Soho Hospitality (Above Eleven, Charcoal, Havana Social) moves into casual French dining. Previously in the kitchen at J’aime, chef Clement Hernandez rolls out French classics with his own touches, including the Australian wagyu beef tartare with confit egg yolk and porcini oil and lobster bisque with sweet corn and pickled baby corn. Group mixologist Davide Sambo completes the experience with French-inspired cocktails like La Vie En Rose (rose petal-infused Barcardi, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice and rose essence).
Step inside this old shop-house and you're transported to a retro Hong Kong diner like something out of In the Mood for Love—think warm lighting, carefully positioned mirrors, vintage mosaic tiles. Downstairs you'll find a hip bistro serving classic French fare, cold cuts and crepes alongside wine. A prohibition era-themed cocktail bar sits upstairs (where French spirits are spotlighted in classic cocktails based on 1930's The Savoy Cocktail Book), while up on the roof they cook up their own low-n-slow barbecue at ribs-specialist SpareParts.
French for “house of the truffle,” the name of this restaurant speaks for itself. Maison de la Truffe in France has over 80 years of history behind it. Here, the menu revolves around one highly-priced ingredient, truffle. Step inside and you’ll see a shop showcasing truffle products, from truffle paste and truffle-infused olive oil to truffle slicers and chocolate truffles. As for the restaurant, you can watch kitchen staff in action through a large window while they cook Western classics like pumpkin soup, truffle omelet, truffle risotto, pan-fried sea bass and veal fillet mignon.
Tucked down a soi best known for its nightlife, Oskar Bistro is a restaurant with a slightly clubby vibe. It certainly packs a lot of things under one roof: a hearty menu, a long list of drinks and a DJ. The decor is fuss-free, and so is the French comfort food, even though the restaurant's founding chef-partner chef, Julien Lavigne, is classically trained and worked with the Michelin-starred Pourcel brothers.
Not many wine bistros straddle the line between quality and affordability quite so effortlessly. Sweeping, 37th-floor views of lower Silom and the river set the tone for well-executed comfort food, from bang-for-baht pasta dishes up to some of the finest cuts of meat around. Those views call for a big, bold cabernet sauvignon to match.
Please note that L'atelier de Joel Robuchon is also participaqting in BK Restaurant Week but tables are currently sold out. Keep an eye on bkrestaurantweek.com in case more covers become available.
From September 14-29, BK Magazine and 60 of the city’s best restaurants will join forces to serve hundreds of special dinners at a knockout fixed price of B1,000++ per person (B1,170 total) for a minimum of three courses. General booking opens this Aug 20, though if you use a Citibank credit card you can start making bookings from Aug 11 and also get special dining perks at each venue. Make your reservations at www.bkrestaurantweek.com.
SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CITIBANK CARD MEMBERS
Advance booking for Citi credit card members from Aug 11
Extra dish or other perk when you pay with Citi credit cards
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