La Table de Tee restaurant is a real find: somewhere you can enjoy well-presented, delicious French food in an intimate romantic setting. What sets it apart from the crowd is that the five-course inspired set menu is only 1,150 baht per person (not including service charge). We’ve searched high and low but no-one matches La Table de Tee for quality, value and atmosphere in Bangkok. The small restaurant is situated down a back alley on Soi Sala Daeng, just a few minutes from the BTS and MRT stops on Silom Road. The street outside is typical for this area, slightly run-down and a bit grubby, but once you step inside the glass-fronted restaurant, you soon forget about the city noise.
La Table de Tee is open Tuesday to Sunday from 18:30 to 22:30, but it only has room for 20 diners and is still growing in popularity so be sure to book ahead, with Saturday night slots often filling a week in advance. The decor inside is simple yet stylish, with sky blue walls with some interesting photos of Bangkok from a different angle on the walls. One of the things I like the most is being able to peek into the kitchen on your way upstairs and see Tee and his team at work. One of the reasons they can keep costs low at Table de Tee is because they serve a set menu that changes on a weekly basis, using locally sourced ingredients. Of the five courses the first two are fixed, but you can chose between two for your three other courses. The portions are small, but you are comfortably full after working your way through them all.
The restaurant is named after Tee, the Thai young chef who trained in London but wanted to combine the best of local with what he had learnt whilst abroad. There are definite Thai touches in the flavours, but on the whole the menu feels very French. The first course is usually a soup, but don’t expect a watery bowl without flavour, Tee packs the broth with texture and taste. On our last trip we enjoyed the tiger prawn and cumin soup, a pile of pasta a riso surrounded by juicy prawns and crunchy bacon bites in a creamy cauliflower soup. The second course was slices of pink duck, served with firm asparagus tips and sweet char-grilled red peppers. The thick balsamic dressing was a perfect accompaniment to the meat.
The third course is a choice, and today it was between a mushroom risotto and a pink bream with garlic. I picked the fish, which came served in bite-sized chunks and covered in a rich, smoky tomato reduction and packed with chunky cubes of courgette and aubergine, with a warming hint of spice. Our main course was no less impressive, Black Angus and ginger; the fillet served medium-rare with rich potato and foie gras purée, mushrooms and needle beans. There is a choice of two at dessert as well, and I picked a mixed berry parfait. Layers of lime ice-cream, shortbread and berry mousse topped with a crisp chocolate tuille and surrounded by frozen grapes and strawberries. Just when you think you’ve had your fill and order coffee or a digestif, the friendly staff bring out fresh fruit jelly and a macaroon.
There is a decent wine menu, with glasses starting at 240 baht and some Thai wines as well as French and New World. The cocktail menu is short but they mix decent, strong drinks, as well as Shirley Temples for anyone who’s not keen on hard liquor. You leave Table de Tee feeling full and smug. Snagging a table at one of the hottest restaurants in Bangkok and enjoying plates of scrumptious food for around 1,000 baht is enough to make anyone boast.
La Table de Tee
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 18:30 to 22:00
- MRT: Silom
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Address: 69/5 Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd., Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6363220