Audrey Cafe @ EmQuartier Bangkok – Pretty food but disappointing taste

Audrey Cafe is a chain of french inspired cafe that operates in a few major shopping centers in Bangkok in which EmQuartier is one of those location. The decor of the cafe is indeed quaint and pretty and gives you a very relaxing feel when seating in the cafe.

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The food menu contains both Thai and Western food with a selection of pastas and pizzas. As me and my friend were not that hungry, we did not go for the main courses and just chose some food to nibble on.

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One of the recommended dish is the souffle with crab bisque. The presentation looks awesome, but unfortunately not the taste. The dish on the left is just a plain souffle which has a sponge texture like those you use for dish washing.  The bisque has a weak crab taste and loses its flavor once its soaked in the tasteless souffle.

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We also ordered the fried onion bloom which comes with a Thai sweet chilli dip. I always loved fried onions, but the sauce was way too sweet for it. As the onion itself is already sweet, dipping into the super sweet chilli sauce just gave me a sugar overload.  I wished it was more towards the spicy and sour side with a bit of sweetness to balance out the dish. We ended up dipping the onion into another sour chilli dip instead.

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This is fried chicken skin with garlic. The dish was okay but again I felt that it was too sweet for its own good.

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The only saving grace was this slow cooked beef cheeks boat noodles. The beef was soft and the boat noodle sauce was unique, and delicious, rich with a bit buttery and peanuty in taste, totally unlike a typical boat noodles, more like a beef stew noodles.  Thai folks expecting a boat noodle tastes may frown at this change, but we liked it.

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Another signature of Audrey cafe is its potted desserts. This is a chocolate vanilla cake with butter and cream cheese topping. Unfortunately, we are not fan of butter cream, especially when its hard. This is only of the few times I could not finish a dessert even though it is quite small. The butter cream gives an overwhelming oily taste which makes the whole dessert awful in my taste books.

Despite what I have said, this may not mean that all the food in Audrey is bad, its just the ones that we ordered and which didn’t suit our tastes. I hope they see it as a constructive feedback. I seen a lot of folks order pasta dish and they could well be good. And as for desserts, I did try their Thai tea crepe cake before and thought it was one of the better versions around town.

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