Brekkie ticks all the boxes for a hipster hit. The white-dominated house features plenty of natural light, photogenic nooks and stylish breakfast dishes with a sprinkling of superfoods. No surprise, then, that upon opening in January, 2016, it was packed with avid cafe-hoppers clutching the latest iPhones and mirrorless cameras.
Our last visit on a Saturday afternoon, however, showed a slight shift in demographic. Still packed, with only a few tables available on the second and third floors, the place was filled mostly with older foreigners and stylish Sukhumvit types visiting for a low-key and drawn-out weekend brunch.
While the menu doesn’t read like the work of your usual healthfood- proselytizing restaurant, and Brekkie isn’t marketed as a “clean food” joint as such, it still makes a good place to start for people who want to eat healthier. Among the expected sandwiches, pasta and the likes, you’ll find lighter versions of hearty dishes like home-cut sweet potato fries (B150) and the Skinny Royale (B260), a take on eggs royale with smoked salmon, a poached egg, rye toast and a less-fatty version of hollandaise sauce.
Still, some dishes don’t look too healthy at all, like the capellini with mushroom sauce (B300), which still manages to be not too rich yet not too watery, and comes with a comforting taste if not an aroma to match the promised truffle paste. For something hearty, we’d rather go for the flavorful baked eggs with chorizo (B290), served hot on a skillet with two eggs and a whole bunch of chickpeas mixed with chorizo and corn.
Back on the healthy tip, they also substitute quinoa for fried rice in Thai staples like fried quinoa with holy basil and pork shoulder steak (B280) and tom yum (B285), which features diced salmon, coconut heart and a heady aroma of galangal, kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass. Nice, but shame about the oil.
Most surprising is the wholewheat pancake (B200)—an almost grease-free stack of pancakes topped with ricotta cheese, fruits and coconut butterscotch. It’s delicious. Another clean-eating pick is the green spirulina-spinach bowl (B250), thanks to a combination of passion fruit, banana and an abundance of grains. A meal at Brekkie doesn’t come cheap. However, we’d keep it near the top of our list for a comforting, but not-tooheavy lunch.