Breakfast in Bangkok, a sometimes frustrating affair
Being British (well, partly!) and having predominantly lived in the Western hemisphere, my breakfasts traditionally consisted of sausages, eggs and bacon. Depending on where in the West you’re from, a brekky could also come packed with a mix of any of the following: baked beans, toast, sautéed mushrooms, hash browns, and black pudding.
Fast forward to today, I have now been living in Thailand for about 4 years’ and consistently find myself craving a good ol’ English fry up! Bangkok does have plenty of breakfast joints to choose from, but a lot serve a Thai variation of the English Breakfast (an omelette, streaky bacon and hot dog sausages).
In my dictionary, this doesn’t constitute a real English breakfast and therefore fails to satisfy my craving. I’ve met a lot of foreigners who feel the same way. For this reason, I’m going to be doing a series of blog posts covering what I consider to be Bangkok’s top breakfast spots – starting with Dean & Deluca at Central Embassy.
Breakfast in Bangkok – Dean & Deluca
Once this craving re-emerged (a Sunday not too long ago), I decided to head to Bangkok’s newest Dean & Deluca, located in Central Embassy on Ploenchit Road to document my definition of a good fry up (it’s worth noting that breakfast is served all day, which works out just perfectly for people like me who like to catch up on their sleep during the weekend!).
We were seated promptly despite the crowd, and our orders were taken in a timely manner. Since I understand people’s tastes differ when it comes to breakfast, and since Dean & Deluca has plenty of options to choose from – I’ve included the complete breakfast menu below:
- Steak & Eggs
- Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
- Full English Breakfast
- Maine Lobster Scrambled Eggs
- Breakfast Burrito
- Espresso Dusted Tuna
- Pancake Plate
- Waffle Plate
- The American Breakfast
- Bacon, Avocado & Asparagus
- Eggs Benedict
- Poached Egg & Avocado
- 3 Eggs Any Style
- Breakfast Fruit Salad
My better half opted for Eggs Benedict, which comprises of an English muffin topped with spinach, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and roast potatoes. I, of course, opted for the full (but admittedly not all that healthy!) English breakfast with sausage, bacon, black pudding, eggs, mushroom, and tomato.
Both dishes were outstanding. I know this because my other half always lets me munch on at least half (sometimes more!) of what she’s ordered. To sum up:
- Full English Breakfast – Everything cooked perfectly. The core elements of this dish are the make or break for me. The bacon, proper rashers which were lean and not streaky (Thai’s prefer this). The pork sausage was flavourful and a little crisp on the outside. Last but certainly not least, the eggs were beautifully cooked and nicely yolk-ey.
- Eggs Benedict – Exactly what you should expect. As you cut into the centre of the egg the yolk (neither too watery nor too thick) nicely coats the muffin on every bite. The roast potatoes were crispy and nicely seasoned.
Dean & Deluca, on the 2nd Floor of Central Embassy, is open daily from 10:00 – 22:00 (just like the shopping mall). The crowds are diverse, from individuals who come for a caffeine fix to fuel their study or work efforts. To friends, couples and families who come to enjoy a meal together. Have you been to Dean & Deluca before? Want to share your experience or some useful information with us? Perhaps you have another spot to recommend for breakfast in Bangkok? Let us know in the comments!