The buzz: If you want to dine at the original branch of Clinton Street Baking Company, located on the eponymous street in New York, you can expect a wait of up to two hours. Fear not, though, the restaurant renowned for its buttermilk fried chicken and pancakes, which New York Magazine and Lonely Planet dubbed the best in New York, is now open in Siam.
The decor: The brand’s first ever venue in a mall sits at the back of Paragon, just opposite Siam Kempinski. Thanks to its dedicated streetside entrance, the restaurant can open two hours earlier than the rest of the mall. The decor borders on barebones with its red walls and Emeco "navy" chairs. We like the high ceiling and big bay window, though.
The food: They’ve brought all the bestsellers, starting with the crispy cornmeal-crusted chicken on a light waffle (B320), served with warm maple butter—delicious! The blueberry pancakes (B260 for two; B320 for three) also live up to the hype, with a slightly crispy crust and very soft interior that is complemented by a dense blueberry sauce. They also offer burgers (from B450), breakfast plates (from B280) and brioche French toast (B260). We particularly vouch for the oh-so-fudgie brownies (B100) and the classic carrot cake (B180)
The drinks: Match the retro diner vibes with a milkshake (from B140) in flavors like vanilla and chocolate or a light and refreshing house lemonade (B90). Coffee and tea start at B90 while there's also a short list of beer, wine and cocktails.
Why you should care: This is one brunch import that doesn’t disappoint despite the plain setting. Clinton Street’s chicken waffles and pancakes are undoubtedly some of the finest in Bangkok. Natcha Sanguankiattichai