BANGKOK TRADING POST - A Snug Urban Lifestyle Bistro

Over the past decade of our dining out experience, sometimes what is right in front of you can possibly be the next best thing to satisfy your demanding craving and Bangkok Trading Post at 137 Pillars Bangkok is another wonderful discovery. mylifestylenews writes.

Staying in exciting foodie destinations such as Bangkok creates a bit of a dilemma as to where to dine - should you try the hotel F&B options or head to a free-standing restaurant of some repute? It doesn’t mean you miss out on anything, but the all day-dining Bangkok Trading Post is an intimate and friendly dining venue strategically situated in the bustling Sukhumvit residential neighbourhood. This urban oasis restaurant is well associated with the luxury 137 Pillars Bangkok residence and not only offers a great breakfast spread for its hotel guests, but don’t let that cloud your judgement, as this modern bistro bar is more than just about buffet indulgence.

The restaurant is tucked away with a location beside the lobby entrance, having access from the busy Soi Sukhumvit 39 that also attracts passers-by and locals alike via the lush and picturesque koi pond. While breakfast is the most popular time to visit for most hotel guests at Bangkok Trading Post, a very different atmosphere awaits you in the evening and thus it can best be described as an urban lifestyle bistro and bar or even a destination of its own.

The airy and bright interior and atmosphere between the day and night creates a different ambience with the natural day light illuminating the entire snazzy restaurant until dusk, where dimmer lighting adds a more intimate and cozy mood. With soaring high ceilings, this urban bistro bar looking out at the verdant gardens with lush dog friendly outdoor seating areas on the wooden deck really creates a highlight without being too intrusive.

Table settings don’t change, so there is still the mix of high and low tables between a mix of wood and metal and then seating ranging from banquette to designer wood and leather chairs and stools, all of which are extremely comfortable to relax in over a meal. Then there are the quirky design elements, with wood panelling traversing the upper window areas and folding on the high ceiling and a library ladder leading up to a mezzanine walkway displaying food related items which is all purely for show and quite instamgram-popular. The overall look is quite chic, eclectic and very eye-catching.

Food is well-presented that will have your taste buds buzzing with excitement especially from their simple yet heartwarming crafted a-la-carte menu with produce mainly from local organically grown, the eatery features globally-inspired dishes to sate your cravings. We wanted to try a good cross section of dishes and while we adore Thai street food dishes, we were also intrigued as to how they handle some classic Western fare and the results just confirmed our trust in the culinary brigade.

<Lanna Pizza>

This take on classic Italian has that Thai spicy savoury with northern Thai spicy sausage and nam prik ong (ground Thai pork and tomato chilli dip). What a stunning pizza this turned out to be, as it eschews the classic pizza base and does something more like fluffy naan dough and it was crispy and flaky at the same time. The spicy sausage was fantastic and delivered a good Thai spice in taste.  It is easy to get hooked after the first bite. Be warned!

<Tom Yum Goong>

No one would say no to this national dish especially if you are an enthusiastic Thai foodie. This authentic Thai spicy river prawn soup with coconut milk may not be the most exotic Tom Yum Goong, but it is incredibly flavoursome served with generous amounts of large river prawns, complexity of flavours and all the expected ingredients to create that quintessential spicy and sour palate! An absolute winner without being too heavy on the heat front yet has quite a lingering finish on the taste buds.

<Pad Kra Pao Moo>

Another Thai classic street food dish elevated in flavour and presentation, with high heat wok fried minced pork with chilies and Thai basil leaves that are the soul of this dish (you may also choose chicken or beef), and make sure you request a generous amount of chilies to give you that right kick of heat to enjoy this “holy” dish over some good fragrant jasmine rice. This is the real deal, full of smokey flavours and covered by a soft and smooth golden colour omelette with that level of Thai spice that is led on the front palate by the aromatic and pungent Thai basil. It is a butter coated omelette which elevates the flavour and taste sensation.

<Pad Thai Goong>

This classic rendition is a combination of wok-fried noodles with again giant river prawns, tofu and tamarind sauce served in a generous portion. It had all the complexity of ingredients one would expect and the beauty of this dish is that the sugar, chili, peanuts and fish sauce are put on the side. Pad Thai has to have that human element of mixing everything together once it arrives at the table and you can decide how sweet or spicy you want it to be. It was utterly delectable!

<Rib Eye Steak>

The 400g grilled rib eye was cooked to perfection and so tender and came with grilled mushroom, potato wedges and Kampot peppercorn sauce and a side of Nam Jim Jaew (the Thai chili sauce dressing). It was evident it had been pan-fried in butter with the aroma permeating the nose sensation. A fabulous cut of steak nonetheless and not a skerrick of meat was left on the plate - a testament to how delicious this was.

The pricing is quite reasonable, plus a simple wine list that can offer quite a few surprises as well! We enjoyed a bottle of Chilean classic cabernet sauvignon which went well with most dishes. There were mixed comments on their food delivery and service yet our visit was quite a successful attempt. Thai hospitality is all about warmth and the F&B team had it in spades. Our server, Khun Paulyn has a good sense of the product knowledge and her hospitality made our evening so enjoyable. This is a great example of not looking outward, but inward to enjoy something that is right in front of you. Who needs to go outside when you have food of this quality within the hotel especially while you are staying in house. Everything you need on a school night is within the same premise and we took things very slowly to enjoy the quiet evening with flavoursome food and time just flew in this snug urban lifestyle bistro.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 5/5
Food & Beverages: 4.5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Experience: 5/5

59/1 Soi Sukhumvit 39,
Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea,
Khet Watthana Bangkok
Tel: +66 2079 7000

*137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is a member of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World 

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