- By BK staff
- | Apr 18, 2019
From fancy degustation menus to homespun bistro favorites, Bangkok has your French food appetites covered at these excellent eateries. With more choice than ever, we present the absolute best of the best, as determined by our Top Tables 2019 guide to Bangkok's 100 best restaurants.
This deli-slash-bistro may represent the antithesis of Bangkok’s current locally-sourced ingredients obsession, but the foodies who swarm its open courtyard don’t mind. They come not only for the imported cheese and cold cuts (is there a better selection in town?), but for the well-executed Mediterranean dishes that do justice to their seasonal ingredients. Order from the big chalkboards, where a frequently changing list of specials showcase the best of what’s fresh in.
490 Soi Phai Singto, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-258-1385. Open Tue-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm
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Indigo’s wood-raftered dining room sags with marginally -sloshed customers who come for carafes of Cotes du Rhone, terrine de foie gras sliced like it’s going out of fashion, and four inch-thick cote de boeuf served with beautifully burnished fries and rich spoonfuls of red wine sauce.
6 Soi Convent, 02-235-3268. Open daily 11am-11pm
The artistic Jean-Michel Lorain of La Cote Saint Jacques in Burgundy chose Bangkok as the setting for this “eclectic fine dining” experience, where top-notch culinary innovation is spearheaded by chef Amerigo Sesti. French classics are achieved while incorporating local ingredients. The dining room, run by Lorain’s daughter Marine, emphasizes a “lounge”-style feel.
U Sathorn, 105/1 Sathorn Soi Ngam Duphli, 02-119-4899. Open Wed-Mon noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm
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The passing of Joël Robuchon in 2018 drew an outpouring of grief from all over the restaurant world. At the Bangkok outpost, head chef Olivier Limousin continues to treat us to the maestro’s exceptionally high and consistent standards for French cooking (and, yes, that mashed potato), while simultaneously leaving his own indelible mark. Luxurious ingredients star in Gallic food that's refined without losing its heart. That might mean steak tartare coated in Perigord black truffle shavings on a bed of baby mache leaves; Sologne Imperial caviar in a lobster jelly; or a Challans duck breast and foie gras duo served with Robuchon’s super-silky, buttery mashed potatoes. Not many places in town do fine dining quite like here.
5/F, MahaNakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd. 02-001-0698. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm
From the comforts of an old house down a leafy Narathiwat soi, chef Martine Pailloux scrupulously turns out high-end Mediterranean cuisine that has French expats going gaga. The menu is packed top-to-bottom with premium imported French and Spanish seafood to go into dishes like a classic lobster soup (complete with plump strips of lobster claw).
44 Akhan Songkhro Soi 3, 092-568-0444. Open Thu-Tue 6-11pm, Thu-Mon noon-3pm
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. Every great chef needs a dish that defines them. Dunand-Sauthier's signature: his Oscietra caviar with sea urchin and potato, an elegant soup of rich and salty seafood indulgence. Other courses are equally as subtle, graceful and driven by the best produce at hand. Choose between a tasting menu or concise a la carte of contemporary but unabashedly French courses. Whatever way you go, flawless consistency is guaranteed—as is demanded by the clientele of high-rolling Le Normandie regulars.
Mandarin Oriental, 48 Charoenkrung Soi 40, 02-659-9000 ext. 7390. Open Mon-Sat noon- 2pm, 7-9pm
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At this long-established French classic, expect your buttery whole Dover Sole and apple tarte tartin to have been labored over by a chef-owner who’s almost always in the kitchen (except when greeting guests post-meal). Go to enjoy the plush, turquoise silk wallpaper and imposing flock curtains, too.
20/15-17 Sukhumvit 39, 02-259-4577/8. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm
Precise. Elegant. French. Henk Savelberg does fine dining in the classic sense of the phrase. Some of your dishes may have a modern flourish—be it shocking orange tableware or neat rows of faux-fish scales atop poached lobster—but the restrained flavor combinations and formal graces are as polished as they come.
G/F, Oriental Residence, 110 Wireless Rd., 02-252-8001. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm
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Perched 37 floors above Silom, with river views to boot, this wine bistro combines well-executed French comfort food, chargrilled Aussie steaks and a long, long wine list into one sleek yet affordable package. The charcuterie and cheese platters also come highly recommended—just be sure to book well ahead for a spot on the terrace.
37/F, Pullman Hotel G, 188 Silom Rd., 096-860-7990. Mon-Fri 6pm-1am; Sat-Sun 5pm-1am
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French-born head chef Hans Zahner (who led the team at Shanghai’s Sir Elly’s to its first Michelin star) is elevating Grand Hyatt Erawan’s steakhouse with Kristal Caviar, jellies, carrot “mille-feuille” and Gillardieu oysters. Choose between a five or seven-course menu of elegant, just-that-little-bit-modern French cuisine, or fall back on the a la carte for USA prime steaks.
M/F, Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-6250. Open daily 6-10pm; Sun 11am-3pm
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