Eggs Benedicts, French Toast and Maple Syrup, and Plenty More in Bangkok
By Dave Stamboulis
Bangkok Local Expert
Something as simple as the egg has been taken to new heights in Bangkok. Stylish Hyde and Seek does them as eggs Benedict with lobster Hollandaise sauce, whereas Minibar Royale's Hollandaise version comes spiked with orange juice. At Gastro 1/6, they are served with Iberian ham or Tasmanian salmon, while La Monita scrambles them and puts them in a tortilla with guacamole, chorizo, and salsa in Bangkok's first breakfast burrito, and Roast Cafe does them with duck hash browns, If you don't want eggs, that can be managed too. Another first in Bangkok, the Bangkok Bagel Bakery does real New York bagels served as sandwiches or with cream cheese smears. Nearby Chu specializes in pancakes with imported blueberries or French toast with real maple syrup, not to mention making the best cup of hot chocolate in town. For a meal that covers every cuisine in the morning, Crepes and Co, while mainly a Mediterranean focused eatery, also does their crepes with Thai curries and all sorts of other regional delights, Many of these breakfast niches feature nice gardens or cozy furniture, but if their menus and surroundings are a bit too highbrow, well we will even point you in the direction of the lunch counter at Took Lae Dee, which serves the good old egg exactly as a good old egg, and has the cheapest breakfast prices in town, without sacrificing taste. With all these options, even the hardiest partiers will now welcome the morning sun.
Kuppa is a real man's coffee shop which does all day breakfasts. Not only is it an extremely pleasant cafe;, located in an old warehouse, but it also roasts and sells its own coffee, hand roasting and grinding up blends like Indian Monsooned Malabar or Guatemalan Volcan de Oro, as well as espresso and signature blends. The top draw for breakfast has to be the Kuppa Breakfast, which comes with two eggs served any style, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms with choice of bacon, virginia ham or sausage, toast and fresh orange juice. They also do eggs Benedict for those who want. (02 663-0495)
9 Crepes & Co.
featuring a 6 page menu with over 350 entries, Crepes & Co serves savory crepes, ranging from traditional French crepes a la wine and cream sauces or blue cheese béchamel to more locally flavored ones with massaman or Penang curry. Additionally, there are flambée and ice cream crepes, plus plenty of Mediterranean specialties to keep you sated. Crepes & Co also does a mean brunch served all day, featuring eggs, pancake, fruit salad, yoghurt, and good coffee. With their extensive selections and pleasant looking eatery, Crepes and Co have become a mainstay on the weekend breakfast and brunch scene. Truly one of Bangkok's best breakfast joints. (02 6533990)
8 La Monita Taqueria Mexican Restaurant
For those missing Mexican food in Bangkok, La Monita is all the rage. While most folks do head over for tacos and burritos for lunch and dinner, La Monita also does some of the best breakfasts in the city, with big plates of huevos rancheros on tap, served with plenty of guacamole, salsa, and chorizo, guaranteed to jump start your day. La Monita also does an excellent breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs. An added bonus here as well in that breakfast is served all day, for those who want to sleep in or decide that their jet lag has not yet left, and that 8pm is the breakfast hour. (02 650 9581)
7 Minibar Royale
Minibar Royale is a French brasserie that does breakfast/brunch with a flair. Try their mushroom & Gruyere omelette with truffle oil on for size, or perhaps the eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce in which the sauce has been spiked with orange juice! They also do a mean shepherds pie here. The bistro is run by the well known Stretsis fashion sisters, and is adorned with evocative black and white photography, encouraging visitors to stay awhile, perhaps even for cocktails, as this place comes into its own as the evening rolls around. (02 261 5533)
6 Chu Chocolate Bar & Cafe
While Chu has achieved notoriety as Bangkok's most wicked dessert house, serving up some mean churros and chocolate along with a host of other ultra sweet desserts, it also has emerged with some fantastic breakfast and brunch creations, such as an outstanding egg benedict with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon. They also do homemade pancakes with imported blueberries and strawberries and French toast. Wash all this down with a cup of real hot chocolate, made with 58% cacao French baking chocolate, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face as well as your palate. (02 663 4554)
5 Took Lae Dee
Took Lae Dee, while not falling into the same category of elegance as the other places on this list, nevertheless gets a spot here. Took Lae Dee means cheap and good in Thai, and its long food counter, which can be found inside any branch of Foodland supermarkets, has appeared in countless numbers of Thai movies and thus is well known throughout the country. The food is nothing over the top, but its regulars swear by it, and many visitors to Thailand end up spending days and hours here, lingering over the big American breakfasts, consisting of of toast, eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, orange juice and tea or coffee. Think of that local cheap hangout diner back home and you can see why Took Lae Dee is a success, not to mention that you can go shopping in the supermarket while you are there. (02-204-2288)
4 Hyde and Seek
While essentially one of Bangkok's premiere cocktail clubs and fancy dinner lounges, Hyde and Seek has to be included on this list due to the breakfast/brunch that they serve only on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which features the best French toast in Bangkok, accompanied by real maple syrup. They also do eggs Benedict here, served with a lobster Hollandaise sauce and caramelized bacon! In sticking to their cocktail leanings, they even do breakfast sangria here, all the more reason to come in and have a very slow Sunday! (02 168 5152)
3 Roast Coffee and Eatery
Roast combines some of the best coffee in Bangkok along with breakfasts to die for, featuring hearty fare such as poached eggs with corned beef hash, eggs Benedict with Parma ham, banana stuffed french toast, and the house standouts, which are duck hash browns made with duck, potatoes, carmelized onions, garlic and herbs. For those with a sweet tooth, the strawberry waffles stuffed with vanilla ice cream will guarantee a return visit, and of course this can all be washed down with wildly exotic roasts such as Ethiopian sidamo natural organic or Nicaraguan jinotega (02-185-2866)
2 Bkk Bagel Bakery
After years in cosmopolitan Bangkok without edible bagels, the real deal has finally arrived. An American and Thai who missed chewy New York bagels opened up this centrally located eatery and now have a legion of faithful followers. As co-owner Eric Seldin stated, "for the longest time we had to do with bagels in Bangkok that were essentially just round pieces of bread." These days, you can treat yourself to a Lox, Stock, and Bagel, a tuna melt or a Reuben, and plenty of good coffee and desserts to boot. Throw in the free wifi, and you could spend a few hours or more here. (02 254 8157)
1 Gastro 1/6
Yes, it's pricey, but where else in Bangkok can you get poached eggs served with asparagus and truffle oil served in a beautiful outdoor garden? Gastro 1/6 would probably be more comfortable in a brunch borough of New York than Bangkok, with plenty of space to read the newspaper or stare at the cacti on your table, but be glad they are here. The menu features plenty of gourmet goodies such as Iberian ham or Tasmanian salmon which make their way into the delicious organic egg offerings. Other items include homemade yoghurt and baked muffins and the full size English breakfast will make it worth the trek here. (080-603-6421)
About Dave Stamboulis
Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer and photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle trip; he moved there for good in 2005. Dave's photos, represented by Alamy and Getty Images, have appeared in publications around the world. He is the author of Odysseus’ Last Stand, which received the Silver Medal for Travel Book of the Year in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers. In addition to working for Fodor’s Guidebook to Thailand and Laos, his travel stories appear in publications throughout SE Asia.
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