The best full English breakfast in Bangkok. That’s a bold claim but I make it with some experience. Not just of being born in England or even eating the breakfast cooked by different family members or eating at different cafes around the UK and indeed, around the world.
Having been travelling to Bangkok for the last decade and more recently living here, I’ve tried plenty of attempts at making the famous full English breakfast. The truth is that Thais love the dish and many cook it very, very well.
However, the best place in Bangkok that I’ve found is Chequers Bad on Sukhumvit Soi 4, or Soi Nana as it’s sometimes known.
The reason the breakfast at Chequers is the best is great is down to several factors that also include the atmosphere.
First, the location. Sukhumvit Soi 4 is the centre of the action and even on an early Sunday morning there’s always eye candy knocking around walking past on the street outside. What red-blooded meat-eating man wouldn’t want testosterone levels being raised while devouring his fry-up?
Next. The music. The owner of Chequers is a Brit of the elder generation. So in a morning there are classic bands playing on the stereo like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Jam, The Specials, Bob Marley, U2… even some Culture Club. The list goes on.
Newspapers. It’s essential to have a newspaper with a good breakfast. The Bangkok Post’s claim to be a newspaper is dubious at best but a copy of the Daily Mail or Mail On Sunday can always be found at the bar.
Decor… tick. English football shirts, pictures of bands, football players. And a TV in the corner of the bar playing sports. Perfect.
The full English breakfast at Chequers is called ‘The Full Monty’ on the breakfast. It costs 285 baht and includes tea (real English tea and milk), toast, three bacon rashers, two sausages, black pudding, mushrooms, fried bread, beans, two eggs and two pieces of a kind of fried potato. Plus there’s plenty of condiments like tomato sauce, pepper, salt, mustard etc etc
The food’s tasty and good quality. It’s a good price. Staff are friendly and in the mornings it’s never busy, which is exactly how it should be when eating breakfast. There are a few regulars, usually expats in the morning, which also gives it the feel of a homely English cafe. I don’t go here at night, but have walked by. It’s much busier at night mainly with tourists.
In conclusion, I would recommend Chequers on Soi 4 as the place to go for the best full English breakfast in Bangkok.