The search for western food on Sukhumvit Road beyond Phra Kanong is a precarious one. One of the places hungry westerners in the area congregate is the On Nut tent market, situated across from the Tesco Lotus right next to the skytrain station. The high traffic area is home to a sweltering and poorly maintained collection of tents featuring most prominently a beer garden and vendors selling cheap clothes and food.
Protip: Bring hand sanitizer and your blood pressure prescription.
Because of the winding layout of the market it can seem there’s a lot of options on first glance. But in hindsight I’d have to say the cold local beers help visitors overlook a long list of grievances. The awful bathrooms, poorly cleaned tables, and too few fans can be for forgiven only if you’re there watching footie or meeting friends before/after dinner. Otherwise the equally shaky food options, like the above overly salty and oddly sweet deep fried mushrooms, making visiting under other circumstances regrettable.
The Thai food in the On Nut Tent Market is usually the exception for a quick, edible fix. There’s a variety of popular take home spots where people grab made to order, pre-made grab-and-go dishes, and the fruit stands have decent selection. Tom yum noodles, grilled skewers, and ‘kow gaeng’ are among the most popular options, especially for the hurried locals on the way home.
In addition to the Thai food, there’s lukewarm sushi, a shwarma stand, a german style spot with good fries, really lame Mexican, and FullMoon, a macaroni/cheesy-sandwich food truck. The mexican made me frustrated and I’ll pulling the meat in the macaroni from Fullmoon out of my teeth for the next few days. Top it all off by a back manhattan from The Cocktail and I was ready to abandon ship. That’s when I spotted the most recent arrival to the market in the far back corner, Burgers and Bangers.
“Cooking good doesn’t mean cooking fancy“
They had only been open a few weeks, but the staff genuinely seemed friendly and excited about what they were offering. The menu features English style burgers and chips and of course ‘bangers’ or sausage if that’s what you fancy. Or forget the chips and have your meat feast with a side of onion rings. All of it seems like it would make a great, greasy accompaniment to cheap beer nearby.
Plus, the ‘Cooking good doesn’t mean cooking fancy’ motto sounded promising. I had their juicy lamb burger with brie on a thick brioche bun. When it was served it appeared a bit small, but was filling and overall good, but a little dry. I need a break from On Nut for awhile so someone else will have to report back on their chicken wings or their pork and apple burger which also sounded tasty, but Burgers and Bangers has a lot of potential!
On nut area readers there’s hope for you yet!
Burgers and Bangers by Chef Poupee
LOCATION AND HOURS:
Address: Near On Nut BTS Skytrain Station
Directions: Jump off the BTS at On Nut Station and exit on the side of street opposite Tesco Lotus. Park at Tesco. Burgers and Bangers also offers delivery if you’re in the area.
Phone Number: 097 283 4598
Hours: Tue – Sun 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Price Range: 200 – 300 THB
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chefpoupee