Kuppa Cafe & Restaurant

Cuisine: International
Address: 39 Sukhumvit Soi 16, Bangkok
Tel: (02) 663 0495
Open: Tue - Fri, 10am - 1030pm. Close on Mondays.
Payment: VI, MC & cash
Web: Nil
Remarks: Check out the life-size coffee roaster at the cafeteria.
Originally posted: October'2008
Last updated: November'2008

Our first visit to Kuppa was some 3 years ago. We arrived at the industrial-like restaurant on a hot sunny afternoon. Perhaps it was on a weekday and well past the typical lunching hours. We almost had the entire place to ourselves.

The entrance leads to the front lobby which also serves to segregate the classy white-table cloth dining area (on the left) from the laid back cafe (to the right). We picked a welcoming table by the full height window. Menu was promptly presented to us and the server was not pushy while we were carefully browsing the menu. The ordering part was done entirely in Thai by my partner which, I believed, made her more comfortable than if she would have from me.

For obvious reasons, both of us hardly dine in restaurants that serve Western food. He is a Buddhist which restricts him (and therefore, me) from taking beef. I prefer Thai food to anything else (with the exception of coffee and cakes). Hence, in all occasions, we always ended up having some fish as our main course. The problems with having fish as a main course in a Western dining setting are, the serving portion is mostly pathetically small and yet obscenely expensive. Then I also find slicing steamed or baked fish fillet such a dreadful chore, as they disintegrated in to pieces so easily!

I was sure that our main course were pretty well done, but that was only this much I could write about them. With a slab of mashed potato on each of our main course, the half-hearted presentation was less than zealous. Saving grace, the veg salad served in an over-sized wooden bowl was very impressive. The greens were so crispy as if they were fresh from the veg farm. *thumbs-up*

After the meal, we made ourselves comfy on the homely 3 seaters not far from the coffee roaster machine. We completed our brunching experience with creamy slices of cheesecakes topped with blueberry spread.

Table for two: No details.

Recommended dishes: fresh salad, fragrant coffee and luscious cheesecakes

In a nutshell
> Good coffee and cheesecakes
> Conducive ambiance

> Poor garnishing & food presentation
> Where's da website!?

The restaurant ...
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Our order ...
Fresh saladVietnamese spring rollsMain courseMain courseCheese cakes and blueberry topping


Cuisine: Thai
Address: 42 Convent Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500. [map]
Tel: (02) 632 2811
Open: Daily; Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Payment: VI, MC & cash
Web: http://www.najcuisine.com/
Remarks: An elegant and upmarket restaurant housed in a double storey century old house. And a collection of fine wines carefully stored in the wine cellar located at the basement of the restaurant.
Originally posted: October'2008

Table for two: No record.

Recommended dishes: No details.

In a nutshell
> Polite & well-trained servers
> Food served in order

> Small serving size
> Relatively expensive

The restaurant ...

Our order ...

Tamarind Café

Cuisine: Contemporary vegetarian
Address: 27/1 Soi Sukhumvit 20, Bangkok. [map]
Tel: (02) 663 7421
Payment: VI, MC & cash
Web: http://www.tamarind-cafe.com/
Remarks: There is a terrace on the upper floor. The restaurant is also a regular venue for photo exhibits for young and aspiring artists.
Originally posted: October'2008
Last updated: July'2009

UPDATED: According to their web, the restaurant is closed while they in search for a new location.

Table for two: THB1630 (main course, dessert/pastries and drinks)

Recommended dishes: Towers of Babel.

In a nutshell
> Creative presentation
> Free WiFi (bring your notebook)
> Regular photo exhibits

> Scorching hot window seats in the afternoon
> Overly sour lemon cheese cake

The restaurant ...
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Our order ...
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About THAIoholic

THAIoholic, the blog, is setup with the initial intention of keepsake. As time goes by, I find it harder and harder for my gray cells (of what left) to remember traces of great places we have been to, good foods we savored but missed, details that I should remember but they slipped away unknowingly.

Then, we have also friends and folks asking little details I thought I should blog them here, because my pea brain is simply no good at recollections.

My partner is a devoted Buddhist, his religion forbids him, and therefore me, from taking beef. As such, it's unlikely that there will be any info about beef dish found in this blog.

About BODYholic

moo and kratai BODYholic, also known affectionately as moo ooan (a.k.a fat pig) by his little kratai noi (a.k.a little rabbit), has intense interests in Thai foods, traditional Thai architecture, coffee and cheesecakes. I've to add that I'm not a prolific blogger.


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