Having my own home, kitchen and not so crazy about food as in my fat days, I’ve been eating out a lot less. However, don’t get me wrong, I still go out and enjoy good food. Today my good friend recommended we go try this new place in town called “Chu: chocolate bar and café” as we wanted to have “Eggs benedict” and this place served breakfast all day long as well as a variety of chocolate drinks and desserts. My favorite kind of place for a lazy weekend breakfast.
It’s still it’s soft opening, but it seems to have attracted quite a bit of clientele with its new space and great atmosphere. It’s furnished fairly simply in an industrial style with open ceilings, cement floors and wooden tables. Simple, yet comfortable and most importantly, spacious. Something that is now harder and harder to find in Bangkok. It has a lot of natural light which is great, even though there is no view. There are seats for every kind of customer. If you just wanted dessert, there were soft sofas where you could rest, and if you were eating alone, there’s a high table with high chair where you can look out of the restaurant and people watch. Lovely. A seat for everyone.
What about the food? We ordered Eggs Benedict with Norwegian Salmon, Norwegian Scramble, Homemade Pancakes with blueberries, Chicken Ciabatta with pesto, walnut . For dessert we had Lava cake and Chocolate con churros. What a feast it was. So what’s the verdict? I think overall the food was average. The ingredients were fresh, presentation beautiful, but taste wise it wasn’t the best place in town. The Eggs Benedict were a bit disappointing. I had expected the jumbo poached egg to just melt into the smoked salmon and sourdough muffin base when pierced, but instead the yolk was soft boiled. I wanted runny eggs to just melt into the hollandaise sauce and permeate the smoked salmon and muffin. That’s how I like it. The sauce was okay, but I think there was slightly too little of it to offset the jumbo egg.
The Norwegian Scramble was good though. I love anything with eggs and the scrambled eggs were a delight to eat. Soft with mascarpone cheese and smoked salmon, it melted with each bite. I just wished I had a little more of the scrambled eggs. Portions are not exactly on the large scale here, but good if you want to watch your waistline.
My favorite was the Homemade Pancakes. I think it was probably the only dish to which I have nothing to comment on. The texture was nice and fluffy, the fruits fresh and the maple syrup just lovely. I enjoyed every bite. Chu only provides you a little pot of syrup though, so if you are the type that loves to just drench your pancakes in maple syrup then you’d better ask for more.
The Pesto Chicken Ciabatta with Walnut Sandwich was okay. I always like chicken and pesto so for me, it’s always a good choice to order. It tasted great, but if you want to use fork and knife, it gets a bit hard to cut. I ended up using my hands to eat the sandwich.
Dessert was chocolate lava cake and Chocolate con churros. It’s okay, but I thought the lava cake slightly too sweet, the outside not soft and fluffy enough. If you’ve had chocolate and churros in Spain, of course it’s no way as good as the original. I miss San Gines in Madrid and wanted the Chocolate con Churros here to be like the one I had in Madrid, so was a bit disappointed at the small size of the churros and the chocolate that wasn’t liquid chocolate. It could be from a different part of Spain, but helas I’ve only had the one in Madrid.
Service? It was fast, friendly and efficient, but I was a bit surprised when one of the waiters did not speak Thai. Hey, I’m in Thailand! It was also a bit inconsistent. Before dessert, they cleared the dishes, but failed to finish clearing all of it. Minor details which I am sure will be improved upon once the restaurant is fully opened.
Overall? I still like the place and thoroughly enjoyed sitting there for almost three hours without feeling rushed. The food was average, atmosphere pleasant and a great place for a lazy weekend breakfast with friends. It’s great if you are indeed of a quick meal and are not necessarily in search of the best Eggs Benedict in town. Will I go there again? Yes. Location is great. Atmosphere lovely.
It’s at Asoke BTS, Exchange Tower 2nd Floor. Convenient and you can even go walk around Terminal 21 afterwards to digest. Bon appetite! https://www.facebook.com/CHU.BKK