BANGKOK RESTAURANT

Le Normandie

The Mandarin Oriental’s showcase restaurant does classic French cuisine.

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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. 

The Mandarin Oriental’s showcase restaurant needs little introduction. For years it has set the standard for service and cuisine and the breath-taking river views aren’t equally exceptional. The Chef, Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, has worked for renowned chefs such as Georges Blanc in Vonnas, Marc Veyrat in L’Auberge de L’Eridan, and Emile Jung at Crocodile. Expect only the best imported produce, such as Challans duck, Brittany langoustine and French milk-fed lamb. The wine cellar, too, is superlative.

See what lunch is like at Bangkok's oldest French restaurant in our video below:

 

Venue Details
Address: Le Normandie, The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Soi Burapa, Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 02-659-9000 #7390
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/fine-dining/le-normandie/
Area: Riverside, Charoenkrung
Price Range: BBBB
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-10pm
Reservation recommended, Parking available, Dress requirements
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