Tonic is the name on the lips of foodies when they think of healthy, affordable dining options in Bangkok. In the four years since it has been open, Tonic has attracted a mix of expats and locals keen to improve their diets by ordering from their selection of tasty vegetable dishes, protein choices, and healthy snacks and beverages.
The founders wished to address a lack of casual, inexpensive meals in the Thai capital that could be classed as healthy: there are so many Thai and international foods here that tend to be fried, and therefore nutritionally inferior.
When planning the concept, they placed an emphasis on using only natural, nourishing ingredients that were as friendly on your wallet as they were your body. And so Tonic was born as a dine-in or takeaway addition to the local foodie scene that has thrived since the word go.
Wholesome, real foods that are sure to make you feel good
For those who like a variation of menus and do not wish to be stuck with the same choices all of the time, Tonic offers a great variety of side dishes that change on a weekly basis. There are three main menu selections, with Tonic Bowls and Tonic Value Boxes coming with brown rice, whereas Tonic Boxes only come with veggies, allowing you to combine a choice of one, two or three side dishes.
Tonic Boxes and Tonic Value Boxes allow you to choose one protein choice from a selection of seven. The protein choices are: Sweet & Sour Tofu, Sesame Tofu, Korean Chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken, Baked Falafels, Crispy Oven Chicken and Salmon with Sour Cream.
The Tonic Bowl allows one stew choice from a selection of five, served warm, including: Japanese Vegetable Curry, Mexican Bean Beef, Pulled Pork Stew, Beef Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce and Chicken Yogurt Curry. However, Tonic usually provides two or three choices of these each week, so as to keep their menu as exciting and fresh as possible for their many fans.
An impressive selection of healthy dishes to satisfy any appetite
To explain in a little more detail, Tonic Boxes consist of between one and three sides, as well as a protein choice as mentioned above. Some of the most popular of these, of which there are many in total and ten available at any one time, include the best-selling Honey Balsamic Pumpkin: it is simply made, with just pumpkin, honey, sesame seeds, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, all baked to perfection.
The Spicy Roasted Cabbage is certainly suited to local palettes, with cabbage, dijon mustard, garlic, chili, olive oil, coriander, salt and pepper going into this superbly executed side. Recently added Aloo Gobi Cauliflower is a tasty mix of potato, cauliflower, onion, cherry tomato, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin, sugar, salt and olive oil which will leave you longing for more.
Hearty stews that are sure to keep you invigorated
Tonic Bowls are super filing, with the yummy brown rice, choice of one of the ten side dishes and stew: meat lovers will enjoy the Tonic Pulled Pork Stew, and vegetarians and vegans are likely to savour the Japanese Curry with potato, pumpkin, carrot and onion in a tangy sauce. Although Tonic Value Boxes also come with 1 side and brown rice, they have a choice of protein instead of the portion of stew.
To complement the rest of the menu, the team at Tonic have come up with some exceptional snacks and drinks, with the cookies coming highly recommended! Turmeric Tonic is one of their range of cold-pressed juices that is a smash hit with customers, made only of fresh turmeric, ginger, lime, honey, soda and a pinch of black pepper that combine to create a taste sensation.
Tonic have their own delivery service that can be ordered via their easy-to-navigate website, as well as partnering exclusively with Foodpanda to deliver all over Bangkok. If you are in the mood to eat out, visit their newly opened, innovatively designed location at The Parq near Queen Sirikit MRT station if you want to experience some of Tonic’s good mood food!
You can visit the Tonic website at: www.tonicbkk.com or call them on: 0824435750 (Thai) or 0909165186 (English)
You may also wish to message them directly on the LINE app: @tonicbkk