New Eats on Ekkamai Soi 12

Posted on February 19, 2014

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Home to many Indians, this neighbourhood is becoming quite a hub for artsy types. We zoom in on Ekkamai Soi 12 and its new photogenic hipster cafés and small eateries. By Reena Karim

Nikko Café
The seven month–old coffee shop has just revamped its outdoor space and added a Zen-inspired vertical garden that stands to the extreme right of the property and away from prying eyes. The outdoor seating area in front is lined with wooden benches and is great for an afternoon cuppa, especially in these “winter” months. The all-glass facade brings in plenty of natural sunlight, and the upstairs deck, complete with plush grey seating, is a great alternative from the touristy outdoor joints of central Sukhumvit. The café serves a full list of brews, cocktails, and Japanese-inspired drinks. 02-381-5291

Hugo Bar and Eatery
Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s movie of the same name, Hugo is a mix of post- Victorian and industrial steampunk, with dark interiors, faded brown leather chairs, a huge mechanical clock, and Lysander brass coffee roasters at the entrance. The one month–old Hugo Bar and Eatery is still in its soft opening and is expected to launch early this year. The menu focuses on burgers, steaks, pastas, salads, and a limited selection of Thai food. Hugo also does live jazz on Wednesdays and acoustic music on Fridays. 081-618-3916

One Ounce for Onion
Located in a sub-soi of Ekkamai Soi 12, this café has been getting a lot of press lately. White-washed brick walls, rustic reading lamps, and tables made of wooden crates may scream uber chic, but its living room–like ambiance is laidback and cosy. Originally a retail space for fashion brand Onion, run by designer and Slur guitarist Sorasak “House” Chanmantana, the store added a café that works with neighbouring Brave Roasters to produce delicious coffee. Sip on roaster Ekameth Witvasutti’s blends while you browse rustic metal showcases for signature sunglasses, along with imported brands such as Komono, 9Five, and A.J. Morgan. 086-388-3303

Olive Kebab and Café
After moving from its old location at Phrom Phong, Olive Kebab and Café has found a cosy spot in Ekkamai. The full service bistro offers an extensive variety of Greek and Mediterranean classics, such as moussaka, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and tiropita (filo and cheese puff), hummus, falafel, and even Greek coffee. The restaurant is also known for its kebabs, and a favourite here is the lamb souvlaki. 02-713-1112

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