Bangkok has hit the cultural food jackpot this year with its culinary diversity. From Tibetan, Italian to Peruvian food, not to mention standalone restaurants whipping up creative fare and pop-ups featuring Michelin-starred chefs — the city has got it all to satisfy discerning diners. And for fans of comfort cuisines, look no further than Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok.
Designed the bistro with creating a meeting point for city dwellers in mind, the sister hotel of Chiang Mai’s boutique resort 137 Pillars House opened this all-day dining restaurant that serves up various international comfort food incorporating the finest traditions of Asia and the West. Using seasonal and high-quality ingredients around the world, with many sourced from local Thai producers, the dining venue serves your favourite dishes in a laid-back setting.
Located next to the lobby entrance of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences on Sukhumvit Soi 39, the bistro is nestled behind a lush green alfresco garden perfect for an outdoor dining experience. Stepping inside, the bistro’s interior is luxuriously appointed with white marbles with a high ceiling combined with wooden elements and glass walls to invigorate the dining area with streams of natural light. Decorated with objects related to travel, the ambience here is sophisticated and relaxed, offering guests a temporary escape from the bustle of city life.
At the corner is also a long deli counter presenting grab’n go baked goods and high selves filling up with crafted retail products — an absolute dream for food lovers. Those looking for greenery in the midst of Bangkok’s busy district will enjoy an al fresco dining area by the fish pool in the garden, too.
Food & Drink
Previously worked as a head chef at Hall & Woodhouse restaurant in England, up-and-coming chef Phanpat Khanchanakub at Bangkok Trading Post has gathered all his favourite picks from the finest food he has encountered throughout his culinary career and revamped them with a modern European twist.
The meal began with a basket of warm house-made whole wheat and pita bread, but instead of the good old butter, the bread came with olive oil and an unexpected side of dukkah: Egyptian spice blend made mainly from coriander seeds, salt, black peppercorns and ground pistachios. It absolutely vivified our senses, adding an unexpected touch to the otherwise rather dull bread basket. Served alongside was a hearty deli meat board, featuring salami, chorizo, prosciutto, corse pork pate and nduja, a spreadable pungent pork salami which was glorious and overwhelming to the palate.
Next up we were presented with a photo-ready dish of local river prawns served with a vibrant salsa verde and a Peruvian dish reimagined — raw tuna ceviche mixed with a citrus marinade and a generous portion of avocado to give a rich and creamy texture to the raw fish.
Another star of the menu is the Poussin Et Sumaq — a slow-roasted young chicken prepared in an unconventional way. Here, the chef let the spices shine in this dish and gave this premium local farm-raised poultry the seasonings it deserved with a shower of sumac before roasting it in the oven. Served with crispy thin-cut fries and aioli sauce, the tangy rocket salad was plated also as a side to balance the grease from the meat and the fries. We took several wonderful bites of the flavorful juicy meat and found ourselves craving more.
Our hungry appetites took us straight through to the two decadent desserts. The first one was the Triple Chocolate Textures — a plate of chocolate overloads composed of a velvety scoop of house-made chocolate ice cream and a heavenly hazelnut brownie topped with whipped white chocolate cream.
Up next was a sweet delicacy presented in minimalist yet versatile aesthetics, the Mango Panna Cotta. Sandwiched between two buttery layers of mille-feuilles, the panna cotta was served beautifully alongside the vanilla infused bananas, coconut milk sauce and toasted almonds.
For drinks, enthusiastic coffee and juice drinkers will be pleased with a decent selection of beverages. Though cocktails and liquors are not taken too seriously here, the bistro does offer an impressive selection of mocktails made from fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. Spirits, beers, and wines by the glass or bottle are available to suit every taste, too.
It’s the emphasis on comforting foods cooked with high-quality ingredients that has got foodies hooked to Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli. Perfect for those hankering for a hideaway spot to escape from the fuzziness of the city, the boutique hotel’s mid-range, classy eatery is one we’d gladly make a return trip for, given the laid-back ambience, feel-good food options and prime location. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop while strolling through the streets of Sukhumvit, need a hearty bite after a long day at work, or are just craving a fresh and simple good bread, Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli is going to be a welcoming sight.
Opening Hours: Mon–Sun, 7am–11pm
Recommended Dishes: Local River Prawns & Tuna Ceviche, Poussin Et Sumaq, Triple Chocolate Textures.
Price: THB 500-800 per person with 1–2 drinks.
Noise Level: Quiet.
Service: Friendly and knowledgeable.
137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, 59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok, +662 079 7000