The Portico Langsuan

Living Mall Chid Lom

The Portico Langsuan is a lifestyle mall on Langsuan which offers some interesting dining options, from cute Japanese cakes to super healthy vegan lunches. The variety of options is impressive and you are sure to find something to munch on whatever time of day you are passing by. Portico is less than a five minute walk from the BTS Skytrain Station at Chit Lom, on the left hand side of this leafy street. With five floors and a small underground car park, this mall is part Bangkok’s famed mile of malls, but it offers a different shopping experience to the rest with a really unusual and unique range of shops. It’s refreshing, and we love the selection available here. It’s not just a great place to eat, you will also find beauticians, boutiques and even a yoga studio at this mall. Here is a list of our favourite places to check out at Portico Langsuan.

Lemon Farm

Any serious meat eaters should probably skip this organic and natural café and shop on the ground floor. Towards the front is a modern cafe area with a dozen tables where you can select from a range of super healthy dishes like tofu and mushroom pasta and a macrobiotic set that comes with soup, a rice dish and some tea. The cafe gets quite busy at lunch with workers from the area but is quiet in the evening. Most of Lemon Farm is dedicated to a very cool grocery shop that sells a range of vegetables, breads and dried goods, as well as some natural toiletries. We love their own brand range of jams, teas and biscuits, which make great gifts.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
Location: Ground Floor
Tel: +66 (0)2 6521971

 

London Tea Cafe

Opened in mid 2013, this is one of the newer additions to Portico, and we love their attempt at recreating the classic British experience, and although it isn’t a complete success, it’s still a charming place for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. This is a great place to come for brunch, and we are big fans of the rose iced tea, which is sweet and comes topped with dried pink petals and their unique take on breakfast, with a slice of French toast topped with sugared cornflakes and cranberries. The atmosphere inside is more warehouse chic than cosy country cottage, but we love the china blue artwork on the wall, created by the owner, and the warm welcome we get every time we visit.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 till 20:30
Location: 2nd Floor
Tel: +66 2 650 4653

Patisserie Masatomi

If you’ve ever wondering what the blend of French Cordon Bleu patisserie and Japanese cakes would look like then this is the place to visit. Japanese classics are done with flair, like the Sakura cake roll with a butterfly imprinted in the centre, mocha with fruits such as mango and strawberry. On the French side, the Mont Blanc’s (90 baht_ are made with pumpkin, sweet potato and green tea instead of the usual chestnut. Most people come to this cute bakery for the macarons though, and there are over a dozen different flavours, starting at 35 baht. If you want unusual, there is no better place in town, and these cakes are tasty too. There are a handful of tables in Patisserie Masatomi so you can stay and enjoy a cake or two.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
Location: 3rd Floor
Tel: +66 (0)2 652 1977

Spoonful Zakka & Café

Another Japanese option, but this is a cafe and a shop combined. It’s a bit hard to say exactly what they are specialising in, but it’s a combination of stationary, kitchenware, home decor and some clothing and accessories. One thing they do have in common is that they are cute and mainly come in pastel shades. Zakka seem to have a thing for masking tape, will rolls of the stuff on display. They’ve also managed to fit a cafe into the small space, where you can enjoy some delicious scones that come in both green tea and plain flavour (120 baht). Another house speciality is the Japanese cake, and there is a good variety of herbal and fruit teas starting at 90 baht.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Location: 2nd Floor
Tel: +66(0)2 6522278

General’s Son

A great place to hang out with friends for a tasty, casual meal, this second floor restaurant has an outside terrace that overlooks Langsuan. Serving a range of Thai and western dishes with a local twist (tom yum pizza for example), the spice levels are mild with the foreign market in the mind. This isn’t a bad thing though, with solid versions of shrimp curry, sweet & sour noodles and banana blossom salad. The staff are friendly and we like the interior, which looks like the owner nicked his grandma’s best furniture for a loft space. The small bar likes to get creative with their cocktails, which includes a blend of Guinness, Heineken, Hoegaarden mixed with apple juice. It’s named the World War I and it’s a strange and heady mix that needs to be tried at least once.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 00:00
Location: 2nd Floor
Tel: +66 (0)2 252 9165

D’Orsay

This lovely French bistro shows that a balcony and clever curtains can make you forget you are in a mall, and although it may not look like much from down below, the view is lovely from the 3rd floor of Portico. You can sit outside or in the glossy dining room, decorated in ruby red, with a curved bar in the centre and a couple of Toulouse Lautrec’s famous dancing ladies painted on the back wall. Food is solid French: moules frites, duck confit are our menu stand outs. When it comes to dessert, be sure to try the chocolate fondant, which is made in house. D’Orsay has a good selection of wines, with six options by the glass and bottles starting at 990 baht.

Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:00 and 5:30 – 22:00 ( 00:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Location: 3rd Floor
Tel: +66 (0)2 650 4747

Portico Langsuan

Location: Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
BTS: Chit Lom

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