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CAFE CLAIRE

BANGKOK

Creamy, strong, cappuccino.

Creamy, strong, cappuccino.

If I had a spare $900 lying around, I would jump on a flight to Bangkok, go straight to Cafe Claire and place my order. 1 large cappuccino and a smoked salmon & egg bagel with cream cheese and capers. (In my hypothetical they are open, serving breakfast and have the best table available for me. And I look fresh as a daisy because I was upgraded- naturally). When finished, I would ask the waiter to kindly bring me another one of each. Yep, that's how good this coffee & bagel was. I still spend an awkward amount of time thinking about them actually. Lucky I took photos- I guess my next step would be getting them framed?

Rewind to May 21st, when Jase and I had 24 hours in Bangkok before catching out connecting flight to Paris. Our hotel was the amazing Oriental Residence (review here: http://www.outoftheoffice.com.au/oriental-residence-bangkok/) where the gorgeous little french style Cafe Claire is situated, attached to the hotel.

We have 2 meals at this property- dinner and breakfast-  both are fantastic. Dinner included signature fruit cocktails, beer/wine and 2 Thai curries. We finish with a small but delicious baked alaska- something I haven't had in about 15 years- and it was just as good as I remember. For breakfast, we are given the option of buffet or a la carte, and we opt for the latter. Jase goes with the fluffy scrambled eggs, tomatoes, potato rosti, grilled asparagus and sour dough toast. And....I don't have to remind you what I have- THAT BAGEL.

I'm not sure if it was the combination of having an amazing sleep, being on holidays and being starving- but I can't ever remember such a simple meal being so satisfying. A fresh bagel, cream cheese, buttery eggs, salty salmon and peppery baby rocket. All washed down with my favourite coffee in the world- illy - which is a very strong, but not-at-all-bitter coffee. I guess when simple things are done perfectly, it just can't be beaten.

If you find yourself in Bangkok and want a romantic, intimate meal- or just a delicious breakfast- definitely consider Cafe Claire. And consider ordering......yep, you guessed it.

For more information:   http://www.oriental-residence.com/cafeclaire.aspx

All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au

THAT BAGEL

THAT BAGEL

Gorgeous French Style Decor

Gorgeous French Style Decor

Gourmet Tea for Sale

Gourmet Tea for Sale

Buffet

Buffet

THAT BAGEL AGAIN

THAT BAGEL AGAIN

Outdoor sign

Outdoor sign