This week’s youtube episode finds me at BKK Bagels, Bangkok’s only real bagel shop. You can watch the video below, where I enjoy a favorite hangover meal of corned beef hash and poached egg with a freshly baked bagel for breakfast. In addition to the video I also wanted to give y’all some more details on BKK Bagels, so you know exactly how to get your hands on some great American deli foods.
Watch The Best Bagels and New York Style Cheesecake in Bangkok!
BKK Bagels is an obvious place for me to feature because I’ve been eating here since they opened. Actually, even before they opened the owners had me trying out their homemade bagels. Now fast forward 4.5 years later and they’re still not only the place to get authentic bagels, but also one of the best breakfast restaurants in Bangkok. All that extra bread in my diet over the years has added a few pounds!
Bagels, like many bakery items, are a pain in the ass to make in Thailand. Thais think the best use of bread is to cover it in sugar and the South East Asian humidity can cause some serious problems for bakers. Still the owners, partially inspired by the Thai owned Absolute Bagels in New York, decided to open a bakery in Bangkok for expats and open minded locals. The bagels are boiled so they have the thick, sturdy texture with hard, toothsome exterior New York’s jaw breakin’ bagels are known for having. BKK Bagels only serve freshly baked bagels each day and they turn the leftover bagels into crusty bagel chips they sale. If you’re just craving a bagel and schmear (cream cheese) they have about 8 different types and 20 or so cream cheese flavors. The bagel itself is around 30 baht, so the combo will set you back less 100 baht (although I can never have enough cream cheese).
In general bread in Bangkok has made a serious comeback since BKK Bagels opened. Now there are many purveyors of artisan bread around the city (Urban Pantry, Maison Jean Phillippe, Conkey) and the locals who can afford them have definitely been indulging. BKK Bagels doesn’t only do breads, but aspire to have a little bit of Jewish deli flair, making their own deli meats for the bagel sandwiches in house. Here you can easily get a bagel stacked with pastrami, corned beef, or even lox (brined salmon) which are all hard to find in this city, and are painstakingly made Jewish deli staples. Of the dozen or so sandwiches on the menu, I’m usually a repeat offender of the Showstopper (turkey, bacon, guacamole, gouda), the messy Reuben (pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing), and/or the crowd favorite lox bagel (cured salmon, dill, red onion, capers).
A sandwich is usually enough to fill me up and about all grumpy morning Dwight wants to spend before 10am. They are all in the 200-300 baht price range, which at first seemed pricey, but is about what you’ll spend for a nice western breakfast anywhere in Bangkok. If you don’t want to spend on a bagel sandwich the salads and butter grilled cheese are decent options. They do also have your favorite American desserts like apple pie, thick New York style cheesecake, carrot cake, and cookies too. The cheesecake that I mentioned in the video is particularly nice because it’s cream cheese heavy and a nice departure from the mostly flour Asian versions found in Thai bakeries (although this means it’s more expensive to make and a slice will set you back 155 baht).
I like this place and I’m a regular, so my objective opinion is definitely corroded by all the cream cheese in my arteries. However, I think you’ll find a solid all day breakfast or tasty lunch here. My biggest complaints are the dining room at the base of the Maneeya building in Chidlom can get crowded and isn’t great for meeting groups, they sometimes run out of my favorite bagel flavors.
P.S. – I recently watched a great documentary about the dying tradition of Jewish Delis. If you love this traditionally Jewish American type restaurant or want to know more about that whole history, I recommend finding a copy of “Deli Man”. Just do ya’self a favor and sit down with a snack to watch it because cravings will ensue!
BKK BAGEL BAKERY LOCATION AND HOURS
Address: 518/3 Maneeya Center, Ground Fl., Ploenchit Road
Directions: Exit the Chidlom BTS towards Central World and take the first steps on the left to exit in front on the Maneeya Building. At the bottom of the steps change directions and walk towards the Maneeya building parking lot where there’s a Häagen-Dazs on the corner. Walk past the ice cream shop and find BKK Bagels on the right, just beyond the Kipling store. Sounds complicated, but it’s just 5 minutes from the Chidlom skytrain station.
Public Transportation: BTS Skytrain Chidlom Station
Phone number: 022 548 157
Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm Weekdays, 8:30am – 5:30pm Weekends
Price Range: 100 – 400 THB on average ($3-$12)
Facebook: BKK Bagel Bakery