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Right Royal Hideaway

May 18, 2015
R.E. 234
Two-hundred odd years ago, something was afoot in Siam; Bangkok was appointed the kingdom’s capital city and its power was proliferating. In the twisting tale that is the history of Thailand, 1782 marks the beginning of one of its most important chapters: the Rattanakosin Era. Lording it over the land was a long and lauded line of Ramas, the favourite of which was the subtly monikered ‘Great Beloved King’ Rama V. Celebrating all that was great and good about his royal highness – albeit in a rather roundabout way – is plush and polished new cafe-cum-culture vulture hang, R.E. 234.

Tucked away down a little back alley, its mysterious name makes veiled reference to how long ago the Rattanakosin Era originated (hence the history lesson preamble), and with that, what to expect inside. Once through the doors, you’ll be greeted by a majestic and surprisingly spacious, glass-roofed, sunny tea room, gussied up with ferns, antiquities and colonial relics. Brought to you by the team behind beloved java pocket rocket Cosmic Cafe, here you can sip tea-singly good cha blends from Mariage Frères and sweeten your afternoon with a slice of homemade prune cake. Or if something a little more substantial is in order, tuck into one of their Euro-inflected Thai dishes, such as Angus ribeye steak with jeaw sauce and butterfly pea sticky rice. We’re certain his maj would have approved!
45 Sukhumvit Soi 24 / Sukhumvit / +66 2 117 2829 / 10am-11pm Sun-Thu, 10am-midnight Fri-Sat