Best of Bangkok
Monday, April 24, 2017
Just a few meters from the BTS stairs leading to throngs of busy commuters hustling along on the Ploen Chit train platform above, is a nook nestled off the gritty Sukhumvit strip which raptures you away from the city to the simplistic sophistication of the French provincial countryside! Cafe Tartine, a family business, opened its doors nearly 8 years ago and has been thrilling guests since day one with their modern twists on classic favorites.
By day, Cafe Tartine is a central hub for meeting a friend for a perfectly crafted cappuccino coffee and a crepe or getting some work done over a chocolate croissant and peach iced tea. Lunch draws a business crowd and is a favorite ladies-meet-up with classics like the Cobb Salad, Burgers and their Paulette Chévre which is a must-try – baguette stuffed with marinated chicken, savory black olives and creamy goat cheese.
The weekend brunch is when the doors fling wide open to welcome patrons who saunter in on Sunday after sleeping-in to treat themselves to Quiche or Croque Madame. I sample Eggs Benedict at every brunch spot I visit and Cafe Tartine‘s hollandaise sauce is spot on! With white, rose, red and sparkling wine options, you can linger unhurried and sip while your toddler is entertained by Walt Disney classics that play on the large screen TV. Staff is friendly, helpful and exceptionally accommodating – bringing our youngest bruncher (Eden, 1 year) the end of a baton; because every teething baby loves to chew on the crusty end of a french loaf!! The crowd surges late morning with brunch goers spilling out onto the patio terrace for alfresco dining cooled by large fans. Prefer to stay at home in your pajamas? No worries – you can order delivery!
Save room for dessert. Ill admit that Ive tried for years to like Creme Brulee without much success. This was, I believe, the first time I went back for a second bite….and a third! Agathe (owner of Cafe Tartine) tells us that its her French mama’s secret recipe, and that’s where the magic is folks!
My girls had their faces pressed against the glass of the dessert case moments after walking into the restaurant. Oh sweet temptation! You’ll want to order a couple to share! Dont miss out on Lemon Meringue or Chocolate Pumpkin Pie!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Velcro, Coca-cola and Penicillin have all been monumental inventions born of frustration or accident. And Bangkok has its own history-in-the-making by way of a pizza shop raising the bar after the owner discovered this city sadly lacking in authentic Italian-inspired pizza.
My husband first tasted Hot Wheels for a casual weekday lunch and came home raving that it “was the best pizza in Bangkok”. His lofty claims were not unfounded and we made Hot Wheels our dining selection the next week for “date night” each polishing off our own pizza. While the large would be an adequate portion to split, it was just too yummy to share!
The trademark wood burning oven is secret to that oh-so-perfect crust. Quality ingredients and an extra generous sprinkle of cheese makes these a fierce rival to any other local pizza parlor. On the menu, select from signature favorites or build your own customized creation with meats imported from Italy, cheeses and local fresh vegetables available to make a mouthwatering masterpiece! And what makes Hot Wheels even more amazing is that this outfit is mobile! “Hot Wheels” for which it is named, operates out of a fully functional truck with oven, chef, ingredients and talent all serving up a slice of awesomeness by way of Napoli Pizzas.
Hot Wheels delivers, and to friends of this blog, Hot Wheels is offering free delivery on the first order!! Just mention “Best of Bangkok” when you place your order. A great alternative to generic pizza chains, Hot Wheels can cater to parties, gatherings, or just family Friday-night movie marathons as we enjoyed this week!
And when you’ve satisfied your savory craving, make sure you save room to satiate that sweet tooth. The Nutella Star with Mascarpone cheese, bananas and hazelnut spread may not be a classic pizza recipe, but its a sinfully sweet end to a perfect pizza party!
Delivery Mon-Sat 6:00-midnight and Sunday 6:00-10:00pm.
Don’t forget to mention “Best of Bangkok” and request free delivery!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Anyone who has spent any length of time in Thailand has experienced epidemic of inedible cakes here! Sweet temptations behind glass fronts in bakeries tempt us with frosting flourishes and edible embellishments, but one has only to cut and taste to realize that “not all that glitters is gold!”
While the cakes may look the same, one typically discovers that ingredients used in most Thai bakeries and kitchens are very different than the standard we would hold for dessert delicacies in the west. There is nothing more unappealing than partaking of a bite only to realize that instead of smooth buttercream, your mouth is filled with an oily, overly sweetened shortening substance! All too often, that has been my experience with every dessert here.
So began my search for “the perfect cake” for my husbands 40th birthday! Due to the fact that I dont have an oven that works, I laid aside my apron and started scouring the internet. Lemon came recommended by a friend and my intrigue only grew as I talked to Shweta who fielded all my questions and graciously accommodated date and time and location changes last minute, delivering to us a perfectly scrumptious carrot cake – Chad’s favorite!!
The taste was undeniably different than my disappointing debut with Thai desserts months before. While quality of ingredients (OMG!! the cream cheese frosting was to die for!!!) left my palate profoundly satisfied, she didnt compromise in the least in presentation and decor! My husbands 40th birthday “still young at heart” themed cake tastefully incorporated his favorite pastime, (surfing,) into a stunning beach-themed layered cake.
Well this one takes the cake!! Moist, beautifully blended flavors, quality ingredients, exquisite decorations and superb customer services guarantees we will be ordering from Lemon again in the future. And with as many family birthdays as we celebrate, I anticipate we’ll be keeping Shweta very, very busy!