There’s no need to fly all those miles over to Knightsbridge in London any longer, as Harrods Café at Mercury Ville has opened its doors in downtown Bangkok. The café has the official stamp of approval from Harrods, London, and boasts having just the third Ice Cream Parlour in the world after London and Tokyo.
It welcomes everyone with their signature giant Harrods bear which is photogenic. The ambience is classic, of course, yet very cosy with the colours of green, ivory and cream. Natural light streams in with abundance through the windows, also permitting customers to observe the busy world outside flow by.
The menu features quintessentially English fare (of course) teamed up with some East-meets-West twists and Asian dishes to cover every palate. The must-try dishes on your first visit are the Harrods Savoury Toasts, which were especially created to be a signature dish of this specific Harrods Café. The Toast Ham & Cheese (THB 185), Toast Carbonara & English Bacon (THB 195), Toast Chicken Mushroom (THB 185) and Toast Beef Bolognese (THB 185) will wow just about everyone with their classic flavour combinations.
We each had a hard time settling on a dish for our main courses. I’ve had a long list of disappointing experiences with English sausages while living in the UK and so it was very ironic that the Banger and Mash (THB 350) – Cumberland Sausage with Onion Blueberry Sauce and Mashed Potato – here in Bangkok finally turned me into a fan with its juicy and savoury flavours.
Wondering what the Asian dishes here are like, we ordered Ka-Prao Grilled Chicken (THB 175) with Rice, Secret Poached Egg and Crispy Thai Basil. The food portion certainly said ‘western’ but other than that, it revealed all the divine eastern flavours.
From the East-meets-West menu we opted for Phad-Kee-Mao Squid-ink Spaghetti (THB 235), a Thai-style hot & spicy squid-ink spaghetti with grilled tiger prawns, squid and salmon.
Remember to save space for the Café’s exclusive signature desserts. One is the Earl Grey Tea Float with No. 42 Earl Grey Royal Cream and Earl Grey Caviar (THB 195) that will please those who like an aromatic kick, while another is Chocolate Milk with English Milk Cream (THB 195) which completely delighted my taste-buds.
Last but not least, the Ice Cream Parlour – with seating in the shape of an ice-cream cone – is not to be missed, either. After all, it’s only the third one in the world! Here, it offers imaginative ice-cream flavours to cool you down before you venture out again into the warm and busy world. Whatever your preference in ice-cream is i.e. soft cream, gelato, light or heavy taste, you’ll feel like us – very full and happy at the end of our visit.
Harrods Café at Mercury Ville
Ploenchit (opposite Central Chidlom)
10am – 9pm daily
T: 061 419 6069
Text by Lifestyle+Travel / Photo by Harrods Café
Special Thanks to Harrods Café at Mercury Ville