Just the spot for a relaxed Sunday brunch.
A great place to escape the hustle and bustle, this cafe is nestled down a quiet soi at the entrance to Retreat on Vitayu spa. Grab a seat in the small garden and go classic with the American Breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausages and eggs) or try something a little more adventurous like the shakshuka (Middle Eastern-style poached egg, sausage and tomato). Something sweet? Par Tangjaitrong’s cakes in all shapes and sizes are worth the visit alone.
Known online for its pretty (and tasty!) custom-made cakes, Brooklyn Baker also feeds this town some great brunch dishes in its casual, low-key space, set in the lobby of Retreat on Vithayu spa down Soi Polo.
The menu spans comforting, all-day dining items—think sandwiches, salads and pastas—and lots of morning-friendly fare like breakfast plates, egg dishes, French toast and pancakes. They nail these simple offerings with heartwarming flavors and fresh, crisp vegetables (like in the chicken salad, B250).
It’s not just about oh-so-popular dishes like eggs Benedict and smashed avo. The signature egg rothko (B240) sees a thick slice of buttered toast filled with runny egg in the middle and covered with melted cheddar cheese, served with crispy bacon, two links of sausage and a basil salad on the side. There’s not too much going on in terms of seasoning, but it’s the good ingredients—bread, butter, cheese, bacon and sausages—that shine.
Another well-executed eggy delight is the shakshuka (B240), a Middle Eastern dish that sees a poached egg in a well of spiced tomato sauce with onion, capsicum and sausage, served with a thick slice of buttery bread cut in four. The sauce itself is a bomb of tanginess, which is complemented by the silky texture of runny yolk when you dip the toast in.
Visit on the weekend for their chicken waffle (B275, not available on weekdays), a thick American-style buttermilk waffle and a super crispy chicken breast, with a sunny side-up egg and tasty ginger soy sauce.
While Brooklyn Baker has forged its name for its desserts, not all sweet endings are as satisfying as the savory bites. On our last visit, the fluffy buttermilk pancakes (B240) were a bit undercooked in the middle, while the mud pie (layers of chocolate cookie crust, chocolate mousse and whipped cream, B145) amounted to too much sweetness.
Combining welcoming space, tasty food (did we mention the hearty portions?) and smiling service, Brooklyn Baker makes an easy space to spend the afternoon with friends or enjoy a family weekend brunch.
This review took place in April 2017 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.