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Dexter Cafe & Bar

Address:56, Soi Sathon Soi 8, North Sathorn Rd., Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

Tel:+662-636-6222

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 09:00-23:00

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Cast aside any thoughts of amicable mass murderers when considering this bright new all-day venue in Sathon. Set in a cosy square space on an accessible soi, the style is a mishmash of cafes and restaurants you could find in any global city of style, particularly Copenhagen where the main partner spent her formative years. There are plenty of details for the aesthetics crowd to enjoy (courtesy of the other main partner) including high and low timber tables, recycled timber, a signature wall of light-bulbed letters and some arrangements that cater well to groups (book those early, particularly on weekends). The crowd is a 50-50 split between local and farang, with a stream of homesick Scandinavians getting their Euro fix. It’s good for a coffee, meal, drink, or more. There’s room for about 40 comfortably, and two narrow smoking perches outside.

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THE SET-UP

Cast aside any thoughts of amicable mass murderers when considering this bright new all-day venue in Sathon. Set in a cosy square space on an accessible soi, the style is a mishmash of cafes and restaurants you could find in any global city of style, particularly Copenhagen where the main partner spent her formative years. There are plenty of details for the aesthetics crowd to enjoy (courtesy of the other main partner) including high and low timber tables, recycled timber, a signature wall of light-bulbed letters and some arrangements that cater well to groups (book those early, particularly on weekends). The crowd is a 50-50 split between local and farang, with a stream of homesick Scandinavians getting their Euro fix. It’s good for a coffee, meal, drink, or more. There’s room for about 40 comfortably, and two narrow smoking perches outside.

THE MENU

With Danish-leaning tendencies, the menu is an accessible spread of the familiar as well as some Scandinavian outings. It’s split between brunch (8am-2pm), and all-day dining. From the former, Aeggekage (B348+) is a colourful pan of very Danish eggs and veggies with plenty of crispy bacon on top for good measure — light for the local brunch egg palate, but the real deal. From the latter, Tortilla wrap with chicken salsa (B188) is a fried pocket of tangy salsa and chicken. Fish & chips (B258) is white snapper, chunky-cut chips and home-made tartar served cutely in a square basket. For comfort, Rice berry beef stew (B248) has chunks of tender meat in a thick gravy that might deserve something heartier than the rice berry it is served with. The drinks are just as well presented. Dexter ice tea (B110) is a generous jam jar (yes, it has begun) of tea and big peach chunk that avoids being too sweet. Lychee mint (B110) is another jar of refreshing green goodness that topped our list. Chocolate, banana, peanut butter smoothie (B140) is a mouthful in more ways than one and definitely just for the sweet tooths. There’s a good coffee (B80-B130) contingent, as well as a decent booze spread, well justifying the “bar” part of the name.

INSIDER TIP

Lunch specials during the week from 11:30am-2pm are a good deal at B178 with a softie. They’re talking about extending the Sunday opening hours as well as creating intern- and student-friendly deals/events. Also, the day we were there, DTAC were filming a commercial, so keep an eye out for it on TV.

SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENTS

The dazzling “DEXTER” lettering on the wall up in lights begs a photo or two from you and everyone else in the place. Get it on your Instagram before everyone else.

VALUE & VERDICT

Copenhagen often rates well in those magazine’s “top cities” articles that are often completely ambiguous, and it’s still good to see a little more of it here in Bangkok. Office workers in the area are starting to get spoiled for choice too, and will no doubt flock (companies have even been running workshops there). It’s a cosy cafe den, driven by a good team and executed with style. And the menu is diverse enough to suit most tastes, occasions and budgets. Ticks. G

- Richard Mcleish

Location

56, Soi Sathon Soi 8, North Sathorn Rd., Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

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