Sweet pasta? Swift Epistle? Pete’s Sista?
I said “Suh-weeet Pee-STAaaaH” over and over to the taxi as if eventually my pronunciation shifts would clue him to all things hip and happening in the Bangkok restaurant scene.
In hindsight, if you can convince the taxi you’re hunting delicious food, he may not mind the u-turns and looping around on the back streets leading to the ass end of the winding Sukhumvit soi 31 (note: ‘end’ and ‘ass end’ denote different meanings in this case— see the map below and all will be explained).
The REAL must order item? Sweet Pista fries.
You do what it takes to get there, show up starving, and panic to order three or four things off their paper menu. The first and most glorious being their Sweet Pista Fries. They’re nice sized wedges and they’re salty as all hell. They should be ’cause they’ve been fried up with parmesan cheese and anchovies. The combination reminds me of homemade southern style fries, cooked in the same skillet your grandparents previously used to fry some fish. No need to change the grease or wash the skillet, which would ruin the flavor. Instead, they come out all greasy and freckled with extra crispy-fied fish bits — and after eating them, so do you. I was SO enthralled with reliving greasy childhood memories, I hardly paused inhaling fries for the arrival of the other orders.
A salad came. I hardly noticed.
A burger came. I hardly noticed.
The ribs came. What the—
“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they fry!”
I started munching into these ‘must-try’ (according to the menu) ribs. Apparently the ribs had been covered in a thin batter and deep fried for extra crunch. WHY? Maybe— just maybe if there was a tangy sauce to smooth over the awful calcified crunch. But there was none supplied. Instead my mouth became sore somewhere between the salty harshness of the fried anchovies and the stupefying rib experience.
I went back to the salad covered in long thin slices of parma ham. Tasty, but a pain in the ass to eat without a knife. Gave up again and came back to my burger with it’s mushy avocados falling every direction from underneath the bun. The burger patty was juicy, well cooked and the bun was sturdy, but even with an enveloping layer of cheese, nothing could prevent the inevitable avocado slip and slide.
Overall I enjoyed Sweet Pista, but I think I’d order completely different dishes next time. Perhaps I’d give their pasta a try and the other burgers look interesting too. If you’re a giant burger fan you’ll fit in here, especially if you’re not a stickler on service and convenience. If you visit, there are sure to be a few instances where you’ll probably have to jump up and help yourself or yell for help to one of the staff flying by. They all seem really nice though, if you can get them to talk to you. Also they’re lacking in the drinks department with no soda alternatives and no alcohol on the menu. Maybe BYOB?
Map and Directions to Sweet Pista (Near Asoke on Sukhumvit 31)
Sukhumvit Soi 31 splits and ends in two different directions. The key to getting to Sweet Pista seems to be landmarks. People who drive by often may understand the restaurant’s instructions to ‘just keep straight’ — but it’s be better if you know to head down soi 31 as if you’re going to the Eugenia Hotel. That way you can tell your taxi NOT to follow the street as it loops back toward the center of Asoke. Sweet Pista shares a small parking lot with ‘What If’ Cafe and Exhibit Cafe which readily appear if you zoom on the google map below.
Also checkout the Sweet Pista Facebook Page.
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