Beakfast and lunch treats in a sundrenched setting.
Kuppadeli’s sun-drenched setting (which feels a lot like stepping into an NYC loft) and mouthwatering breakfast dishes have made it one of Sukhumvit’s standout cafes for years. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in its selection of cakes while taking a sip on a dark-roasted espresso blend from a mixture of six Arabica beans.
For years, he original Kuppa on Soi 16 has been the go-to brunch spot for long-term expats, ladies who lunch and well-off Thai families. The reason for its success, aside from its lovely, airy space, was actually the tried and tested, never-changing formula of comforting international dishes, good coffee (a French press of single origin coffee is B110) and hearty desserts. And we really do mean never-changing menu: in fact, news that they had opened a new place was greeted with shock and disbelief. Still, the reality is not that dramatic a shift. For starters it’s just up the road and still draws an expat-heavy crowd—though it’s distinctly an office lunch sort of place and closes at 7pm. Secondly, they didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel with the decor. While smaller, Kuppadeli has the same airy feel with tall ceilings, plenty of natural light and a similar outdoors meets industrial vibe. It even has a cute little mezzanine, in homage to the original. Finally, the menu features many classic Kuppa favorites: pastas, sandwiches and salads, plus all day breakfast options. Portions that sometimes border on the gargantuan and some pretty hearty recipes belie the original impression that this is a place to grab a light salad before returning to your desk. The quiche Lorraine is a massive slab, inches tall (not exactly a traditional approach), the lemon curd cheesecake (B190), while tasty to be sure, can feed a family of four, and the pork leg (B420) is, well, just that and should never be ordered by a single diner. The flavors overall are comforting—salty and rich, yes, but not exactly delicate. Their bangers and mashed potato (B290) has bold flavors in both the chili and the skinless sausages but there’s not much complexity going on. Isn’t that the point, though? Dishes here are not gastro cuisine but comforting meals, and Kuppadeli’s versions will satisfy. Just be warned that, despite the smaller size of the place, they have also managed to retain that other trait from the original Kuppa, a scattergun service that swings wildly between friendly and frustrating.
|Address:||Kuppadeli, G/F, The Pride, Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit Soi 21, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Opening hours:||daily 6am-8pm|
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