Thai households have raised their own fruits, veggies and chickens while naturally aiming for self-sufficiency for countless generations. But in modern times, urbanisation has forced many Thais to give up on gardening. Close to Bangkok’s largest flower market, Farm to Table Organic Cafe bridges the gap between an old agricultural lifestyle and a modern enthusiasm for organic food.
In the historic district’s southern reaches, Farm to Table emerges from rows of old shophouses as another reminder that Bangkokians are increasingly conscious of organic food. Run by a team of sisters from Chiang Rai, the tiny air-con cafe is outfitted with a few wooden tables, a counter with additional seats and work space up front. With adorable art and a few potted plants, it reminded us of some of Chiang Mai’s cafes.
Farm to Table carries produce grown on their very own farm in mountainous Phu Chee Fah (along with other organic farms) to the Thai capital, presenting it in ways that you might not expect. Posted above the counter with photos, the tiny menu includes a Japanese-style pork curry, garlic-pepper pork and vegetarian pork substitute (all 75 baht) as the only savouries. The organic salad also makes a fine lunch, especially when complimented by one of several innovative desserts.
The specialty is housemade ice cream made from pumpkin, black sesame and passion fruit (to name a few). Traditionalists will be pleased to find dark chocolate, strawberry and cookies and cream flavours, while soy milk ice cream is available for vegans. All of the dozen flavours can be enjoyed alone for 35 baht per scoop, or alongside whole-wheat brownies, affogato or matcha pudding for 80 to 125 baht.
After polishing off a tasty plate of garlic-pepper pork with rice, we went for a bowl of lod-chong with a scoop of wheatgrass ice cream to go with an extra-large mug of coffee brewed from organic Northern Thai beans. Unlike the squishy and gelatinous grass jelly often found in Bangkok, Farm to Table’s lod-chong melts in the mouth. Sweetened coconut milk provided the perfect base for the not-so-sweet ice cream.
An excellent choice for lunch or a leisurely ice cream, coffee or iced matcha, Farm to Table is a no-brainer after exploring Pak Khlong Talaad’s dizzying array of flowers. If the minimal seating is occupied and you don’t feel like waiting, you can always order a scoop to go. The location on Atsadang Road makes it easy to hit major attractions like Wat Pho, or to continue with a more offbeat theme by visiting the Museum of Siam, Trok Mor Market and Phraeng Phuthon Square.
From Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) express boat pier, which can be reached only by the orange flag boats (not the tourist boats), walk to the left out of the pier and bear right (north) at the 7-eleven. Continue east into the flower market, taking a left on to Chakphet Road towards the heart of the market. Wander all the way to the end of Chakphet and take a right on to Atsadang, which runs alongside a canal. Stick to the right side of the street and you’ll see Farm to Table after a few hundred metres, next to the entrance for a large wholesale vegetable market.
Address: 179 Atsadang Rd, Bangkok
T: (085) 359 2727
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'46.19" E, 13º44'37.15" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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