Bangkok’s drinks industry is thriving more than ever, and as your trusted insiders and late-night sippers at all of the city’s trendiest bars, we’re always on the lookout for where to enjoy the next best tipple. Yet whilst we list new bars and new cocktail menus for you on the monthly, we couldn’t possibly fit all of our findings into one merry round-up. That’s why we’ve created Thirsty Thursday: a one-stop one-drink solution to where (and what) you should drink, every single week of the year. Featuring new standouts or old favourites, consider it a bit like your calling for when you don’t know where to go; served like a shot, but, well, in writing. See you at the bar.
If you’re still having afternoon tea in the afternoon, put down the china, stop the smear on the scone, skip the finger sandwich, and come right this way. This Thirsty Thursday, we’re going to introduce you to the grand world of a cafe gourmand.
Except, of course, it’s supposed to be a complete downplay on the ‘grand.’
Cafe gourmand has been around for a long time, and has its origins in France. It entails a coffee (normally an espresso) and a pastry or several consumed together, and often in the afternoon. It’s pretty casual, yet indulgent nonetheless. It is for gourmands, after all. Much like afternoon tea, a cafe gourmand involves a bit of a dining ritual, and as avid drinkers and diners always looking for an excuse, quite naturally, we’re massive fans.
Just last week, Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar launched a cafe gourmand menu, inviting guests to partake in the 3 o’clock treat over on the 76th floor. They’ve taken it to new heights — quite literally. Here’s why you should give it a try.
Whilst afternoon tea long presented a high potential for ‘gramming, there’s no denying that the three-tier cake stand can both look and feel like a mountain of food. It’s great for those who are famished and on a sugar low post-lunch, but it’s also not so great on the scale the morning after.
For the cafe gourmand menu at Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, you get the choice of either a flan, a fruit tart, or a chocolate eclair (go for the chocolate eclair and thank us later). This you’ll pair with coffees or teas of your choice. The latter includes a selection from Mariage Frères, so there’s a really great alternative if you aren’t a diehard coffee drinker. The idea behind the cafe gourmand is to serve sweet dessert with bitter beverage together, so as to balance the flavours. This works well with an espresso and any of the above, but especially with the Mariage Frères teas, too.
But fret not for fear of losing ‘grammability. Perhaps the greatest appeal of the cafe gourmand is — and excuse our millennial French here — the vibe.
It’s easy come 3pm to reach into the snack drawer and have a Snickers and an iced coffee. But there is no romance in that. At Mahanakhon SkyBar, you’ve got a killer view of Bangkok that is unlike any other. It is near golden hour and the light is at its most beautiful. It’s that entirely lax time between lunch rush and dinner fuss. Opera music plays. Conversation flows. Dare we even say that romance ensues?
This Thirsty Thursday, we’re sugar high in every sense of the word.
Cafe Gourmand is available at Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar every day from 2pm-4pm. Each set includes one pastry and one choice of coffee or tea, starting from THB 350++ per person, exclusive of service charge and tax.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Rd., Silom, Bang Rak, +66 2 677 8722.