Bangkok Foodie: Let them eat cake, Siam Center
I have read great reviews about Let Them Eat Cake, in Siam Center, the newest trendy French inspired pâtisserie/bar/salon de thé. The name of the place is referential to the famous quote from Queen Marie-Antoinette, who obsessed by macarons and other delicate pastries, would have said (though it is not accurately true): “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (Let them eat cake) while the revolution of the poor French people was making Versailles’ walls tremble.
How does it look like?
I was a bit disappointed when I realized that the pastry shop wasn’t in a closed environment but in the middle of the hallway in between Sizzler, Fuji and Yves Rocher. The passing-by of fellow shoppers is a bit disturbing and ruins the intimacy of the decor. Apart from its location, the café is lovely and its decoration exquisite. Its cake display gives a great layout to the pastries and light them like art pieces. Its white cups and tea pots installations and its comfortable chairs are both reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and Sofia Coppola’s glamorous French aristocracy in Marie-Antoinette.
How do they treat you?
Don’t be fooled by the boudoir-like feeling, you won’t be treated like a princess. It’s maybe because we went there on a busy Saturday but the place is understaffed. We were seated without a menu and had a wait a long time to have our order taken. The pastries and beverages arrived quite quickly but the waiters weren’t friendly nor are they speaking any good English.
How is the food?
Luckily for the place, the cakes saved the day. We ordered a strawberry and raspberry Saint-Honoré and La Rose, a rose shaped mousse-like pastry. They were both light and delightful. The rose flavor was an original touch without being over-powering. The Asian influenced pastries looked also delicious and I’m sure to come back to taste Nihonphilia (a hazelnut and matcha tea combination) and the Thai tea tart.
The Ice-Latte (a café’s staple in my book) was good enough to accompany the desserts without being outstanding.
The prices are quite high, with a minimum of 140 bahts for a lady-portioned cake. Count the same for beverages.
It’s a place for you if you like delicate flavors and you need a cute place to hang out around Siam after or before a shopping spree with your girlfriends or if you want to bring your mom or aunties to a nice and feminine place to catch up.
8 out of 10 éclairs
How to go there?
G floor Mille-Malle, Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok
(Mille-Malle building is on your right side when you come from Sukhumvit road)
Tel: 02 663 4667
How to reach them:
– by BTS: Get off at Prompong station (E5), then walk along Sukhumvit road 600 m. to Soi 20, then walk 300 m. from the main street.
– by MRT: Get off at Sukhuvit station, then walk 900 m. or motorcycle taxi.
– by Car: you can reach us from either Sukhumvit road or Rama IV road (use shortcut to Sukhumvit Soi 22 which you can notice ESSO gas station at the entrance)