A hip Spanish gastrobar in Ekkamai churning out tapas bites with global influences
When it comes to Spanish cuisine, most Bangkok eateries tend to follow the rulebook to claim authenticity to their establishments—think very Spanish-sounding names, clichéd decor (Moorish tiles, and hackneyed red and yellow hues, for instance), and regional specialties. Breaking away from this restrictive reputation, Broken Eggs is a hip Spanish tavern that’s unafraid to inject a contemporary spin to tapas bites.
Starting out as a low-key kiosk in Phra Khanong’s W District, Broken Eggs takes on a new undertaking as a two-story eatery in Ekkamai. Stripped off the typical decorative elements that permeate Spanish establishment, the restaurant is a study in understated cool. One wall is dedicated to a massive mural depicting an octopus, elephant and a hen engaged in some kind of culinary threesome. Opposite is a shelf stocked with European wine, with Spanish labels making up the majority. Thumping hip hop tracks blare from the ceiling, another unexpected element that establishes a party vibe.
Broken Eggs’ menu was put together by Chef Jacobo Astray (also the mastermind behind private dining concept Gula), and features two types of tapas: a set of classic small bites alongside Astray’s own interpretations, mostly influenced by his expansive traveling. Start out with the sous-vide egg, a creamy effort accentuated by sweet pumpkin purée, sautéed mushrooms and salty Ibérico ham (B240). The deep-fried shrimp is another kitchen triumph, wrapped in bahn mi noodles, and given a tangy kick with pico de gallo and sour cream (B280). Vietnamese influences also make an appearance in the fried beef cheek spring roll with grainy parmesan polenta and beef juice (B320)
Apart from bold-flavored Spanish wine, the bar also stocks up on Spanish gin labels that are hard to find in Bangkok. One of our favorites is Nordes gin, a tantalizing citrusy blend that goes well with your tonic of choice.
|Venue name:||Broken Eggs|
|Opening hours:||Open Tue-Sun 17:00-23:00|