One of the things I love about reaching my age is discovering just how wonderful brunches are. Instead of partying like a rock star in heat into the wee hours and wrecking half my weekend nursing a killer hangover, I’m day drinking and eating some killer food.
My gal and I were recently impressed with our brunch visit to White Shuffle (official Facebook page). Their inventive all-day brunch menu and bar service is precisely the kind of brunchery (not an actual word but you would probably not be challenged if you used it in Scrabble) I am always up for and happy to recommend.
I knew from my first bite, a savory brioche French toast topped with melt-in-your-mouth slices of tender MB8 graded Wagyu beef, that THIS was going to be some gourmet brunching. Plate after plate, the hits kept coming to the table. It was one of the top brunch experiences we’ve had in Bangkok and I’m happy to share it with you.
If you love a good brunch this article is for you…
THIS all day, please!
My gal loves all things bread. I have an affinity for anything with meat on it. This Wagyu French Toast (420 baht) felt like it was designed just for our tastebuds.
This sharing snack is topped with MB8 graded Thai Wagyu Short Rib beef. It’s so tender that it has to be cooked by hand torch–otherwise, it would disintegrate while cooking. We watched as Chef Yannick built this dish layer by layer with intense attention each step of the way.
This is one of the most popular signature dishes on White Shuffle’s sharing menu. I can understand why. Served with 3 large “bites” it consists of thick brioche French toast with black truffle mayonnaise, rocket, slices of Wagyu beef (melts in your mouth, not in the pan!), with egg yolk creme drizzle, and a thin savory cracker.
This is a fantastic way to kickstart your brunch and I highly recommend this dish. Honestly, I could eat these all day.
From the bakery…
White Shuffle bakes its own croissants and sourdough bread.
We tried the croissants are which are light, flaky, and buttery. The Butter Croissant Set (90 baht/2pcs) is served with butter and berry jam.
Marinated Yellow Fin Tuna
For a uniquely delicious salad, we enjoyed this colorful Marinated Yellowfin Tuna (320 baht). The dish is suitable for sharing and is as tasty as it is beautiful.
It is made with cubes of yellowfin tuna marinated with sesame vinaigrette, edamame, pickled cucumber, incised green coral lettuce, thinly shaved watermelon radish, and crispy seaweed and puffed rice crackers. There are so many flavors and textures in this salad it’s so easy to make each bite a unique taste sensation!
A Swiss classic!
Many of the brunch dishes showcased in White Shuffle’s menu are European classics that are prepared with a modern flair. Though I’m not from Switzerland, this Swiss Breakfast Roesti (320 baht) made me nostalgic for my home in America.
It reminded me of the little country diners I’d find off of California’s Pacific Coast Highway or the historic 101. At these Mom & Pop diner’s a complete breakfast would include a fried egg, slices of crispy bacon, sausage (in the instance Sloane’s maple breakfast sausage), and hash browns (which Roesti or Rösti seem to be the Swiss equivalent of).
For those who want breakfast when they brunch, this is very satisfying!
Pasta with a twist…
Sometimes when we dine out we encounter a dish that is so tasty it inspires us to experiment in our own home kitchen. This Shrimp Twist Noodles (320 baht) is such a dish.
Combining the European flavors of a rich creamy sauce with shrimp and prawn fat espuma with the Thai flavors of chili oil, ginger, and sawtooth coriander makes this an around-the-world flavor experience.
But what blew us away was the use of rolled rice noodles you’d typically only see in Thai street food stalls for Kuay Jub noodle soups. It’s incredible just how well these noodles soak up the flavors and transform into something dumpling-like. We’ve been inspired to try using these noodles at home with bolognese or ragu sauce.
Based on this White Shuffle dish experience I’m betting the results will be AMAZING. I highly recommend you try this twisty noodle dish for yourself. You’ll never look at these noodles the same again!
From the grill…
My gal and I both agreed that this honey-glazed Kurobuta Pork Tomahawk (590 baht/ 250g) is one of the best pieces of pork we’ve had in Bangkok. It is grilled to perfection–tender and succulent. As a main dish, this would make me a happy man. I only regret that I had to share it.
Fortunately, it’s large enough to share and if you ask them to they will slice it up for you. This is good for me because I have a habit of launching food across the room when trying to cut things that are served in a bowl.
This fine cut of pork is served with homemade gnocchi with spinach and black olives, puréed butternut squash, and a mustard sauce for the meat. Altogether this is a seriously tasty dish!
What will the Swede say?
My gal is Swedish, so when it comes to restaurants serving Swedish meatballs she can be let’s say…critical. If like White Shuffle, they dare to use the Swedish name for meatballs on their menu, they’d better be fantastic.
This Kotbullar (390 baht) dish showcases perfectly caramelized tender meatballs with a rich brown gravy, mushrooms, and lingonberry sauce (with whole lingonberries!). Meatballs are normally served with mashed potatoes and pickled cucumber. This dish is served with potato espuma and thin slices of cucumber with dill.
It made my Viking Princess happy, and if you’re a fan of Swedish meatballs I think you’ll love this, too!
Save room for dessert!
For me, it doesn’t matter how many dishes I eat, there is always room for dessert. Especially if it’s a good dessert. This Peach, Passion & Espresso Delight (290 baht) fits in that category. It is a delight.
I’d describe this dessert as tiramisu with a twist. Sitting on top of an almond biscuit is creamy mascarpone mousse topped with a layer of espresso jelly, and a dollop of passion fruit sherbet. Next to this tasty centerpiece is slices of gold flaked peaches and sweet decorative droplets that boost the flavor of each bite.
A bit about drinks…
White Shuffle has a full-service cocktail bar along with a wine menu. For non-drinkers, they also offer a variety of signature non-alcoholic drinks for your enjoyment. Whatever your thirst, they’ve got you covered.
A chat with the chef…
During our visit, I had a chance to chat with White Shuffle’s Head Chef, Chef Yannick Hollenstien. Chef Yannick originally hails from the eastern part of Switzerland near the Lake of Constance. Along with the Chef/Owner Krisda (Nick) Chintakananda, Chef Yannick has been involved with White Shuffle since its conception stage.
Since White Shuffle’s opening on September 15, 2020, Chef Yannick’s culinary contribution has been to take traditional and non-traditional flavors and ingredients and shuffle them so that they become beautifully presented tasty dishes that invoke feelings of both nostalgia and discovery from guests. Simply put, the inventive menu and delicious food keep people coming back again and again.
The dishes that we tried that impressed us the most were those where he turned contemporary familiar flavors upside down with some modern twist. If you are looking for an exciting new brunch spot for you, your family, or your friends, I highly recommend White Shuffle!
I’m hungry. Where is it?
White Shuffle is located within the Novotel Suites on Sukhumvit Soi 34. It’s a 10-walk from Exit 1 of the Thonglor BTS, but you can easily grab a motorbike near Soi 34. They are open 6 days a week Tuesday through Sunday. On weekends they can be quite busy so reservations (especially for large groups) are highly recommended.
There is dining available inside on the ground floor with great natural light and an art-deco decorated upstairs seating where they regularly hold jazz events.
There is also seating outside which is covered. One of the nice things about White Shuffle being co-located with the Novotel Suites is that diners can also have access to the facilities. This is nice for folks that might want to enjoy their final brunch cocktail near the pool. More importantly, this is great for families with kiddos as their children can enjoy their upstairs Kids Club play area (though it is unsupervised) while the parents get their brunch on!
I want to hear from you!
Should you decide to experience White Shuffle’s all-day brunch menu I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, directly to me, or via message on either the Chow Traveller Facebook page or Chow Traveller Instagram (and feel free to like/follow these pages if you want to learn about more foodie gems). However you choose to reach out, I’d love to hear from you!