The Animal Cafe – Run Around & Play with Exotic Animals!
The craze over animal-themed cafes continues in Bangkok, at Sathu Pradit Alley 19. I was brimming with excitement over dining in the presence of exotic wild animals. If going up close with racoons or wild African cats tops your bucket list, then visit The Animal Cafe!
We recommend that you go up to the second level where most of the exotic animals are. Although the animals are kept in their enclosures found in separate playrooms, cat lovers will be thrilled to learn that the dining area is home to roaming cats. Meow. Unlike other animal cafes, there isn’t an entrance fee but it is compulsory to order at least an entree and a beverage for every pax. Keep a look out for your drinks, especially, since one of those sneaky cats might stick their paws in. Luckily, our Blue Lychee (130 THB) and Chocolate Smoothy (140 THB) beverages were safe from their paws. The former had a syrupy sweet taste whereas the latter resembled a richer rendition of chocolate milk. While waiting for your entrees, you can play with the cats or watch an axolotl swim in what appears to be a fish tank.
The urge to rush into the playroom is STRONG, but you might need to wait out the queue. We were recommended the Korean Chicken Wings (190 THB). The style of the chicken wing is hardly Korean though — it lacked the usual medley of spicy, sweet and savoury flavours. The chicken wings also come in other flavours, such as Spicy Chicken Wings (190 THB) which are coated in a lightly spiced seasoning powder.
The Tonkatsu Burger (350 THB) sees a thick pork patty and a huge onion ring sandwiched between two buns. The burger filled my tummy rather quickly but the patty itself had varying consistency — some parts were tough while others were tender. I prefer the Spaghetti, Tom Yum & River Prawn (380 THB). The tom yum flavour is potent, with strong sour notes that might overwhelm.
Remember to wash your hands and take off your shoes before you enter any of the playrooms! One of the rooms contains two adorable racoons, as well as a little fennec fox. The fennec fox seemed pretty fond of one of our team members, Kimberley. When she sat down, the fox rushed to snuggle in her lap. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but if it catches you sitting down, it’ll probably make your lap it’s new sleeping spot too.
While it was slightly heartbreaking to witness the racoons digging in their metal cages in a distressful state, they are let out to roam around the room when visitors enter. We were cautioned against unlocking the cages ourselves, as the racoons can be pretty evasive despite their chubby bodies.
Adjacent to this room is another playroom with two serval cats and a caracal. Heed our warning — these giant cats play rough. By rough, we mean jumping around, crashing into the walls, and teasing unwary visitors with their teeth and claws that can be quite terrifying. After all, they are wild animals with natural predatory instincts. Not to worry, as these cats are pretty tamed, mostly.
You’ll realise that the cost of the food here at Animal Cafe is pretty exorbitant, with a complete meal averaging close to about 500-600 THB after taxes. However, you are paying for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play and interact with wild animals. Our sentiments are that the Animal cafe deserves a visit, but not a second time unless you really enjoy cuddling with the fennec fox.
The Animal Cafe
Address: Sathu Pradit 19 Alley, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand.
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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