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Foodies travelers will fall in love with this new place – The Commons at Soi 17, which is just a minute walk away from main street that just open its door beginning of Feb 2016.

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Design with its eco friendly area with intention to make it a community hang out space which regard as Thonglor’s Backyard.  

The Commons is divided into 4 sections – Market lvl 1, Village lvl 2, Play Yard lvl 3, Top Yard lvl 4.

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Foodies with sweet tooth, level 1 might be your direct level as it is filled with a few dessert players such as  Brix a dessert bar,  Jona Waffles (for Waffles hunter).

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Maygori (specialising in “Kakigori” – Japanese shaved ice), and Track 17 (beverages, spirits and wines from overseas) which have yet open in the lunch hours.

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IF you are looking for awesome brunch and coffee then, head direct to Roast which is located all the way up at Level 4.

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The Market is actually quite an interesting concept where they house many small eateries with their own specialty at this level. It is like a huge modern hipster food court, where all the kiosk are nicely built up.

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Then at night, my friend brought me back to one of his current hang out spot for drinks which is TBC – The Beer Cap that offers many different types of boutique beers.

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We had a lot of drinks that night, where we nearly tried the whole taps. Ace Pineapple Cider would certainly suits for girls palate.

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All the boutique beers have their own distinctive taste. My personal favourite is no.6 , 8 & 9 at the menu board.

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If beer is not your thing then you can order wine at The Barrel.

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Coincidentally, bump into my Malaysian friends here too.

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This is highly recommended by my best friend- Dan Dan noodle which is his personal favourite that he will drop by at least twice a week to have this. Indeed the noodle is fragrant with special marination of pork and their sauce is indeed very unique. Should not miss out too.

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One of the place that many of you will enjoy for food and desserts. You will be spoilt for choices under this one roof.

Location:
The Commons
335 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand
(Near Thonglor BTS)
ซอย สุขุมวิท

Tel: +66 89 152 2677

Opening Hours: 8am – 11.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/thecommonsbkk

Maygori is a new kakigori dessert cafe set at the new hit spot theCOMMONS. Some travelers like us may know this brand After You Dessert Cafe whereby Maygori is actually one of their latest new expansion concept.

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This dessert cafe do resembles space from Japan where it is a small tight space with limited seating inside the shop. It indeed give you the feeling that you will be squeezing with other dessert diners.

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Kakigori is actually a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavoured with syrup with added colour ingredients such as fruits, sweet red bean and mochi.

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As we were stuff from Brunch at Roast and a few more other cafe to hunt by, we decided from 3 choices down to only one.

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Ume Japanese Plum @ 185 Bhat

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It is well presented that with cotton candy type of ice on the top where it look so soft and fluffy.

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As we pour on the ume syrup given, we can even smell the sourness of it that already entice on our taste bud.

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As all of us dip into the ice, we instantly fell in love with it. Sourish enough that can give you a quick smirk, where ice is so soft yet instantly melt in your mouth and the base is filled with ume jelly. It is a great dessert for such hot weather.

If you are at The Commons, worth to pay a visit for this Japanese Dessert Cafe.

Location:
Maygori, The Commons,
Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand

Telephone: +66(0)2-185-2519

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-22:00
Website: https://www.instagram.com/maygori

Bake Cheese Tart is one the famous trend at the moment that it was kick off in Bangkok early this year before the crazy hype landed in Malaysia over a month ago. BAKE is a well know brand from Japanse tart from Hokkaido. It is  freshly baked cheese tarts have their origins in Kinotoya, a long-established Western confectionery store in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Our tarts started out as delectable chilled blueberry cheese tarts. (source from Bake)

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Went to check em out at Emquatier at Ground Floor

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What is unique about their tart is they have 3 different types of cream cheese, i.e. Hakodate (mild flavoured), Betsukai (full-bodied) and French (saltish). With their hard shell base at the bottom that explains it where it is made from cookies.

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Per piece is 80 bhat & 6 pieces for 480 bhat. Certainly not cheap as we decided to get a box where so many of us. 

Their cookie base pastry is nice, where it crack nicely, smooth cream with a little crack cheese taste from the top and a hint of salty end. The cream did not taste too heavy where it is just nice to my liking.

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There are 4 ways to enjoy the cheese tart, and I have only tried the room temperature version. I find the cheese mouse too soft for my liking. Can’t wait to try the rest, especially the Cold and Iced version:

  1. Room temperature
  2. Cold : You can enjoy smoother texture when you put into refrigerator
  3. Iced : You can enjoy the silky texture of cheese tart like an “Ice cream” after put in freezer
  4. Oven hot : You can enjoy “freshly bake cheese tart” when you reheat it by using a toaster oven

My verdict to compare with our Malaysian 2 cheese brand (click here)this stand in the middle where their taste is not too strong, with in order as below:

  1. Toyko Secret – strong and pungent in cheese taste
  2. BAKE – all the taste is just right, mild, fragrant and just perfect
  3. Hokkaido bake cheese Tart – (I believe is a copy cat of BAKE or I might be Wrong) – well they have their own fans  and I am not one of them.

First outlet:
Bake at Emquatier
GF, The waterfall Quartier,
The EmQuartier, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Operating Hours:10:00am-22:00pm

BTS: Exit 1 of Prom Phong station

SEcond Outlet:
Bake Central World
7th Floor CentralWorld 999/9 Rama I Rd

Operating Hours:10:00am-22:00pm

BTS : Central World

Bangkok now have gear up a notch for their market version where now you can check their seasonal hipster kind of market that constantly moving around and is only available at limited period. TFEST by TGIF is a new night market in Thonglor, Bangkok which opened since May and manage to visit during my last trip. They are located at Fragrant Park, beside Sukhumvit Soi 36 and is access by stopping at BTS Thonglor.

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RI read an info that this series runs till 17th July and for any extension do check out their FB page TGIF: . Right at the entrance, the security will direct you to the indoor flee market area for you to walk through before heading to the food section.

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It is very creative on how they light this whole place up with little props here and there and I do see similarities of Artbox vendors and here.

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there are a few vendors that capture our attention such as this giant octopus takoyaki. . 

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HOBS is nicely set up with like a summer feel caravan beer park.

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this is a rather interesting dish with Ramen in Thai version where it is pretty good. 

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Daniel Thaiger is one of a recommended burger by many foodie in Bangkok and my own personal taste bud, I find that random findings of Beef & Shake is better. 

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To compare, I personally find that ARTBOX is better than this, where there are more offerings and variety of food available.

If you are running on a tight schedule for your trip, you can consider skipping this and however do check their FB page for their operating hours as they are running on a limited schedule.

TIFest Opening Hours: Fri – Sun: 3pm – 11pm

TGIFest Address and Contact:

776 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel: 0971535369

Bangkok is one of a famous place that house many markets. There are one in particular that went viral among all my friends is this Artbox. From the picture it certainly look like a cool place to hunt for a night market, that is filled with stacks of container and filled with vendors to sell all their craft items. This round, when we reach,learnt that Artbox at The Em District 2016, Bangkok (it was June when we arrive) is running on its last 2 weeks before the move to a new location by end of the year.

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To drop by this place was is an easy access by BTS:

Stop at BTS station Phrom Phong to head to Artbox, head to Exit 6 and walk down the stairs. It will take you a short 2-5 minutes walk to reach Artbox, and it will be on your left. Hard to miss it as you will see people flocking at the main entrance to go thru security check on bags.

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We reach here at 6.30pm for our first stop and the place is already pilling up with crowd. AS when we reach the place, all of us reacted the same as this ArtBox impression is very different from what we seen in the web, where it is filled with rows of containers and all properly being lined up. 

Only then found out that, Artbox there are actually a series of it where the first and second quarter is the smaller version. With rows of container is their year end finale where it is bigger and better, that is mention right at the end of this post.

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Nicely done up and filled with all fashion, arts and craft vendors and with a huge food section right behind.

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They even created a photo corner for you to take pic.

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there are 2 sections of live bands, one which is nearby the entrance which is more full scale with music equipment’s and the other side which is at food area is more like a unplugged version.

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I am impress as they have alot of stalls for caricature drawings.

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Photo opp with Thailand classic dancer 

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Now we are in Food section zone. There are plenty of hipster food around and also Thai classic street food are located at the last row.

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Beer of course is a must for this kind of event. 

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Another local beer with special brew, Est.33 Copper Craft Beer by Singha. Rank as no.1 craft beer in Thailand and it is worth to try. Hint of bitterness, yet so smooth and easy to pair with any of the food around. I still think their classic works better for street food. Certainly a pub drink.

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We pick to sit here with its nicely stack up crates and also with live band just right in front of us. Another sitting area is right under the tree.

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Our view with enjoying great food, music and beers.

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Cha Maa is a stall that you would not want to miss with their own mocktail and among the rest we have tried, we think Cha Maa is the outstanding ones.

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Another long queue is this fries stall. With generous of ingredients and lots of cheese gravy.

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to play with photo opp, then you can buy this Bloody Drink as they literally put the drink into the blood bag and drunk from the tub below.

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Another great fried pork, which is a bit similar to our local Nam Yu Pork as this we called it the Thai version, Crispy from all edges and perfect with beer.

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This is where I bought pork belly skewers right before they sold out. 

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there are quite number of seafood bbq stalls available too.

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this stall serve pretty good Thai Street food, from their tomyum, to somtum and Phai Thai.

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This stall serve one of the better Mango Sticky rice and we ended up bought another 2 portion.

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Never knew Bangkok is so small where we bump into two groups of friends from KL. In KL, we rarely bump into anyone.

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Before you leave, you will be greeted by Superman right at the entrance. 

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For year end, Artbox is moving to Chatucak Market and follow their FB for more details as temporary they are close and will operate back on October.

Follow them at FB for more info: https://www.facebook.com/Artboxthailand/

While I was there, The Commons now is one of the best place to visit if you are a cafe hunter, known to many cafe hunter as one of the hotest spot now that house at least 15 F&B joints in this cool building that located in the heart of Thonglor Soi 17. Roast is one of a recommended cafe in this building by my Thai friend, as also one of a favourite brunch place.

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Love the interior of this place with its raw and minimalist that resembles to many cafe in Melbourne.

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This is how pack this cafe is during Monday morning when we were there.

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This is also the first time I see a menu in newspaper calander format.

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Love my cup of Latte @ 100 bhat that suits to my liking as it is mild enough, that give you the nice aroma of coffee which is not acidic.

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Ice Espresso Latte @ 120 Bhat, with ice cube is the concentrated coffee and fresh brew milk at the side, after pouring, gives you the creamy and foamy top.

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Fell in love with their Truffle Alfedo @ 320 Bhat – homemade tagliatelle is cook to perfection. Slightly creamy, topped with bacon, ham, mushroom and cheddar cheese on top with drizzle of fresh truffle to enhance the taste yet not overpowering. A perfect plate! 

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Their Croque Monsieur @ 34o Bhat  is also done to perfection where a layer of cheese being bake along and top with a sunny side up. Generous in ingredient as is a thick 3 layer sandwich.

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Now I understand why it is well known to many people. Maybe to foreigners and travelers as on my visit, 80% are all travelers or expat. Slightly on the expensive side but still one of a great stop if you are looking for great brunch and great service.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 9/10 , awesome! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Roast
The Commons Level 4, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand
(quite a walk from BTS Thonglor Station about 1.4km – advise to take a cab as only estimated 35-45 bhat)
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 9am – 10pm
Google Maps
https://www.facebook.com/roastbkk

Or

Roast has opened its 2nd at EmQuartier near Phrom Phong Station. You won’t want to miss its cold-brew.

1st Floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier (BTS Phrom Phong Station)
Google Maps – Roast EmQuartier
Tel: +66 (0) 9 41763870
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

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