GREY­HOUND CAFE

This eatery goes be­yond merely tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine and is un­de­ni­ably #In­sta­wor­thy!

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An #In­sta­wor­thy eatery that goes be­yond tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine.

Fre­quent trav­ellers to Bangkok would no doubt recog­nise this pop­u­lar fash­ion cafe chain in ap­proach­ing its black and white fa­cade in Bukit Bin­tang. There is a sense of won­der that grips the imag­i­na­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing in the ex­pec­ta­tion of culi­nary won­ders and ex­cit­ing in­te­ri­ors.

For the unini­ti­ated, that won­der is am­pli­fied ten­fold.

The Grey­hound brand was brought to life in 1980 as a fash­ion re­tail store in Thai­land’s cap­i­tal with the launch of a ‘Ba­sic with a Twist’ col­lec­tion. Seven­teen years later, the brand would go on to branch be­yond fash­ion roots into the busi­ness of food, and thus be­gins the jour­ney of Grey­hound Cafe. As it stands to­day, the cafe chain has made its way across South East Asia and be­yond with branches in Thai­land, Hong Kong, China, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, In­done­sia, and even in Lon­don!

Closer to home, Grey­hound Cafe Bukit Bin­tang is im­me­di­ately strik­ing to vis­i­tors, awash in an in­dus­trial am­biance upon ar­rival, which is yet quickly jux­ta­posed with warm wooden el­e­ments and softly padded ac­cents. Vis­i­tors who ven­ture in fur­ther have the plea­sure of en­coun­ter­ing a life-sized statue – a fun take on tourists and pho­tog­ra­phy and a warm wel­come from those within.

Even fur­ther into the cafe sits a cen­tral bar, clad in let­tered tiles that spell out GREY­HOUND CAFE in an end­less repet­i­tive loop. It is def­i­nitely a stand­out, and one of the core iden­tity fea­tures of the chain with all out­lets hav­ing the same bar de­sign from Jakarta to Hong Kong! Seats in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions line the cir­cum­fer­ence of the semi­cir­cu­lar space; around the bar, com­mu­nal set­ups fea­tur­ing long wooden ta­bles ac­com­mo­date even the most size­able of groups. Win­dows along the bound­aries of the dark and de­mure cafe, along with slats that form the

sky­lights help to brighten up the space, bathing vis­i­tors in the warm glow of trop­i­cal sun­light.

For a more pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion with smaller, more in­ti­mate groups of peo­ple, book the Grey­hound Cafe’s VIP room! Pot­ted plants that hang from the ceil­ing, along with warm down­cast light­ing helps to give the pri­vate space a co­coon­ing jun­gle habi­tat­like feel – the per­fect space in which to so­cialise and chat!

Much like the in­te­ri­ors, the cafe’s com­pre­hen­sive menu de­fies con­ven­tion with a lay­out rem­i­nis­cent

of a fash­ion cat­a­logue. The dishes are far from tra­di­tional, stray­ing, for all in­tents and pur­poses, from the ba­sics of other Thai chains. And so come ex­cit­ing com­bi­na­tions, all of which cul­mi­nate in a menu that is ‘ba­sic, with a twist’.

A highly-rec­om­mended choice of an ap­pe­tiser lies in the cafe’s salmon sashimi in hot sauce – a ver­i­ta­ble fi­esta for the taste­buds in­cor­po­rat­ing spicy Thai sauce and fresh, thin-sliced salmon sashimi. An­other pop­u­lar favourite: the Grey­hound fa­mous fried chicken wings, which are deboned and there­fore easy to han­dle with one hand! Each suc­cu­lent morsel goes great with a fish sauce mari­nade, and packs a de­li­cious punch!

Look through a vast se­lec­tion of mains that in­clude Com­pli­cated Noo­dles: a plat­ter com­pris­ing noo­dle sheets, fresh let­tuce leaves, minced chicken, and chilli sauce. Some as­sem­bly is re­quired, but it’s well worth it for your mouth­ful of savoury and sweet. The Grey­hound fried rice with shrimp paste is also a de­light­ful choice, with deep flavours and tex­tures in the form of chopped veg­eta­bles, flavour­ful shrimp pastes and green mango. If you’re look­ing for some­thing to share, opt for the galan­gal and co­conut soup, a sur­pris­ingly re­fresh­ing and yet creamy combo.

Vis­i­tors can also end their meal on a high note with dessert; from DIY waf­fles to Banof­fees, the choices are am­ple and all de­li­cious – the per­fect sweet treat to close.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. grey­hound­cafe.com.my, or visit the shop at 2, ANSA Kuala Lumpur, 101, Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

LEFT Dark ceil­ings make the cafe feel in­timte and co­coon­ing.RIGHTVIP room for more pri­vate oc­ca­sions.

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