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