Eathai in Central Embassy is an upscale food court that has a neat concept of sourcing classic Thai dishes from across the whole country. It is a fun and affordable way of tasting regional varieties of great tasting Thai food. Taking up a massive space on the basement floor of the luxurious Central Embassy Shopping Mall, cooking stations are separated into northern, southern, Issan (northeastern Thai), vegetarian, seafood, and a street food concept area.
Dishes start from around 80 baht for noodle soup up to 370 baht for deep fried cod in sweet fish sauce, and despite the almost limitless choice, ordering is made easy as every dish is professionally laid out as an example with detailed English descriptions.
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Ordering your meal is simple at Eathai: upon entry you are given a credit card which you use to purchase your meal. Save the receipt which is given to serving staff who will collect your meal and bring it to your table when ready. With so much choice from all corners of Thailand, it can be a daunting task as to what to go for. To guide you through, here are our top picks from Eathai’s best sections:
Isan Kitchen: larb moo (spicy, salty and aromatic pork salad), 120 baht; som tam (spicy papaya salad) 100 baht; kai yang (grilled chicken), 150 baht.
Vegetarian Kitchen: fried mushroom omelette, 100 baht; yam jae (spicy salad with grass noodles and vegetables), 100 baht.
North Kitchen: khao soi gai (rich coconut soup with egg noodles and chicken), 130 baht; kan-tok (set of vegetables, sticky rice and meat with chilli paste for dipping), 380 baht.
South Kitchen: massman curry with a choice of chicken, pork, beef or crab with rice, 150-200 baht
Streetfood: pad Thai with jumbo shrimp, 160 baht; Thai-style fried rice, 120-200 bah
Cape (seafood): whole grilled sea bass, 450 baht; whole oysters, 85 baht each; grilled blue crab (market price).
Spotlessly clean and styled with Thai touches, Eathai Food Court is excellently executed and will impress even those who would usually shy away from eating in a food court. Forget what you might know about busy, bustling canteen-style rooms, here tables are well spaced out, dishes are removed promptly and rustic wooden touches create a pleasant dining atmosphere.
Eatthai at Central Embassy Bangkok also has a great bar, serving up a range of fruit juices, as well as beer on tap (150 for a Singha), cocktails (from 150 baht) and even full bottles of Thai whiskey if you fancy a particularly boozy lunch (big Sangsom bottle, 700 baht). Don’t forget to check out their mini supermarket either, which stocks some speciality cooking ingredients from all over Thailand.
Everything about Eathai, from the ingredients to the table service (and the price), is a cut above what you will find in the vast majority of food courts in Bangkok, and even if you can’t quite afford the Hermes handbag or Rolex watch sold upstairs in Central Embassy, the food court is still well worth a visit.
Eathai Food Court
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Central Embassy Shopping Mall, Ploenchit Road
- BTS: Direct Walkways from Chit Lom and Ploen Chit BTS Skytrain Station
- Tel: +66 (0) 2119 7777