BBB’s Back Alright!
Since the Corona Pandemic began our BBB team has been MIA from the Bangkok brunch scene for a while as we were nomading around Thailand. But now that we’re back, it is our pleasure to kick start our first review this year at “White Shuffle”. This “all day brunch” concept restaurant is covertly tucked away within Novotel Sukhumvit 34 right in the heart of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area.
Elegant but Cosy
Although White Shuffle is attached to a hotel, it has a boutique and standalone feel to it. As we walked into the open al fresco style courtyard, we were immediately transported into an urban oasis of calm. The space is filled with a plush and comfortable outdoor seating area surrounded by lush green walls. Numerous oversized lanterns add to the elegant yet cosy ambiance.
We can imagine that at night this area must transform into something quite romantic, perfect for tête-à-tête evening cocktails with a special someone. At the time of writing (early March 2021), the restaurant is serving all day brunch until 6pm only, but White Shuffle plans to extend the opening hours until later as things are slowly getting back to normal in Bangkok.
The inside seating area has double-height ceiling with large floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The space oozes the warmth from the outside natural light, while the imposing sleek chandelier hangs elegantly over your heads. The warm lighting balances well against the cool white marble tiles of the decor. The combination creates a unique “Gram-worthy” space.
Savour the Swiss Soul
Chef Yannick, the head chef from Switzerland (grew up close to the Lake of Constance) is at the forefront of pioneering an array of creative brunch dishes here. As it happens our blog’s co-editor Chris is also a fellow Swiss countryman. So they got chatting straight away. We’ve learned that he had previously worked at some Michelin star awarded restaurants before becoming the head chef at White Shuffle. Yannick is drawing inspiration from haute cuisine but wants the dishes to be accessible and meet the taste of a broader audience. The creativity is clearly recognisable in the chosen ingredients and the presentation of the dishes as well.
Style and Substance
Given Yannick’s training, it comes as no surprise that every dish we are served is executed to perfection. Not only the dishes look aesthetically very pleasing to the eyes but they’re equally delightful to our taste buds. We can feel the love and care that went into sourcing the seasonal high-quality ingredients.
Some fun fact about the name “White Shuffle”: We were told that the “White” part is inspired by the white marble interior. And the “Shuffle” part stems from the concept of shuffling and changing the ingredients to get the best of what the fresh seasonal harvest has to offer. The menu is ever-changing so that you can go back every few weeks and discover new delicacies.
Fun Creative Menu
The menu consists of European favourite comfort food with a twist that makes it more fun and interesting for avid brunchers like us. We’ve ordered several signature dishes to share. Starting off with “Carbonara Ravioli with Truffle Foam”. This is served with a playful composition of Onsen egg on top of a single piece of oversized homemade Ravioli topped with truffle foam. We highly recommend ordering their light and buttery croissant to dip into this gorgeous gooey mess with. The combination is absolutely divine! We were pleasantly surprised to find the carbonara sauce to be so light and the truffle foam rounds off the flavour well.
Ultimate Comfort Food
On to our next dish, the “Swiss Breakfast Rösti”, another creation we don’t often see in the Bangkok brunch scene. This dish brought Chris right back home to Switzerland, where Rösti is the country’s ultimate comfort food. To put it bluntly, it is a fancy version of hash brown: less crispy, more fluffy, with a touch of onion and the added bonus of Swiss cheese in the mix.
Next course we have “Wagyu Beef French Toast”. This is yet another impressive creation by chef Yannick. We were at first a bit sceptical about combining the sweet french toast with the savoury taste of the Wagyu beef. But we were happy to be proven wrong. The slightly sweet taste of the french toast compliments the saltiness of the marbled wagyu beef, which seemed to melt in our mouth. This altogether with the tangy mustard sauce and egg yolk sauce on top completes this masterpiece. The serving comes in 3 bite size pieces, perfect for sharing (although after taking one you won’t feel like sharing the rest with the others).Apparently one of the most popular dishes that we have sampled is the “Kurobuta Pork Tomahawk”. True to its formidable name, the portion is indeed very filling. The soy-honey glazed pork has been marinated for 24 hour to give it such a lovely tender texture. This is served with butternut puree, sautéed spinach and mustard sauce, another winning combo!
Now onto the sweet stuff. “Peach Passion and Espresso Delight”. We were presented with what looks like a beautiful modern interpretation of Tiramisu. The tangy taste of passion fruit sorbet refreshingly cuts through the dark espresso and creamy mascarpone cheese. It was indeed a perfect end to our gourmet brunch journey today.Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our brunch experience at White Shuffle. We were most impressed by the creativity of the menu. It comes with price tags that are affordable, considering the quality of the haute cuisine style kitchen we were getting. All this without the pretentious feeling of some of these fine dining establishments. We would recommend coming here to enjoy a long leisure brunch for the lovers of “Gram” as well as Gourmet.
Check out more photos and their brunch menu in our gallery section and let us know in the comments and by rating (above) how you’ve enjoyed your experience at White Shuffle.