Your home away from home
The thing about Quaint is that it tries to be everything at once—café, bar, restaurant, and venue, offering an enormous selection of dishes, drinks, and cocktails. But while places, just like people, who can’t decide on who they want to be often lack a distinct personality, the team here seems to have mastered every element while still maintaining their own unique character.
What used to be an old warehouse has been completely transformed into this newly opened eatery located on Sukhumvit Soi 61 (close to Ekamai BTS station). Following a kind of raw chic style, reminding of one of those cool lofts in New York or London, its entire interior is an assembly of vintage furniture pieces from around the world. From the prohibition styled bar, to a 70 year old (still functioning) music box, everything has been uniquely selected, giving it a retro, and homey atmosphere, complete with a large outdoor garden which will soon be used for Sunday BBQs.
The welcoming ambiance makes it an inviting hang out, throughout the day and into the night, but can the food match our expectations? Described as an international kitchen with a Thai twist we start with their Australian tenderloin steak (B790). The piece of meat is beautifully tender and accompanied with an array of roasted root vegetables. Followed by a plate of Grilled scallops with mango salsa (B460), the attention to detail is starting to stand out, as this dish is perfectly balanced without letting the fruity sauce overpower the delicate seafood morsels. Despite the great variety of dishes, the quality of food and level of preparation is definitely not neglected. For a great healthy snack try the Three avocado musketeers (B280), in which three avocado halves are filled (respectively) with either prawn, prosciutto and melon, or salmon with wasabi cream. Moving closer to the Thai side on the flavour spectrum, we go for the Soft shell crab with black pepper sauce (B380). With crispy skin and soft, fluffy meat, this crustacean is served whole, resting on a colourful bed of bell pepper, spring onion, and clusters of peppercorns. To finish the meal, we try the superb Salmon steak with mashed pumpkin (B620). Topped with red curry sauce, it’s a bold and delicious fusion of Mediterranean, and Thai cuisine.
Regarding drinks, Quaint focuses on the revival of forgotten cocktails from the prohibition time, introducing them to the 21st century. Try the fruity, spiced Vermouth-based Scofflaw (B320), or for more modern and adventurous tastes, opt for their signature Hipster Black Forest (B400) for a creamy and chocolaty sensation.
23 Soi Sukhumvit 61
Tel: 02 714 1998, 085 844 4234
Open daily: 8am-12am