Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paris Mikki @ Metha Wattana Building, Sukhumvit 19, Bangkok - ปารีส มิกกิ @ อาคารเมธาวัฒนา ซอยสุขุมวิท 19 กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Pastry / French Dessert / Cafe
Price: THB350 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 22 February 2015
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 4/10
Services: 4/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Do you like French pastry? If so and if you live in Bangkok, you are sure aware that it is so flicking difficult to find one good patisserie here. Here is one for you. Paris Mikki is located right on the ground floor of Metha Wattana Building in Soi Sukhumvit 19, which is around Asoke area, and was launched just in December 2014. Simply, travelling here is not a problem at all. All sorts of transportation that you could find Bangkok are just nearby: i.e. BTS, MRT, and bus (if you wish to use the service). There are also parking space at Metha Wattana Building.

Paris Mikki bakes authentic French pastry daily: viennoiserie, tart, choux, eclair, and etc. I promise many of them are delicious but they do come at some price tag. I would even suggest calling in to reserve your favourite choice in order to avoid disappointment. In term of venue, it is a tiny place for eating in. I really mean tiny. There are only a few small tables indoor and a few more outdoor. Forget the outdoor thing in Bangkok if it is not December and January. It would be really hot most of the time and rain in monsoon. The ambient in the shop, however, is rather relax and decorated beautifully.

Paris Mikki @ Sukhumvit 19, Bangkok

Little charming place

Elegant layout of pastry

As mentioned earlier, the gorgeous sweet stuff here is rather dearly priced. Nevertheless, it is at least good to say that it is inclusive of VAT and service charge which is rare for the modern day dining in Thailand. Many restaurants' owners seem to take advantage out of customers regardless how terrible their service is. Anyway, as for the service here at Paris Mikki, it might not be the so fantastic, I would say there seemed to be some care for customers.

Well, we did order a few choices to try here. The first one was Caramel Luxembourg (8/10). Ok, I gotta say I do like this caramel choux quite a lot. The choux dough was nicely made with thin crust. The filling comprised of vanilla based cream and caramel cream or should I say dulce de leche as the French say (O.o)". I found the texture was nice and dense whilst sweetness was there but not overwhelming. With a nice pot of non-cream based tea, it would be really enjoyable. Just a minor detail that annoyed me a little which is the small golden nameplate with store name. It is made of paper and it would be greatly appreciated if it would be made of something edible, such as chocolate, instead. But minor detail really.

Caramel Luxembourg (THB135)

Fabulous filling of cream and caramel

I want all these four caramel choux

The next one was Tart aux Fraise (4/10) or simply strawberry tart. Most of the time, I do enjoy tart based dessert considerable: chocolate tart, lemon tart, strawberry tart, and etc. For this strawberry tart, it did not quite match my expectation. The tart base was thick which gave a little harsh texture mouth feel. The pastry cream in the middle was too mild in terms of both palate texture and taste. Lastly, strawberry was fresh but not entirely qualitatively sweet. I wouldn't re-order this tart definitely. For THB205, I do expect to see something much better than this.

Tart aux Fraise (THB205)

Tart aux Fraise does look lovely on the shelf

As a lover of viennoiserie, I could not resist not to order one to taste. I went for Pain au Chocolat (7/10). This croissant based chocolate puff was delicious. The best part was texture: nice layers of puff with soft palate touch whilst maintaining crispiness. The con was chocolate filling: more please I would say. As you can see from the picture below, the chocolate filling was too little for the size of the pain au chocolat. I would suspect the classic croissant to be as good. If you like viennoiserie, here is one good thing for you.

Pain au Chocolat (THB95)

Gorgeous layers of Pain au Chocolate but too little chocolate

I promise Viennoiseries are great here

Lastly, I did also order a cup of Cafe Latte (3/10) and I found that it was not really cafe latte in my opinion. With that much milk foam on top, I would categorise this as cappuccino instead. At the time, I did not hesitate to let one of the staff aware straight away. The response was a bit lack of customer handling experience. Instead of offering a new cup of what it had been expected or something else for substitution, I was informed that it was machine brewed, not made by a barista, so this was how it's served. Well, that was not good enough in my opinion. However, the staff at least did promise to take note and will try to make adjustment. I will see how it goes during my following visit. For this time, THB120 for a not-really cafe latte and average quality after taste of coffee note, it was a rip off in my opinion.

In overall, this is a nice little place with delicious range of French pastry. Though not really so much of value for money, it is still difficult to find this kind of quality of pastry in Bangkok. I wouldn't mind paying for it as long as the standard is kept as-is and I dine in; this pricing is too ridiculous for take away in my perspective.

Cafe Latte (THB120)

Beverage Menu

Paris Mikki @ Metha Wattana Building, Sukhumvit 19, Bangkok - ปารีส มิกกิ @ อาคารเมธาวัฒนา ซอยสุขุมวิท 19 กรุงเทพฯ
Floor G, Metha Wattana Building
27 Soi Sukhumvit 19
Sukhumvit Road
Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00am - 08:00pm

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