[Bangkok, Thailand] Friends who know I was visiting Bangkok told me, “You must try After You!” Bangkok friends said, “Yeah, let’s meet at After You.”
To me, that is so strange. Only because I was recommended to try a Japanese-style shibuya toast dessert where all I really wanted was some Tom Yum Goong.
With a tagline of “There’s always room for desserts”, there is always a queue (especially at the Siam Paragon branch) for their sweet treats from shibuya honey toasts, buttermilk pancake, chocolate lava, brownies, to cakes like mille crepe.
The Shibuya Honey Toast comes in exciting-sounding flavours from Ferrero, nutella, sticky toffee, matcha, cheddar cheese, strawberry cream to chocolate toast.
The toast cost 175-195 baht ($6.70 – $7.50) for the ‘baby size’ and 195-245 baht for the larger one ($7.50 – $9.50), pretty pricey in Thailand’s context, considering that you can get a tee-shirt and a half for a toast.
But it isn’t difficult to understand why After You Dessert Café is so popular. It is the place to see and to be seen. Packed with youngish, many quite gorgeous looking people posing with their shibuya toasts – quite a sure-win way to get more ‘likes’ on instagram.
The Shibuya Special Black Toast I had, indulgently topped with soft baked peanut cookie dough, melted peanut butter sauce and ice cream, was luxurious and delicious. I hate to say this, but it is very pretty.
The outer layer was agreeably sugar-honey coated and slightly crunchy, and as you cut in its thick breath, you realise that the sponge is softer and fluffier that you would have imagined. The mess of ingredients, while a level sweeter than I would have wished for, was a mix of the right textures and quantity.
Few would have known that the owner of After You is a sweet petite-looking Kulapat “May” Kanokwatanawan, who is in her early 30s. The dessert lover created this famed product after 50 trials after she came across the Shibuya toast in Japan.
The original After You cafe is located in Thong Lor, which is full of other attractive cafes such as Mr Jones Orphange, Audrey and Greyhound, but those at Siam Paragon, Central World and La Villa are probably more convenient. I say go try it, and don’t forget to instagram it.
After You Dessert Café
La Villa, Paholyotin Level 1 (next to Ari BTS) Bangkok, Thailand. Tel: +662 613 0597
Other Branches: J Avenue Thonglor 13, Siam Paragon, The Crystal Phase 2, Central Plaza Lardprao, Int Intersect Rama 3, Silom Complex, Central World