The best of New York: café culture and pizza slices
In the haze of hot and busy Bangkok life, Dean & Deluca promises wonderfully air-conditioned café sanctuaries to grab a mellow coffee and tasty pastry, snack, or restaurant-style meal. The brand started life in 1970s New York and in Bangkok has stood the test of time since 2010—which in café years is forever—as the city’s café culture has grown into the ever so sophisticated and creative scene it is today. If coffee is an art form, Dean & Deluca expresses morning-till-late-at-night appeal with professional panache.
The chain’s latest offering, is more of a café style outlet, located right on Silom Road, under the Sala Daeng BTS skytrain station. With the focus on coffee, brewed exclusively for the brand, in addition to a pizza menu, it feels as if this branch has been here forever and just a month or so in is proving to be a café oasis promising respite from the hubbub outside.
Big ovens deliver seven types of ‘Housemade New York Style Pizza’ to a display counter, with extra toppings available (although no anchovies which is disappointing to some). A huge slice of Pepperoni is just B95, and Parma Ham, Melon & Rocket, B125, with 14” and 22” pizzas available too. Deliciously cooked, the 7am to midnight opening hours mean, note-to-self, that this is a new pizza-stop during nights out too, whilst perfect for exhausted shoppers, hungry workers, and BTS commuters.
Other menu highlights include the Ham and Cheese Melt (B100/195), stacked with meat served in light sourdough sliced toast, and the Macao Pork Bun (B180), served with brioche and red onion chutney—a two-month special that adds an Asian twist.
The California Cobb Salad (B145) is refreshing, but the delicious Red Velvet Cake (B125) perhaps best shows the essence of the café’s popularity. What is clear is that considering quality and quantity, the menu is fabulous value and prides itself on serving up food that is good without being overly fancy.
The interior’s split-level design works well, with hideaway seats upstairs and high marble counter tables downstairs and outdoor seating too. The window seats are perfect for people-watching whilst relaxing in the cool indoors and sipping the fluffiest cappuccino ever; the ultimate café experience.
Will you be surprised, or bowled over by the chain’s latest offering? Not especially, but herein lies the reason why the brand is so popular. It promises quality food with decent coffee in clean, pleasant, and soothingly simple surroundings, without needing or wanting to over-challenge or over-excite the senses. Like a dependable friend, sometimes in life all you need is what you know, and all you want is what you expect.
NOTE: Dean & Deluca now have 11 outlets in Bangkok, including two at Suvarnabhumi Airport, plus one in the BluPort Mall Hua Hin.
By Nadia Willan
Dean & Deluca
281/19-23, 1F, Silom Rd.
Open daily: 7am-midnight
Tel: 02 015 0046