There are some places that KohSpot wanders into just wanting to love. IfItIs is one of those places. But even with this advantage, IfItIs leaves much to be desired.
IfItIs is an adorable little restaurant and bar on Sukhumvit Soi 38 that’s an egg toss down from the famous street food stalls at the bak soi. Adorned with several clocks, doorknobs and handmade furniture and an ethos from the owner, Nuch, that “IfItIs is whatever you want it to be,” this place is lovable from the start.
But it appears that IfItIs has fallen victim to establishing a relaxing, creative and welcoming environ, but falling short on some very important aspects, such as the food. The grub is also priced a bit much for the quality, as the special chicken ‘secret gravy’ can attest (180 baht). KohSpot discovered the secret ingredient pretty quickly. It’s called salt.
Still wanting to love this place, KohSpot would like to give IfItIs points for creativity with its recommended potato fry fingers with three dips because they put so much thought into the dips (240 baht). Expecting ketchup and mustard? What are you, some sort of plebeian? IfItIs dips included wasabi, liver pate, caramel, mint, peanut butter with fresh yogurt, cinnamon and chocolate. But the potato fingers are so dry and oily that you have no other choice to drown them with immersive dips to mask what’s being dunked.
The plum juice (80 baht) was an improvement, tart and lively and made from fresh Thai plums. But the butterfly pea soda, while having the right tint, just tasted like lemon. Where’s the imagination? The highly touted sangria (250 baht for a goblet) was fruity and refreshing, but didn’t have much wine in it, which makes it an obscenely overpriced cup of Tipco.
Nuch is plenty pleasant, and the cozy confines encourage mingling. She said sometimes she plunks down on the piano and belts out a few tunes if the mood strikes her. There is live music, other than singing waitresses, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Every table has a tiny spiral notebook featuring some of the furniture the owners have designed, which is their other venture. Patrons can order a salad and a sofa from the waitress if they feel moved.
A final sticking point seems to be the hours, which are listed below. KohSpot has noticed it seems to be closed more often than is listed and every time we walk by or go inside its been absolutely empty. We’re surprised its remained open so long.
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Location: Sukhumvit Soi 38 60/1, about 150 meters down the soi on the right-hand side, just before Soi Sengchai.
Mass transit: BTS Thong Lor
Hours: 10 am-2 pm and 5 pm-11 pm daily, except Mondays