Cuisine: Thai & Western
Price: THB600 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 13 March 2011
Value for money: 3/10
This time I had a chance to visit the newly opened branch of the famous chain "Coffee Beans by Dao" which is situated on the 3rd floor of Paradise Park (formerly known as Seri Center). Like the other branch Coffee Beans serves varieties of Thai and Western food as well as choices of cakes and dessert, in which many are chiffon base. Also the decor of this branch is nothing different from the other branches: there is a line of cake refrigerated cake displays at the entrance, moderately furbished, fairly bright with yellow light, and a chandelier in the middle of the room. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 guests.
|Coffee Beans Menu|
We had a chance to pick a few selections of soup to taste. Mushroom Soup (ซุปเห็ด), the texture was considerably thick but rather salty and had unpleasant scent. I doubt for the consistency of quality (4/10).
Two Faced Soup - Spinach & Tomato (ซุปสองหน้า - ผักโขมและมะเขือเทศ): eatable, rather sour taste but the oily layer of the surface made it unfriendly look (2/10).
|Two Faced Soup (Spinach & Tomato)|
Next was Wrapped Noodle Pork, Shrimp, and Fresh Herbs (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวลุยสวน). The wrapped dough might be soft but rather thick. Additionally, the portion of the filling was small (4/10).
|Wrapped Noodle Pork, Shrimp, and Fresh Herbs|
Pork Satay (สะเต็ะหมู): the texture was tender, quite good to be precise, but the taste let down the overall by far (2/10).
Spicy Winged Bean Salad (ยำถั่วพู), personally I felt it was a dish that easy to eat; not very much spicy. Good point was shrimp was really fresh. On the down side, egg was overcooked (6/10).
|Spicy Winged Bean Salad|
Thai Rice Noodle with Crab Curry (ขนมจีนน้ำยาปู): I, personally, did not have a chance to try it out but a member of my party mentioned it was a good quality one (6/10).
|Thai Rice Noodle with Crab Curry|
Pasta Garlic & Chili, Anchovy & Bacon (พาสต้า แองโชวี่เบคอน พริกกระเทียม): good points were spaghetti was cooked well and it was not oily but nothing special (5/10).
Pasta Meat Balls Marinara Sauce (พาสต้ามึทบอล): nothing spectacular about this dish, it might be a little sour from tomato. Meat balls were really hard though (3/10).
|Pasta Garlic & Chili, Anchovy & Bacon|
|Pasta Meat Balls Marinara Sauce|
Spaghetti Ham & Cheese (สปาเก็ตตี้แฮมชึส) was another disappointment. It was really soggy though it tasted ok (3/10).
|Spaghetti Ham & Cheese|
Last was Ox Tongue Stew with Buttered Rice (ข้าวสตูว์ลิ้นวัว). This dish was a little below standard. Texture was not tender and taste was rather sour (3/10).
|Ox Tongue Stew with Buttered Rice|
As Coffee Beans is famous for its delicious desserts, we hence decided to order quite a number of desserts to try. Starting with Apple Crumble, which had a cracked dough but was way too thick, comparing to amount of apple, for my appetite. Overall taste including the custard was not too sweet, which was good, but lack of aroma (3/10).
Black Forest Cake had rather loose texture and dry with light flavour, could not surely match that of Mandarin Oriental (3/10).
White Chocolate Cheesecake, one of the most famous cake at Coffee Beans, was smooth in the texture wise with strong white chocolate taste. Nevertheless, I felt whipped cream on top was excess, it would be much better with more cheese part (5/10).
|Black Forest Cake|
|White Chocolate Cheesecake|
Chestnut Fresh Cream Cake (เค้กเก๋าลัด) was smooth and soft with strong scent of chestnut but a little too sweet (5/10).
Coconut Pandan Cake (เค้กมะพร้าวใบเตย) had great scent of coconut and pandan with coconut filling between layers. Smooth and nice (6/10).
|Chestnut Fresh Cream Cake|
|Coconut Pandan Cake|
Baby Boom Strawberry Cake had pleasant taste but strawberry filling was too little. Chiffon base was soggy which could be caused by careless during preparation (5/10).
Coffee Crunch Cake was a disappointment with tasteless butter cream and just a hint of coffee flavour, though crunchy nut was good (3/10).
|Baby Boom Strawberry Cake|
|Coffee Crunch Cake|
The bill came out to be ~ THB600 per person, which was not cheap. I found that many restaurants in Bangkok tend to find a way to increase their profit by opening new branches. However, lack of control and consistency do result in worse quality of food and sometime services drastically. I feel that many years back I used to have better chiffon from Coffee Beans though. Not accounting into this, Coffee Beans is still on the top rank for coffee shop serving good cake in Bangkok.
Coffee Beans by Dao @ Paradise Park, Bangkok
3rd Floor Paradise Park
61 Srinakarin Road
คอฟฟี่บีนส์ บาย ดาว @ พาราไดซ์ พาร์ค กรุงเทพ
ชั้น 3 พาราไดซ์ พาร์ค
Open Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm daily
Tel: +66 (0) 2787 2395