We went to Bangkok with almost no plans. In Europe, we had a strict cake eating regimen to adhere to so everything, including coffee breaks, was planned. But for Thailand - we of course had our hotel reservations, our plane tickets to Krabi and two restaurant reservations. We honestly spent a lot of time by the hotel pool in Bangkok preparing for spending a lot of time on the beach in Krabi. We did manage to get in some really good meals though. Roast definitely made it into our top three.
Our first two days we ate at our hotel buffet for breakfast. Having had many breakfast included buffets over the Summer, I'd say we've come around to having some pretty strong feelings about how terrible breakfast buffets can be which means we didn't opt for them included in our hotel room and just paid full price. We went twice in a row because it turns out the breakfast buffet at the Millenium Hilton is huge and pretty good but even with a good buffet, three days in a row is too many.
Dan did some googling and found a fantastic looking list of the twenty-nine best brunch places in Bangkok. TWENTY-NINE. For the best list! This was both thrilling and overwhelming to our truly good Western food deprived tastebuds. We were looking for Monday morning, so that automatically knocked out a good portion of the list. Eventually Dan narrowed it down to two and the ultimate decision was heavily influenced by the fact that I had brought coffee beans but Dan had forgotten the crank for our hand grinder so what we wanted more than anything in the world was good coffee.
Roast is in Thonglor, which was not particularly close or convenient to where we were staying but we decided that it would be our primary adventure for the day. If we felt up to something in the afternoon, neat, but if not we'd hopefully have our first truly great brunch and coffee in six months. We have zero regrets.
I ordered the Roast Breakfast which comes with two eggs cooked to your preference (over medium), duck hash, bacon, house sausage and lightly dressed salad greens. It also comes with coffee and tangerine juice which isn't apparent on the menu so I confused both the waitress and myself by ordering thyme pink lemonade and ended up with three beverages. The thyme pink lemonade was pretty sweet, I'd skip it if we ever went back but I was happy with my other two beverages. The house sausage with very herbacious and tasted completely different than anything I've had recently, I was so pleased. Korean sausage tends to just not be savory enough for my palate and even attempts at Western style sausage mostly end up falling somewhere between and still being too sweet. The potatoes in my hash tasted like they must've been roasted in duck fat, which was fantastic. I wish there had been a little bit more duck in the hash or that the potato pieces were a little smaller for a more balanced combination in each bite but really my complaints are minor.
As you can see in the picture of Dan's Eggs Benedict, the eggs they use are awesome. The yolks were incredibly rich and flavorful. Dan got a pour over for his coffee with an adorable little tasting card. It pretty much made his day. There are a lot of cafes doing pour overs here in Seoul but it seems like very few of them have any real judgement about the quality of the beans they're using and they're all very expensive. It's a rough life for coffee snobs.
Weirdly, one of the things we were both the most into was the lightly dressed greens, a garnish that might go completely untouched if we were in America. I make salads at home occasionally (I will probably more in the Summer) but most salads in Korea are made with iceburg lettuce and dressing that is, you guessed it, TOO SWEET for me. Light vinaigrette or just olive oil and lemon are my jam, keep your sugar dressing away from my lettuce, thanks. The simple salad was also a very nice counter balance to the rich foods we ordered.
It was a great meal and made me really wish that Seoul was a more diverse city with more access to well made non-Korean food.