Issaya La Patisserie @ Central Embassy – Thai Dessert with a Modern Twist
Bangkok is getting more hip with new offerings in shopping mall. I went to Issaya La Patisserie for a sweet pick-me-up after a heavy meal at Tetsu. Located in the middle of 5th floor in Central Embassy, this beautiful patisserie in the same style as its parent restaurant – Issaya Siamese Club. Different shades of blue, red and yellow occupied the whole restaurant and they focus on creating Thai style desserts with a modern twist.
The woman behind all these desserts is Chef Paper. And guess what, she is only 23 years old! Chef studied pastry France for 3 months and has worked in Issaya for 2 years. Everyone loves a classic, can’t-miss dessert, especially during the holidays. But if you’re ready to put a tasty twist on tradition, try one of these exciting flavours.
One of the signatures, which is also my favourite, is Sai Sai (150 baht) serving coconut mousse filled with kra-cheek, a twist of traditional thai dessert. Wrapped beautifully in a banana leaf, this green coconut mousse has shredded coconut with coconut sugar within.
The Ladybug (215 baht) design caught our eye immediately with its shiny bright red skin. Made with soft cheesecake and layers of mulberry jelly and chocolate crunchy, it is slightly too sweet for my liking.
Another of my favourite is Ka-nom krok (250 baht). It is an ubiquitous street snack made in the cast iron kanom krok pan. Here, the mini coconut pancake comes with a buttery tart shell and served with a variety of condiments for you for make your own Ka-nom-krok. Well, I basically put all the condiment and pound, sprinkle on top and make my own toppings.
What do you get when “Banana + Brownie”? You get “Bananie” (145 baht)! Put it simply, it’s rich and fudgy brownie with banana and some coconut sugar sauce. Oh man, my diet will start tomorrow!
It’s interesting to understand the thought process while creating these desserts. Sometimes, it’s really not easy to enjoy a variation of the traditional dessert that you have been eating for years. So it’s important to go with an open mind and never let other people’s experiences define yours.
Issaya La Patisserie
Addressl Floor 5, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit, Bangkok
Tel: +66 94 724 5447
* Thank you Central Embassy for the invitation over to Bangkok. *