Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cha Panya @ Sukhumvit 59, Bangkok - ชาปัญญา @ ซอยสุขุมวิท 59 กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Tearoom
Charged Price: THB400 per person without alcohol
Visited: 5 March 2016
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Services: 6/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Personally, Cha Panya is a kind of tearoom I like. It is peaceful as well as has quality tea available. Located right next to Mother May I in Soi Sukhumvit 59. Hence, driving is perfectly fine as visiting via public transport. Similar to Mother May I, Cha Panya is a house converted into a cafe. The interior is kept minimum in zen like atmosphere (Am I using the right word???). Thinking about going on a game of Go while sipping quality hot tea for a fine afternoon. Isn't this another great moment? At least it is a "yes" for me.

Cha Panya @ Sukhumvit 59, Bangkok

house converted tearoom

tea counter

seating area by window

another seating corner

Strolling into the tearoom, there you can find a tea counter where beverage would be prepared. Cha Panya uses different technique in brewing different kind of tea. Indeed there are various choices of tea to be chosen from: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, white tea, green tea, red tea and etc. If you are unsure, ask for samples to sniff. It is always a great idea to get the sense of what you are going to order.

the brewing area

different brewing technique

the classic high pour technique

In my humble opinion, either iced tea or hot tea represent better character of the tea than the hybrid one such as tea latte. But still pleasant though. Iced tea here ranges around THB150 a glass while hot tea can range from THB200 to THB300+ depending on your choice. My favourite one was hot Pu-erh Tea (THB240). Classic strong Chinese tea with unique palate, it is. I could just sit at the tea counter with a book of novel and sip for hours.

Iced Tea Range

Hot Tea Choice (Pu-erh)

new gen tea latte

We also did try a selection of cakes including Banana Cake (4/10), Carrot Cake (4/10), and Green Tea Cake (3/10). I personally would not recommend any of these. Cakes are not the strong point of Cha Panya. They seem to be there just for a minor role complimenting the tea.

our trio cakes

Banana Cake (THB90)

Carrot Cake (THB90)

Green Tea Cake (THB80)

Not so much better were Bael Fruit Cake (4/10), Ginseng Oolong Tea Jelly (4/10), Osmanthus Tea Jelly (4/10), and Green Tea Panna Cotta (3/10). Out of these desserts, I would go for those jelly. At least they seem to pair better with exotic Asian tea.

Bael Fruit Cake (THB90)

Ginseng Oolong Tea Jelly (THB70)

Osmanthus Tea Jelly (THB70)

Green Tea Panna Cotta (THB110)

Cha Panya @ Sukhumvit 59, Bangkok - ชาปัญญา @ ซอยสุขุมวิท 59 กรุงเทพฯ
26/1 Soi Sukhumvit 59
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: Tue - Sun from 11:00am - 09:00pm
Tel: +66 (0) 93 650 4944

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