Bangkok is bursting with eateries, but only a few cater to the needs of the consumer with a conscience. Here now are 7 exceptional exceptions.
Looking for a restaurant that serves additive-free food that is almost all organic as well as locally and sustainably sourced? The founders of Simple Natural Kitchen are committed to serving only wholesome, organic and locally-sourced food, with a focus on maximum quality and minimum food miles. With a trendy Brooklyn-style interior, they serve beautiful fresh juices and a range of hearty and nourishing Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Try their homemade granola set served with seasonal fruits—so exquisitely presented it’s almost too pretty to eat.
MSG isn’t even allowed to cross the threshold of the kitchen according to May of May Veggie Home. Her fresh and fragrant take on Mieng-Bai-Cha (tea-leaf salad), lightly dressed in the signature house dressing, is a true feast for the senses. It’s perfect paired with a sugar- and syrup-free coconut smoothie, or any of the restorative organic herbal teas. And you would never know that from the ‘steak’ served here that came from an all-vegan menu.
For those seeking a “cleaner” version of traditional Thai fare, need to look no further than Madam Som Tum. No ingredient is ever compromised, and all vegetables and meat are organic as far as possible. Each dish is meticulously taste tested on a daily basis, and everything—and that means everything—is made from scratch. They even make their own pla ra (fish sauce) and roast their own peanuts (4 kg per day!). This is Som Tum like never before.
The delectable menu at both Broccoli Revolution outlets in Bangkok—Sukhumvit Soi 49 and Central Embassy—could convert anyone to Veganism. It showcases the healing powers of organic and hydroponic vegetables, while supporting local producers. Their principles of eco-consciousness are practised right down to the reusable metal straws they provide for their juices and smoothies. Get your daily dose of greens with some cheeky broccoli ice cream.
Sustaina Organic Restaurant, located above the Sustania organic shop in Phrom Phong, prides itself on being “vegetarian friendly”. Its dishes are Japanese-influenced and the menu is clearly signposted for those who need to navigate. The Japanese-style curry is made with a mere six kinds of organic fruit and vegetables, and is served with nourishing brown rice. You’ll leave here feeling cleansed and re-energized.
Ohkahju is the healthiest hipster joint in town, serving Instagram-worthy delicious food while supporting local farmers. Its own farm of hydroponic and organic vegetables feed its ‘Farm to Table’ concept. Try one of their Thai fruit salads served in a fresh half-melon bowl, or some grilled responsibly-farmed meat and fish.
In addition to selling organic products, Lemon Farm’s all-organic macrobiotic restaurants are a veggie-lovers haven. Their ‘Eat Right’ initiative, which educates consumers and farmers on the health benefits of eating pesticide-free vegetables (the WHO recommended 400g per day), is dining motivation enough.
By Amelia Stewart