For Sopanut Sopochana, food should taste and look good.
The owner of Eathai, the Boca Raton resident teamed up with fellow restauranteur Chansone Chanhthamaly (of Sushi Yama in Boynton Beach) to open The Tree Cafe & ICE NY, a spot for the Instagram-crazed and food-obsessed alike.
“I’m not just serving dessert, I’m serving art,” Sopochana said.
And taking a look at the menu, he really does. One of the most photogenic items is the Bonsai Cake (pictured above)—a bowl of chocolate mousse, raspberry preserve, chocolate cake, and green tea crumbles topped with a chocolate “trunk” and cotton candy foliage. However, my favorite was the Mango Toast, an artfully sliced mango shaped into a juicy flower atop a piece of toasted, yet soft, bread drizzled in a mango puree. It’s served alongside a creamy mango ice cream and whipped cream.
Sopochana tried three different bakeries before finding the perfect bread for his toast at a Jewish deli.
Sopochana was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to New York City in his teens. There, he worked at his family’s restaurants, moving his way up from a dish washer to manager. He then opened his own restaurants around the city before moving to South Florida in 2015. Sopochana was looking for change from the Big Apple, and he found it right here in Boca Raton, opening the doors to authentic Thai outpost Eathai in Delray Beach.
He then teamed up with Chanhthamaly, who originally hails from Laos, to create a cafe where people could enjoy new foods inspired by their home cuisine. Other items on the menu include fruit-topped waffles, matcha parfait, tropical mojito mocktails, Thai coffee, and savory sandwiches.
The cafe had a soft opening two weeks ago, but on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to Midnight it will be making its grand debut to the community. Guests will be able to make their own cotton candy to top their bonsai trees with, jam out to music, and buy-one-get-one Thai rolled ice cream or 20 percent off their bill.
The Tree Cafe & ICE NY, 80 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 917/543-7176; facebook.com/icenyboca
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