Old School New Cool

Thailand Tatler - - STYLE JEWELLERY -

Lunchtime at Saew noo­dle shop on Sukhumvit Soi 49 is a lit­tle wild—not just be­cause of the crowd inside the quaint hole-in-the-wall space, but also be­cause of the con­stant stream of de­liv­ery bikes pick­ing up gi­gan­tic plas­tic bags filled with noo­dle or­ders. An­other Gen­er­a­tion T lis­ter, Vo­rathit Kru­a­vanichkit, co-founder of mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign con­sul­tancy Far­m­group, has been a loyal cus­tomer ever since his of­fice was set up in the same soi. “So I have been eat­ing here for 12 years now,” he says. His go-to bowl through­out those years? “Flat egg noo­dles, no fish­balls, ex­tra shrimp balls and tom yum sea­son­ing—with­out the soup,” he re­sponds.

Vo­rathit is a huge fan of ca­sual din­ing, with favourites in­clud­ing Racha Bamee Kiew on Pat­tanakarn Road and the old­school khao gaeng place across from Thong Lor po­lice sta­tion that serves can­teen-style ready-pre­pared food. “Per­son­ally, I think we’ve reached a point where Bangkok has an over­abun­dance of fancy restau­rants and hip cafes. For me, th­ese down-home shop­house out­lets are be­com­ing even more of an at­trac­tion—they’re so much more cool and fun with de­li­cious food at rea­son­able prices,” laughs the 37-year-old. “And they pos­sess the kind of back­drop that can never be de­lib­er­ately de­signed, only or­gan­i­cally cre­ated over time.”

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