El Mercado: The Chef’s Market
El Mercado: The Chef’s Market consists of a renovated old house with a charming patio and laid-back atmosphere in Bangkok's Sukhumvit area. This market offers a wide range of high-quality European and local produce that include fresh and dry products.
The store sells seafood, meat, cold cuts, cheeses, and a variety of salads, including a selection of unusual or foreign prepared foods.
Customers can choose to take away or eat at its brasserie, as they would in similar markets in Europe.
El Mercado Bangkok – "Mercado" is a Spanish word that describes a market in Spanish-speaking regions – aims to be the top shopping destination for chefs and restaurateurs, as well as those who seek quality food products that they can afford but cannot conveniently find in Bangkok.
The chef’s market caters to both the individual cook and the restaurant chef. Hotels, eateries, and individual customers are able to buy in bulk or in parts.
As a blend of delicatessen-charcuterie-bakery-shop, El Mercado is not the typical restaurant as you know it.
There is no fixed menu and the expected restaurant service, while the dishes of the day depend on the availability of seasonal produce and meats, as well as the advant-garde experimental mood of the in-house chef.
Four separate sections
The market contains four separate sections surrounding an airy patio that allows you to indulge in shopping while enjoying your drinks and meals.
A fresh market that provides quality seafood produce that are brought from around the world in the most efficient manner, and are preserved fresh.
International dry and fresh meats, cheeses, butter, and a range of seasonal vegetables and fruits are imported and available at reasonable prices.
The Bakery (Patisserie)
The well-known Bangkok baker Amantee supplies his collection of freshly baked breads and pastries every day at the patisserie here.
Take away or enjoy these with coffee or tea at the terrace or bar. The patisserie also hosts a range of pastry delicacies. Amantee.com
The Organic Shop
The shop sells dry goods and specialized spices, dry flowers, oils, pasta, rice, coffee, and other prime ingredients and items for all ranges of kitchens.
An outdoor terrace offers a fabulous location for an el fresco meal.
The cellar houses a selection consisting mostly of old-world wine ranging from Spanish, French, and Italian, and a surprising collection of wine from Portugal, Austria, and other parts of Europe.
The wine, at affordable prices that are not marked up, suit the seafood, cold-cuts, and cheeses at El Mercado.
Eating at El Mercado
The eating experience at El Mercado takes place in an informal restaurant setting, with its vibrant space (including a patio) as a sort of Brasserie where dishes-of-the-day (plat du jour) are served. Each day, specials will be offered under three themes: From the Sea, From the Farm, and From the Earth. There is a small bar where you can savour a glass of wine, and taste fresh oysters or cold cuts even as you shop. Chefs are invited to not only do their marketing here, but to cook as well.