One of the most solid options out there to start your day!
You can’t beat a good full English breakfast. The perfect start to any day, a proper English breakfast is certainly one of the more popular choices out of all of the international food options in Bangkok.
Whether you want a solid meal to set you up for a hectic day in the Thai capital, or you have enjoyed Bangkok’s nightlife a little too much the night before and are looking for some stodgy grub to absorb the booze, you will be pleased to know that there are some excellent options in the city for Anglophiles wishing to eat this popular British dish.
The perfect fry up would be expected to feature a combination of bacon and eggs, sausages, potatoes (hash browns and bubble and squeak are the go-to choices), button mushrooms, fried tomatoes, and fried bread or toast (depending on what you prefer).
Add-on items would usually include black pudding, white pudding and baked beans (most Brits prefer the Heinz brand with their brekkie). The trend these days with eggs is more towards poached or scrambled, but fried eggs are still a main staple of this meal.
According to Thaivisa.com, as of July 2019 there were 157,000 expats living in Thailand. Bangkok, being the capital, is home to many of them. It is also estimated that there are 55,000 British expatriates in the Land of Smiles.
That figure includes those coming to Thailand for career opportunities, but is also made up of a huge amount of retirees, attracted to the slower pace of life and warmer climate here.
Throw into the mix the 22 million plus visitors that Mastercard has calculated to make Bangkok the most visited city in the world for the fourth time in 2019, and you have all of the ingredients for a booming international dining scene. It has exploded in recent years.
Enterprising expat business owners and locals of a more international mindset have taken this opportunity to cater to the huge numbers of foreigners, with Bangkok having a large number of venues producing English breakfasts of the highest standard.
What is there not to love? They’re filling, they normally offer tremendous value for such a substantial amount of food, and they appeal to people from all over the world with British gastronomy having become more popular globally in recent years, enjoying an enhanced reputation through the mainstream media.
Britain’s plethora of celebrity chefs have propelled the nation’s popular cuisines onto the international stage, with Gordon Ramsey in particular making a huge impact stateside: his shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef are bringing in large viewing figures.
The other two big names in the British celebrity chef world are Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, who are both well-known globally from their TV appearances and best-selling cookbooks.
The origins of the English breakfast are far removed from the modern day, more elegant image. Dating back to the 1300s, it was eaten by the elite as a luxurious option while the general public ate porridge or bread. The dish transformed in the 1900s into a working class treat enjoyed by all, with its hearty combination of protein and carbs.
Since British cuisine’s popularity has soared, establishments around the world has moulded it into a more refined and high quality offering, with the additional of organic meats, free range eggs and artisan breads to reflect the enhanced standing of the dish in culinary circles.
Major cities across the UK, and in particular London and Manchester, have a number of eateries offering upscale gourmet versions of the classic British fry up. Two of the names well-known for their up-market offerings are Hawksmoor and Duck and Waffle.
Expat-heavy hotspots around the world have caught up with that trend in recent years, and with Bangkok being the king of cities that expats flock to, venues here have English breakfasts of the highest quality, which may surprise many.
We’ve rounded up the top places for you to have an authentic English breakfast dining experience in Bangkok. Enjoy this hearty treat, as if you were at a “greasy spoon” back in Blighty!
CHU CHOCOLATE BAR & CAFE – WINNER
Big Breakfast: Two Eggs, Smoked Bacon, Maple Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Garlic Mushrooms, Potato Hash, Sourdough Toast and Jam – THB 320++
Plus: Sloane’s Free-Range Sausages, Organic Eggs, freshly-made Raspberry Jam is delicious.
Minus: Shiitake Mushrooms were just average. Only one Sausage: Pay THB 60 for each extra one.
Location: Exchange Tower. Asoke
THE COFFEE CLUB – RUNNER-UP
The Big Breakfast: Chipolata Sausages, Bacon, Eggs, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Toast, Hash Brown, with a Tea, Coffee or Orange Juice) – THB 420++
Plus: Good value, as it does come with a drink. The amount of food on the plate is substantial.
Minus: The chipolatas are not very big. You are given 3, around equal to 1 regular sized banger.
Location: Multiple in Bangkok
HONOURARY MENTIONS (Listed in Alphabetical Order)
FITZGERALDS IRISH PUB BANGKOK
Big Breakfast: 2 Eggs, 2 Sausages, 2 Back Bacon, Baked Beans, Mushrooms, Hash Browns, Black Pudding, Tomato, 2 Toast, Coffee or Tea – THB 360++
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok
Menu: Big Breakfast (two eggs, Cumberland pork sausage, two kinds of bacon, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, sauteed potatoes, mushrooms, and white bloomers toast) – 295 THB++.
Menu: Early Bird Breakfasts (bacon, Cumberland sausage, 2 eggs, Griddled tomato, Hash brown, baked beans, toast and butter) – 99 THB++.
Menu: The Full Monty (2 eggs bacon, pork sausages, black pudding beans, mushrooms, tomato, fried slices, home fried toast and tea or coffee) – 315 THB++.
Menu: English breakfast (2 bacon, pork sausages, hash browns, tomato, 2 eggs, beans, 2 toast, butter, jam, tea or coffee) – 260 THB++.
The Old English Pub
Menu: English Breakfast (2 eggs, 2 pork sausages, 2 english bacon, black pudding, hash brown, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, toast, tea or coffee) – 295 THB++.
Menu: The Breakfast (Two eggs any style, smoked back bacon, crispy potato, sauteed mushrooms, whole wheat ciabatta, and coffee or tea) – 400 THB++.