Best new cafes to try in Bangkok this weekend
Kad Kokoa, one of Thailand’s very first chocolate makers, has opened an eponymous chocolate café that puts the spotlight on bean-to-bar chocolates and indulgent drinks whipped up using locally grown cacao beans. Kad Kakao started when the husband-and-wife team of Paniti and Nuttaya Junhasavasdikul found a piece of land with a few cacao trees during an expedition to northern Thailand and decided to purchase it. This soon became a full-on cacao farm, supplying cacao beans for the duo’s chocolate production. A teal-colored house in narrow Soi Narathiwas Ratchanakarin 17, built from wood taken from this cacao plantation, houses a small factory/kitchen where the Kad Kakao team makes chocolate bars from scratch. The front part of the house holds a shop that sells the single-origin chocolates made using beans from four provinces: Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi, Prachap Kirikhan and Chumpon. There are also limited-selection items infused with ingredients such as Shiraz, Chardonnay and other liquors. (They’re generous with free samples.) The main building houses the café where Kad Kokoa has teamed up with Bluekoff, Thailand’s leading coffee bean producer, to churn out wonderfully crafted chocolate and coffee drinks. Menu stand-outs include drinks made from 70-percent Chantaburi chocolate, such as the creamy and indulgent Vanilla Mousse, and Orange Blossom, a fruity drink that mixes the chocolate with sweet orange blossom water. These chocolate drinks pair nicely with desserts that also in
Omotesando Koffee, the world-renowned Tokyo-based coffee house, has opened a shop in Bangkok. Omotesando was founded by barista Eiichi Kunamoto in Tokyo’s affluent Omotesando district in 2011, and has later evolved into an international brand with sub brands and cafes in Hong Kong and Singapore, in which their minimalist design concept also defines the look of the Bangkok cafe. Omotesando Koffee is best known for two signature blends, made of beans sourced from around the world, as well as single-origin coffee selection you can’t find elsewhere.
The Japan-hailing Detective Conan-themed cafe has arrived in Bangkok at Siam Center as a pop-up, taking the space of Bake a Wish cafe on the mall’s first floor. For 60 days, The Thai-Japanese collaboration will serve up food and drinks inspired by Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer, the latest full-length feature film in the popular animation series. A curry rice dish, in particular, is named after the drug that transforms teenage detective Kudo Shinichi into young school kid Conan, who leads the storyline.