This week’s review is going to cover
something a little different, The Salad Concept on the
corner of Nimmanhaemin Soi 13. Fresh organic vegetables,
hydroponic lettuces, reasonable prices and a nice selection
of add-ins make this place something a little unique.
Serving just salads, and the most amazing looking cakes,
bars and cookies, they offer do it yourself style salads,
where you pick your ingredients on a card and hand it to the
waiter for assembly, or you can choose one of their salads
from the menu. I had the grilled beef salad with a delicious
garlicky soy sauce dressing for 85 baht. The lettuce was
crisp and tasty, the beef tender and the sauce flavorful.
They offer Caesar salads as well as a salmon salad, for the
meat eaters in your life.
Dressings range from French, to Italian
to a delicious sound tamarind sesame dressing. The add-ins
include corn, mushrooms, pumpkin, tofu, bell peppers, pasta
and more. A nice addition in season would be avocadoes. The
do it yourself salad runs only 50 baht with a choice of 5
vegetable (or pasta) add ins and the dressing of your
choice. Meat costs about 20 to 35 baht more, cheese 20 baht.
They offer fruit smoothies for 50 baht
and wheatgrass juice for 40. The smoothie I had was rich in
fruit and not too sweet.
The Salad Concept also offers a large
selection of rich brownies, cakes and cookies but if you
want those, you have to get in early as they are out the
door pretty quickly. They have fresh coffee and free wifi
for those that like to people watch on Nimmanhaemin. Open
from 11 AM to 10 PM, it’s recommended for those that want
something light on these hot summer days.
Next is not a restaurant but something
sweet and appropriate for the hot weather: Ice Chic Gelato
on Nimmanhaemin Soi 11. If you are in the mood for rich
delicious gelato, then this is the place to go. They offer a
huge range of gelatos that vary daily. I had the nutella
gelato and the mint chocolate gelato. Both were rich, creamy
and full of flavor. My friend had the black forest gelato
and the pistachio. Again, flavorful and rich. They had a
large selection of fruit gelatos and enough chocolate
selection to make even the most determined chocolate lover
like myself satisfied. Not a place to visit if you are on a
diet, I would have to say, as the gelato on offer is
irresistible. A large scoop of gelato is 45 baht, not cheap
but considering the rich flavor, well worth the money. You
can have it in a cup or in a tasty waffle cone.
Ice Chic Gelato has a lovely Italian
style garden, where you can sit outside and enjoy the summer
day, or sit inside out of the sun, in their comfortable air
conditioned area. They are open from and can be accessed
from either the garden side entrance on Nimman soi 11 or the
aircon side on Nimman soi 13. The gelato is on display at
the soi 11 entrance, so be sure to walk around to that side
to ogle the display. 14 Nimmanhemin, Soi 11. 053 289 262
Finally, after getting lost past the
superhighway, I stumbled upon a newly opened restaurant,
open only for a day or so, it’s called The Tower Bridge, and
offers delicious home-made English sausages, pies, pasties,
sausage rolls and pork pies. Being lost and hungry, I
stopped in because I saw the sign and couldn’t resist the
call of a delicious sausage sandwich and wasn’t
disappointed. The sausage was tasty, filling, not gristly or
made with loads of filler and was a reasonable 80 baht for
three sausages. The owner is an amiable English gentleman
who informed us that they’d been producing home-made
sausages for local area restaurants for quite a few years
and had finally opened the new restaurant on their premises.
So, if you live out on the way to San Kamphaeng, drop in.
They are located on Route 1006, past the Superhighway just
before the ring road. Open from 11 am. 053-851-539