February 10, 2019

Market Café at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Market Café is a casual dining restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit which specializes in traditional Thai cuisine. The restaurant also serves international buffet breakfast featuring local and regional Thai dishes as well as Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Western breakfast favorites.

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Similar to traditional Thai houses, the interior of the restaurant is dominated by dark wood, shimmering copper and warm lighting, with ornaments showcasing wooden and copper and kitchenware, as well as traditional Northern Thailand ceramic pottery. Inspired by the hotels neighborhood, the live cooking stations are designed to have a marketplace vibe.

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Market Cafe features traditional Thai cuisine prepared by the restaurant's team of local Thai chefs with years of experience cooking in Thai restaurants and food stalls around Thailand. Whether you are craving for a special Thai dish served during special occasions or a simple dish enjoyed by Thai people at home, you are assured to experience only the most authentic flavors and aroma of Thai cuisine.

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

In fact, some of the chefs are natives of different regions in Thailand, and they bring with them the local flavors from all corners of Thailand. Here at Market Cafe, they do not modify the recipe of their dishes to suit foreign taste. Even the level of spiciness is not adjusted. Having said this, I think that Thai food cannot be more legit than here at Market Cafe.




► BUFFET BREAKFAST AT MARKET CAFE



Hotel guests who booked the Bed and Breakfast room rate can enjoy buffet breakfast for up to two persons at Market Café. The buffet features some of the most popular Thai street food and home cooked breakfast dishes. In addition, there are also live cooking stations that serve Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Western hot dishes. Read more ►




► A LA CARTE DISHES AT MARKET CAFE

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Complementing the authentic taste of the Thai dishes is the simple and straightforward food presentation. Dishes were served the way they are served in Thai homes. To add a more local touch to the Thai dining experience, clay and ceramic bowls and plates were custom made in Chiang Mai for the restaurant. Here are the Thai dishes I tried when I dines at Market Cafe for lunch.

Yum Som-o Goong | Market Cafe

Yum Som-o Goong (ยำส้มโอกุ้งสด) or Spicy Pomelo Salad with Prawns in English, is a signature appetizer served at Market Cafe. Perhaps one of the most famous Thai dishes, its sweet and sour taste will whet anyone's appetite. Make sure you combine the shrimp, pomelo, roasted shredded coconut and cashew in one bite to achieve the medley of textures and flavors in your mouth. There is just a hint of mild spiciness in the end.

Peek Gai Tod Jaew | Market Cafe

Another signature dish of Market Cafe is the Peek Gai Tod Jaew (ปีกไก่ทอดแจ่ว), or caramelized spicy chicken wings in English. It is a simple yet very delicious, and very addicting, dish. Chicken wings were marinated in soy and white pepper and then deep fried until crispy and golden brown. The wings are finally coated in a sweet and spicy tamarind sauce glazing.

Gaeng Lueang| Market Cafe

Gaeng Lueang (แกงเหลือง), or Yellow Fish Curry Soup, is a sour and spicy soup dish from Southern Thailand. The soup is cooked with turmeric which gives it its strong yellow color. The fish is infused with the sour and spicy taste of the soup and is cooked with sliced coconut shoots. This soup dish is quite spicy but very delicious, and goes very well with steamed rice. Note that in Southern Thailang, this dish is called Gaeng Som (แกงส้ม) while Gaeng Som in Bangkok and other parts of Central Thailand refers to an entirely different dish.

Tom Som Pla Kaphong | Market Cafe

Another soup dish is the Tom Som Pla Kaphong (ต้มส้มปลากะพง), roughly translated in English as Sea Bass in Tamarind-Ginger Soup. It is a refreshing tamarind soup lightly flavored with ginger and cooked with sea bass. The fish was very tender and the soup was not too sour and not spicy at all.

Gaang Pu Bai Cha Plu | Market Cafe

When I asked for a Thai curry dish not commonly served in many Thai restaurants, I was recommended to try the Gaang Pu Bai Cha Plu (แกงปูใบชะพลู) which is a yellow curry with crab meat and plu leaves. It's creamy, a bit spicy and lightly sweet. The plu leaves add a nice contrast in color but the taste is mild enough to blend with the flavors of the dish. This dish is perfect with steamed rice.

Khao Niao Mamuang | Market Cafe

For dessert, I chose the classic Khao Niao Mamuang (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง), more commonly known in English as Mango Sticky Rice. The sticky rice is rich in coconut milk flavor and already sweet on its own. The mango, on the other hand, add more to the sweetness with a little hint of sourness. I like it that the slice of the mango wash thick and the flesh is slightly firm.

Cha Yen | Market Cafe

The Cha Yen (ชาเย็น) or Thai Milk Tea is perhaps the most iconic Thai beverage loved by many people around the world. This creamy and refreshing drink is the perfect companion when eating spicy Thai cuisine. It helps to lower the spiciness in your mouth and cools you down at the same time.

Market Cafe Thai Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Thai cuisine is one of my top favorites among Asia's diverse cuisines and I am pleased that I was able to have a taste of authentic Thai cooking in the same hotel where I was staying. There is still more dishes to try from the menu and I will definitely come back here to try other Thai dishes I am unfamiliar with.




Market Café
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit
1, Sukhumvit Soi 13 (BTS Nana), Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan, Thailand
Operation Hours: Daily from 6:00am to 10:30pm
Contact: +66 2 098 1346
Email: bkkhr.marketcafe@hyatt.com
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