Eathai Food Court at Central Embassy Quick Review:
Welcome to Bangkok’s food court wars where every new mall opening tries to usurp the previous new venue in some spectacular way. The awfully named Eathai promises the actual vendors from many of Bangkok’s top street stalls and a variety of food unmatched by other food courts. Located in the basement of Central Embassy (also home to Issaya Cooking Studio), the giant food court is popular with tourists and locals alike.
A placemat on my table makes it abundantly clear why you should love this place:
“When at Eathai – trust us, you will eat like a Thai.”
There were other curious quotes around, but this one most typifies the experience, a chance to eat like Thais, without really knowing what this means. That’s right y’all, it’s time to eat like a Thai! Meaning wander around aimlessly in a giant crowd, putting off important decisions like where to eat or where to sit or how the food I order will arrive magically at my table.
If you love abundance of choice and ambiguous service, you may have found your food Mecca because the food is actually good. I enjoyed my meat loaded street style noodles and even my vegetarian khao soi. There’s food from every region, Bangkok street food, vegetarian options, and even a stand with a few Thai style cocktails. However, I could pass on the jockeying for seating and carrying my overweight tray across Middle Earth just to get back to my table. The decor is also pleasant and similarly confusing. Definitely not a place I’d recommend if you’re eating alone or really undecided about what to have, especially at the peak lunch hour. My best advice at Eathai is to expect restaurant prices and an authentic dose of the confusion ever present in Thai daily life.
Eathai Food Court at Central Embassy Location and Hours:
Address: Basement, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10300
Directions: Jump off the BTS at Phloen Chit and walk on the elevated sky walk to the mall.
Phone Number: 02 119 7777
Hours: Open Daily, 10am – 10pm
Price Range: 150 – 300 THB