The Mandarin Oriental’s showcase restaurant does classic French cuisine.
The buzz: The original home of Bangkok French fine dining (open for business since 1958) has soared back into every top-tier foodie conversation under chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier. Adding legitimacy to what Le Normandie diners already knew, his food won two Michelin stars last year.
The food: Go for the five or seven-course degustation menu (most diners do) and your lineup for the evening might include sea urchin and potato foam in Champagne sauce (if it doesn’t, request it), a fillet of poached Brittany turbot with smoked tea sabayon, and a perfectly pink Bresse pigeon in a decadently rich jus. Leave room for the wonderfully flakey kouign amann—Brittany’s sinfully sweet answer to the croissant, which at Le Normandie finishes every meal on a sublime note.
The vibe: No local restaurant does old-school glamour as well as Le Normandie. The billowing gold fabrics, the gold upholstered chairs, the gold carpet, the chandeliers—we’d call it tacky if it didn’t feel so special. Desserts arrive on an imposing brass trolley and a maitre’d regales you the minutiae of every course in a hushed and precise whisper. You can’t fake this stuff.
|Address:||Le Normandie, The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Soi Burapa, Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-10pm|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available, Dress requirements|
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