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Another Hound Cafe

Address:1031, Ploenchit Rd., Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Tel:+6621605777

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 11:00-21:00

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Another Hound Cafe, originally concepted as an upper-scale offshoot of the two-decade-old Greyhound Cafe, labels its cuisine "Italian gourmet with Asian twist".

Yet I found during a lunch visit to its third and latest branch that the restaurant offered rather a humble Western take on similarly unpretentious homestyle Thai cooking. Whether it be the appetisers, entrées, desserts or beverages, you can see that the recipes, preparation techniques and taste-profiles are very Thai. The only adopted elements are the ingredients and, though very slightly, presentations.

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Inside the latest iteration of Another Hound Cafe

A platter of fresh Barron Point oysters with condiments.

 

Another Hound Cafe, originally concepted as an upper-scale offshoot of the two-decade-old Greyhound Cafe, labels its cuisine "Italian gourmet with Asian twist".

Yet I found during a lunch visit to its third and latest branch that the restaurant offered rather a humble Western take on similarly unpretentious homestyle Thai cooking. Whether it be the appetisers, entrées, desserts or beverages, you can see that the recipes, preparation techniques and taste-profiles are very Thai. The only adopted elements are the ingredients and, though very slightly, presentations.

Following my dining companion's request, our lunch kicked off with one of the cafe's most popular starters -- the fresh oyster platter (750 baht). It featured four naturally flavoursome, premium-sized Barron Point oysters from Washington state, in the US, accompanied by a complete set of condiments including red-wine vinegar, Thai spicy seafood dipping sauce, deep-fried shallots and fresh cha-om (climbing wattle) tips.

More laudable and heartily fulfilling, however, was the Japanese salad (250 baht), featuring smoked salmon, steamed spinach, tofu, tobiko (Japanese flying fish roe) and edamame (soy beans), leavened with nutty sweet sesame dressing and garnished with nori seaweed.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Another Hound Cafe recently launched its third branch at Central Embassy.

For main entrées we had another bestseller -- Spaghetti Cha Cha Cha (300 baht), a pasta dish executed in a Thai style of phad-cha (a wok-fried dish leavened with garlic, sweet basil leaves, green peppercorns and chillies). The restaurant's rendition of classic local fare included squid-ink spaghetti, shrimp and scallops as the main ingredients. The marriage between imported ingredients and tropical herbs resulted in praiseworthy subtlety. A finishing touch of crunchy tobiko added an even more pleasing kick to each bite.

Another pasta dish the restaurant was eager to promote was Thai-style spaghetti with Canadian lobster (1,290 baht). The dish was enjoyable in terms of taste, thanks to a helping of fresh garlic and bird's-eye chillies that enhanced the taste of the mildly sweet lobster meat.

Should you look for a personal meal platter guaranteed to satisfy both your stomach and your palate, go for the Crab Bomb with rice (450 baht). The name of the dish, which features stir-fried crabmeat with garlic, yellow chillies and chopped green beans over jasmine rice, reflects a generous load of crabmeat and an explosion of flavours.

Crab Bomb over rice.

From the dish, served with a small bowl of piping hot consommé, you'll be delighted by a comforting krathiam phrik Thai (a common Thai mixture of mashed coriander roots, garlic and white pepper) that exhibited profound heat rather than tongue-blazing spiciness. The yellow chilli pepper lent to the dish a balmy zest and fragrance.

Grilled diced lamb with celery stalk in sour-and-spicy sauce (280 baht) is another option to bring back the taste bud pleasure of olden days. The dish takes cues from a common Thai-Chinese home-cooked dish -- nuea phad kheunchai (stir-fried beef with Chinese celery) -- but with the main ingredients substituted by New Zealand lamb loin and Western celery, while a dash of crushed yellow chillies gave a whiff of pungency that made the dish intermingle perfectly either with rice or bread.

The restaurant's complimentary focaccia and charcoal-hued bun were truly addictive, by the way.

The dessert selection is quite large, listing local favourites such as thubthim krob (chestnut pearls in coconut milk), chow kuay (black grass jelly in syrup) and mango sticky rice parfait, together with Western classics like crepe cake, walnut blondie and banoffee.

Squid-ink spaghetti phad cha with scallops and shrimp.

The service staff urged me to try one of its bestsellers, the bean medley with longan granita (120 baht). Basically it's a Chinese-style shaved-ice dessert with traditional toppings that include ginkgo nuts, lotus roots, lotus seeds, Chinese dates, chestnut, pear barley and red bean in longan juice. To put a little twist to it, the longan juice was presented in a form of fine and flaky crushed ice. Taste-wise, it's pretty much the same as what you'd find streetside.

Service was carried out cordially, but there's still room for improvement in efficiency.

Grilled diced lamb with celery in sour-and-spicy sauce.

Thai-style spaghetti with Canadian lobster.

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1031, Ploenchit Rd., Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

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