Popular Bangkok fashion-café, Greyhound, has raced in to fill a coveted spot in IFC mall but whether they’ve snatched the hare is yet to be seen. The restaurant is visually compelling, blending NY warehouse with café comfort. Chairs are adorned with pretty prints, while bare light bulbs hang against a backdrop of phrases declaring ‘we love good food’. While that may be the case, good service is something they have yet to perfect.
On the day of our visit, many items we ask for are unavailable and while there are 73 dishes on the menu (ranging from spaghetti carbonara to tom yum goong noodles), the vast choice feels slightly confusing. Sticking to a Thai theme, we start with the complicated noodles ($108) of minced pork sauce and a spicy fish sauce pesto served in bowls for you to ladle onto noodle sheets and lettuce leaves. The pesto injects a vibrant zing into the muted, gravy-like pork sauce, providing both freshness and depth at once. The spring rolls ($88) are densely packed with boiled shrimp, chicken, pork skin and various fresh veggies. These are on the dry side but attain a much-needed pick-me-up with a generous smear of sweet chilli dipping sauce.
The main dish of Thai braised beef noodles ($88) incorporates bush beans, dried shrimp and pork crisps all tossed in a subtle chilli-based sauce. The beef pieces are small but tender and the flecks of salty pork rind punctuate the dish nicely. We also recommend the fried tiger prawns with rice topped with crispy garlic and pepper, supplemented by a mild, clear soup ($168). The mains have the potential to be a fault-free course but during our meal, one dish arrives 20 minutes prior to the other and halfway through the starters – making a rather jarring experience.
After asking twice, we finally attain the dessert menu and finish off with the chocolate lover ($68) – an indulgent parfait of chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, brownie, Maltesers, Ferrero Rocher and whipped cream dusted with cocoa.
As we wait for the bill, we watch as patrons on the tables around us turn away dishes brought to them in error. By this point, the staff’s eternally perplexed faces become rather comical to us (especially since we are queried about our preferred replacement for the now-run-out lemon tea that we haven’t ordered). Looks like Greyhound still has some training to do. Christina Wylie
Shop 1082, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2383 1133; www.greyhoundcafe.com.hk. Daily 8am-10.30pm. Dinner for two: around $600.
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Shop 1082, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central