Bangkok malling: Dining at The Helix

A TRAVEL agent once told me that a good itinerary for her Pinoy tourists has listed these: a good hotel, a visit to the known attractions for “I’ve been to the ________” photo op, and shopping time (or all hell will break lose) for “Look what I bought at ________” show and tell sessions back home.

Others travel to eat, while most of the times a packaged tour will take you to restaurants for mere nourishment, it is during the allotted free time that foodies can go on a culinary tour.

If you find yourself in Bangkok, this ultra-chic mall is for the shopper and foodie in you. Hit two birds with a single stone in this place.

Perhaps even three, the mall is also known as a selfie paradise.

EmQuartier is high-end shopping mall in the Big Mango’s Phrom Phong District. It’s new, the architecture very modern and trendsetting, and is an exciting destination to shop and dine.

Within its three quarters – the Waterfall, Glass and the Helix – are luxury boutiques, high street fashion brands and a bevy of food outlets.

 

Waterfall Quaetier of the EmQuartier in Bangkok, Thailand
The cascading greenery of the Waterfall Quartier

 

It’s a single stop where you can shop to your heart’s desires (or your credit card’s limit) and a feast on culinary treats.

Although there’s a food hall and other food outlets on the different levels of the EmQuartier, it’s at The Helix Quarter where dining is made a bit more exciting with its extraordinary concept.

What’s unique about The Helix is its design. About 50 restaurants offering various cuisines flank a spiral ramp (think: spiral staircase minus the steps) that leads from the 6th to the 9th floor, and encircling a 100-meter long “rainforest chandelier.”

 

The Rainforest Chandelier is a 100 meter coil of greenery
Looking above The Helix at EmQuartier. Mind the 100-meter Rainforest Chandelier

 

The spectacular hanging garden feature brings a patch of the verdant outdoors into the white modern formation. Enjoy this interior view or the panoramic cityscape through the picture windows of 43 restaurants.

 

Dessert at the White Story restaurant, The Helix
Something sweet for us at this bright white spot with a view of the city

 

Dessert at The Helix. White Story Restaurant waffles
Waffles to share at the White Story restaurant

 

Choosing a place to eat at the Helix is like window-shopping for cuisine through a circular path. However, if you don’t feel like walking and have selected a restaurant from the directory, you can take the escalator or hop in the elevators to its location. But may I suggest the exploration on foot, as you’d be surprised at what you may encounter—that delectable dish on the menu or on a chair (if you get my drift)?

 

The spiral ramp of The Helix at EmQuartier, Phrom Phong, district, Bangkok Thailand
Covering four floors, The Helix is a spiral ramp flanked with restaurants

 

EmQuartier refers to the Helix as a “dining extravaganza” with its four levels dedicated to offer a wide range of culinary specialties. From Thai to Japanese, from Chinese to Mexican, Italian to French, in a range of styles from authentic to fusion, comfort food to nouvelle cuisine, there will be something that’ll sate your craving or look forward to dining at on the next visit.

 

Quirky restaurants at The helix, EmQuartier
Pops of art & green in one of the restaurants

 

Japanese green tea ice cream at The Helix of EmQuartier
Green there & here. Enjoying my green tea ice cream in one of the Japanese restruarants

 

It’s fancy dining (plus ambience and service) in a luxury mall so know what to expect when it comes to price. It’s still affordable though, if you ask me, the thrifty diner.

The BTS Skytrain is fastest way to get to EmQuartier. The PhromPhong station provides a direct link to the mall via a skywalk.

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Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit ofapplesandlemons.com and jeepneyjinggoy.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 11, 2016.

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