So it is rare that I would feature a hotel, but the breakfast at the Old Capital is worth writing about. The hotel itself is small with only a handful of rooms and breakfast is ordered the night before for a specific time of their guests choosing. As well as Thai coconut pudding pancakes (little drops of heaven), and Pa Thong Ko (small dough sticks served with a coconut dipping custard), guests are treated to seasonal fruit and a savoury dish of their choosing. Day one I opted for the Thai egg pan and day two I opted for pork skewers with rice. The conclusion 2 days of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever had.
Thailand’s capital is a tale of two cities, the old town and the mega modern. We were staying in the old town and found the cheapest, most fun, and the fastest way to get into modern downtown Bangkok was via a local river bus.
With this duality comes a contrast of modern Asian cuisine alongside great street food.
Recently there has been a huge rise on social media of the Japanese style souffle pancake, also referred to as extra fluffy or jiggly pancakes, and that trend has definitely hit Bangkok.
The Pancake Cafe is on the 4th Floor of Central World and is very small. You seem to always have to put your name down and then the staff gives you an indication of when a table might be ready. The pancakes themselves, referred to as ricotta pancakes in the English speaking menu, take 20 minutes once ordered to produce so be prepared to play the waiting game.
We both opted for the seasonal special which just so happened to be banana cream, banana, caramel, and a milk tea sauce. Suffice to say it knocked a few years of my life expectancy, but it was WORTH IT.
There are a few branches across Bangkok, and yes it’s a worldwide chain, but sometimes dumplings are very necessary. When we visited there was a Thai version of their legendary xiao long bao which had tom yum soup and prawns inside. Certainly the pricier end of eating in Bangkok but always a very delicious experience.
Although a meat eater, I have always had a tendency to meat reduce and after a lot of rich food a vegan and vegetarian restaurant really appealed. The restaurant itself is very informal and guests are asked to remove their footwear before entering, so maybe make sure you’ve got slip on and off shoes on, and there are a few resident cats who will casually make their presence known.
The service was friendly, albeit slightly chaotic, and the portions huge and a number of Thai favourites such as milk tea were available vegan with the addition of coconut milk.