French Food & Oriental Antiques
Enticing Bangkok’s urbanites out of the metropolis is no mean feat, with the city’s vast sprawl and frankly shocking traffic delays making perfect ‘stay at home’ excuses. So it’s a testament to the popularity of restaurant and antiques repository Amantee that city slickers would regularly make the long journey to Chaeng Wattana for an unhurried afternoon of shopping and dining. And the Big Mango love seems to have been reciprocated at last with the boutique trading its outlying address for a brand new Bangkok location complete with all the fab French food and covetable vintage objects fans could hope for.
Setting up shop on a quiet soi in Yannawa, Amantee retains all the tranquil charm of its former traditional Thai house situ. The new gallery space is filled with the same high quality selection of handmade furniture, Chinese artwork and Tibetan antiques as the original, once again sourced under the keen eye of French expat owner Gilles Sandre. Next door, the café eschews the deckchairs and shrubbery of its previous life in place of on-trend exposed brick walls and crisp white floors, and the Gallic cuisine remains as tempting as ever with a changing menu of light, all-day dishes like scallop tartare with a fennel dressing, and chilled cauliflower soup dusted with crispy bacon bits. Add baker Benoit Fradette’s organic boulangerie and a slew of European wines, and you’ve got yourself a perfectly lazy Amantee afternoon – now thankfully minus the hike home.
2240/12-13 Chan Kao Rd / Yannawa / +66 2 678 1300 / amantee.com