On the back of rave reviews from Laura and her lovely mum we trooped down to EmQuartier’s Roast Cafe to fuel up before a long day of shopping ahead (it’s a really short taxi ride away from Platinum / Pratunam). Not disappointed at all, hugely delighted by crusty baguette slices accompanied by an indulgent knob of butter, and a creamy, chocolatey flat white for starters. Their signature iced tea is lychee based, and does not use milk, yet still manages to achieve a rich mouthfeel.
The thing I love about Roast is that the entire menu is available all-day! You know, for the times where you just really crave a good rack of pork ribs in the morning. Or more realistically, it can be quite a bummer when something looks so delicious on the menu but you aren’t there at the right time to try it. Which is how we got around to ordering this nutty, aromatic pesto pasta, piquant from the generous use of basil. I loved how they toned down on the olive oil and subbed pine nuts for walnuts in the sauce, such that any lingering aftertaste isn’t too heavy on the palate.
We also shared a dish of corn and zucchini fritters from the brunch menu, generously topped with crispy bacon, cubed avocado and a thoroughly addictive tzatziki sauce. No sourness from the use of yogurt, being well seasoned, and a touch of mint to really balance the heavier fritters. Studded with sweet corn kernels, the fritters were fluffy and flavourful while still retaining their exterior crisp. A very impressive medley of flavours and textures in each bite. Note also – how beautiful is that delicate blue-grey tone of their tableware? Makes the colours of the food pop!
Only slightly disappointing was the huevos rancheros, a Mexican echo of the Middle-Eastern shakshuka, as the eggs were not as runny as we would have liked and the tomato sauce rather spicy owing to the inclusion of chorizo. It was a pretty huge serving though, and the olives added a nice tang to what would otherwise have been a flat-tasting tomato dish. Still, can’t fault the generous scattering of fresh herbs which as always added a great depth of flavour. I really do love herbs.
Roast Cafe is a great space – wide and delicious selection, service attentive and prompt. Prices are on the high side for Bangkok, leaning towards Singapore cafe pricing, but you do get much more bang for your buck. Now if they only came south this way…
1st floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier (BTS Phrom Phong Station)
Seen Space, Thonglor 13 (BTS Thonglor Station)
1000h-2300h Mon-Thu, 0900h-2300h Fri-Sat, 0900h-2200h Sun