Saturday, April 07, 2007
Tea with bunches of bouquets
So Langsuan is Bangkok's most favorite destinations for people looking for chic style fine dining. Adding on the list is a gift to Bangkokian where a sixty-year-old grandma house renovated into this white home-sweet-home tea room and flower shop houses the High Tea and Ruern Boossaba (House of Flower).
A brainchild of renowned florist Panitan Tongsatit, High Tea sits harmonized with Ruern Boossaba tastefully decorated in all white and minimal interior with great charm. Welcoming scents of floral slowly flowed into the lounge brings customers peace of mind while sipping a cup of French-style flavored tea or cappuccino on the elegant couch in a lazy sunny afternoon. It is a real chilled-out sanctuary in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
High Tea offers more than cakes and tea, there is a limited but delicious hot meal items have been added on the menu. Star of the starter was salmon salad in spicy lemongrass sauce so it was what I started for lunch with a friend. The sauce was not really too spicy, instead it was a good mix of lemongrass, herbs and chili. The pumpkin soup was aromatic and rich and stomach filling.
I also sampled the tuna spaghetti with black olive, it was cooked medium soft with the al dente texture, simple but good; and my friend tried the prawns fettuccine, the dish came with three big river prawns and the sauce was from a secret recipe of High Tea, both aromatic and spicy.
For mains, I opted for boneless duck with chill and tomato sauce, the duck meat was so tender and the sauce was not spicy despite chili mentioned, and my friend picked pork chop with apple and raisin sauce, a piece of tender country rib with a hint of sweet and aroma from the apple. They are as good as the High Tea famous pastries and cakes.
Finally pastry fan likes me came to the desserts. Best sellers are the dark chocolate cake, and the white chocolate cheese cake; and I opted for the dark chocolate cake served warm, first. I voted this dark devil the best in Bangkok surpassing the Oriental's and the Peninsula's chocolate cakes. Need to say more! Other delighted desserts were the dark chocolate mousse, the chocolate crepes, and the peach panna cotta. For cheese cake lovers another star of High Tea couldn't be missed were the white chocolate cheese cake with blueberry, and the white chocolate cheese cake with cherry. I would have regretted if I didn't order any. My friend and I shared them.
I ordered High Tea's French-style flavored tea to accompany the cakes. Summer was the flavor I always wanted to have a return cup.
Perhaps High Tea and Ruern Boossaba is an extraordinary tea room where I can take time to kill my entire afternoon, to appreciate the flowers and bouquets, to enjoy the atmosphere, and then to roam about the front porch, the outdoor terrace, the lounge and the dining area with my favorite pastries and tea or coffee.
High Tea @ Ruern Boossaba ***1/2
68/1 Soi Langsuan
Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
Open daily : 9 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,000
(Notice: High Tea has been relocated to 45/4 Langsuan Road, join hand with Mokka Old Fashioned Cafe and Restaurant. It is near the Starbucks Langsuan. New phone number is 02.354.5699. Pity that food is not as good as before, and my favorite warm chocolate cakes shrink in size. Mokka has a wide range of alcohol drinks and wine list so its it a pub-cum-restaurant with a Western and Thai menu, while High Tea still serves desserts and tea. Updated on 2008-08-01)
(Update on 2011-02-01: High Tea is now a history, while Mokka moved to continue its booze and noisy pub business elsewhere.)