[Bangkok] While Thonglor is known to be THE trendy neighbourhood bursting with activities which houses many hipster spaces such as The Commons, Roast (every Singaporean goes there), and Pacamara Coffee Roasters, this hidden gem located under a housing condominium may go unnoticed.
Furnished with monochrome and sleek fixtures, the minimal chic interior has proven to be the ideal photo spot for many instagrammers, which can be disruptive for regular patrons who just want to enjoy their quiet me-time.
No wonder there was a sign being put up stating, “No Fashion Photography allowed!”.
Luckily, I belong to the “food category”, and nobody would like to see my #OOTDs anyway.
The team behind Hands and Heart are absolutely passionate about coffee and source beans from around the world.
They also roast their own coffee and continuously educate the market by sharing coffee insights on their social media.
I went for the Clean Hands (140 baht, SGD6), which was basically white coffee coated with layer of caramel.
The blend was slightly dark roasted, which tasted more intense with notes of slight bitterness.
The caramel coating then complemented by balancing out the overall flavour.
For non-coffee drinkers, they also carry an interesting range of “Mama’s Herb Drinks”, like how Asian mum would always feed us with herb concoctions which are supposed to reap various health benefits.
The flavours available were extracts from commonly seen Thai ingredients such as Lemongrass, Roselle and Pandan Leaf.
I opted for the exotic-looking Butterfly Pea (80 baht, SGD3.40) which came refreshing, but to the extend of almost tasteless.
It is branded as a ‘healthy’ drink for a reason.
They also serve a small selection of bakes such as scones and croissants.
Some of their recommendations include the Almondholic which is baked almond cream; and Dirty Hand – milk pudding with a shot of coffee or chocolate. Both are priced at 120 baht (SGD5.40).
I ordered the tart-alike Happy Monkey (100 baht, SGD4.30) which came with chopped bananas drizzled with salted caramel sauce served on brioche toast.
While bananas with salted caramel sauce pairing wouldn’t go wrong, the brioche toast was slightly tough for my liking.
Another popular favourite is the Childhood Memories (100 baht, SGD4.30) which incorporated nutella sauce, ovomaltine (better known as “ovaltine” in some countries), and small pieces of marshmallows.
You would have thought this would be an extremely sweet dessert, but it turned out to be more manageable than expected, and did bring out some nostalgic feelings.
The toast was still warm, and the sensation of half-melty nutella made it a lot more enjoyable (get ready some wet tissues if you eat with your hands).
As the space has limited seats, you would probably have to visit early to secure a cosy spot for some me-time.
Hands and Heart
33 Sukhumvit 38 Alley, Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand (BTS Thonglor)
Tel: +66 2 074 2014
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Hands and Heart
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