There are a few things that are typically hard to find in Asia. Local cheese. Good beer (IMHO). But if you are one of those people in Bangkok who pines for a proper bagel, you’re in luck. BKK Bagel Bakery had its grand opening today and it’s the real deal.
Located on the ground floor of the Maneeya Center, BKK Bagel Bakery is the brainchild of Eric Seldin and Tri Kanchanadul. “After 18 years of living here, the only thing we couldn’t get from America was a good bagel.”
Boiled and baked to perfection, Bangkok bagels are made from scratch each morning. The bagels come in five styles at the moment–plain, sesame, poppy, whole wheat, and cinnamon raisin–and sell for 35 baht each. If you want something on them, there is a selection of locally produced cream cheeses: plain, olive, garlic & dill, and lebaneh for 30 baht more.
But BKK Bagel Bakery is more than just a bakery. Stop in for lunch and order up one of the bagel sandwiches. The deli was an offshoot from the original bakery idea and the deli master, Caroline Schule, was brought in all the way from Washington DC where she worked for Panera Bread, a popular deli franchise. Caroline has been given 100% control over the menu, and as she plays with seasonings and ingredients, you can expect the menu to evolve over time.
The sandwiches make the perfect lunch — flavorful, filling, yet not too heavy. Choose from seasoned roast beef, tuna or chicken salad, egg salad, or lox with cream cheese. The lox is made in house using fresh salmon which Caroline seasons and cures herself. Vegetarians will appreciate The Veggie Monger with hummus, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, carrots, avocado spread, and red onion on a poppy seed bagel. My favorite might be (further research will be necessary) the The Show Stopper: oven-roasted turkey, Havarti cheese, bacon, avocado spread, whole grain mustard on a plain bagel. Isn’t everything better with bacon? And if the sandwich doesn’t finish the job for you, sides include a bit of pasta salad or cole slaw.
Not hungry enough yet? Order a cappuccino, a red velvet cupcake, and tune in to the free WiFi and wait.
Coming soon? Arancini (deep-fried, stuffed Italian rice balls), cheesecake, and bagel chips (sweet or olive oil), and — drum roll please — house made pastrami.
The dangerous part about BKK Bagel Bakery? It’s very easy to get to: right next to the Chit Lom BTS station. Look for it on the ground floor of Maneeya Center, on the side toward the Renaissance Hotel entrance.
For now BKK Bagel Bakery shows white interiors and table and counter seating for a pleasant meet up. Plans are to give the bakery a New York City motif — er, minus the shouting. Maybe.
Dine in or carry out. But get there before they sell out!
Open all days but Sunday, from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm.