On a recent rainy Friday in Bangkok, I stopped by The Jam Factory to explore, to potter and to have lunch.
As one does.
The whole area is super – a former factory beautifully & thoughtfully renovated and turned into a mixed-use area. The architect responsible for the project has his offices there, there is a book shop, a couple of eating places, a shop, a lawn, a fab old Bodhi tree, views of the river – it is a delight.
You can forget the thundering traffic of nearby Charoen Nakhon, and rather turn your sights towards the river and experience a slower pace of life.
But on a really rainy Friday, there was obviously no way I was going to sit outside for lunch, so I missed out on the huge tree-shaded terrace and the river views offered by The Summer House.
I ate indoors, the only person all the time I was there, sadly.
I decided to experiment, and chose a flower omelette and a flower salad – and 2 dishes for one person was way too much.
A case of serious over-ordering, since the portions are very generous.
I’d been reading about the use of flowers in Thai food and wanted to try it out, but I made one cardinal error. I didn’t notice that the flower salad was fried, and I am not at all fond of batter fried foods – think tempura, which I avoid like the plague.
How did I miss this, you ask?
What word in “crispy” did I not understand? Goodness knows!
I think I was too focused on the vegetarian and flower bit.
But the salad was beautifully presented, and I sort of ate around the fried bits.
So…the salad was good but a bad choice. For me, that is.
The omelette was nice, but I can’t honestly say that I tasted the flowers.
But once again, such pretty presentation.
I drank this:
Absolutely no complaints – it was what it said!
Such a lovely peaceful space, with great, attentive service.
And all for me…
It isn’t cheap, but I will definitely go back. And next time, I’ll be sure to read the menu a little more closely.
I did not tell the staff that I write reviews, and I paid for my meal myself.
Oh yes – the address in English, for non-Thai speakers:
41/5 1 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600