Pure carrot gold.
By Natasha Sethi
Following their desire to promote veganism to the Thai-Indian community, ingenious sister trio Thitima, Kiki, and Prem fulfilled their lifelong dream of opening up and managing a bistro together by establishing Carrots at the start of this year. Combining their experiences in baking and market research, the three decided to connect their passions with their professional aspirations to make an impact. 100 percent vegan for the animals, the ocean, and the environment, Carrots is a welcome addition to Bangkok’s propagating vegan scene.
The restaurant is the epitome of a fun, vegan food spot with striking interiors, a commodious space, and a hip vibe. The design aesthetic of this bistro is minimalistic overall, with just the right amount of vibrancy added thanks to the polychromatic wall art and cushion covers. All three sisters came together to design the place, centering on the objective to create a cosy space that reflects the kind of food and drinks served.
FOOD AND DRINK
We started off our lunch with their famous milkshake Be my tiramisu (THB 180), which in my opinion was an out-and-out way to commence the meal as it was one of the best coffee milkshakes I have ever tasted. So if you’re a caféphile like me, I guarantee that you will revel in this beverage. If you’re more of a smoothie drinker, you have several options to choose from. One we recommend is the Pick me up (THB 150), a strawberry, blueberry, and mango smoothie topped with coconut flakes, an utterly revitalising pick-me-up. If you’re in search of something bad and boozy, Carrots also stocks organic, natural vegan wine available by glass or bottle, and punchy cocktails available by glass or jugs to share.
Moving on to the food. To start off, we were served their bestselling salad, the Sunshine Mediterranean salad bowl (THB 260), which comprises falafels on a bed of mixed leaf salad with carrot hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado, topped with a drizzle of tahini dressing and side of homemade pita bread. Should you want to, you can also swap the pita bread for gluten-free bread.
This flexibility also applies to other dishes as Carrots aims to cater to consumers who have specific dietary restrictions or preferences. Other top-selling appetisers include the Oh so buffalo wings (THB 160), crunchy cauliflower coated in a spicy sauce and served with ranch dip; flavourful Spicy baby mushroom bites (THB 210), and Loaded chilli nachos (THB 260), where corn chips are loaded with guacamole, salsa, beans, and barbecued jackfruit.
Next, we tried a signature from their ‘Rise and Shine’ breakfast menu, the New York egg mayo sandwich (THB 220), a scrambled tofu charcoal sandwich served with a side of crispy potato wedges and rocket salad. Personally, I felt that it resembled a paneer sandwich due to the pulpy texture of the tofu, and the dish makes for a toothsome, grab-and-go breakfast.
Now let’s talk mains. The Fried chicken fuchsia burger (THB 320), one of the chef’s recommendations, ensured that the absence of meat was not felt by the eaters thanks to the texture of the 48-hour marinated tofu that closely resembles that of chicken. In addition to the protein, the burger is topped with ranch sauce, pickles, onions, vegan cheese, and a beetroot bun, which is not only healthy, but also Instagram- worthy. Served with a side of fries and their house-made sweet chilli sauce, it was truly delectable.
The Jack’s forest BBQ pizza (THB 320) won a pizza my heart because it was very palatable. The handcrafted pizza has a barbecue sauce base that is then loaded with pulled jackfruit, onion, spinach, jalapeños, and then drizzled over with sour cream. You won’t need any additional condiments because the pizza has the perfect amount of spice. Moreover, as a non-vegetarian-turned-vegetarian that still occasionally misses the taste of meat, the pulled jackfruit satisfied my cravings as it immaculately mimics the texture of pulled pork. For pizzas, gluten-free options are also available!
CARROTS: THE VEGAN BISTRO
822/231 Noble Ora Condominium,
Sukhumvit 55, Soi Thonglor, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Open Tuesday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm,
and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 9pm
Tel: 092 910 1191