Not Just Another Cup
A clean-looking hipster cafe in Sathorn that isn't Rocket.
You’ll need to wake up early if you want to beat Sathorn’s breakfast-brunch crowd to the prime seats at this airy, two-story cafe. Good job, then, that they open at 7am to offer a reliable lineup of French toast, egg dishes, smoothies and salad bowls. The “Mexican Breakfast” with its hearty portion of quesadilla, refried beans, grilled chicken and guac’ might be one of our favorite hangover cures.
Taking on Sathorn brunch royalty Rocket, this airy, two-story restaurant on Soi 10 deals in a similar combination of egg-focused dishes, prettily poured coffee and cold-pressed juices served in a daytime-friendly dining room.
Though the mix of printed fabrics and mismatched wood veneers don’t have quite the same harmonized design direction as Rocket, Another Cup still packs in such a crowd on Saturday morning that you’d do well to book ahead—perhaps Sathorn’s residents prefer its private tables with slouchy seating to dining at come-one-come-all communal countertops.
We can also see why the more extensive menu might appeal to the masses, composed mainly of full-fat, guilty pleasure comfort food (bar the occasional bowl of muesli or green juice). Pastas, sandwiches, salads and toasts are handled competently by a kitchen team which can turn out well-plated, simple food as described.
Their king prawn fettuccine in pesto sauce (B420) and chicken caesar salad (B260) won’t set the culinary world alight, but there’s nothing about either’s ample portion to leave you unsatisfied. As for the fillet of skin-on salmon served with a potato rosti, egg and tomato (B550), its fish just on the acceptable side of overdone benefits from a delicate dill creme fraiche, if not from the inelegant handful of supermarket lettuce on the side.
Bolder flavors can be found in the Moroccan-style skillet of eggs in a richly spiced tomato sauce (B320), served alongside some deliciously fluffy bread for dunking. In the French toast with seasonal fruit (B280), splashes of kiwi, pomegranate, strawberry and blueberry are made all the sweeter thanks to perfectly caramel-glazed banana, little pink meringues and dollops of sharp pomegranate sauce.
The biggest deterrent from a languid brunch at Another Cup might be its coffee which, though not terrible, certainly doesn’t show the devotion to bean sourcing and brewing method that you’ll get at either Rocket or the fastidiously caffeine-snooty Luka further down on Sathorn. At least here you can get a beer (Heineken, Singha, B140/bottle) or glass of wine (B220) if you want one.
Would we go back and while away a couple of hours of a weekend morning at Another Cup? Sure. Just as long as we’re not entertaining design nazis and coffee snobs.
This review took place in November 2015 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.
|Address:||Not Just Another Cup, 75/1, Sathorn Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Price Range:||BB - BBB|
|Opening hours:||daily 7am-7pm|
|Nearest train||BTS Chong Nonsi|
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