By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The desserts at Sweetery are made with health in mind, but you wouldn't know it from the scrumptious ice cream
YOU’VE JUST finished a gruelling workout and your body is dropping loud hints that a little sugar boost would be a nice reward. If you’re not too far from the Thonglor area, there’s a place where you can devour a platter of sweets without feeling guilty. It’s kind of hard to miss – it’s called the Sweetery.
Smooth, soft ice cream ought to assuage your body’s yearnings, especially when it’s served with glorious fruit and homemade pastry.
The mastermind of this sinful place is Sutinee Suntivatana, formerly of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel, who had her own takeaway-style cafe for many years before opening a bistro called Eatery in Bangkok in 2012, serving healthy comfort food and offering classes in Western cooking.
Sweetery, launched in October, is Sutinee spreading her wings. Located in the new lifestyle mall known as the Taste. It’s a cool loft layout in chic black with floor-to-ceiling windows and a couple of sculpted rhino guarding the door.
“There are plenty of culture cafes in Bangkok and most are decorated in sweet shades with teddy bears and bite-sized desserts, so I wanted like to present something completely different,” she says.
Madagascar vanilla and imported Barista milk are crucial ingredients when it comes to making her soft-serve ice cream, which is ultra-light and not overly sweet. You have four categories of choices.
Sweetery Soft Serve has as its highlight Berry Bang Bang (Bt245), with a mixed-berry coulis draped over vanilla ice cream in a cone of vanilla cookie crumbs, jelly, cheesecake and toasted almonds.
In the Sweetery Toast menu there’s Tew’s Signature Dark V (Bt340), with more soft vanilla ice cream matched to fresh cream, hot French toast, raspberry puree, maple syrup and berry coulis.
“I’ve created all these gluten-free dishes with the kind of people in mind who want something sweet after a workout, so even girls on a diet can enjoy them,” Sutinee says. “They’re served in large portions, in the Australian style, but no one needs to feel guilty because they can burn off the calories in the next day!
“The various toppings added to each dish result in different textures and flavours. All the sauces, ice cream and pastries are homemade, using only the best ingredients, like the pink salt from Australia that goes into my sea-salt caramel.”
In the Hot & Sweet category, the standout has to be Bana Chocca Egg Waffle (Bt265), which features soft ice cream, caramelised banana, shaved chocolate and Oreo crumbs in rich chocolate sauce. This is presented atop a Hong Kong-style egg waffle.
And among the All-time Favourites is Vanilla Panna Cotta (Bt195) decorated with lemon and berry jelly, frozen berry topping and crushed meringue, Chocolate Mud Cake (Bt215) comes with toasted almonds, shaved chocolate, salted caramel and chocolate sauce and is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The drink selection is just as intriguing. Bangkok Cha Cha (Bt195) is Thai-style tea blended with sticky black jelly, honeyed nuts and brioche bread with a tube of chocolate ice cream as your swizzle stick. Strawberry Funky (Bt195) arrives in a towering glass, a mix of strawberries both fresh and pureed, lemonade, sliced cheesecake and meringue. Coffee and T2 Tea range in price from Bt90 to Bt135.
>>Sweetery is on the second floor of the Taste at the corner of Thonglor Soi 11.
>>It’s open daily from 11am to midnight.
>>Call (081) 172 1472 or visit the “SweeteryBangkok” page on Facebook.