Old School New Cool
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.”