Indulging in a lazy lingering café style lunch, brunch, or breakfast
situated off Thong Lor Soi 53 and nestled in the 9:53 Community Mall at the corner of Soi 9, I am greeted by staff offering a smart and convenient valet parking service. And, as I enter the restaurant area, to my right I pass by Le Boeuf, C&C’s sister restaurant and popular quintessential French bistro.
Crepes & Co’s retro-chic dining room has a clean, airy, 60s style, and those very high white ceilings you find in classic Parisian apartments. This is the perfect place to slouch on a sofa, and dine the afternoon away in great company—preferably over a lazy lingering lunch. You can also start the day with one of the multi-course set menu breakfasts, all served with tea or coffee, and juice. There’s also a tantalizing selection of drinks, and my XL Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Banana (B180) proved to be a nutritious tonic that didn’t compromise on taste. It’s passionately packed full of fresh fruit, and quite fun-looking too.
Chef Jakkrit Pungsampan celebrates the historic staples of crêpes and salads with many of the restaurant’s signature dishes, and the influence of Moroccan, Greek, and Spanish cuisine is clearly evident. From the menu’s ‘Organic Egg Selection’ we brunch on the Quinoa Breakfast Scramble (B315), which sees organic scrambled eggs paired with quinoa and avocado bruschetta. This dish has a delicate nutty flavour, and a light fluffy texture that contrasts nicely with the crunchy, avocado-topped toast.
The Grilled Chicken Salad with Tropical Sriracha Dressing (B285) is a mélange of healthy, delicious, clean food. With grilled chicken breast, mango, corn, and sunflower sprouts, this artfully prepared dish arrives layered in chunky glass jars. With a turn of the lid, I mix, pour, and present the contents, using the sizable coconut-shell salad spoons.
Our wholesome Beetroot Hummus with Avocado (B285), from the menu’s appetizers section, is served up on a crispy baguette. This is well-presented on a wooden platter, and dressed with sprightly sprigs of scented rosemary.
The Moroccan (B385), comes under the heading ‘Savoury Crepes’ and is a cumin buckwheat crepe with beef merguez, couscous, and grilled eggplants. Siding the sausage and pancakes is a small tagine filled with smooth and spicy harissa paste, as well as olive oil dressing to drizzle on the side.
Our bonne bouche and last course is from the ‘Sweet Crepes’ selection. The Orange Mascarpone (B285) is a coconut crêpe with whipped mascarpone and orange compote. It’s a creamy melt-in-the-mouth combination, with a lingering nectarous zest.
The signature tea (B95) is a sweet brew with fresh Moroccan mint leaves, and a sprinkling of pine nuts. This creates a ceremonious end to the afternoon as the brew is poured from high above—in the traditional Moorish manner—to aerate the beverage.
By Sara Lois Wilson
Crepes & Co.
9:53 Community Mall, Thong Lor Soi 9
Tel: 02 258 2672
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-11pm,