Delectable Delights: Eight Places to Indulge your Sweet Tooth in BKK

I’m gonna be honest.  Whenever we take our children out for dessert, it’s more for mom and dad.  “What’s that?  Did I hear you say you want a McDonald’s soft serve ice cream?  Well, okay then.  The Sukothai Chocolate Buffet?  Sure!”  Yes, that’s pretty much how it works.  Using this method, we have found some super-hip dessert locales that offer up some truly decadent treats.  Below I present to you our favorites.

1. For the culinary adventurer and appreciator of arts

IceDEA

This place is too cool for school.  Seriously.  At IceDEA, ice cream is not just served; it is designed and shaped into a variety of foods.  Medium-rare U.S. steak with a side of  fries?  You got it.  Japanese Tonkatsu?  No problem.  Pizza supreme?  Easy.  Not only is the ice cream sculpted to perfection, the flavors offered are creative and eclectic.  Wasabi, roasted coconut, earl grey . . . you get the idea.  This place brings the word unique to a new level.  Go and try it.  You will be amazed.

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Looks like a real hamburger and fries, right?

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The IceDEA cafe at BACC

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The Most Toddler-Friendly Restaurant in Town

As Katelyn was hosting a Valentine’s Day play date today, which looked something like this –

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Reading, playing the piano and eating biscuits . . . a great start to a play date

– I got some inspiration for the following post (thank you, ladies!).  I was surprised to find out that many of my friends are unfamiliar with what I consider the most child-friendly restaurant in Bangkok . . . Cafe Tartine.  So, this one is for all of you.

We were lucky to learn of  Cafe Tartine early on.  It was described to us as a great lunch spot with yummy salads and sandwiches.  We soon came to find out that that characterization was absolutely true, but what impressed us then and continues to impress us now is how easily you can eat at Cafe Tartine with children in tow, especially toddlers.

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Mommy, Logan and Daddy sharing a Valentines lunch at Cafe Tartine (Daddy had the photography honors)

On the culinary front, Cafe Tartine is awesome because the food is always fresh and of the highest quality.  You can create your own salad from an extensive list of ingredients ranging from brie to grilled chicken, parisian ham, and sundried tomatoes.  The first food I had post-delivery with Katelyn was a Cafe Tartine salad.  That’s saying something!  The sandwiches are equally as tasty – ham and brie, pork tenderloin, prosciutto raclette.  And for dessert?  The BEST lemon meringue pie you’ve ever tasted.  Oh, and chocolate mousse.  Is anyone hungry yet?  Their home-made mint lemonade is an excellent beverage option, especially when it is hot outside.  Oh right, that’s all the time.

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This picture is making me hungry

So to sum it up on the food, it’s fantastic.  But let’s face it, that’s probably not why you’re reading this blog.  So let’s talk about the child front.  Cafe Tartine has real highchairs.  That’s right.  Not the kind of “high chairs” you usually find in most Bangkok restaurants – the taller chairs with no safety strap that end up being more of a hazard than seating your child in a regular adult chair.  This place has the real deal high chairs with safety straps.  Secondly, Cafe Tartine has a children’s movie running . . . at all times.  Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc.  A healthy children’s menu for 169 baht.  Staff that is super with children.  Children’s books, crayons and coloring pages.  Milkshakes.  Smoothies.  Oh, yes, and chocolate mousse.

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Toddler draw? Children’s movies on repeat (don’t worry, there is no sound, so it won’t ruin your dining experience)

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Children’s menu

Cafe Tartine has never let us down.  It has been superbly consistent in the quality of food that is offered and how friendly the staff and restaurant space is for children.  Another bonus is that it is open everyday from 8-8.  It can be a challenge to find a place to go with little ones when they wake up so early.  Well, Tartine has that covered.   Tartine is on Soi Ruamrudee, conveniently located to the Ploenchit BTS station.  If you are looking for a place to go for a good meal and a place that will allow you to actually eat while you have your toddler with you, go to Cafe Tartine.  One trip and you’ll become a regular.  Trust me.

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Logan entranced by Monsters, Inc. while indulging in chocolate mousse