We decided to have lunch at the new community mall on Ekamai, called Park Lane. There are not many restaurants open yet at the mall but we knew that Wan Chai Hong Kong Cafe just opened; so we thought 'why not try it?'
When we walked in the restaurant; we were a shocked and disappointed by the decor. There was absolutely no thought into the decor. I think they just walked into 'Index Furniture' on Ekamai (which is down the road) and bought the most horrific and no taste furniture for the restaurant. I am not sure what a Hong Kong Cafe should look like but this was absolutely not it. Oh; sorry, they did have photos of the Hong Kong skyline to give us a hint that we could be in Hong Kong...which did not help one bit.
The first dish was their signature dish; Chicken rice set (199 baht). The chicken was tender & moist. The rice was flavourful with ginger. This dish was not bad but it was not worth the money. This is Bangkok after all; where you can get fantastic chicken rice for 50 baht. So, if they are charging 199 baht for this dish; either it better be damn fantastic or the quantity must be big. It was neither.
The second dish was another signature dish; Pork ribs set (199 baht). I am not joking when I say that I had about 50 grams of meat (probably less but I am trying to be nice). The pork ribs was 95% bones. Again this being Bangkok; I know a place that has this dish for only 50 baht and it is so much better. This dish was a waste of money.
Eating in this restaurant was truly a waste of time and money. We should have known right away when we walked in the restaurant that this was not going to be a good experience. We normally are very good at noticing these kinds of things. I think because we were so hungry that we let our guard down.
I truly believe this place will not survive if they do not re-think their strategy. They can charge what ever they want; but the food better so good that people will not mind paying for it. For now; all I keep saying is 'why on earth when there are so many affordable and good chicken rice & pork rib places in Bangkok did I try it?'
Park Lane Community Mall (second floor)
18 Sukhumvit soi 61