“Most likely one of the best value for money in Bangkok”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 August 2011
I went to this place when they open and it was so so, now, this is another world, as a French, i always look for true French cuisine on a reasonnable budget. I have to say that this place is the perfect combination of high quality food for a very reasonnable price.
We were greated by Thai staff with a bonjour which was very pleasant then the French manager took us to the bar where we enjoyed a Belgium draft beer and a plate of Pata Negra fresly cut from the whole ham displayed in front of us ! From the bar, we were attracted by their tanks, specially the one with canadian lobster, my client ordered one thermidor and was invited to choose it and even take himself, it was a very funny experience and it's a good idea to offer this. The manager Bruno ask us if we knew that you can make a lobster sleeping !!! We laugh at the beginning then he took the lobster head down, slowly touch its head from top to bottom and the lobster went to sleep, incredible, they have a video on youtube, just search for paris bangkok lobster.
I had the house made foie gras au torchon, it's melt in the mouth and very very tasty, they serve it with special brioche homemade, it's very uncommon and usually done in gastronomic restaurant, no wonder, the chef use to work in 2 and 3 macarons restaurant !
My client choose a ceviche tuna, salmon and avocado, it was served in a martini glass but presentation is not the only nice point, it's look very refreshing and was delicious.
Our main course keep the same level, the lobster thermidor was not too cheesy neither creamy, well balanced and cooked perfectly. I had the cote de boeuf with my collegue, they use black angus beef, cooked rare as we ask, the meat was very juicy, aged, we choose mashed potatoes flavored with truffle, nothing to say, perfect, we cant finish it's 1.2 kg so they pack the rest in specially made container and recommand us to eat it cold the next day with a mayonnaise they did specially for this. The cote the boeuf for 2 (or even 3 ) is priced at 2,200 baht which is very cheap compared to ofther place in town.
The manager didn't push for expensive wine but recommand a cote du rhone gigondas at 1,500 baht so we ordered 2 bottles, i highly recommand this choice, there no need to spend more and it's really matching with meat.
I cant comment on dessert as didn't have any but we the manager give a nice slide of Aged Cantal for free !!! it was to finish our wine he said !
We end up at the lounge, my client took a nice cognac and i was invited to taste their mojito which is made with agricole rhum from martinique, not only good but generously served, you really feel the rhum, forget hotels or other place where you cant feel the cheap havana rhum , 2 mojito were more than enough. Their choice of cigar is nice and inexpensive, i had a montecristo churchill for 750 baht.
Overall, the level is very high on every point but the bill is choking the positive way, for all of this, we spent 8000 baht for 3 persons, with foie gras, cote de boeuf, pata negra ham, lobster, cigars, aperitifs, digestifs, for this kind of place ( i forgot to mentionne the place has a very strong identity and character ).
I wish all restaurants to learn from this place specially on value for money, from now and as a frequent traveller to Bangkok, it will be hard for me to go to another French restaurant in Bangkok !
Definitely a must try !
Long life and sucess to Paris Bangkok and warm thanks to the manager Bruno and the chef Eloi !