Tasty and really healthy
If you're into to vegetarian/vegan and/or organic/healthy movements, here are two cafes that dish out some great food for the health-conscious. With locations close to one another on Sukhumvit Soi 39, you can easily check both of them out at the same time.
Sustaina Organic Shop and Restaurant
After finding a lonesome sweet potato sprouting in his summer palace, the King decided to create the royal project to promote sustainable agriculture and organic farming. Sustaina Organic Shop and Restaurant has followed suit, with a fully-stocked produce market and Japanese-influenced cuisine, using locally-grown fruits vegetables from Harmony Life Organic Farm in Nakhon Ratchsima and natural seafood. The space, with white walls, crisp borders, and fruit wrapped individually, feels pure – a far cry from contaminated fruit that can be sold on street.
Despite the strict adherence to a micro-organic system in growing all produce, the restaurant manages to have a wide range of options, such as macrobiotic tofu and tomato salad, curry with tofu steak and homemade spaghetti with vegetables (150-280 baht per main). If you like the food, head downstairs to the market to take home organic fruit sherbet (22 baht), pumpkin pudding (20 baht), or a bottle of enzyme drink for your next dinner party (1,200 baht, and said to help with “bodily functions”).
1/40 Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok
T: 02 258 7516
BTS: Phrom Phong.
Open: daily 11:30-14:30; 17:30-20:45.
Rasayana Retreat: Living Food Cafe
Offering yoga, pilates, spa treatments, detoxification and colon hydrotherapy (if anyone is looking!), Rasayana Retreat is an urban haven for locals, travellers and expats. In a city that deep-fries morning glory, Living Food Cafe offers flaxseed pizza, cabbage rolls and spaghetti and nut balls (I kid you not), refusing to cook anything above 42 degrees Celsius or use meat, wheat, dairy, processed, or pasteurised products.
The food may feel naked on your plate, and seem a bit overpriced for the portions (130-180 baht per main), but you pay for fresh vegetables washed in reverse osmosis water and sheltered from the Bangkok heat. We were wary when we saw an entire page devoted to different dressings on the menu, but we realised after my meal that the beauty of the food is in its delicate flavour. Without the safety of an oven or a stick of butter, the kitchen relies solely on the taste of the ingredients, and really, they are enough.
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