Dig in to a top notch brunch at this Australian-inspired restaurant from Singapore.
By Muskan Shah and Nafisa Singhsachathet
The idea behind Sarnies was born over eight years ago when its founder, Benjamin Lee, was living in Singapore and found it nearly impossible to find a place where he could indulge in a great sandwich and a coffee. This motivated him to start his own coffee roasting business, A Stimulant by Sarnies that quickly gained popularity. Soon after he launched his coffee house concept in Thailand, people began asking: “So when are you going to open a fully-fledged Sarnies Singapore in Bangkok?” Years later, the Bangkok outlet, run by business partners Nick, Eric, and Ben is recognised as one of the city’s leading places for brunch, boasting a menu of Australian-inspired dishes infused with vibrant local flavours.
Nestled in Charoenkrung, Sarnies is situated inside an abandoned 150-year-old boat house, standing out amongst the other homesteads due to its mélange of rustic wooden accents and industrial elements. The café’s entrance is flanked by large leafy plants that guided us to an open-plan dining area decorated with distressed brick walls, a statement bar, and table and booth-style seating that adds to the casual ambience.
As we made our way up to the capacious second floor, wafts of freshly roasted coffee followed us. After we were seated, we had the opportunity to soak in all the attention to detail given to the decoration, from the old script and retro posters etched into the brushed concrete walls, to the monumental wooden shelf framing the space. The ceiling has been preserved from the unique original structure, while arched windows allow just the perfect amount of sunlight to stream in.
Food and Drink
To start off, we tucked into the Pimp my breakfast bowl (THB 240), which featured two seasoned scrambled eggs, a sesame bagel, roasted tomatoes, and sautéed mushrooms. A hearty dish that’s perfect for starting off your day, it also gives patrons the freedom to mix and match their favourites for their very own freestyle breakfast. To pair, we were served the Perfect thyming (THB 120), a refreshing blend of fresh pineapple and orange juice with hints of thyme that offers the perfect level of tanginess.
Similar to the Pimp My Breakfast bowl, we also sampled the Vegan grain bowl with falafels (THB 350). A vibrant feast for the eyes, it consisted of seasoned quinoa, velvety hummus, and an assortment of pickled vegetables, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes. The epitome of a well-rounded meal, we were told it was a favourite of Indian groups who love to brunch at Sarnies on the weekends and after trying it for ourselves, we could understand why!
To cut through the satisfying plate, we opted for the strong Iced coconut long black (THB 120). The perfect thirst quencher for all coffee lovers, it’s a more tropical take on the traditional version of the iced beverage, combining roasted black coffee and creamy coconut meat with sprinklings of toasted coconut flakes.
Next, we sampled the Cured and smoked salmon (THB 480) that was served with a spicy pomelo and tomato salad with herbed labneh. Cooked well, the salmon had a buttery texture with the punchy kick of the spicy salad doing well to cut through the fish’s savoury, fatty flavour.
To end the meal, we enjoyed the CB&J brioche (THB 300). A decadent twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the dessert was a unique combination of buttery brioche, creamy cashew butter, and roasted grapes, with a final drizzle of thick honey rounding off all the flavours. As fans of dessert, we both felt it was the perfect palate cleanser and a fitting way to end a healthy yet satisfying meal.
The Triple-cheese toastie (THB 300) was a unanimous favourite. It featured two tiers of three different cheeses, roasted tomatoes, seasoned mushrooms, braised eggplant, and baby spinach, sandwiched between two slices of crunchy sourdough. A winning combination of savoury notes and fun textures, it’s a dish that you’ll undoubtedly want to order again.
A New Branch!
We were lucky to be let in on a little secret. The team will soon be launching a new branch called Sarnies Sourdough, an exciting bakery by day and pizzeria by night concept! However, for those of you looking to feast in the safety of your home, fear not as Sarnies not only has its own delivery service available via their website, but their items are also available on Lineman, Foodpanda and Gojek!
For Chinese New Year, enjoy delicious Pineapple tarts and stand the chance to win vouchers if you purchase over THB 588 per receipt in-store! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, fall in love with Sarnies’ limited edition Raspberry brownies available in-store and online until 14th February!
01-103 Charoen Krung Road, 44
Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Open daily from 8am to 10pm
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