Satiate your sugary cravings in the north end of town
The city’s Huai Khwang area is not particularly known for its variety of cafés and dessert places, though this might change with the recent opening of Sift Bakery. Accessible via the Amaranta Hotel, as well as through a separate entrance, the café is located only a short walk from Huai Khwang MRT station. Furnished with large floor-to-ceiling windows and a counter displaying an assortment of desserts and pastries, guests can enjoy their orders in a spacious upstairs and downstairs seating area, accommodating up to 50 people. While at first glance the café seems a little simple, the famous saying—don’t judge a book by its cover—certainly proves to be true here.
In addition to a standard selection of coffee and teas, their signature drink, the Capuchon Chocolate (B95), is a delicious and comforting concoction of hot chocolate and coffee. Made from real French dark chocolate, it’s topped off with a dollop of coffee espuma. For those who prefer their brews on the less sweeter side of the spectrum, the Nitro Cold Brew (B95)—a strong, yet smooth and easy-to-drink brew made with beans from Northern Thailand—is a good alternative.
In terms of food, the café specializes in French and American desserts. Lovers of sweet and tangy flavours should opt for the Citrus Dome (B115). Infused with a mix of citrus fruit, including Calamansi oranges, this refreshing tart is comprised of several layers, starting with a base of dacquoise, a soft French almond and hazelnut cake, a thin layer of passion fruit jelly, and homemade marshmallow, all covered in a coat of zesty sour cream cheese mousse. Alternatively, one will be hard pressed to resist digging (literally) into the bakery’s incredibly moist Carrot Cake Pot (B115). Presented in a tiny garden pot, the base is covered with cream cheese as well as walnuts and flour crumbles, mimicking soil whilst adding crunch at the same time.
Sift also offers wedding and birthday cakes (order three days to one week in advance), however, their bestselling product is their Caramel Almond Popcorn. Using non-GMO corn, these little pieces of delight are smothered in butter, brown sugar, and almond chips. In addition, the hard pieces of corn kernel that often get stuck between teeth have been removed—proving once again that quality lies in the details.
Both the café’s name and philosophy are inspired by the eponymous technique that is part of the baking process; a simple, yet effective step that goes a long way. By only using seasonal and organic ingredients, Sift ensures the high quality of their sweet indulgences. While the cakes and pastries are definitely worth a trip on their own to this Huai Khwang bakery, the menu will be extended in the near future with different breakfast and brunch items, including pancakes, soups, and sandwiches.
By Julia Offenberger
Pracharatbumpen Soi 7
Tel: 02 691 1688
Open: Wed-Mon, 11am-10pm