Looking for high quality bakeries? Living in Phuket we are extremely fortunate to have so much good quality fresh produce available – organic vegetables, tropical fruit and young coconuts to name just a few gems. But we’ve struggled with over the years is getting our hands (or more accurately our mouths) on fresh, quality bakery products and pastries although there have been a few long-term notables.
But now there are lots of new bakeries opening on the island. In no particular order…
With 8 locations around the island of Phuket, Lucky 13 Sandwich has firmly stamped their mark on the cafe bakery market. With fresh bread baked twice daily in their production bakery in Kamala and distriubuted to all their stores, freshness is guaranteed. Flavour is also important, using recipes that have been handed down through generations. They do not use any preservatives in their bread and only use the best of ingredients including butter from New Zealand. Why not get lucky and try and Lucky 13 Sandwich today.
Located perfectly on a corner in Ban Manik, the newly opened Napoleon Bakery is making waves on the island with it’s beautifully crafted artisan breads and bakery items. All items are baked on site daily by Head Chef Rolf Kurt who has 40 years experience, traditional in it’s style, using only the best of produce, Napoleon Bakery is an absolute must.
Locals drive from all over the island to buy takeaway bread and pastries from Zurich Bread Factory. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features its house-made traditionally European style breads and pastries. You need to try the cranberry hot cross buns, almond croissants and fruit tart (there’s definitely fruit in there, along with creamy custard and chocolate 🙂 Located on the very busy Phrabaramee Road in Kathu, opposite the go-karting track. Parking is available behind the bakery.
With multiple outlets on the island, Bake Cherngtalay is the home of its production kitchen which supplies bakery products throughout Phuket. With dine in and takeaway options, their fresh pastries (apple turnover a must try) and daily baked fresh breads, their extensive list means there is something for everyone’s palate. Once the kingpin on the island, but now finds itself in a more competitive market, Bake Cherngtalay continues to provide excellent quality bakery items and is very deserving of a place in our top ten list.
Located five minutes inland from Layan Beach, nestled amongst lush grass and native foliage, Project Artisan is the perfect escape for the entire family. A newcomer in location and style, Project Artisan is establishing itself as the place to be on the island for the hip crowd, providing excellent service, artisan food and beverages and regular workshops to educate the young and the young at heart. Project Artisan’s locally sourced, and organic-where-possible breads and pastries are available in their aptly named “Grab & Go“ and also feature on their evolving menu.
With two locations in Kamala, one a cute little café and the other featuring a café but also the bakery production kitchen, La Fayette French Bakery is a wonderful addition to the formerly-sleepy Kamala village. The dine in and takeaway bakery items and rustic, traditionally crafted bread as well as their buttery and fluffy croissants are a naughty pleasure.
High Tea at Les Diables is an institution on the island just like the café’s owner Peter Webber. With a larger than life personality, Peter is a master craftsman in patisserie, growing up in Devon UK, it is no wonder his scones and house made jams are divine. For ten years he held the position of Executive Pastry Chef at the famed Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Now he’s brought all that skill and precision to Les Diables in Phuket. Delicate pastries, bite size sandwiches, scones and savory pastries all feature in the afternoon tea available daily. And for special occasions Peter’s bespoke cakes deserve a Top Ten category all on their own.
Off the beaten track down in Rawai (used to be in Chalong on Viset Road), Delish Café is primarily frequented by locals, our suggestion to you is to break out of the tourist trap and head south. The café is owned and operated by an Australian couple who are long term residents on the island. Already listed on The Thaiger’s Top Ten Coffees, it also makes our best bakery list too, because their freshly baked products are simply the best. The cake cabinet is something you would expect in a trendy suburban café in Sydney, their latest addition is walnut, coffee flavored cake, cinnamon meringue, toasted walnuts, and maple vanilla whipped cream. Oh my goodness take my money now!!!
Yes, I am fully aware this is not a bakery, however… Anantara Layan has the most scrumptious breakfast buffet on the island and this is largely due to the extensive and delicate bakery items on it. Executive Chef Silvano, a long time resident on the island, and his pastry team produce all items on site daily. The banana bread is especially delicious as is the light and fluffy croissants, paired with house made spreads and jams.
This cute little café in Phuket Town has very quickly established itself as a place to have good quality vegetarian/vegan bakery items. Their banana bread with a hot latte is very popular with locals! Changing menus depending on availability of healthy products keeping the café fresh, current and keeps you coming back for more.
Is cooking endangered rays on ‘MasterChef Thailand’ OK?
Despite experts confirming that fishing, cooking and eating spotted eagle ray is completely legal in Thailand, as Thai law still does not include the species in the country’s protected animal list, many people say that the use of endangered species as cooking material on the popular TV show jeopardised the efforts to conserve these and other rare animals.
Earlier on World Wildlife Day, which highlights the conservation of marine biodiversity, the reality cooking-competition show “MasterChef Thailand” had selected stingrays as the main ingredient for the program.
But after the show had aired it was noticed that the rays used in the TV show were the rare spotted eagle variety.
The discovery has sparked hot debate on social media over the legality and appropriateness of consuming this endangered marine species, with one side strongly pointing out that the consumption of endangered rays was unacceptable, while the other side argued that such stingrays were not that rare and their consumption was widespread in the Kingdom.
Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a leading marine biologist at Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Fisheries, said the exact ray species that had been used on the TV show had not yet been confirmed, but it was very likely the fish were one of two spotted eagle species – Aetobatus ocellatus, which can be found in the tropical Indo-West Pacific region, or Aetobatus narinari, which live in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), both spotted eagle ray species have conservation status, as they are endangered by unsustainable fishing and habitat loss and their populations are in decline.
Aetobatus ocellatus is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list, while Aetobatus narinari is listed as near-threatened, Thon said.
The marine biologist confirmed that despite the international conservation status of both species, their consumption on the TV show would have been legal, because these ray species were still not protected under Thailand’s animal conservation law.
SOURCE: The Nation
A toast to female chefs – Women in Gastronomy 2019 Bangkok
Leading female chefs and wine makers will gather in Bangkok for the International Women’s Day culinary forum at Banyan Tree on March 8.
The second edition of the global food forum Women in Gastronomy (WIG) organised by Gastronauts Asia will showcase an array of acclaimed female food personalities from Thailand and beyond. The full-day symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions, as well as a Bangkok street food lunch prepared by several of the chefs.
This year’s program will also introduce a new feature – women in wine – bringing together some of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers for tastings and more.
WIG 2019 will focus on Italy as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand.
The event will be headlined by chef Cristina Bowerman from Michelin-starred restaurant Glass Hostaria in Rome, one of Italy’s most celebrated chefs. She is regarded as an inspiring chef in the mainly male-dominated field of haute cuisine. Bowerman completed a course in Culinary Arts in the US and returned to Italy in 2004. She won a Michelin star in 2010 for her highly modern cuisine, and she’s the only female chef in Rome holding the accolade.
The special Bangkok Street Food lunch will feature distinctive dishes by Nooror Somany-Steppe from Blue Elephant, Saki Hoshino from 80/20, Jutamas Theantae from Karmakamet, Pichaya Utharantharm – a judge from Top Chef Thailand, Rungthiwa Chummonkhon from The Front Room, Pantong Pratumpak from Err, Naree Boonyakiat, Rangsima Bunyasaranand and Renu Homsombat and Portntip Eumanan from Banyan Tree Bangkok.
On March 8 and 9, guests can also experience special Thailand meets Italy 4-hand dinners by Cristina Bowerman and first winner of Top Chef Thailand Chudaree Debhakam. Cooking together for the first time ever, Bowerman and Chudaree will present an exclusive tasting menu revolving around seasonal, local Thai ingredients. The six-course dinners will be paired with top Italian wines in a private area at Vertigo rooftop restaurant. The dinner costs 4,900 baht per person or 6,900 baht with wine pairing.
The conference and lunch on March 8 costs 1,900 baht while the wine master class and tasting is priced at 1,600 baht. The full day experience costs 3,200 baht.
Find out more by visiting www.WomenInGastronomy.Asia, or call (02) 286 7821.
Olta is the newest ‘olternative’ in Bangkok’s Suan Phlu
Scottish Chef Jamie Wakeford, of noted Phuket restaurant Bampot Kitchen, is rolling out a new restaurant in Bangkok.
Themed as ‘modern British’, and named Olta, the outlet has just opened in the Suan Phlu neighborhood.
The Suan Phlu area is described as one of Bangkok’s latest dining enclaves, with new fashionable openings arriving every month. Currently, Suan Phlu is currently the IT restaurant area in the capital. This street is interesting for foreigners because it is in early stages of gentrification – the old shop houses are still there, along with the great street food stalls you expect, but now these have been joined by a new generation of funky modern venues appealing to locals, expats and tourists.
Suan Phlu is located on upscale Sathorn Road, close to many of the large five-star hotels – The Metropolitan, Banyan Tree and The Sukhothai. If you are arriving by BTS, it is easiest to get off at Chong Nonsi and take a short taxi.
Hitting the road to Bangkok, Wakeford is mixing up classic dishes and local taste with a talented innovative approach at Olta.
A cozy bar completes the offering. Looking for what’s new in Bangkok? Olta certainly should make the top of the list.
Best wishes to Jamie Wakeford and his new BKK team.
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