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Toast Company makes it fresh and does wonderfully inventive things with it

THE APPETISING fragrance of freshly baked bread catches shoppers the moment they step into Toast Company, a new patisserie at Central Festival EastVille. The counter right in the centre of the shop even resembles a loaf of bread in shape, with actual loaves circulating above it on a conveyor belt.
More loaves – real but inedible because they’re made only for longevity – line the shelves. Behind a large window, the kitchen is bustling with bakers.
“I love bread, but I found it was never easy finding fresh-from-the-oven bread around Bangkok,” says owner Narapong Phoneam. 
“Here we use the highest-quality flour, butter and cream and we never use preservatives. The bread is naturally aromatic and can be very much part of the dining experience because we have bread to go with both savoury and sweet dishes.”
Among the varieties are Soft and Fluffy Milk Bread, Sweet Potato and Earl Grey Bread, baguettes, focaccia, and waffles too. Home-made raspberry and apple jams make terrific toppings. An all-day breakfast is available too, featuring scrambled eggs on toast, bacon, sausages and mozzarella cheese.
The Beef Sandwich is well worth the Bt750 price tag – you get 250 grams of grain-fed Black Angus meat smoked for six hours and then grilled medium rare. It comes on white bread that’s oven-crisp outside and soft within. Horseradish aioli gives the sandwich a slightly hot kick.
 The meat in the Pulled Pork Burger (Bt350) is smoked for 10 hours and seasoned with BBQ sauce in a soft, sweet potato bun with pickled zucchini and coleslaw on the side.
A sweet choice is the Apple Bomb (Bt280), and the name is a hint at the surprise inside this baked milk-bread dessert. It contains a peeled Pink Lady apple stuffed with raisins that have been slowly simmered in dark rum with cinnamon and brown sugar. The Bomb is served with a vanilla ice cream and English custard.
Equally tempting is the Earl of Grey (Bt180), which is Earl Grey toast topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and roasted almond flakes, whipped cream and Earl Grey custard tucked alongside.
For a fresh kick, Sticky Icky Mango (Bt240) is sweet-potato toast with diced, ripe nam dok mai mango, coconut ice cream, shredded coconut meat, roasted coconut and sesame seeds. This goes great with coconut custard.
To cool off on a hot day, there are refreshing smoothies, Strawberry and Banana (each Bt120).
  
 
WORTH THE DOUGH
>> Toast Company is on the ground floor of Central Festival EastVille on Ekamai-Ram Intra Road. 
>> It’s open daily from 11am to 9pm. 
>> Call (088) 499 7971 or visit the “ToastCompany” page on Facebook.
 

Published : June 10, 2016

By : Khetsirin Pholdhampalit The