[Bangkok] Brunch at Luka, Sathorn

Three-year-old Luka on Thanon Pan, off Sathorn (one can also access via Silom Road) is a lively cafe-bistro that fills up on most weekends with the young crowd. Prices seem higher here for quite run-of-the-mill cafe food, but that doesn’t seem to deter the clientele which seems to arrive in an endless stream.

Our brunch orders:

  1. No Michelin Star Crab & Cheese Omelette (claw & lump crabmeat, cream cheese & cheddar, pickled grapes, crispy bacon bits, served on grilled sourdough). The cheekily-named menu item is a referral to Jay Fai (Thailand’s first 1-Michelin-starred street hawker) whose crab-studded omelette is the stuff of legend. Unfortunately, the rendition here was a bland, anemic washout.

  1. Seasonal Chopped Salad (roasted piri-piri chicken breast, pickled red cabbage, tomatoes, avocado, organic lentil, roasted beetroot, pickled red cabbage, pea pods, toasted sunflower seeds, apple-cider vinegar and EVOO).

  2. Pumpkin Duck Cakes (kabocha squash pancakes, duck gravy with crispy bacon, pickled peppercorns, fried duck’s egg sunny-side up, maple syrup).

The sweets:

  1. Warm Brownie Sundae “using grandma’s olive oil brownie recipe” with dark chocolate, cashews, yoghurt crema, natural milk ice-cream and salted caramel.

  2. Flourless Chocolate Cake - gluten-free chocolate cake with orange crema.

Honestly, I can’t say that I truly enjoyed any of the brunch items we tried. Maybe we should have stuck to the basic fried eggs and bacon stuff, instead of the overly-fussy, dressed-up dishes where the tastes and textures did not quite gel. Beautiful space, though.

64, 3 Thanon Pan, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak,
Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Tel: +662 6378558
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat & Sun.