Le Blanc Boulangerie, on Sukhumvit Soi 39, easily wins the category of Best Bakery in BKK, though and the Tops bakery in Central Chidlom have certainly been doing yeoman’s work the last few years.
Run by an inscrutable Japanese couple, Le Blanc not only does mouthwatering pastries, its bread is out of this world delicious. Hard and crusty on the outside but chewy on the inside, French bread is one of KohSpot’s many weaknesses. We confess, we are suckers for helping stray pets, Handi-snacks and telling it like it is, but this French bread is a close fourth on our list of temptations. The best French food is simple, and a baguette warm from the oven served with imported butter or cheese or both has to be one of their most important gifts the lazy bums across the Atlantic have given to humanity, along with French kissing, constitutional separation of state and religion and Louis Vuitton boat shoes
The ficel, something similar to half a baguette, is unstoppable at only 20 baht, while a full baguette is 45 baht. A Parisien tops off at 90 baht.
It’s physically impossible to leave the store without getting at least one pastry—they’re like a tractor beam pulling you in. Their masterpiece is the almond danish (65 baht), with an almond filling that is like marzipan married to custard and a hint of vanilla, topped with almonds and powdered sugar inside a flaky pastry.
The cherry danish (40 baht) doesn’t skimp with three whole imported cherries, and the peche (40 baht) and poire (40 baht) are also delectable. The bleu cheese (40 baht) is a perfect round ball of dough filled with the good stuff.
Of course the usual coffee selections are available, and the cinnamon dusting on top of the cappuccino (70 baht) is, as the frenchies say, “magnifique”
Though most of their customers get takeaway, Le Blanc has a charming, sunlight-drenched dining area adjacent to the bakery. All the photos on the wall are of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, so you know this joint is classy. Distract yourself with imported magazines in English and Japanese.
Le Blanc is so tasty and cheap, we are convinced that you will instantly become a repeat customer. Enjoy.
Location: 15 Sukhumvit Soi 39, about 300 meters down the soi on the left-hand side. The restaurant is poorly marked, with the only identification written in chalk on a blackboard in front of the shop. Le Blanc is right across the street from Philippe restaurant.”
Mass transit: BTS Phrom Pong
Hours: 8 am-6:30 pm Monday to Friday, 8 am-5 pm Saturday, closed Sunday