Bangkok, Thailand: Let Them Eat Cake

I love Bangkok. I love the people who always have a smile on their face, the joint crackin’ massages, sweating it out in jatujak market and discovering quirky creative pieces and of course, what I like most is the cuisine. Thai dishes are an explosion of spicy, sweet and tangy flavours. Hearty but never heavy; nuanced and never bland. Everyone’s possibly got restaurants and hawkers they make a habit of returning every single time they visit and I think we have found them this trip. I will get down to writing about those places we ate at but since my fellow countrymen are currently cafe crazy (and I mean both at visiting them and setting them up) I thought I would first share this gem at Sukhumvit called Let Them Eat Cake.

Bangkok, alike Singapore, is possibly experiencing a surge of new cafe set ups. There were many places that came up during a quick google but I decided I could only make time (and space on the waistline) for this one. Let Them Eat Cake, which looks like a toned down version of Singapore’s Antoinette, is on the relatively quiet Sukhumvit Soi 20. We came by on a Sunday afternoon and all the 30-35 seats indoors were taken, so we were promptly shown seats in the outdoor area. Service staff kindly obliged to sit us indoors once a party was done. The outdoor seats were actually really nice but we chose air-conditioned comfort over the heat. The menu is a succinct selection of teas, coffees, chocolate drinks and wine. As for desserts, a selection of about ten are right at the front counter.

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We ordered the Thai Tea Tart, a La Rose, a latte and a cold chocolate drink to start. The Thai Tea Tart (135 baht) was the only fusion dessert on the menu.

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Chai yen flavours in the tart came through in the mousse. Every component was chai yen flavoured – from the ganache, to the glaze, to even the two mini blocks of Thai Tea jelly that sat pretty on the tart. If you look carefully, there’s also a genoise biscuit (pre -soaked in Thai tea syrup) that’s embedded within the mousse. Fans of the popular Thai beverage should definitely pick this.

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The second dessert we tried was called the La Rose (135 baht). Rose bavarois cream is set atop an almond dacquoise biscuit in the shape of a rose no less. Hidden in the middle is a ball of jellified raspbery coulis which tasted like an raspberry sorbet. La Rose was definitely a winner. We really liked the subtle gentle rose cream coupled with a refreshing hit of raspberry.

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My sister, Y, was so impressed with the desserts that she egged us to order a third dessert to share. We’re all fans of passionfruit and it only made sense that the third would be the La Passion. This was pretty similar to the La Rose – passionfruit mousse on a layer of almond dacquoise with a strip of jellified raspberry coulis within, topped with some crispy bits of raspberry. Absolutely no complaints with this one too.

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I know most people rush through Bangkok trying to shop and eat as much as they can especially so when it’s a short weekend getaway. If you do actually have some time to spare, or would prefer to take it slow for a change, Let Them Eat Cake would be a great patisserie to slot into your plans. They also open till midnight on Friday and Saturday but I’m guessing you would need to make a prior reservation.

Let Them Eat Cake
G floor Mille-Malle, Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok
(If you’re taking a cab and coming in from Sukhumvit road, keep telling the driver to go straight until you see Mille-Malle building on your right side)
+66 2 663 4667
Mon-Thurs, Sun: 10am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-12midnight

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