Cagette Canteen and Deli
Leafy Yen Akat welcomes a Mediterranean brunch spot.
The buzz: Good news if you live around lower Sathorn: you no longer have to trek to El Mercado for your produce-driven Mediterranean brunches. Find your way to Cagette Canteen and Deli for a similar bounty of fresh seafood, stinky cheeses and simple French comfort dishes.
The decor: “Cagette” is French for crate, the wooden sort that evokes the bountiful fresh markets of yester-century France, and the decor is thusly themed—farmhouse transmuted by the industrial revolution. Exposed brick, chalkboards and ceiling murals (laboriously produced by a French artist, by hand, over four months) complete the mood in the downstairs restaurant. Head upstairs, past the Musee D’Orsay-esque clock, to the deli, which exhibits all the usual charcuterie, cheeses and jarred things as well as airy terrace seating.
The food: Order to share so you can start with both the foie gras on brioche with onion marmalade (B490) and the charcuterie platter (B480 for 200g). The escargots de Bourgogne (B490) is classically executed, the baked snails oh-so-tender in their garlic-herb butter. Then tuck into the “seafood bouquet,” including oysters, mussels, whelks, cockles and prawns (B990) or the heart-warming French staple, the beef Bourguignon (B690) served with tagliatelle. If you have saved room for dessert, finish the night with the giant, decadent chocolate eclair (B260).
The drinks: The appetizers go down well with a glass of Fleur de France bubbly (B250), rose prosecco (B290) or Kir Royal (B590). Those lounging on the deli terrace can pair the chill vibe with an espresso (B150) or a cappuccino for (B180) brewed with beans from old-school French roaster Cafes Richard.
Why we’d come back: An expansive Mediterranean menu without the typical bistro fuss. The deli and takeaway options make it a favorite for short stops, too. Megan Leon