Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Final Chapter of New Light Coffee House @ Siam Square, Bangkok

Cuisine: Thai / Chinese / International
Price: THB350 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 8 December 2013
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Value for money: 5/10
Services: 4/10

Immediately after hearing the news that New Light Coffee House @ Siam Square will no longer exist from 16 December 2013, we did not hesitate to give it a visit for the last time. From my understanding, New Light will open up at a new place in Bang Lamphu area at the beginning of 2014.

Over 40 years and over generations, New Light has been a well-known restaurant at Siam Square that serves variety of food ranging from Thai to Chinese to international dishes. I would assume that many people would think in the same way as me that do not expect much about New Light. Food is not exceptionally good and atmosphere is not so charming. But why do people give it a visit from time to time? I would think that the kind of food New Light serves is somewhat easy, simple, and nice on its own. Nothing to be paid a particular attention but just enjoyable just like home-cook. It can be a decent quick meal in Siam Square area too. The pricing is also not overly expensive.

New Light Coffee House @ Siam Square, Bangkok

last operation is on 15 December 2013

the classic cashier

the original open kitchen

oldie dining room

My intention for this blog post is not to review food at New Light but to present the kind of food that New Light serves for the last time. Of course, most of the dishes (as well as atmosphere) has not even been altered over the four decades. Well, I may not be in the generation to witness its starting point but I did see its rising, the falling, its reborn, and now the final chapter of New Light @ Siam Square. Below are the whole menu of New Light.

Here comes the dishes we had. I would personally miss the rolls with butter and marmalade. Please don't get me wrong, it is not the best in town but the soft roll with simple, no fancy high end, butter and marmalade are just delicious by itself. Another dish to be paid attention to is American fried rice. If you are non-Thai, you would probably not have heard about this dish. The reason that it is called American fried rice is perhaps the use of ketchup in frying rice and American side dishes or at least Western origin. Strangely, kids tend to like this dish a lot and I was no exception too. Even now I still order this dish when I see in a restaurant.

Anyway, New Light Coffee House will sure be missed by many people, especially by those who were born around 60's / 70's. Not even sure what would replace the space of New Light. If it will be a new restaurant, let's wish it would be good.

rolls with butter and marmalade - ขนมปังกลมกับเนยและแยม (THB45)

my favourite dish at New Light

cream of tomato - ซุปข้นมะเขือเทศ (THB120)

cream of mushroom - ซุปข้นเห็ด (THB120)

French onion soup - ซุปใสหัวหอมฝรั่งเศส (THB140)

cream of French onion soup - ซุปข้นหัวหอมฝรั่งเศส (THB120)

American club sandwich - อเมริกันคลับแซนด์วิช (THB160)

American fried rice - ข้าวผัดอเมริกัน (THB160)

fried egg noodle with prawn and bamboo shoot - ซีหมี่กุ้ง (THB140)

Milano pork cutlet - หมูทอดมิลาโน (THB160)

Stewed ox tongue - สะตูลิ้นวัว (THB220)

deep fried fish patties - ทอดมันปลากราย (THB140)

New Light Coffee House @ Siam Square, Bangkok
Siam Square (next to Hard Rock Cafe)
Bangkok, 10330

Open Hours: daily from 08:00am - 12:00am

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