[Bangkok] If I were to name a “hidden gem’ in Bangkok, 和 ピース Peace – Oriental Teahouse would come to my mind with its non-conspicuous location and legit Japanese drinks and desserts.
Their tagline is “Matcha for perfectionists”.
Located at Sukhumvit 49 just a stone throw away from Rocket Coffeebar, you might have just walked past Peace Oriental Teahouse without noticing as there wasn’t any conscious signboard.
Note: Their first outlet is at Ekkamai, 70/5 Sukhumvit Soi 63 but it has closed as the area was re-developed for a condominium project.
Just glass panels, a simple and minimalist wooden interior with a quiet and zen ambience during the weekdays.
“It doesn’t even feel like Bangkok here!”, my friend exclaimed without hiding her excitement, only to attract weird stares from diners in the hush-hush environment.
The teahouse was separated into 3 sections: bar table, window seats and tatami seats, all of which required us to remove our footwear to access.
The entire menu revolved around tea leaves, from Matcha, Sencha (Japanese green tea), Houjicha (Roasted green tea) to Chinese Oolong and Red Tea.
A Pastel collection of drinks (with milk added) included Matcha 140 baht (SGD$5.60, USD$4), Genmaicha/ Houjicha 180 baht (SGD$7.20, USD$5) whereas the traditional Usucha is priced at 180 baht (SGD$7.20, USD$5) or 330 baht (SGD$13.20, USD$9.30).
Desserts were limited to Ice cream such as Genmaicha/ Houjicha 235 baht (SGD$9.40, USD$6.60) or Koicha Cream/ Matcha Extremist 285 baht (SGD$11.40, USD$8).
It was not cheap, definitely, considering that there was just a single scoop of ice cream.
My attention was immediately drawn to the Matcha Extremist at 285 baht (SGD$11.40, USD$8), a single scoop of matcha ice cream encased within a black charcoal crust.
Call it gimmicky or Instagram-worthy as I broke open the jet-black orh-lu-lu casing to reveal the thick, luscious matcha ice cream inside.
Inside, the ice cream had a smooth texture without an icy feeling, robust in flavour with a lingering matcha bitterness.
Umami desu ne!
Still reminiscing the scoop of matcha ice cream, I decided to order the Koicha Cream 285 baht (SGD$11.40, USD$8) that came in the form of a scoop of milk ice cream, swimming in a pool of dark green matcha sauce accompanied by a ball of black glutinous rice.
Surprisingly, the milk ice cream was soft and light, well balanced by the slight bitterness in the matcha sauce.
For the tea lovers, the Gyokuro (King of Japanese tea) was available at THB 450 (SGD$18, USD$12.70) in 3 sampling portions – chilled, warm and in the form of edible tea leaves.
The chilled version had a fragrant aroma, smooth texture and a robust umami tasted, whereas the warm cup was more soothing.
A perfect cup of tea while people-watching at the window seats. Definitely a hidden gems discovered during this Bangkok trip.
和 ピース Peace – Oriental Teahouse
47/1 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 097 267 2626
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat-Sun)
Peace Oriental Teahouse (G Tower, G floor)
31 Rama IX Soi 4, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310
Tel: 097 267 2626
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.