Invented 300 hundred years ago by a roguish member of Britain's gentry whose title gave the dish its name, the humble sandwich has slowly conquered the real and culinary world ever since.
John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), a notorious gambler who came up with the idea of food stuffed between two pieces of bread so that he would not have to leave his gaming table to take supper, naturally had no inkling of the impact his snack would have thereafter.
Bangkok, after a slow start when tasteless white bread and highly inappropriate fillings were the norm, is now coming to terms with the sandwich in all its glory and multitude of delicious forms. True, while some street vendors still ply their take on what constitutes a sandwich, and it's generally not great, more and more independent outlets and hotels are coming up with increasingly sophisticated sandwiches made using international quality bread that are equal to anywhere in the world.
But it's not just the Brits who developed a dish based on bread. The French have their version - albeit on a single slice - known as Croque Monsieur, essentially grilled ham and cheese with a white sauce. They also have Croque Madame, which in its most basic form, has fried or poached egg on top.
The Big Chilli has been in search of the best and most scrumptious sandwiches in Bangkok and the following is a selection of those that caught our eye and delighted our taste buds.
Clearly, we haven't covered all possibilities available in Bangkok, so send your favorite sandwich or Croque Monsieur / Madame or even baguette to email@example.com
Ham & 3 Cheese Melt Sandwich and the Tuna Melt at Dean & Deluca 275 - 395 baht
All Dean & Deluca branches serve Ham & 3 Cheese Melt, featuring Paris ham, Emmental cheese, cheddar cheese, sourdough bread, served with coleslaw and pickled cucumber. The roast beef mushroom sandwich features roast beef, bacon, sauteed mushroom, Emmental cheese, caesar dressing in Focaccia bread.
Address: g/F, Mahanakhon Cube, Narathiwas Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Contact: 02-234-1434, www.deandeluca.co.th
Iberico Pork Cheek at BLT Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel 850 baht++
Tender slow-cooked Iberico pork cheek BLT at The Lobby and Aqua until August 31. It comes with a delectable honey mustard mayonnaise, Rocket and a succulent tomato salsa. Available from 12 noon - 10.00 pm daily.
+66 (0) 2126 8866 firstname.lastname@example.org 155 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini (BTS Ratchadamri) Contact: (0) 2126 8866, Email: email@example.com
Falafel Sandwich- Rooftop Bar at Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 - 150 baht
The Falafel Sandwich is a well-known Middle Eastern vegetarian food of minced chickpeas served in homemade Arabic bread with an assortment of veggies and tarator sauce, a mix of sesame paste with cumin powder.
+66 2119 3100 www.movenpick.com Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15,
Open from 6am-11pm Tel: 099 383 6760,
Tom Yum Panini Erawan Bakery 250 baht net for take-away or 250 baht+ + for dine in.
Erawan Bakery is exclusively offering the Tom Yum Panini, an exquisite fusion of flavours including prawns and local salad ingredients. Open from 7am to 9pm +662 254 6250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Hyatt Erawan,94 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini Open from 7am-9pm, Contact: 02 254 6250, Email: restaurants. email@example.com
The Well Club Sandwich and The Beer-battered Fish Sandwich 270 baht and 300 baht
A choice of grilled chicken breast stuffed with egg white, capsicum, tomato, avocado paste, broccoli and errinigi mushroom on charcoal bread. Another is delicious option is the beer battered fish sandwich comprising of fresh sea bass dipped in The Twist Bar & Bistro's recipe of beer battered served with romaine lettuce, capsicum, tomato and onion, ebiko and honey mayo on the multigrain toast.
Happy Hours 5-7pm daily. Get 50 percent discount on selected drinks and free appetisers.
The Twist Bar & Bistro at Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20. 10 Sukhumvit 20, Klongtoey Bangkok 10110. 02 1275995. www.wellhotelbangkok.com
Club Sandwich at Gourmet Bar, Novotel Bangkok -250 baht
Combining healthy salad with crispy bacon and chicken in a delicious homemade bread, baked daily,
Gourmet Bar, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, 19/9 Soi Sukhumvit 20, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey,
Open from 6am-10pm
Contact: 02 009 4999, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicken Fillet Baguette at Scruffy Murphy's Bangkok 295 baht
Fried breaded chicken fillet with iceberg lettuce and mayo in a warm Baguette.
Scruffy Murphy's Bangkok open 10.00 am - 12.30 am
12/8 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Open from 10am-12.30 am Contact: 02 661 7417
Sandwich selection Lobby at Pathumwan Princess Hotel 210 baht
Available from T@Lobby in the Pathumwan Princess Hotel is a selection of ciabattas with Norwegian smoked salmon or with Roast Australian beef striploin and mustard, or Mini baguettes with Maldivian tuna and chili or Italian Cooked Ham. Prices from B210 Net.
+66 2216 3700 # 20105 444
MBK Center, Phayathai Road,
Contact: 0 2216 3700
Thimian's Tuna and Tonkatsu
Croissant Salmon Sandwich Zing Bakery at Centara Ladprao
Croque Monsieur Steak Sandwich and Reuben Sandwich at Lobby Sofitel Bangkok - 320 baht
The signature Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese) toasted sandwich and Boston lobster roll in a lightly-spiced cocktail sauce; open steak sandwich in grilled Champagne bread, and beef pastrami “Reuben' sandwich with pickles and sauerkraut. Prices start at 320 baht++
'Buy One Get One Free' offer, daily from 7:30 pm to 11pm.
Lobby Sofitel Bangkok 189, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 13-15,
Open daily: 7am to 11pm
Contact: 02 126 9999 or email: email@example.com
Tuna Croissant & Tonkatsu Sushi Rice Bun at The Sukhothai Bangkok -180 baht and 220 baht
Thimian offers a selection of delectable items including the Tuna croissant and the Tonkatsu sushi rice bun. Thimian is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
+66 (0) 2344 8888 ext. 8659 The Sukhothai 13/3 South Sathorn Road,
Open from 8am-8pm
Contact: (0) 2344 8888 www.sukhothai.com
Focaccia di Medinii Sandwich at The Continent Hotel Bangkok 250++ baht and 350+ + baht
Medinii serves Italian-style Focaccia sandwiches in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian concepts. Made with freshly baked Focaccia Italian bread and delicious fillings, and served with French Fries.
02 686 7000 www.thecontinenthotel. com/dining/35th Floor of The Continent Hotel 413 Sukhumvit Rd,
Open from 6am12pm
Contact: 02 686 7000
Grilled Chicken and Swiss Sandwich at Outback Steakhouse
A lightly seasoned, flame-grilled chicken breast, piled high with sweet caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese, finished off with shredded lettuce and tomato. Served on toasted bun with a zesty chive aioli. Baht 399
Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan,
Open daily from 11am-10pm
Contact: 02 658 0202
Steak Baguette at The Australian Pub & BBQ 375 baht
200 gm Australian Black Angus Strip steak served on a fresh baked baguette, topped with grilled onions, mayo, lettuce & tomato.
39 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Khlong Tan Nuea,
Open from 9.00 am - 1.00 am,
Contact: 02 651 0800
The Pastrami Sandwich Siam Tea Room at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park 275 Baht
Pastrami THB 275++ Smoked Pepper Pastrami, Yellow Cheddar Cheese, Grain Mustard, Pickles Cucumber, Sourdough Bread Freshly home-baked sourdough from the pastry kitchen filled with layers of amazingly tender beef brisket which has been over nightly marinated in fresh herbs and slow cooked with low temperature for up to 10 hours, and resting for one more night before serving. Serve warm with Cheddar cheese, mustard and pickled cucumber. For information and reservation, please contact restaurantreservations.bkkqp@ marriotthotels.com or call 0-2059-5999.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22
Open Daily from 11am-4:30pm
Contact: 0 2059-5999, Website: bangkokmarriottmarquis.com
Classic Club Sandwich Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok - Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok- 480+ bath
Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok 424/1, 424/3-6 Siam Square Soi11 Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. www.hardrock.com/bangkok
Smoked Salmon Bagel, Toasted Parma Ham Panini, Roast Beef on Whole Wheat Sandwich and The Classic Reuben at The Huntsman Pub
138 Sukhumvit Road,
Open Daily from 11.30am-2am,
Contact: +66 2 254 0404
Le Provencal & the Panini at The Corner -140 baht and 160 baht
27/39 Soi Sribamphen., Sathorn Rd.
Open Tue-Sun 7am-midnight
Cuban Sandwich at Azul - 240 baht
16 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Open from Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm,
Mozzarella Anchovy Carrozza at Appia
Address: 20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31,
Open from 6-11pmContact: 02-261-2056
Oh! My Pork at Holy Cheese-180 baht
4th Floor of Silom Complex, 191 Silom 2/1,
Open from 10.30am-9.30pm
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Reuben Sandwich at Tribeca Restobar-240 baht
Rg02, g/F, Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13,
Open Tue-Sun 9am-midnight
Club Sandwich at Rocket Coffeebar
47 Soi Sueksa Witthaya 2, Khwaeng Silom,
Open from 7am-7pm Tue-Sun
Contact: 02 635 0404, www.rocketcoffeebar.com
Smashed Avocado Open-face Sandwich at Luka Bangkok-240 baht
64/3 Thanon Pan, Silom (BTS Station: Surasak),
Open Daily from 9am-6pm
Contact: 02 637 8558
The Cubano at Holey Artisan Bakery-300 baht
The cubano is a hot-pressed panini consisting of
porchetta, bacon, ham,
245/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Open from
Tues - Sun 8am-8pmContact: 02 101 1427,