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Address:59/1, Soi Sukhumvit 39 (Prompong), Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel:+6620797133

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 07:00-23:00

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This week's subject of review, Bangkok Trading Post Bistro (BTP), may be just another all-day dining venue quietly emerging amidst its relentless counterparts in a prime Sukhumvit neighbourhood.

But the name of the premises on which the eatery is located had somehow guaranteed excellence as well as gastronomic bliss even before I arrived at the place.

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Poached cod fillet with lemongrass and sweet mirin cream sauce.

 

This week's subject of review, Bangkok Trading Post Bistro (BTP), may be just another all-day dining venue quietly emerging amidst its relentless counterparts in a prime Sukhumvit neighbourhood.

But the name of the premises on which the eatery is located had somehow guaranteed excellence as well as gastronomic bliss even before I arrived at the place.

BTP opened two months ago on the spacious ground floor of design-centric 137 Pillars Suites, an offshoot of Chiang Mai's breathtakingly beautiful and eminently treasured small luxury resort, 137 Pillars House.

Blessed with a landscaped tropical front garden, BTP was established, nonetheless, as a stand-alone bistro bar that doubles as a deli shop, carrying a variety of freshly made grub and well-selected goodies from across Thailand.

The interior of the high-ceilinged space, to which natural light pours in through an expansive glass façade, is designed to mimic a travellers' meeting point of olden days, with vintage travelling artefacts and a long marble table for communal gatherings. Furniture is purposely-built from teak wood, the region's main trade commodity of the early 19th century.

For its lovely setting, during my weekday late afternoon visit a number of nicely clad clients were spotted flocking to the venue for neat Instagram snaps. Yet, let me tell determined diners who couldn't care less about social-media moments, the bistro promises as much a gastronomic peace of mind as it does visual delight.

The landscaped front garden and al fresco dining area of the bistro.

To go with the ambience, BTP cuisine also reflects its globetrotter concept.

The two-page menu lists approximately 30 house-rendered items of comfort dishes. Items such as home-made bread and artisan charcuterie, as well as seasonal seafood and vegetables, seem to dominate the recipes.

As an all-day breakfast joint, the bistro aims to showcase a variety of egg dishes from across the globe. However, at this young stage it offers no more than traditional eggs Benedict and a rustic-style omelette, dubbed the farmer's omelette (290 baht), the latter of which we sampled and fell in love with.

Accompanied by grilled home-made sourdough bread on the side, the omelette was served in a cast-iron skillet and looked like a frittata. It revealed inside a piping hot, semi-runny egg centre deliciously leavened with fried potatoes, goat cheese and boerewors (South African spiced sausage). A trimming of roasted pimiento peppers and fresh rosemary sprigs lent the fluffy egg a piquant touch.

Another dish ideal for starting a meal is blackened tuna tataki salad (340 baht). Neat slices of flash-seared, sesame seed-crusted tuna came on a hearty jumble of cooked grains and legumes (quinoa, edamame, red bean, chickpea and raisins) as well as fresh salad leaves with black-pepper mayonnaise dressing. The nutty fare was lent a balancing contrast by the pungent taste of fresh radicchio, sweet basil leaves and pickled shallots.

Blackened tuna tataki salad.

When BTP fettuccine, the bistro's signature pasta dish, arrived, I suddenly knew it would be a very satisfying dish judging from an uncomplicated combination of ingredients and homely presence. The dish, featuring properly cooked fettuccine tossed with generous helpings of pan-seared cubed salmon, fresh avocado chunks and cherry tomatoes in kaffir lime-leaf-infused cream sauce, tasted as comfortingly scrumptious as it looked.

The bistro's current selection of main meat and seafood dishes features the likes of a wagyu beef burger, pork Wiener schnitzel, Thai-style chicken curry, fish and chips and grilled red snapper with lemon butter.

A special new dish, Indonesian beef rendang (380 baht), was, however, recommended to me. Normally I'm not a keen fan of this cuisine and was quite sceptical when the platter of the semi-dry beef curry and nasi lemak coconut rice arrived at our table. The curry was made using Australian beef lumps, marinated and slow-cooked for two days before being roasted and smothered with house-made Javanese curry paste. The beef proved delightful in both taste and texture. And what made the overall experience even better was that, instead of the cloying coconut-milk cooked rice, the chef opted for steamed Thai jasmine rice garnished just lightly with toasted coconut flakes, which complemented the curry impeccably.

Other than the fettuccine dish, which I previously mentioned, I would definitely return to BTP for the poached cod fillet in lemongrass-sweet mirin cream sauce (580 baht).

Beef rendang curry with jasmine rice.

Served on a bed of coarsely mashed potatoes, a plump fillet of Atlantic cod, poached before being pan-fried to give a nice golden crust, intermingled awesomely with the savoury-sweet cream sauce done with a light whiff of lemongrass. The dish was given a smart complex of flavours thanks to a garnish of strawberry chutney and spicy arugula leaves.

The kitchen doesn't drop the ball when it comes to dessert. Don't miss the signature silky oolong cream (255 baht). Just like the way most modern-day patisserie chefs present their creations, the dish was served in the style of art installations, with a soft and silky oolong tea panna cotta, tiny spheres of home-made quince jelly, gingerbread crumbs and salted toasted walnuts geometrically laid out on the plate. This work of art proved enchanting to the palate also.

More sweet options are available from the deli's takeaway corner. Worth having are the sweet potato cake (110 baht), a purple-hued, almost-flourless dainty made with the scratched meat and purée of Japanese sweet potato, and blueberry muffin (85 baht), a super-juicy hybrid between butter cake and classic muffin, with a lava-like fruit-jam filling guaranteed to make muffin fans cry tears of joy.

Complementing the dessert nicely was a pot of turquoise-hued Tokyo Garden tea (110 baht), a sweet and fragrant concoction of matcha, peppermint and butterfly pea blooms.

Service was executed efficiently with heartfelt enthusiasm.

The BTP fettuccine with salmon, avocado and cream sauce.

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59/1, Soi Sukhumvit 39 (Prompong), Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

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