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Address:1982, Phetchaburi Rd., Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 17:00-02:00

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There was quite a bit of amazement upon my first visit to Every Day a Friday, a four-month-old eatery at the mouth of Soi Phrom Phong on Phetchaburi Road.

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Don't wait for the weekend

You'll need reservations for Every Day a Friday, which lives up to expectations

Left The platter of tuna and salmon tartare. Pattanapong Hirunard

There was quite a bit of amazement upon my first visit to Every Day a Friday, a four-month-old eatery at the mouth of Soi Phrom Phong on Phetchaburi Road.

As a regular passer-by to the corner premises where the restaurant is located, I was never aware of its existence. The small business compound, which is easy to miss, evidently houses a fancy lighting showroom, a dance studio, an upscale coffee shop and a gastropub -- the term Every Day a Friday defines itself.

Despite its indistinct location, on the drizzling Friday evening that I visited, more than half of the tables at the 60-seater seemed to have been reserved. Customers also kept filing in. However, they weren't exactly the type of folks I would expect at a gastropub.

Flocking the venue during that evening rush hour were local families with young children, business execs in search for culinary relaxation and casual gatherings of 50-somethings.

Interestingly, when it comes to the matter of F&B, the restaurant, which boasts a full cocktail bar and a small live music corner, pays as much attention to food as it does beverages. Given that one of the owners (they are young Thai entrepreneurs) is a professionally trained chef who over the past years has headed a number of Bangkok's five-star dining establishments.

Tucked away in a small business compound is the four-month-old gastropub that proves worthy of a visit.

The cuisine blends Western classics with an ingenious Asian twist. What you would likely find on the 50-item menu are, as examples, tuna tartare with Shanghai sauce, smoked rotisserie chicken with tamarind glaze, pasta with sea urchin roe cream and braised lamb shank in Thai paneng curry.

Guest are treated upon arrival to a complimentary platter of bread. Small house-made French baguettes came to our table with house-blended butter: a buttery concoction that yielded a nice taste profile of Chinese XO sauce. The bread and butter prove so popular that they are available for take home (40 baht per set).

From the selection of salad and appetiser, most recommended is salad of confit duck and pan-seared foie gras (590 baht). It's a decent serving of deep-fried marinated duck leg, which lent a juicy flavourful meat underneath a crispy skin, and silky duck liver on a bed of fresh salad greens dressed with spicy Isan-styled herb dressing.

If you're in the mood for fish tartare, settle on "twosome" (330 baht), a duo platter of cubed raw tuna laced with yuzu essence and caviar and cubed raw salmon seethed with sesame-miso sauce and cured quail egg. The dish is designed to be eaten the same way you eat mieng (Thai-styled vegetable-wrapped snack). Thus it comes with fresh salad leaves and crispy tofu skins.

A parade of main entrées that followed prove even more praiseworthy.

I would definitely return for the signature plate of spaghetti with blue crabmeat, garlic, chives, breadcrumbs and chillies (300 baht). The pasta came perfectly al dente and crabmeat tasted naturally sweet. They were lent a peppery tang by young peppercorns and chopped fresh bird's eye chillies, while the crispy crumbs, which impressively retained brittleness for a long time, added a great crunchy finish to each bite.

The spaghetti with crabmeat, garlic, chives, breadcrumbs, young peppercorns and chillies.

A friend voted for penne with beef ragout, truffle and Parmesan cheese (410 baht) as her most favourite on the table and I found no reason to object. It was a delicious plate of well-cooked tube-shaped pasta smothered in rich and meaty mushroom-infused beef sauce seasoned with Parmesan cheese.

Another star of the evening was pan-fried cod fillet with truffle cream and crispy lotus root (560 baht). Thick fillets of the white fish was enhanced by the rich, creamy and fragrant sauce, in which springy shimeji mushroom and crunchy edamame (green soy bean) came bathing.

Asian-style braised wagyu ossu buco with stewed egg and yuzu-chilli dipping sauce (540 baht) was the last to arrive. It was a fine dish in terms of taste but far from a steal considering the portion.

The non-alcoholic blend of green tea, rose syrup and lemon zest. Pattanapong Hirunard

Nicely wrapping up our meal was a swanky presentation of super rich, smooth and gooey dark chocolate brownie accompanied by salted caramel popcorn and home-made ice cream (240 baht).

The bar did a brilliant job in crafting drinks. From a sweeping collection of signature cocktails and mocktails, I highly recommend that you sample Green Hive (170 baht), a refreshing, alcohol-free blend of green tea, home-made rose syrup, honey and lemon zest, capped with creamy froth.

Every Sunday at both lunch and dinner, the restaurant features a special all-you-can-order buffet and BBQ feast. Price is 1,900 baht per person and the guests are given two-and-a-half hours to enjoy a selection of more than 20 dishes.

Service was heartfelt cordial and efficient. Reservations are recommended.

Pan-fried cod fillets with truffle cream and crispy lotus root.

Every Day a Friday

1982 New Phetchaburi Road Call 02-064-5447 and 064-014-5230 Open 5pm-1pm (Tuesday-Saturday) and noon to 10pm (Sunday) Park on the premises Most credit cards accepted

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1982, Phetchaburi Rd., Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand

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