If you've been to Grand Indonesia recently, you may have noticed a new café/restaurant/bar on the ground floor of the West Mall.

Replacing Mad For Garlic, Greyhound is the latest venue of the Arena group, also behind several famous restaurants like Penang Bistro or Seribu Rasa.

The name Greyhound will probably sound familiar to those who know Thailand well. This is where the brand first started, in Bangkok more specifically, in 1997. The owners came from the fashion industry and their idea was to create a venue that would unify their love for design and their love for food.

Their first opening met with immediate success and, since then, they managed to open 30 more outlets in 6 countries, including in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The one in Grand Indonesia is their latest franchise, and it comes with a twist. Unlike the other branches, it also has a lounge concept with a beautiful bar, a long list of cocktails and spirits, and DJ events on Saturdays.

I visited Greyhound twice, and both times the atmosphere was different.

During the afternoon, it is more like a regular café serving, among other things, fusion Thai food, pastries and Thai tea drinks. It is a strategic meeting point in Grand Indonesia and I think many shoppers will find it convenient for a relaxing pause.

Don't get fool by their rather small entrance. Once you get in, you will discover they have a spacious area, all bright from natural light. Most customers sit on the sofas on the side, but you also have tables in the middle of the room and high chairs at the bar.

During the evening, the vibe changes perceptibly. The lighting gets darker, more intimate, and the music is slightly louder. The evening crowd also seems to be more fashionable. It is an ideal dating spot for a whole bunch of reasons including the design, the location, and the food/drinks.

The bar is well-stocked, with a special focus on whiskeys and bourbons. I tried a couple of their signature cocktails (Rp125,000++), namely the Tom Yam Martini, a creative Thai version of a classic martini, and the Siam Bourbon, a sweet and bitter concoction that comes with a vintage presentation. Both were delicious and well-balanced.
Siam Bourbon (Bourbon, Syrup, Cherry, Orange, Cocoa Bitter)

Tom Yam Martini (Lemon Grass, Lime, Tabasco, Tomato, Kafir Lime, Rum)
For food, I ordered the Street Style Grilled Pork on Skewer with Sticky Rice (Rp82,000++). The taste was exactly like the one you could eat in Bangkok, which is not surprising considering they have a Thai chef. Though I didn't try any, I noticed that many of their dishes are great for sharing with friends such as the Rice Crackers, the Spring Rolls or the Crispy Raviolis.

Greyhound is a great addition to the F&B scene in Grand Indonesia. It is a convenient and comfortable meetup spot with delicious Thai fusion food and drinks. Recommended for dates, gatherings with friends, or pre-party drinks (on weekends).

Greyhound Café
Grand Indonesia West Mall
Ground floor G-20A

Phone number: +62 (0) 212358 1363 / +62 (0) 8 12 82 28 83 00

Website: www.greyhoundcafe.id
Instagram: @greyhoundcafe.id
Facebook: greyhoundcafeID

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 10AM to 10PM
From Friday to Saturday from 10AM to 1AM

Live DJs every Saturday from 9PM (EDM, Top 40, lounge)

Special Promo:
Every Monday from 4 PM until 10 PM, free flow wine for only Rp 229.000++ on the following brand: De Bortoli Red or White, Vina Ventisquero Merlot 2016 Red, Vina Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White).

Every day, all you can drink Signature Thai cocktail from 4 PM to 8 PM for just Rp375,000++.

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