Bangkok Post reviews
Welcome to the club
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: December 7, 2012 at 8:08 am
Being a morning person, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, because I can eat as much as I want without much guilt. I also love breakfast items, but most of my mornings are such a hurried flurry that there is no time for a sumptuous, relaxing breakfast. It's all grab-and-go in this big city mummy life.
It is also very difficult to find places that serve breakfast after 11am. One time I craved pancakes, and went to a place that offered pancakes in their breakfast menu. It was 15 minutes past 11am, and they told me that I could not have my pancakes. I was dismayed. Why can't breakfast be served all day long? Doesn't it fill your tummy anymore after the clock strikes a certain hour or what? Thankfully, now a few places offer all-day breakfast menus, and the most recent place I visited was The Coffee Club right at the steps of Ekamai BTS station. The name might sound new and unfamiliar, but actually The Coffee Club has been in Thailand for many years. This, however, is the first branch in Bangkok, and the seventh in Thailand. Other branches are in Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui.
The Bangkok branch of The Coffee Club opened its heavy, big glass door to customers on Aug 17. It is a well-established Australian brand, brought to Thailand by Minor Food Group.
As apparent in the name, coffee is the restaurant's strongest product, created and perfected by award-winning barista Tawatchai Moonyong, who grabbed the title of The Coffee Club's international champion barista in 2010. He can make some really soft, delicate microfoam that makes his cappuccino simply heavenly.
The cafe uses The Coffee Club's signature blend, the same standard as any of the chain's outlets in the world. South American arabica coffee beans, which are high in acidity, are blended with strong, full-bodied Indian robusta for a well-rounded flavour.
Food from the breakfast menu is served all day long, meaning you can still have pancakes or eggs benedict at 9pm. The Big Breakfast (295 baht) comes with sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato, mushrooms, toast, hash brown and coffee. A healthier choice is the Lifestyle Breakfast, which is toasted Turkish bread topped with avocado, lean ham, poached egg and mozzarella, then toasted and served with a grilled tomato. The portion is very generous _ it can feed two moderately hungry people. Another item worth trying is the Signature Iced Chocolate (135 baht).
Of course, you can find iced chocolate just about anywhere these days, but here it's not made with ice _ it's made with vanilla ice-cream! Tawatchai explained that ice, when melted, will thin out the flavour of the drink, while ice-cream offers the coolness without compromising the richness.
This cold, creamy drink is just my cup of tea (or iced chocolate, as a matter of fact), being sweet, rich and not too chocolatey. It has just a beautiful hint of chocolate aftertaste. The whipped cream on top makes it even more sinfully indulgent.
Tawatchai said The Coffee Club has something for everyone. The choice of food includes a kid's menu, Thai dishes, entrees, vegetarian options, pastries, wraps and sandwiches, and more. Better yet, Wi-Fi is available for free. Coupled with a cosy feel, high ceiling and glass walls, it is literally a place you can sit all day. Many business people have their breakfast meetings here because of the convenient location, the Wi-Fi and the comfortable seats.
The Coffee Club is located on G floor of Major Ekamai and is open daily from 6.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays and until 11.30pm on weekends. For more information, call 02-381-2736.