ROAST (EMQUARTIER)

ROAST

By : MICHAEL MOORE

29 January 2016

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summary : An all day cafe serving a collection of comfort dishes and drinks in a pleasant setting that includes some delightful outdoor seats.

Roast is an important part of the explosion of quality cafes/coffee shops to appear on the Bangkok dining scene. It currently has outlets at EmQuartier and in the newly opened Commons Thonglor on Thonglor Soi 17. Although it is a place most people will visit for breakfast, brunch or a midday snack, its menu is a bit more elaborate and comprehensive than most similar spots, making it also suitable for an evening meal.

At Helix Quartier it is housed in a first floor shop with a cement floor, white tiles, light brown tables and chairs and a bare white ceiling, giving it a mildly industrial feel. The first floor location is a plus as it allows the restaurant to have outdoor seating.

One of Roast's most attractive features is the quality of the bread and pastry products. They are made daily in-house and the extra effort pays off with a superior product – especially the smashing baguettes. The coffee at Roast also deserves special mention. The restaurant uses coffee from Roots Coffee Roaster, a sister company using both international and locally sourced beans. 

A signature dish at Roast has long been the Eggs Benedict (280 baht), but since we've had it before we opted for the Corned Beef Hash (280 baht), a comfort dish popular in the US, served with house made corned beef, sauteed potatoes and poached eggs. We were a bit disappointed with the beef; it appeared as shreds that were a bit tough and chewy. On the other hand, the Huevos Rancheros (350 baht) with baked eggs, tomato, chorizo and tortilla was much better. We have long enjoyed, Roast's Pulled Pork Burger (320 baht), great flavored pork and some of the best fries in town.

If you have a sweet tooth Roast has some of the best dessert items in town, including a new menu item, a Chocolate Nutella Tart (280 baht), made with hazelnut flavored chocolate, grapefruit and grapefruit sorbet.

Roast is definitely a great place to dine at any time of the day and prides itself with serving “comfort food.” This is an admirable objective, but serving comfort dishes means they must accurately match what diners have enjoyed elsewhere. Roast's chefs are usually spot on, but they occasionally (as in the corned beef hash) miss the mark.