Market, the place is a lot more peaceful than the other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood and in Bangkok.
The décor: It’s set in a retro house with a nicely-executed black and white theme that also incorporates the almost obligatory bare cement and raw brick. The vibe is not unlike well-known hotspots like Tiger Sleep Eat or the now-defunct Sugarlust, just more minimal. We like the outdoor area where you can sit under a big tree adorned with little hanging lamps.
The food: The place sticks to a fusion menu tailored to the Thai palate. So you might find yourself ordering appetizers like shrimp in wasabi and fish sauce (B150), koi salmon (raw salmon in the Northeastern style spicy sauce, B170) or chicken karaake (B100). As for more classic fare, the owners recommend dishes like angel hair pasta with shrimp and ebiko in cream sauce (B180), fettuccine bolognese (B180) or the latest addition to the menu, scallops pad cha (stir-fried scallops with herbs, B350). Or if you want to opt for healthy choices, try the pomelo salad with smoked duck breast (B170) and yum pla dib ruam (raw seafood in spicy salad, B200).
The drinks: Beers are the standard Singha (B100) and Heineken (B120), while cocktails remain resolutely classic, with prices ranging from B120-B150. The owners recommend the Patrick Star (rum, mulberry and peach schnapps, B120) and Cherry Blossom (rum, lemon, lime and cherry, B120).
The crowd: The place seems to attract large groups of office workers looking to let their hair down, so expect a bit of cheerful noise but nothing too rowdy. Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet
One of the few chill-out spots in the Prachaniwet area (off from Vibhavadi Rd.), Triple Ate is run by a couple who previously operated a branch of a Japanese fast food chain. Thanks to its sub-soi location near chic market Bon Marche, the place is a lot more peaceful than the other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood and, indeed, much of Bangkok. It’s set in a retro house with a nicely-executed black and white theme that also incorporates the now obligatory bare cement and raw bricks. The vibe is not unlike well-known hotspots like Suea Non Kin or the now-defunct Sugarlust, just more minimal. We like the outdoor area where you can sit under a big tree adorned with little hanging lamps and a big white umbrella. The dishes, though, don’t nearly live up to the setting. The menu of mostly fusion fare tailored to the Thai palate mostly falls flat. The 888 Chicken Wings with pesto cream sauce (B130), for instance, looks pleasant but tastes like someone went a bit overboard on the salt. Also impressive to look at, the pomelo salad with smoked duck breast, fresh vegetables and mayonnaise (B170) is another let down. The duck breast is just too dry and comes with an overpowering wood-smoked scent. But the real disaster is the baked New Zealand mussels with special sauce and mozzarella cheese (B180)—far too salty and the mozzarella utterly devoid of any flavor. The other dishes are better but not really much to write home about, either. The recommended angel hair with sai oua (spaghetti with spicy northern sausage, B180) is bland but at least the sausage adds a touch of heat. The 888 Australian beef (stir-fried marinated beef with oyster sauce, B320) soft and moist, though not remarkable flavor-wise. Though their kitchen is unlikely to please foodies, Triple Ate’s atmosphere is great for unwinding after work. It helps that service is incredibly good, while drinks aren’t too costly. Beers start from B100 while the cocktail list sticks to the classics with prices ranging from B120-B150. In all, Triple Ate is a good spot to just hang out, not necessarily dine out. No corkage charge.
|Triple Ate, 126, across from Prachaniwet Market, Wiphawadi-Rangsit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
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