There are food courts in malls the world over.
And then there’s Eathai in Bangkok’s Central Embassy Mall.
Eathai is in a class of its own, and deservedly so.
Amazing food, amazing variety of cuisines, and all served with elegance and – important in a food court where there are lots of office workers – efficiency and speed.
As tourists, we had all the time in the world, but for office workers, quick, efficient service has to be key, and Eathai delivers.
Whatever one thinks off food courts, they work for a couple like us: hubby highly allergic to any form of fish and shellfish + I don’t eat any kind of meat, but do eat fish + he loathes chillies (AND he’s Indian :P) and I crave ‘em.
Plus, and this one is on us, we don’t speak or read a word of Thai.
Eathai showcases Thai cuisine from all over the country, at separate food and cooking stations and – one thing I really appreciated – detailed explanations in English on the menu boards (above).
The system is very easy to use. On entering the vast Eathai, in the basement of the mall, you are given a credit card which you use to buy your food. And you settle at the cashier’s on the way out. So no issues there.Since the food court is, as I said, vast, you never feel crowded.
Tables have lots of room between them, and the staff even deliver dishes that require more cooking time to your table.
I had scallops and garlic – it might not look anything special from the photo, below, but it was pure heaven.
Eating at Eathai is definitely more expensive than eating at a street food vendor, but for the location, the air conditioning, access to loos, service – it can’t be beaten. This is a food court like no other.
We paid our own way (Baht 525 for 2 of us) and no-one in the mall knew that I blog or write reviews.