Jun 20, 2013|
We’ve long been fans of this festive taqueria’s tacos, burritos and margaritas, but it may come as a surprise to you that this place also does an all-day breakfast, that offers way more zesty options than the usual egg on toast with ham. Any self-respecting Mexican place offers huevos rancheros, a wonderful, spicy dish, layered with tortillas, fried or baked eggs, beans, rice and lots of toppings like guacamole, salsas and sour cream. The version at La Monita is heavy on the spicy chorizo as well (B200). They also do an all-day breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, rice, beans and the usual condiments, all rolled up in a tortilla (B200-220).
Mahatun Plaza, Phloenchit Road, 02-650-9581. Serves breakfast Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm
A simple family operation run by a Japanese couple with a huge enthusiasm for French baking, Le Blanc reminds us of a neighborhood bakery in Paris. While they do breads and baguettes in the afternoon, mornings are for pastries and viennoiseries (sweet baked items) like croissants, pain au chocolat and danishes. Their small eating area has only a few tables but you can always grab something to go, such as a tart (B50), and experience their amazingly firm and flakey pastry.
15 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-259-4353. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm, Sat 8am-5pm
Café Tartine is perfect for either a solitary breakfast or a group debrief of the night before, with its simple birch wood tables and chairs and floral tiles. Its endless rows of Ricard and Perrier along the walls offer a soothing, austere ambience whose counterpoint is the array of lovely baked goods fit for breakfast or lunch. You just can’t go wrong with their croissant (B60)—grab a set (B99) with a cup of coffee and a shot of orange juice—or otherwise opt for a toasted baguette (B60) or pain au chocolat (B70).
Athenee Residence, 65 Wireless Rd., 02-168-5464. BTS Ploenchit. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm
With the Verrazano (B225), BKK Bagel Bakery takes one of their homemade bagels, adds their own roast beef and dresses it with little more than some whole-grain mustard and some sauerkraut. Named after the bridge that connects Staten Island to Brooklyn in New York City, it embodies all the virtues of a good sandwich: minimum fanfare, homemade bread, in-house meat and crunchy freshness. For breakfast, though, we highly recommend you pick one of their twelve flavors of bagel with bacon, eggs and cheese (B170).
G/F, Maneeya Center, Phloenchit Rd., 02-254-8157. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-3:30pm
Little Home Bakery is the sort of diner that time has forgotten, remembered mostly by long-time expats and Thai-Chinese families who come here for their dimsum and decent American breakfast offerings. They do a very cheap American breakfast set (starting from B140) but their specialty is the pancakes. Fluffy, served with a scoop of creamy butter and available in an array of awesome combinations (with bacon, ham, pineapple, bananas—you name it, starting from B120), it’s a great way to start your day without breaking the bank.
Try 413/10-20, Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-185-1485. Open Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm.
A new offering by the owner of the popular neighborhood hangout, Ohana Café, Roast does orgasmic cups of coffee, but it also has some exciting breakfast offerings, almost all of them involving eggs—to say nothing of their fatty and delicious duck hash (a stir fry of duck, potatoes, carmelized onions, garlic and herbs) that accompanies some dishes. The simple, but deadly slow-cooked baked egg with a side of duck hash (B180), looks small but leaves you with little room to breathe by the end. The full English breakfast (B380) comes with freshly-squeezed orange juice, their transcendant coffee and in-house sausage patties. Also cute and clever is the corn grits congee, with soft-boiled egg.
2/F, Seenspace, Thong Lor Soi 13, 089-697-5697. Serves breakfast daily 10am-10:30pm
Roast's slow-cooked baked egg
The outdoor cafe at the RMA Institute is not only an idyllic, overgrown hangout but also a great place to get an honest-to-god brunch the way you may have had it on Sunday mornings in New York. In their tiny kitchen, the small team whips up solid coffees and a small selection of egg dishes, not to mention a frequently changing list of lunch specials. A special treat is the Spanish tortilla with Iberico ham, a fluffy, creamy baked omelet topped with thin slices of salty, chewy ham. This comes with a small but lovely salad made of red and orange cherry tomatoes. We love how they handle their poached eggs: fat and fluffy on the outside and just starting to thicken on the inside. Try their pricey-but-good poached eggs with asparagus and truffle oil (B320). Their other highlight is their homemade sausages, so you can also go for the full English breakfast that comes with bacon and sausage—and you can always get the eggs poached.
RMA Institute, 238 Soi Sai Namthip 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22. Serves breakfast Tue-Sun 10am-3pm
Gastro 1/6's Spanish tortilla
Speaking of New York, few venues in Bangkok impart that hungover and happy in NYC feeling like Minibar Royale, thanks to its combination of loads of natural light and decor fit for a Parisian bistro. We’re fans of the poached eggs, and the eggs benedict have an interesting twist: the Hollandaise sauce is spiked not with lemon juice, but with orange juice, giving it a very strong and sweet citrus flavor (B240). Their egg-in-a-hole is a comforting throwback to childhood, along with crowd-pleasing rashes of bacon and the slightly fancifying touch of sauteed mushrooms (B180).
1/F, Citadines Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-5533. Serves breakfast daily 11am-2pm
Minibar Royale's egg-in-a-hole
This nighttime, boozey hangout famed for its cocktails and big dinners also does brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, bringing their playful and calorie-unconscious formula to traditional egg dishes. They do classics like eggs benedict, except their version comes with a rarely-seen lobster Hollandaise sauce and caramelized bacon (B250). Also exciting is the brioche French toast (B240) which comes with thick cut bacon (another rarity) and proper maple syrup. The difference from honey is pretty earth-shattering. We also love that they do carafes of breakfast booze like sangria (B200) and bellini (B380).
1/F, Athenee Residence, Soi Ruam Rudee, 02-168-5152. Serves breakfast Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11-1am
Hyde and Seek's eggs Benedict
Although Chu gets its name from its churros (B90/plate, add chocolate or dulce de leche for another B20) and is well known for its variety of desserts, they’ve recently rolled out a breakfast and an all-day brunch menu, both with some serious egg recipes. The egg white fritatta with smoked salmon, mozzarella, caramelized onions and rocket (B260) and french toast with berries (B240) have sparked our interest. If you’re hungover and need that calorific blow out to recharge your batteries; try the breakfast set with two eggs (fried, scrambled or poached) with grilled tomato, crispy bacon, Virginia ham, German Bratwurst, toast, orange juice and hot coffee or tea (B220)—enough protein to make a T-bone look vegetarian.
Room 204-206, 2/F, Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-663-4554. BTS Asoke. Breakfast menu available only until 11am on weekdays, 3pm on weekends and public holidays.