You’re going to have to Thai us down, we’re that excited about the launch of Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia. Greyhound is coming to the UK from Thailand, via Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore and celebrates the best of Thai cuisine and culture and though it doesn’t open until January, we’re already preparing ourselves.
The Bangkok restaurant was originally a Thai fashion house, launched by Bhanu Inkawat in 1980. In 1998 Inkawat launcheed the original Geyhound Café in the upmarket area of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit and the rest is history. Today there are 17 Greyhound Cafés across Asia.
Greyhound will be set over two floors in Fitzrovia and channel all the Thai tradition with global influences that have made Greyhound a so-called ‘lifestyle phenomenon’. The design is by B3 Designers and features Greyhound’s signature monochrome colour scheme and an eclectic Thai-meets-West interior. The ground floor will be styled with shophouse shutters and gives the impression of a traditional Thai grocery store with bric-a-brac shelves brimming over and a hanging centrepiece of an oversized Sai fish trap.
Meanwhile, downstairs the basement dining room will remind guests of the Bangkok street scene – complete with corrugated metal-sheeted walls and mock folding tables with brightly coloured chairs. The room will be lit with Thai ‘Temple Fare’ pendant light and the playlists will be as authentic and contemporary as if you were sat in downtown Bangkok.
But it’s the food that really sells Greyhound Café. Offering a mixture of small and large plates diners can enjoy traditional Thai cooking but with Greyhound’s signature twists. Small plates include Salmon in Hot Pursuit, a small platter of thinly sliced sashimi-grade salmon in chilli-spiked green sauce or why not tuck into Complicated Noodle, a wrap of iceberg lettuce and rice noodle sheets with soy-braised pork herb salsa? Not to be outdone, mains include Pork Knuckle Tod Krob, which is a German-style pork knuckle simmered with Thai herbs, deep fried until golden then served with sticky rice or a bite of ‘Angry Pasta’, wok-fried with mixed seafood, holy basil and Thai chillies and served with vegetarian Pad Thai prepared with shitake mushroom stems.
Cocktails have been developed in partnership with Thai spirit distillery Mekhong and The Greyhound Café will also be bringing an exclusive range of Thai craft beers to London.
So all-in-all we’re migh-Thai excited about this new arrival.
Greyhound Café: Opens in January, 37 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NB, Check Out Their Instagram For Updates