PUTAHRACSA Hua Hin’s cute little bakery is a veritable treasure trove of European-style baked goods. Wander in at any time of the day and you’ll see the shelves loaded with a variety of breads, cakes, pastries and cookies, all baked fresh on site using the best available ingredients and usually still warm when you select them (translated from Thai, ‘Ob-Oon’ basically means ‘warm baked goods’). Adding to the European selections are illy coffee, a choice of fine teas (English breakfast, Earl grey, Darjeeling, Peppermint, and more), fruit smoothies, and a freezer full of Movenpick ice creams, all of which can either be bought to take away or to enjoy in the comfort of the adjoining cozy coffee shop, a glass-walled conservatory-style room replete with comfy banquettes and sleek wooden tables.
In charge of all the creations here is the hotel’s Pastry Chef Frederic Paris, a Belgian national with many years’ experience working in the kitchens of top hotels, and his sweet treats are heavenly, especially
the Mille Feuille (B60), Paris Breast (B60), and Danish Almond (B30). Oh, and Brits shouldn’t miss his Scones with fresh cream or jam (B85) – a real taste of home that’s just perfect with a cup of tea. If you’re looking to make sandwiches back at your hotel or home you’ll find excellent healthy homemade breads to choose from, such as Multi cereal bread (B60) and Avena vital bread (B70). And why not bulk out your home lunch by adding Coconut cookies (B45 per piece) and a Fruit smoothie (B80) to your order. If you’re looking to eat at the bakery itself, you’ll find a daily set lunch option (which changes every day) plus a choice of several breakfast sets. An Afternoon Tea deal for just B199 comes with a choice of three baked items and a choice of coffee or tea. If you visit the bakery this month don’t be surprised if you see blindfolded customers with ice cream all around their faces – every day from 2pm-6pm the bakery is offering a Movenpick Challenge, which is a blind tasting of six different flavours. Guess each flavour correctly and you’ll win a free choice of items from the bakery. It’s harder than think – one of our guesses was well wide of the mark. But it was great fun, and at B599 per six scoops, a great deal for this world-famous Swiss ice cream.
Putahracsa Hua Hin Hotel, 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Road, Hua Hin 77110. Ob-Oon opens daily 9am-6pm. Tel: 032 531 470 ext. 777