Roast EmQuartier

TL;DR: Delicious, European style brunch

If there’s one thing we miss about the Western world, it’s a ruddy good brunch.

Thick rashers of bacon, creamy scrambled eggs and fresh toast simply dripping in butter. Heaven.

Roast cottoned on to this gap in the Bangkok brunch market and opened their first restaurant in Thonglor’s Seen Space back in 2011, specialising in all-day eats and tantalising good coffee. The EmQuartier branch is their second restaurant and, if the queues on Sunday mornings are anything to go by, is setting up to be just as treasured by locals, expats and tourists alike.

Roast brunch at emquartier

We visited on a Thursday morning, greeted by a quietly humming, three quarters full restaurant. It’s light and airy inside, sporting the warehouse-style, exposed beams and rustic wood detailing that’s so en vogue in Bangkok right now.

Anyway, on to the food.

We opted for the Huevos Rancheros (THB350) and the full Roast Breakfast (THB400).

In one word: delicious.

Huevos Rancheros at Roast emquartier

The Huevos dish was rich and flavourful with chunky chorizo and creamy baked eggs, padded out with fresh tomatoes, pan-fried potatoes, peppers and onion. It came with a few warm tortillas on the side to aid and abet dunking into the robust tomato and chilli sauce.

english breakfast at Roast emquartier

The full Roast Breakfast also went down a treat. We’re talking velveteen scrambled eggs, crispy streaky bacon, pan-fried mushrooms, tomatoes and potatoes and two pieces of white toast. You’ve also got the option of adding prosciutto or smoked salmon  – we went for the prosciutto to round off the full pork experience.

The Roast Breakfast also comes with a free tea or coffee and we can confirm that the latté did live up to the hype.

coffee at roast emquartier

The great thing about brunch at Roast is that they don’t make a pretence at fine dining or attempt to make it look fancy with fussy presentation. The emphasis is on good ingredients and simple cooking – they’ve got our vote.

We’ll be back to check out their dinner service soon…