[Bangkok, Thailand] Ask any millennial Singaporean who has been to Bangkok, and he/she would have visited Roast or put it in the itinerary somewhere.
Out of so many cafes in Bangkok, somehow Roast has become very popular among Singaporeans. (Walk into the space and the accents will give it away.)
I thought it was only about the matter of time and opportunity that Roast would come to Singapore.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Roast will be heading to Singapore soon to take part in Cafe Culture. The event brings about some of the most well-known coffee and pastry names (including Lune Croissanterie from Melbourne and KOI Dessert Bar from Sydney) from around the world to Singapore for a four-day festival at Marina Bay Sands.
The brainchild of Varatt Vichit-Vadakan, this all-day casual eatery is known for its relaxing ambience, extensive brunch dishes, and in-house roasted coffee.
Get to The Commons (won’t regret it) and you would spot industrial brick-and-glass décor, spacious with tall ceilings like a large dining hall of a house, great vibes buzzing with lively people.
Except the queue, maybe too packed for very prompt service.
So come slightly earlier during the weekends, or you would have to wait in line for some time.
Roast’s coffee which is supplied by sister brand Roots is every part a winner, roasted in-house, using single origin for its Filter Coffee. Get the fresh brew coffee (120 baht) or French Press (140 baht).
After a sip, I found it balanced, aromatic and has that lingering light coffee-bitterness.
The popular item is the Iced Espresso Latte (120 baht) where espresso comes in forms of ice cubes, poured over with milk.
Its popular brunch dishes include the Eggs Benedict with ham or smoked salmon (280 baht), Crab Cake Benedict (360 baht), Roast Breakfast (400 baht), American Pancakes (220 baht) and Huevos Rancheros aka Baked Eggs with tortilla (350 baht).
Items were generally hearty, good for sharing, though Bangkok has other brunch places which are quite on par (especially when Roast’s prices are on the higher side).
I appreciated some twists that could be found in the dishes, such as the Crab Cake Benedict which came with a bed of potato rosti, grilled vegetables on side, and some onion jam for interesting sweet-savoury flavours.
The dish could do with a fuller and moister crab cake though.
If you would like a heavier meal, Roast also offers pasta dishes such as the Lamb Ragu Gnocchi (320 baht), Seafood Risotto (420 baht), and Vongole Squid Ink Pasta (480 baht).
Its Pulled Pork Burger (320 baht) and Slow-Roasted Fried Chicken (480 baht) with a house-made hot sauce are some of my favourites for sharing.
The desserts were to live for. Both the Strawberry Waffle (260 baht) and Cranberry Brioche French Toast (280 baht) hit the sweet spot with their house made vanilla ice cream, light fresh cream.
Why I would come to Roast: 1 for the coffee, 2 for the ambience, 3 for the desserts, and 4 maybe for the savouries.
Roast is announced as one of the participants at Cafe Culture Singapore.
Cafe Culture Singapore
From 29 Aug – 1 Sep 2019, 10:30am – 6pm at Level 1 Hall C, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.
One-day pass $45 – $65; four-day pass at $55 – $75.
Roast – The Commons
335 Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55 Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66(0)2 185 2865
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri – Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun)
Google Maps – The Commons
1st Floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier (BTS Phrom Phong Station)
Tel: +66 (0) 9 41763870
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Roast EmQuartier
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