We went to Nakara Jardin for afternoon tea. The entry is extremely narrowand hard to negotiate but led to an elegant home set in lovely gardens overlooking the Ping River. The restaurant was almost full but we found a table overlooking the river but unshaded.
We ordered the high tea for 2 at 650 baht. We then discovered that we could both have only tea or coffee for 2 but not coffe for one and tea for the other. Hopelessly inflexible. We chose coffee. Tawan's flat white came within seconds but after 10 minutes there was no sign of anything else. After a complaint and 2 or 3 minutes wait 2 black coffees turned up. It seems that not only was our order stuffed up but someone else missed out also. The waiter offered me both black coffees and apologised.
After a further wait the high tea turned up. Set on a 3 tiered stand it comprised 2 small toasted ham sandwiches, one prawn skewer with 2 small prawns, a small dish with 2 small pieces of duck, tomatoes and dressing, 3 minuscule salmon puffs, 1 very small pastry stack with a bit of fruit and custard, 2 tiny tartlets and 2 tiny scones with jam and butter. All were beautifully made and delicious but in miserable portions compared to every other high tea I have ever had. We were charged 25 baht extra for water which was also somewhat penny pinching.
The waiter again apologised for the poor service when he brought the bill which was good.
Leaving aside the service issue which was probably a one off in view of the profuse apology it is a little hard to understand the cuisine miserable attitude as slightly larger portions would surely cost no more given the labour intensive efforts required to prepare such delicate miniature servings.
Maybe the meals are better. I hope so because this is a great looking cafe in a beautiful setting.
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