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80/20bkk

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Address:1052-1054, Charoen Krung Rd., Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

Tel:+66875931936

Service day:Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Service hours: 17:00-23:59

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Official description

A new nighttime eatery, owned by a pair of couples, has opened next to Charoen Krung’s hip youth hub Old Town, sharing the enthusiasm for Bangkok’s old town vibes. Its name, 80/20, is stylised on the facade in several ways. Searching for the restaurant at dinnertime, you’ll first notice a small light box with the numbers in Thai digits, then “Eighty Twenty” in old school, golden lettering above a heavy set of wooden doors.

The inside greets diners with the vibe of a modern tavern — dim lighting and elements of wood, cement and iron. Another strong interior motif is handwriting, credited to the penmanship of co-owner Nattha Techamethakul, who has a background in design.

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The Set-up

A new nighttime eatery, owned by a pair of couples, has opened next to Charoen Krung’s hip youth hub Old Town, sharing the enthusiasm for Bangkok’s old town vibes. Its name, 80/20, is stylised on the facade in several ways. Searching for the restaurant at dinnertime, you’ll first notice a small light box with the numbers in Thai digits, then “Eighty Twenty” in old school, golden lettering above a heavy set of wooden doors.

The inside greets diners with the vibe of a modern tavern — dim lighting and elements of wood, cement and iron. Another strong interior motif is handwriting, credited to the penmanship of co-owner Nattha Techamethakul, who has a background in design.

The Menu

An 80-20 division is a staple philosophy of many industries. Business managers observe that 80% of profits comes from 20% of their clientele, economists that 20% earns 80% of the world’s income, and even on a micro-level, some lifestyle experts claim a 4:1 ratio of conservative to hedonistic behaviours produces optimal longevity.

At 80/20, 80% of ingredients are locally produced, including the wines and spirits. In addition, intermediary ingredients such as sauces, pickles, jams, breads and ice cream are house-made.

The entrees these ingredients create are just as original. You won’t find any classic dishes, Thai or foreign, here. The only source of inspiration comes from what’s available in local markets. Therefore, the number and type of fungi varieties in your fragrant Warm mushroom salad (B240) is likely to shift on your next visit, if not be completely replaced with something more in-season.

This does lend inconsistency and shortened lifespans to perhaps favourable items, but the dishes have no precedence anyway, meaning you’ll be forced to dine with a blank slate. Boo hoo. Deal with it. The worst that could happen is you’ll come to admire the chefs’ artistry in continually transforming “backyard” ingredients into something new and worthwhile.

Case in point, the Hay-smoked yellowtail (B320), a fresh invention when we visited, highlights the cannery side of 80/20. The fish fillet in garlic chive sauce comes with an innovative potato salad dressed with three varieties of cucumbers, each prepared differently: fermented, pickled and charred. The Pan grilled squid (B280) too, although not as memorable, makes a fine argument for the potential of local seafood and veggies.

If we had to rank our favourite dishes of our meal 80/20, dessert would occupy the top. What we love about pastry chef Saki Hoshino’s Pumpkin cheesecake (B220) is the home-made integrity she adds. The wisps of pumpkin flesh that protrude when you slice through only reconfirm the richness and natural sweetness of the local produce tastefully preserved in the dessert. Like the pumpkin cheesecake, which features yoghurt sorbet and a pumpkin seed, flower and crumb garnish, the Coconut & lemongrass panna cotta (B150), with coconut ice cream and a rosella and ginger jam, demonstrates the chef’s knack for blending and maximising local potential.

Insider’s tip

You need to prepare for two things before visiting. 1) Make sure your wallet isn’t just full of cards — as only cash is accepted. 2) Wisely assess the logistics — including your own personal abilities — of finding nearby street parking.

Value & verdict

It takes true artistry and dedication to meet the fine-dining needs Bangkokians without sourcing from a gourmet supermarket. Not only are dishes creative, memorably delicious and fairly priced, the restaurant and its owners actively support the local community. We’ll be back, even if only for dessert, and we hope 80/20’s doors will soon be open for lunch.

Location

1052-1054, Charoen Krung Rd., Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

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