Tonic Refreshingly Wholesome
Tonic Sukhumvit Soi 39
Bangkok Foodies Review – Tonic
There is a new salad house in town! We visited Tonic; Refreshingly Wholesome on Soi 39, with one of the partners, and talked about the Vegetable movement and how they position themselves in this ever-growing health and organic obsessed age.
BKKFoodies: Why were you, personally interested in opening a salad bar?
TONIC: For those who don’t always like cooking (like me), but love vegetables. We’ve been opened for teo and half months.
BKKFoodies: Why this concept?
TONIC: This is something that has been happening in Shanghai, there are a few places do salad concepts but they are either restaurants or are expensive and focus on image. People do crave fresh vegetables. It’s not about being a vegetarian or vegan, it’s for people to eat their vitamins and minerals from healthy foods. We take a more realistic and down-to-earth approach. Homestyle, People want to eat affordable health food everyday. It’s not just about being a fad. It’s a lifestyle choice.
BKKFoodies: How does it work with a non-fixed menu?
TONIC: We have thirty to forty ongoing rotating menus, a lot of vegetables which change everyday, Something that’s light but filling with grains. Offering protein choices: Tofu, chicken, falafels.Fresh juices made everyday.
BKKFoodies: How do you come about the recipes?
TONIC: Recipes come usually from my partner. He tests out different types of recipes from online, recipe books, in the future,we want to keep changin., Inspiration from everywhere.
Falafels are baked in olive oil, so they’re not deep fried — healthier option. We try to be as chemically free as possible. We use a lot of pumpkins and root vegetables. Dressings like apple cider vinegar and rice wine vinegar for the flavour and remain healthy.
BKKFoodies: Where do you source most of your ingredients?
TONIC: Ingredients are local from local markets,we might try seasonal ingredients
With all ingredients we use olive oil or coconut oil, no white sugar to marinate. Only the chicken is marinated with brown sugar. The rest is coconut sugar, No processed sugar, mostly honey.
BKKFoodies: What are we eating today?
TONIC: Today, Curry Roasted root veg, baked potato and egg salad, chicken breast, baked falafels.
BKKFoodies: Why did you choose the name Tonic?
TONIC: Tonic meaning like medicine, means invigorating. We want the branding to be fun, a fun spin on healthy.
BKKFoodies: Your future plans?
TONIC: In the future, we will try fish. For now, stick with the chicken, we’ll try new
Thai flavours and finish renovating – neon lights, walls, and kitchen.
BKKFoodies: Where to find you?
TONIC: Baan Prompong, Sukhumvit Soi 39 and soon on Ginja Thailand for delivery.
Baan Prompong, Sukhumvit soi 39
Tel: 084 – 424 – 9454
Opening Hours: 9AM – 8PM