Most people don’t instantly think bagels or real deli sandwiches when they think of Bangkok but a new eatery called Feedpoint Cafe is about to change that with their unique blend of American staples and Thai hospitality.
We’ll get to the title of this story, From Breaking News to Building Bagels, in a second. Right now we want to drool over some food porn.
Don’t get us wrong, we still we love having street food classics like Khao Kha Moo (braised pork leg on rice), Guay Tiew Pad Kee Mow (drunken noodles), or Khao Soi (curried egg noodles from the North), but the Bangkok food scene has so much more to offer and one of the more interesting new hotspots in Bangkok has both locals and expats buzzing. Feedpoint, founded by husband and wife team Eric Seldin, a longtime television cameraman and Sorathorn Vichaino, also know as Mot, are doing the unthinkable. They’re making bagels cool in Southeast Asia.
As Eric says, “We opened in late November 2015 to provide authentic NY and Montreal-style deli foods. We specialize in kettled (boiled) bagels, smoked salmon, meat pies and comfort foods like brownies and carrot cake.”
They designed their Cafe to be informal, relaxed and airy, with a white motif. The goal was to attract repeat customers by becoming a classic neighborhood sandwich shop. The Cafe is also utilized as a showcase for items which the team can provide on a recurring wholesale basis, and that means the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Embassy have been very supportive. A visit on a typical weekend or weekday shows that Feedpoint has also become popular with longtime American expats, as well as Australian, Indian and Japanese families in the Sukhumvit Soi 23 “Prasanmitr” area.
But What About the Name?
Eric explains that, “The name “Feedpoint” reflects both my decades-long experience as a former television cameraman since videotapes were transmitted from a satellite “feedpoint”, as well as a separate, though unusual, reference to a casual place to “feed” oneself .” Makes sense to us.
So how did Eric and Mot make their dream of owning the preeminent bagel shop in Bangkok happen? “It took a lot of hard work and a lot of bagels.”
If you’re in Bangkok we highly recommend you swing by for a taste of home.