Sporting a bold new red zigzag siding and a new name, Mercury Ville, the once-drab tarp-clad Mercury Tower building is filling up fast with a variety of restaurants we haven’t seen elsewhere in Bangkok. Dressed occupies a ground-floor space fronting on to Soi Lang Suan, with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of light and a second entrance from the interior of Mercury Ville. A long counter backed by glassed-in displays of neatly trimmed vegetables, sauces, fruits, breads, pastas, cheeses and much more invites customers to custom-create their own salads, wraps, paninis, artisan sandwiches and smoothies.
The vast menu emphasies all-natural, locally sourced, high-quality ingredients and will have strong appeal for health-conscious gourmands. For salads and wraps, one can mix and match from over 70 salad ingredients, including five greens, myriad vegetables and other toppings, and 23 dressings – including such innovative concoctions as Dijon wasabi ginger vinaigrette and chipotle aioli – according to one’s mood.
Too many choices? Order one of the chef-designed salads created by founder Justin Smolev. One of our faves in this category is The Tuscan, a combo of artichoke hearts, salami, roasted red peppers, parmesan, white beans, arugula and romaine lettuce, with a tangy pesto vinaigrette. For something more hearty, try the Steakhouse, which combines grilled steak with fried onions, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, and Romaine topped by blue cheese dressing. All salads are served with fresh baked baguette. Artisan sandwiches and paninis are made to order using fresh, high-quality ingredients and a variety of fresh breads.
In the smoothie category, we especially enjoyed Gingered Pear, a refreshing and tingly combo of fresh pear and ginger, as well as Minted Avocado, which combines avocado and mint leaves. Both are blended with vanilla yogurt, milk and simple syrup.
Under the ownership of Sid Sehgal of Indus fame, Dressed recently opened a second location in Siam Paragon, and will add a third at Empire Tower and a fourth at The Commons in Thong Lor.
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