Shortly after its opening in November 2017, Haoma has made a name for itself as Bangkok’s first urban farm and modern fine dining restaurant (check out our review here). Just half way through the year, chef Deepanker Khosla (DK) and sous-chef Tarun Bhatia (San Pellegrino Young Chef 2017) have decided to hop on the weekend brunch bandwagon to launch a brunch menu, taking simple brunch staples to another level with what Haoma does best — well-executed, genuinely crafted dishes that highlight the freshest ingredients handpicked from the garden right next to the dining tables.
So if like us, you’re tired of having uninspiring eggs Benedict and need more convincing to get out of bed on a weekend (or to fuel up enough energy to get over that Friday hangover), we’ve found just the place for you.
While Haoma has a choice of indoor and alfresco seatings for all diners (and pets!), we’d recommend the chabudai-style tables next to the giant mango tree — which looks even more magical when the fairy lights light up around the garden.
As you get settled in the laid-back, natural light-filled glasshouse surrounded by lush greenery, we’d recommend starting the brunch with Quinoa Quinoa, a refreshing salad comprising of sous-vide chicken breast, avocado, home-grown baby spinach, pomegranate, bell pepper collie, sweet corn, and quinoa tossed in yuzu vinaigrette, which gave a citrus kick that matches perfectly with the rest of the ingredients when you mix together. Of course, the star of the show is the chicken breast, which is slow cooked in the oven, pan seared to reveal the golden brown skin and only lightly salted to retain the the original flavours of the chicken, rendering the meat perfectly juicy and tender.
Those who’d prefer a green salad would thoroughly enjoy Tomato and Mozzarella, a serving of heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella cheese, candied Job’s tears, balsamic tapioca and wild rocket straight from the garden. It’s worth noting that the cutlery is made of reused wood and bamboo, which is all-natural, eco-friendly, and part of a social program to help jail inmates in New Delhi to earn a livelihood.
Those dining with family or a large group of friends should order the pulled pork sliders, a crowd-pleasing favourite made with flavourful pulled pork shoulder marinated in spices and healthy mayo, served alongside mango and bacon chutney and purple sauerkraut. We especially adore the bold flavours coming from the mango and bacon, which adds a bit of sweetness and texture to the smoky shredded pork.
If you think there’s only so many variations of avocado toast, Haoma’s Smash My Avocado might prove you wrong. A heavenly combination of house-made sourdough bread with guacamole, fresh avocado, semi dried tomatoes, Royal Project feta cheese, hazelnuts, pickled beetroot and poached eggs, we’d say it is the bread that makes all the difference — it’s freshly baked, crusty, and even slightly addictive.
The last dish on our list is also our favourite — French Indulgence, Haoma’s take on a French toast, which contains fried brioche, strawberry jam, rhubarb cherry relish, sugar honey snaps, sous-vide pear and plated with a scoop of Yakult ice cream on the side, topped with fresh wild berries, almond flakes and dark chocolate blocks. Equally photogenic and tasty, the Yakult flavoured ice cream is a creative nod to one of Thailand’s most-loved drinks.
Of course, a weekend brunch is not complete without the bubbly, and Haoma has got you covered with a free-flow Cloudy Bay package for THB 990 nett. If cocktail pitchers sound more like your kind of beverage, the fruity Bitter Sweet Symphony (Campari, orange, lemon, peach syrup, prosecco) and the fizzy Elder Power Punch (rhum agricole, pineapple, mint, grapefruit, carbonated water) are your best bet for a boozy meal. For non-alcoholic drinks, we’d say go for the Lychee Mint Fizz, a simple, easy-to-drink mocktail made from fresh lychee, mint, brown sugar and soda — your brunch can’t get more summery than this.
Did we mention that there’s also live music performance from musicians who go table by table to play some melody next to your plate? With such chilled out vibes, relaxed ambience and unfailingly good food prepared with a sustainable approach, Haoma’s latest offering proves what a truly authentic restaurant can do, whether it’s brunch or fine dining.
Brunch Opening Hours: 11am-3pm
Recommended dishes: Quinoa Quinoa, pulled pork sliders, French Indulgence, pork ribs, Cinnabon
Price: From THB 240 ++
Noise Level: Moderate