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Organic cafe Simple keeps things local, fresh and uncomplicated on a Sukhumvit back soi

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There has been plenty said on the burgeoning brunch scene in the city of late, but hopefully there will be plenty more, so here goes. We now have choices on a Sunday morning, people. Choices! And this has expanded even further of late with a savvy newcomer in the depths of the upper Sukhumvit paddock in Simple. 

Calling itself a "natural kitchen", "organic grocery" and "cafe and restaurant" no less, the description might be a little wordy but you get the idea. It's a shophouse on a carpark with plenty of natural light, polished concrete floor and timbered furniture, open kitchen (including bins!) as well as some obligatory industrial light fittings and enough space for around 25 inside, 12 outside and 11 upstairs in the near future. Timber crates of organic groceries and food products such as coconut oil and cinnamon sticks produced by a regional school align shelves and are for sale, extending the homey charm. In short, for the general punter, it's a cute local spot with friendly service, great food and not much fuss. Simple.

At the helm is Natcha "Ploy" Chatlaong, who had organics in the family which led her to cooking school in London. On returning to Bangkok she hooked up with local luminaries in the kitchens at Bo.lan and Appia to fine tune her young craft, and it shows that she has been working with some of the city's best.

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