During my trip to Bangkok, I made it my goal to visit at least three vegan restaurants. The first on my list was Veganerie Concept. My family had already had a lavish 5-star hotel breakfast, but somehow I convinced them to have a second breakfast by telling them that y’know, since Veganerie Concept serves vegan food, the meal would be light… knowing fully well it would be anything but. 😉 Needless to say, we were stuffed to the brim, but it was so, so worth it!
Veganerie is Bangkok’s first vegan bakery and started off as a takeaway shop. Over the years, they’ve expanded into three branches: the take-home bakery in EmQuartier, Veganerie Café in Mercury Ville and Veganerie Concept behind Benjasiri Park. I went to the Veganerie Concept restaurant because it has the biggest space, is the most beautiful architecturally and as luck would have it, located closest to my hotel.
Pairing well with its plant-based food, the exterior and interior of Veganerie Concept impress even the trendiest crowd with its wood and metal finishings. The restaurant is easy on the eyes from arrival at the entrance, where outdoor seating is scattered on a raised wooden deck, to the larger indoor area rich with foliage. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the storefront let in a flood of natural light that not only provide life to the plants, but also to highlight the earthy design of the inside.
It’s a photographer’s dream, and the details of Veganerie Concept alone got me snapping away on my iPhone before I even settled down at a table. Today’s young Instagrammers will surely love the hip slogans painted on the walls of the restaurant, from the catchphrase “Keep calm and go vegan” to a plethora of hashtag suggestions such as #vegansofig and #instafood catering for social media.
Personally, my favourite corner of Veganerie Concept features a large interactive corkboard tacked to the wall with a map of the world and the painted question: “Where are you from? Vegan around the world”. The staff will give visitors a few tacks which they can then pin onto the map according to their home country. What a cute and creative idea to engage with the customers!
If the stunning interior of Veganerie Concept is not enough to get you to this particular branch, the food will. While the takeaway shop only offers baked goods and Veganerie Café only desserts, Veganerie Concept serves up a full menu. Since we had just eaten breakfast, the most popular dishes such as the Vegan Barbecue Pulled Pork Burger (with no real pork, obviously) and the Vegan Zoodles were more than our stomachs could handle. Feeling like dessert, we went for the sweets instead.
Our table spread came to a total of three items. We ordered the Caesar Salad to begin with a clean palate, followed it up with a menu special, the Fruit Hotcake, then doused off the heat with a Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl. The salad was nothing special, and I could’ve forgone the two slices of soy bacon, but I loved the Fruit Hotcake which arrived with two warm pancakes topped with berries, nuts and edible flowers. So Instagrammable. It didn’t disappoint in flavour, too, and was extra delicious with the maple syrup on top. Lastly, my parents were amazed by the invention of the Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl, a blend of acai berries and cacao topped with fruits and chocolate chunks. They commented that it was just the right sweetness but way too filling – oopsies, forgot to warn them. 😉
I only sampled Veganerie Concept’s breakfast foods, and when I go back to Bangkok – which I know I will, judging by how I’ve been to the city over 20 times – you bet I will visit again for lunch or dinner. Their legendary Vegan Barbecue Pulled Pork Burger deserves a try, as do the Traditional Masamun Curry and Vegan Zoodles. With such an Instagram-worthy interior, a comfortable atmosphere and a helpful team of staff, I highly recommend you to try out Veganerie Concept. Even if you’re more of a meat-eater, you’ll love the food, guaranteed.
35/2 Soi Methi Niwet, 24 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Klong Toey, Bangkok
+66 2 02 252 2120, +66 2 081 390 2396
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