Life in Black and White
Pastel and Monochrome
Ever been with friends at a dinner party and wished the jovial atmosphere and warm, inviting surrounds could be translated into a dining out experience? Six longtime dinner companions in Bangkok certainly did, and thus, with the transformation of a decades-old townhouse in Thonglor, their intimate, homestyle drink-and-dine brainchild Pastel & Monochrome was born.
Relying solely on their well-heeled patrons to supply the colour, the low-lit, open-plan room is fitted-out entirely in black and white, from the mismatched Chesterfield leather couches and marble tabletops, to the contemporary photograph-lined walls. Cooler weather sees the huge glass doors opened onto the meticulously-landscaped garden terrace complete with ornate sculptures, trickling water features and abundant greenery, providing a lush, tropical backdrop for pre or post-prandials.
As for the menu, the gastronomical fusion of Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Thai flavours includes appetisers like tuna and wakame slathered in piquant wasabi-mayo dressing, and spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dipping sauce. Main course specialties like pork green curry with deep-fried black ink angel hair, mango-stuffed chicken breast and a selection of tapas plates pair well with the signature O Negative cocktail; a heady mix of vodka, orange liqueur, jelly and lime. Sure, colour can be fun, but sometimes a good time really is as simple as black and white.