Shibuya Honey Toast, despite its Japanese-sounding moniker, is a wholly local creation which has taken Bangkok by storm. Even tourists/foodies from Singapore or Malaysia will join hour-long queues at the After You chain’s many branches for a taste of this decadent dessert. After You is started by young Bangkokian, Kulapat “May” Kanokwatanawan in 2007 when she was only 24 years old - she’s sold her brand to a group of investors which has taken this popular chain city-wide. But we went to the original outlet in Thonglor, ensconced within a F&B complex in this upmarket neighbourhood.
Basically a luxe French toast, smothered with lots of butter, two scoops of vanilla ice-cream, generous lashings of honey and enough whipped cream to send one into cardiac arrest, the Shibuya Honey Toast really hits the spot where my taste-buds are concerned!
Must-not-miss if you’re in Bangkok
Address: After You (Thonglor), 323/3 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok.
Visited After You’s outlet at Central World Plaza in Pratunam. The menu at After You outlets are all pretty similar. Some new desserts introduced early this year - e.g. the kakigori - are incredibly tasty.
- Milo volcano kakigori - thick malt-chocolate Milo sauce poured over a finely-shaved ice mound. Tasted absolutely divine.
Mixed berry panna cotta - as with all After You desserts, this is done very well: the wobbliest panna cotta ever.
Chocolate toast with strawberries. The toasted bread cube has that buttery, rich flavours which sets After You’s Shibuya toasts a class above its copycats (and there are many - even as far away as Singapore and Hongkong). But the strawberry version, eventhough very good, cannot compare to the original Shibuya honey toast with its simple blend of bread, cream and ice-cream, topped with maple syrup.
Iced matcha latte.
After You has 20+ branches in the Greater Bangkok metropolitan area. The ones in the main retail/commercial centres are the outlets in Silom, Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Central World Plaza, and Terminal 21 (in Asoke). Full list (and their addresses/opening hours) on After You’s website below: