Bangkok Foodie: Café Kaldi, Esplanade

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Located in the Esplanade complex on Ratchada Road, Café Kaldi, a Japanese brand in Thailand since 2006, provides the highest quality coffee beans from around the world. Is it worth the trip?

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

How does it look like?

The décor gives you the feeling of a business lounge with its dark woods, comfortable beige chairs and armchairs and white drapes hanging from the ceiling. Few African inspired paintings and sculptures help to beautify the space.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

How do they treat you?

I was quite disappointed by the service, my questions both in English and in Thai didn’t find any answer. I wanted to know more about the cakes but didn’t get any information, I wanted to know about the coffee, I had an answer but a vague one.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

How is the food?

If the coffee smoothies sounded good (I will have to go back to try them), I’ve opted for the kokuto latte, a classic late sweetened by Brown Sugar from Okinawa. If the overall taste was interesting, I was surprised by the fact that the sugar didn’t mix well with the coffee. Once you get only the sweet black liquid, your taste buds won’t be happy for the rest of the meal.

For the cakes, I have tried the nutella, which wasn’t too sweet and perfectly smooth with a nice sponge base. As for the warmed up brownie, the topping of chocolate and hazelnuts was delicious but the cake was a simple chocolate sponge cake and it didn’t taste anything like a brownie

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

How much?

Coffee is around 80 bahts, the same for cakes.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Verdict!

Café Kaldi is a great place to bring your (current or future) business partners for an informal meeting or to simply sip on a coffee while looking for inspiration for your next project.  Sadly it is more about the place than the taste.

6 out of 10 japanese lanterns
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How to go there?

Café Kaldi is located on the 2nd floor of Esplanade (mrt: Thailand Cultural Center).

Café Kaldi has also two other branches in Bangkok: at MBK and JJ Mall.

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