Siwilai Cafe's Second Branch Opens At Central: The Original Store
The opening of Central: The Original Store, a trendy new-old retail and cultural hub for Chareonkrung's artsy, hipster crowd, brought with it the second branch of the popular Siwilai Cafe. At the new Chareonkrung location, a grand piano takes centre stage as diner-style seating line the edge of the room. It's been evident since the Central Embassy flagship that Siwilai embraces Thai culture from the past to the present, presenting creations in a contemporary manner that doesn't forget the classic roots of the artforms. Like the original branch, the cafe transforms into a sound bar at night, placing importance on music with a custom OJAS sound system. Accompanied by cocktails named after legendary artists, neon signs and classic vinyls on display, the atmosphere is a chill mix of yesteryear and the modern.
During the day, Siwilai Cafe at Central: The Oriignal Store is focused on beloved Thai breakfast dishes as well as international favourites like French Toast, offering a wide range of options crafted from the finest, locally-sourced ingredients. Some of the menu highlights include the Truffle Cheese Toast, a divine grilled cheese sandwich with pennywort pesto, and the Shallow Pan Eggs, fried eggs with Southern Thai-style crispy pork belly and tomato sauce served with toast. For lovers of Thai-Chinese classics, the Hainan Chicken Rice and Hainan Noodle Soup are highly recommended. Meanwhile, pasta lovers can't miss the glorious Fusilli Vodka Sauce—fusilli with fresh tomato cream sauce, garlic and parmesan. For dessert, the Banana Khao Mao Chocolate Tart, a chocolate tart with banana ice cream and unripe green rice is hard not to love.
As a coffee outlet, Siwilai Cafe uplifts Thailand’s thriving coffee culture by sourcing its premium beans from the northern regions of Thailand. Experience a diverse selection of coffee harvested from local villages in Nan and Chiang Mai. Not only does the cafe offer a variety of coffee beans but also allows customers to choose the brewing method. One of the highlights on the drinking menu is the N072 Pangkhum, Chiang Mai. This blend ranked within the top 10 at the Thai Specialty Coffee Award and is exclusively available at Siwilai Cafe. The naturally processed coffee offers notes of floral, peach, mandarin orange, cherry lemon, grapefruit, berries and honey.
Serious tea drinkers can also find haven at Siwilai Cafe. With blends like Rak Thai, Mae Hong Son, a fragrant green tea from Rak Thai Village in Mae Hong Sorn that is only harvested on winter mornings, every tea has a story and is far from ordinary.
Central: The Original Store, 1266 Charoen Krung Road