The top floor of sleek shopping mall Central Embassy may just be Bangkok’s best-kept and most delectable secret. From high-end dim sum to ribs, from do-it-yourself Japanese grilling to French pastries, they cover the foodie gamut here, as well as the future of restaurant fare. And no place may be more surprising, or more in keeping with the international theme, than the glorified, glamorized coffee shop called The Girl and The Pig.
No, this isn’t a place that specializes in pork, as the name has to do with a made-up fairy tale about cross-species cooking and tasting. But to label The Girl and The Pig isn’t that easy. Its menu offerings draw on French, Italian, American, Australian, and even Moroccan influences. Yet the place is all Thai in its playful recombining and generous portions, an instinctive feeling for pretty plating that relies on scrupulously seeking out and showcasing the highest-quality ingredients.
Start with a round of foie gras accompanied by a carpeted bed of candied walnuts and subtle squares of homemade jellies (B450); move on to a bouillabaisse that favours mellow brown stock over anything milky, comes with more squid and fish than most main courses do, and adds the extra topping of a saffron aioli (B520); or opt instead for the crab cakes Benedict, a popular item these days at several all-purpose comfort food outlets (B420). Never mind the poached eggs—these rich yet light cakes could stand on their own. And the muffins served on the side are true English muffins, not some soggy substitute.
The attention to detail continues through a tenderloin steak topped with a garlic butter in which some 24 herbs have been mixed. The pastas, too, are spot on—one stirs in freshly chopped fennel to set off slices of the finest Ibérico ham (B360). And, of course, the caterings aimed at competing for the local sweet tooth are off the charts. Thick waffles are topped with real blueberries and Madagascar vanilla ice cream (B380); pears are perfectly poached and come with almond crisps and chamomile ice cream (B280). Yes, chamomile—that is not a misprint.
Obviously, if you can find your way to the “unknown” territory of the Embassy’s fifth floor, here is a perfect spot for everything from ample brunches to romantic dates. Don’t be fooled by the menu’s emphasis on waffles, the bake shop offerings in the front, the woodsy décor, and the casual personal service. The Girl and The Pig is no fairy tale. This is serious cooking.
The Girl and The Pig
Fl 5, Central Embassy | 0 2160 5924 | facebook.com/thegirlandthepig | daily 10am-10pm