Almost as much as hotels, shopping malls occupy a place of rare importance and visibility in Bangkok’s food and drink scene – it can take some getting used to but there’s real variety and quality on offer in the capital’s gleaming, sprawling retail plazas and the seventh floor of CentralWorld might well be the most pleasant space to make that discovery.
Flooded with natural light that pours in from all angles, it’s perfect for people-watching and, more or less, for whatever kind of cuisine you’ve got a hankering for. It’s an ideal setting, then, for Crepes & Co.’s first foray into mall dining. After starting out in an old shophouse many moons ago, they’ve now got well-established restaurants in Chidlom and Thong Lor – as well as an ambitious offshoot in Shanghai. Here, Crepes & Co.’s foodie expat owners have scaled down their intoxicating blend of Mediterranean, north African and European flavours to cater to shoppers on the go.
Crepes are often associated with sweet fillings – and, indeed, there are some smashing dessert options on offer – but Crepes & Co. also tick off a string of savoury options. They’re lighter than your stock-standard doughy sandwich but are heavy enough on the fillings to still feel like a meal.
And, as one might expect from a menu that takes plenty of its cues from French cuisine, there’s some real cheese – the Crepe Tintin (B149), for example, rolls bacon, mushroom, tomato, feta and oregano up in a crispy package, while the Crepe Supreme (B169) goes a step further, adding cream cheese and bechamel sauce with a fried egg over the top. That one needs to be washed down with their apple cider.
If meatier fare is a bit too much in the middle of the day, the Crepe Pat (B129) offers a lighter option – spinach, tomatoes and chopped onions topped with salty-sweet gruyere.
As appetising as the savoury bites are, it’s hard to resist the desserts and, in that department, the Crepe Triple Mango (B135) is the show-stopper. Chunks of fresh mango, with mango-flavoured ice cream and sauce deliver the different textures in the same mouthful, shot through with that inimitably light, flavourful mango burst. Proof that there really is no limit to what you can do with a crepe.
Crepes & Co.
L7 CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd (also Langsuan Soi 1 and Thonglor Soi 8) | 02-653-3990 | crepesnco.com | 10am-10pm