Restaurants around the city offer varying brunch menus, values, and concepts. From over the top, gourmet extravaganzas, to those that focus on quantity over quality, to those where the booze is more the focus than the eats.
Nowhere, an artsy rooftop restaurant at the top of Ekkamai Soi 6, jumped into the fray last month with their first all-you-can-eat brunch. The cost: THB1,200 per person with soft drinks, with a boozy upgrade to free-flow wine and beer at THB1,650 per person.
The second edition happens on Sunday.
Their concept is high on vibes in a light, bright loft with Ekkamai views, wine, and small plates of high-quality trendy brunchables. The brunch happens between noon until 5pm but they ask that you cap your appetite after three hours. When we visited last month, it was a great place to sip bubbles, nibble endless ceviche, and chat the afternoon away.
As you sit, smiling waiters proffer coffee and soft drinks or wine and bubbles if you’ve opted for the free-flow alcohol package.
The open-air space buzzes with conversation and a small buffet is set up in the middle of the room. Here, you’ll find a few pasta options, soup, bread, and some of the more popular offerings from their regular menu including the much-loved Harissa Pork Ribs, Moo Ping Pate, Salmon Nachos, and Tumeric Chicken.
Our favorite was the the Salmon Ceviche. In it, raw chunks of salmon marinate with lime, avocado, and mango to create a fresh, fishy, fruity dish that was gorged on without shame or regret.
After that, the menu offers up a short list of interesting offerings and you can have as many as you like.
We tried Gambas, a straightforward (but always delicious and welcomed) classic Spanish tapas of shrimp in garlic and oil. As a plate that always goes fast when you’re out ordering dishes to share with friends, we appreciated that, for once, we did not have to feel greedy as we scooped the last shrimp.
From the egg section, they have a Spinach Pan Omelet with cream, mushrooms and feta and Baked Egg & Chickpea Ball, a savory, eggy, runny mess in a cast iron skillet that mixes cheese and tomato sauce with loosely cooked egg. Along the edge are two delightful mini patties that seem like the offspring of falafel and hash browns.
Because it’s an on-trend spot, they’ve got a waffle course and neither of the offerings are sweet. The Pulled Pork Waffle Benedict means what it says: it’s quarter of a waffle topped with rich pulled pork and hollandaise poured over. The Szechuan Chicken Waffle is fried chicken in Szechuan sauce on a waffle quarter with corn, spring onion, and a bit of maple syrup on top.
For mains, they offer Hoisin Beef, a hunk of ribeye with the Chinese sauce, mushrooms, leeks, and potatoes, and a traditional Fish and Chips.
And as dessert, we tried shot glasses filled with the restaurant’s signature dessert A Mess of Nowhere, featuring meringue with dark chocolate and rum sauce served with yogurt cream and fresh strawberries. This dessert was inspired by the classic English dessert called Eton Mess, one supposedly inspired, in turn by the pudding often served after meals at Eton College in the 1920s.
If you haven’t visited Nowhere yet, it has a pretty great outdoor deck overlooking Ekkamai Road. Though the sun is a bit much at midday, if you time your visit to be on premises at about 5pm, the light gets pretty and you can take your glass outside to enjoy the sun beginning to set over another Sunday Funday in Bangkok.
Nowhere’s Monthly Sunday Brunch
Tha City Loft Hotel, Ekkamai Soi 6, 6th floor
Dec.2, 12-5pm (but recurring on the first weekend of the month, check their page)