Karaket Wahawisan does just that with her marvellous CY double dining destinations
IF YOU’RE looking for a hangout where you can spend a whole leisurely day from breakfast through lunch and afternoon tea to dinner, look no further than the Chan & Yupa Tearoom and CY Cabin restaurant-bar on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 10.
Situated in the same compound, the two dining-and-drinking destinations offer folks a break from the urban bustle with a garden of lushness rarely seen downtown.
Surrounded by high-rise condominiums, the Chan & Yupa Tearoom occupies a renovated 60-year-old wooden house that originally belonged to Chan and Yupa Lailert, grandparents of the current owner, Karaket Wahawisan. She’s named the tearoom (and initialled the “cabin”) in their memory.
The ambience at the Chan & Yupa Tearoom is every bit as appealing as the garden out the windows.
The house boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, affording lovely views of the garden. Inside feels homey, right down to the black-and-white photographs of Grandpa and Grandma on the walls.
The “tearoom” in the name belies the range of food and drinks on offer. The menu covers all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and burgers, pizzas and steaks and Thai delicacies. All the sweet treats and baked goods are made on the premises and a good share goes out to pastry shops around town.
Afternoon tea set for three
The afternoon tea sets accommodate one, two or three guests (Bt450, Bt850 and Bt1,100, respectively). The set for three entails a three-tier tray of both savoury and sweet treats – tuna sandwiches, ebiko rolls stuffed with grilled vegetables, salmon rolls with rocket and balsamic sauce, spinach quiches, creme brulee, layer cake, coconut cakes, tiramisu, macaroons and scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
The extensive list of teas might be easily narrowed down to a pair blended in house and duly named Yupa and Chan. They arrive at table in a floral-patterned pot and cups bearing the initials “C” and “Y”.
Yupa tea has a flowery scent with a hint of mint, while Earl Grey-based Chan is a bit stronger and has a whiff of vanilla.
Yupa’s Iced Coffee
Coffee lovers should try Yupa’s Iced Coffee (Bt170), rich black coffee ice cubes, served with separated milk and syrup so you can mix as you wish.
Among the savoury dishes, one of the most popular is Tom Yum Goong (Bt350). The coconut milk is blended with coconut juice for a natural sweetness. It’s quite mild but well balanced.
Fried Rice with Salted Egg and Herbal Grilled Chicken
Fried Rice with Salted Egg and Herbal Grilled Chicken (Bt280) is perfect for a quick lunch. For a Western-style kick, Salmon Pesto (Bt350) is a nice option, with angel-hair pasta, grilled salmon, tomato, Parmesan cheese and cashew nuts.
In the evening, move next door to the CY Cabin, which has a more masculine, less dainty look – a bit of farmhouse appeal. Grandpa Chan ran a mine in southern Surat Thani province, so you get to see some of his old gear, like pulley blocks, oak barrels and old lamps.
CY Cabin is decked out in a rustic, Western farmhouse style.
The menu mingles Tex-Mex and Italian and there’s a broad choice of cocktails and spirits.
For a light starter, chef Wut Chaloodhom does a great Butternut Soup (Bt260), using smooth Royal Project butternut squash, not as sweet as a pumpkin. Whipped cream is mixed in and the bowl is served with blanched squash and croutons.
Wut usually cooks his meat sous-vide to retain the juices. For Grilled Salmon Beurre Blanc (Bt450), a fillet is lightly marinated and cooked in low heat for three hours. It’s presented with sauteed spinach and that delicate French sauce.
Grilled Salmon Beurre Blanc
The BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (Bt380) are cut into manageable chunks. They’ve been marinated in a nice barbecue sauce and cooked for no less than 48 hours, so they’re very soft and still succulent. Get them with French fries, roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes and pickled zucchini.
The Lamb Shank (Bt650) is another soft chew and bears no off-putting mutton odour. Sauteed onion, leek, carrot and celery form the marinade before the lamb gets the sous-vide treatment for 48 hours.
It rests on a bed of mashed potatoes with avocado blended in, and on the side spicy Isaan-style jaew dip, roasted garlic and fresh tomatoes.
Mango Coconut Panna Cotta
The desserts will not be denied, and least of all the Mango Coconut Panna Cotta and Chocolate Shuffle with vanilla ice cream (each Bt250).
The irresistible cocktails include a CY Delight Tom Yum, which, yes, has chillies, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and ginger in it, and the Guava La Lune, a concoction of tequila, guava juice, lemon juice and syrup. They each cost Bt280.
A guitarist and pianist will meanwhile keep your toes tapping.
FULL DAY’S DELIGHTS
Chan & Yupa Tearoom and CY Cabin are 100 metres from the mouth of Sukhumvit Soi 10, next to Chuvit Garden.
The Chan & Yupa Tearoom is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 6 and Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 6.
The venue can be booked for private functions and does catering. Call (02) 252 6601 or visit the “Chan & Yupa” page on Facebook.
CY Cabin is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30 to midnight. Call (089) 959 0902 or visit the “CYCabin” page on Facebook.