Finding the balance between an exciting food concept and a hearty dining experience is a difficult feat, but Greyhound Cafe hits the nail on the head. This new-on-the-block restaurant does Thai and South East Asian cuisine in a new, modern, cutting-edge way that doesn’t feel intimidating or too “out there.” Their dishes will delight your taste buds with flavors you’re familiar with—that signature South East Asian profile—but in a way that you’ve never experienced before.
Believe it or not, this restaurant chain started as a clothing label in 1980s Bangkok. Four partners were passionate about fashion and lifestyle concepts as a whole, and decided to open Greyhound Cafe as an extension of their brand. Today, their restaurant is open in eight countries, with the Philippines being their latest pursuit.
Greyhound’s main food philosophy is “Thai with a twist.” They proudly lament that they’re “Thai at heart” yet “anything but traditional.” They take inspiration from places of nostalgia, such as Bangkok street food and passed-down recipes from their grandparents, and add a modern twist to them.
If you’re heading to Greyhound Cafe in search of those quintessential Thai dishes, they have you covered. The cafe has offerings that are on the traditional side like Pad Thai with Fresh Shrimp (P450) and Light Tom Yum Soup (P580). You won’t be disappointed with the rich, authentic flavors of these no-fail classics.
If you’re feeling gastronomically adventurous (which we hope you are), give their Complicated Noodles (P380) a try. When you order this dish, you’ll receive a spread of noodle sheets, fresh lettuce leaves, minced pork, and chili sauce, which you’ll have to assemble together to form your loaded bite. It’s not all that complicated (nothing a seasoned KBBQ-lover can’t work out) and is 100% worth the soft labor.
Another bestseller is the Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings (P390). It’s a Thai take on an American classic, where they use a sauce that comes from one of the owner’s beloved family recipes. This is an especially hearty choice, one that we’ll definitely go back to when we’re looking for good comfort food.
For dessert, you can choose from their spread of cakes (which happily greets you when you enter the café). The best-seller is the Young Coconut Crepe Cake (P250), a super refreshing dessert that puts together layers of crepe, cream, and coconut meat, which are then topped with crispy biscuits. We have to say, this one makes for an especially Instagram-friendly choice.
And of course, there’s Thai Tea—well, Thai Tea Granita (P 180). It’s the traditional drink reimagined in the form of a sweet, frozen dessert. The dish is but another excellent example of Greyhound Cafe’s uncanny ability to creatively twist traditional food to make a unique dining experience.
Greyhound Café is set to open a few more branches in the Philippines, with locations in Mall of Asia, Powerplant Mall, and The Podium coming soon. For now, you can find them on the Ground Floor of SM Aura. You can also reach them through their Facebook and Instagram.
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