D'Orsay Restaurant at Portico

Moules, Steaks and Frites in Chidlom

D'Orsay restaurant is a cozy little French brasserie located on the third floor of the recently renovated Portico lifestyle mall on Lang Suan Road, not far from BTS station Chidlom. Like most of the restaurants in Portico, D'Orsay is rather discreet and easily missed but with the balance between imported fresh products and the right price it deserves to be better known. We did try quite a few restaurants in Childom and this is now one of our favourites when in the area.

D'Orsay feels homey after dusk with red velvet curtains and art deco fresques on the walls surrounding the central cocktail bar. With well balanced lighting, the atmosphere is warm and without being defined as really romantic, it is a great place for a tete a tete dinner. (We recommend going for dinner as lunch feels more casual). Of course with the line 'Moules, Steak, Frites' (Mussels, Steaks, Fries) written under the D'Orsay logo, the menu is clearly French.

The friendly young owner Koumanotham (or Kouma), grew up in France with a clear passion for French cuisine and his vision on quality standard are without compromise. Knowing how difficult importing and keeping seafood livestock can be, this means a particularly great knowledge and care for mussels and oysters which are delivered twice a week from multiple origins depending on the best season. If you thought 'Fines de Claire' were the ultimate imported oysters, treat yourself to some of these amazing 'Gillardeau' and you will never go back. Of course Gillardeaux comes at a price (280 baht per oyster) but it is worth it.

On the well illustrated menu the choice is vast and varied, with superb steaks, perfectly cooked duck and lamb, or even escargots, but the real highlight is definitely the imported mussels. Select any of the many ways the chef prepares these fantastic plump mussels because at D'Orsay, opened shells reveal nice plump mussels, not just a big hollow carapace with a tiny bit inside, and best of all you can order full portions or half portions giving you a chance to try even more flavors. Just to give you an idea: Moules a la Provençale (Southern France style mussels 1,125 baht), Moules au Fromage (cheese sauce 1,125 baht), Moules au Safran et Moutarde (steamed mussels in safran and mustard sauce 1,095 baht) or our favourite the simple Moules en Persillade (with a garlic, shallots and parsley 985 baht). Since mussels is the most popular dish and because of the limited stock due to the high freshness standards of the house, it is preferable to call before going if mussels are really on your wish list.

The wine list is predominently (but not only) French with more than 40 superb wines selected with Kouma's personal care (from 1,800 to 5,000 baht per bottle). Don't miss the interesting collection of imported beers with some really special crus such as Dannish 'Mikkeller Porter' (455 baht) and the Spanish 'Estrella Damm Inedit' (645 baht). If you know your beers, you already know what those names are.

D'Orsay

Opening Hours: Tue – Thurs, Sun: 11:30 am – 14:00 and 17:00 – 22:30. Fri – Sat: 11:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 23:30
BTS: Chidlom
Address: 3rd Floor The Portico Langsuan, Langsuan Road
Tel: 02 650 4747, 02 650 4748

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