A decadent dreamland of delicious desserts
Headed by Danish Chef Claus Olsen, whose passion for pastry and confectionary began with a childhood spent in his grandfather’s bakery in Copenhagen, The Chocolate Boutique has a clear and strong focus on natural quality ingredients and old world craftsmanship. A sense of playful experimentation is also evident, however, from the moment you begin browsing the menu.
In many ways, The Chocolate Boutique looks a lot like a jewellery shop, and its location in the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok only adds to the impression of luxury. But while the stylish setting, sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River, and European-style service are fitting of a 5-star hotel, the prices are not. Giving every bakery in town a run for their money, the 107 different pastry variations on offer, and the kitchen’s robust side business selling customized cakes and products to other hotels, proves that, despite its name, this shop has a lot more to offer than just chocolate.
Everything on the menu is made from scratch daily, making even simple staples like the Muffins (B55) notable for the freshness of their flavour. Savoury options like the Seafood Pot Pie (B110), made with a buttery salt dough crust, offer a generous amount of shrimp and white fish in cream sauce, while the flaky Sausage Roll (B105) uses specially made Thai sausages that gush with cheese. For those who love the combination of salty and sweet, the Bacon Nutella & Crispy Praline Shang O Bun (B55) offers an unusual twist on the traditional doughnut.
If you’re looking to truly indulge your sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with the Chewy Salted Caramel Cookie (B99), which oozes with gooey caramel, or the Crème Brulee Bun (B69), a delicate pastry filled with a whipped blend of custard and mascarpone. The single Entremet Pastries (B149) are not only super Instagrammable but also highlight Olsen’s talent for creating complex desserts with memorable and balanced flavours. The architectural looking Yusu de Ponti (B149), made with calamansi and yusu, is served in a praline shell and topped with a spheric orb that bursts with citrus flavour. With tangy curd and soft sponge cake layered inside, the dessert has a wonderful tartness. The Matcha & Vanilla Milk Choux (B149) offers a beautiful high-end twist to the flavoured Kit Kats that inspired it, the airy texture of the green tea filling contrasting with the light crunch of the stacked pastry spheres.
With a menu filled with tempting options and friendly prices, you won’t be leaving hungry, but make sure to save space for a few chocolates before you go. As much a feast for the eyes as they are the mouth, options like the peanut butter and crunchy pralines are sure crowd pleasers, with boozy flavours like the sour mash Jack Daniels offering more than just a sugar buzz (B41 each). By Micaela Marini Higgs
The Chocolate Boutique
GF, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu
Open daily: 8am-11pm
Tel: 02 236 7777