The buzz: This sixth venue (if you include the now-closed original hole-in-the-wall) by one of Bangkok’s first niche coffee specialists Casa Lapin has gone full restaurant, with a list of well-executed if predictable all-day-dining dishes.
The decor: Easily spotted from the signature brick wall, neon-lit signage and hanging lamps, this is Casa Lapin to a T. The front of house boasts a small take-away coffee counter where you can also grab croissants and muffins at rush hour. Inside, a long wooden bar takes up half the ground floor, while there is a cozier and more private space on the mezzanine, featuring large fabric sofas and some cushions.
The food and drinks: Open early for your morning caffeine fix, this Casa does all the expected coffees: classic espresso (B70/single shot, B80/double) and its derivations made using a house blend, and drip coffee, French press, syphon and Aeropress (all B140) made with Chiang Dao single-origin beans. The large food menu covers every meal of the day, starting with the likes of the breakfast plate (egg, sausage, roasted potato, sauteed spinach and mushroom, crispy bacon and sourdough, B190), French toast (B190), pancakes and waffles (both B150). Healthier choices come in the form of fresh fruits with yogurt (B170) and granola with milk (B130). From 11am onwards you can order from a full menu of lunch and dinner dishes which plays things pretty safe, from barbecue chicken wings (B140), salads (from B180) and soups (from B100) to burgers (from B230), pork chops (B290) and whole-roasted chicken (B380). Also expect the usual baked items like croissants (B65) and brownies (B90). Aside from the coffee, boozy options include local beers like Singha, a few red and white wines (starting at B150/glass) and a list of signature cocktails (B250) created by Casa Lapin’s head barista Surapan Tanta. Try the Fill in the Blank (vodka, rose syrup, sakura syrup, apple and pineapple juice, B250) and Falling Slowly (rum, lychee liqueur, almond syrup, angostura bitter, B250).
Why you should care: Lowermost Sukhumvit was crying out for another serious coffee shop, especially one not in a mall. But we say stick to just that: the coffee.