Girls, get out your weird hats, fascinators and flower-patterned summer dresses. Guys, bust out the white linens, and Louis V boat shoes, its high tea time. This week we head to Agalico.
KohSpot’s proclivities for high-teas is no secret as we’ve brought to you first hand accounts of two of the more popular affairs at the Dusit Thani and the St. Regis, so it came by no surprise when several friends recommended that we hadn’t experienced High Tea in bangkok until we experienced Agalico’s. Get ready for clotted cream, scones and garden pose.
Agalico, off Sukhumvit 51, certainly has an “awe” factor with its all white interior complete with chandeliers, fine china and what feels like filtered air-conditioning – such crispness. Where else in Bangkok do you get a chance to chill out in a well-designed garden with birds, squirrels, gazebos and enjoy another idle afternoon pass you by while throwing back exquisite tea and desserts?
Agalico has been around for over a decade and is only open three days a week because the owner, ML Poomchai Chumbala, is a rich interior designer and, well, why would you want to work more than three days a week if you didn’t have to? Agalico is his passion project from his days enjoying fine teas in England. You can catch glimpses of his finely appointed house, the land for which was granted by Rama V, from the garden. Baller.
The menu at Agalico adheres to one of our longstanding mantra: do one thing and do it well. Agalico keeps its menu simple with cakes, scones and coffee and tea; but the cakes are moist, the scones buttery and the tea of the finest imports. Everything is 120 baht except for the scones at 140 baht.
And while Agalico doesn’t have the same over-the-top exuberance as a place such as St. Regis, it does a fine job creating residential-style luxury in a beautiful garden setting – something unique to the Bangkok high-tea circuit. For those in the Thong Lor/Ekamai neighborhood, this is a place you’ll want to check out.
Let us know what you think.
Location: 20 Sukhumvit Soi 51, adjacent to a Japanese coyote bar. Also just across the street from WTF. The restaurant doesn’t have any signs or indications of what it is, but as you walk down the driveway of the first building on your right on the soi, it is the first door on your left.
Mass transit: BTS Thong Lor
Hours: 10 am-6 pm Fridays to Sundays
Website: www.agalico.co.th, but it only opens up to a blank page with ambient music