I don’t know about you, but after watching the animated version of Alice and Wonderland as a precocious four year old, I always wondered whether it was possible that at some point in my life I would experience objects exceeding normal proportion- and feel as though I had shrunk. Many lucid dreams later- when I was visiting the ‘happening places’ in Bangkok during the summer of my graduation- I came across this wonderful restaurant tucked away in the area of Thong Lor and found my fantasies fulfilled… kind of.
The sign said “After You.”
“Why thank you.. don’t mind if I do.” I thought, as I stepped inside and allowed my eyes to scan the dishes on each table.
Coffee, tea, little paper cups containing free green tea from the vending machine at the corner of the restaurant, giant squares of what appeared to be bread smothered in chocolate sauce and a scoop of ice-cream with a jug of honey on the side, more giant squares with cheese [bizarre?] and another jug of honey…
This was none other than the honey toast restaurant about which my sister and I had heard so much. Shibuya Honey Toast (available here in all its glorious manifestations) is a giant piece of toast about the thickness of a third of a loaf of generic sliced bread which is scored into nine cubes, smothered with a decent layer of butter and toasted till the bread is crispy on the outside but still soft, like a pillow, on the inside. It is served with honey, which is poured on according to the customer’s taste, ice-cream, and other toppings based on their menu. There are a lot of places that offer this on their menus, but this is said to be the best… so we decided to put that to the test.
How exciting. It took about ten minutes until I was seated, the restaurant was very busy (and always is, as I have discovered on return trips) and the waiting staff were flitting from table to table, delivering order upon order of these oversized, Alice in Wonderland worthy toasted tasties.
I approached the till and ordered a Strawberry and Cream Honey Toast- as I observed the amounts of honey customers were pouring onto their toast- and thought the fruit would cut through the sugar in the honey and ice-cream and balance the textures and flavours of the toast with more than just a combination of syrups…
It took about ten minutes for the toast to be prepared, and at last I was ready to sample my disproportionately large, yet perfectly presented pillow.
Two scoops of ice-cream, a flurry of whipped cream topped with toasted peanuts, chunks of fresh strawberry on toast, which has absorbed the butter till about a 1/4 of an inch of its thickness… I couldn’t wait to taste it. Grabbing the jug of honey, I daintily zig-zagged my way across the toast and picked up my knife and fork… I loaded it up with a cube of bread- still steaming- a piece of the strawberry, a little ice cream and proceeded to taste it.
The different temperatures of the ice-cream, strawberry, hot toast combined with its crunchy texture reminded me of fried ice-cream balls I had once tasted as a twelve or thirteen year old. It was heaven. GIANT CUSHIONY MOUTHFULS OF BUTTERY, HONEY-ED HEAVEN. Alice in Wonderland, I ate my heart out on your behalf…
I didn’t care if I didn’t try the other flavours, doused in chocolate or cheese… this was perfection. The simplicity of ingredients and eye-popping magnitude are all it needed to win my heart.
FYI: I did not finish this on my own…it is not possible without feeling very ill or taking it home in a doggy bag… by which time the toast would be rendered soggy and sad!!
This is best shared between two or three people as it is a lot of bread and ice-cream. Sharing is caring… [so long as every one gets an equal share. ;)]
I came back here again twice during December and ordered the very same. It’s a rather comforting combination and I don’t have the heart to stray from it. Although sometimes the staff are a little heavy handed with the butter…
Without further ado here are the ratings:
Being able to pretend you’re in Alice and Wonderland and realising you aren’t a mad hatter as the toast really is that big… : 5/5