L’Appart is a French restaurant with perhaps the greatest concept design Bangkok has to offer. Styled as a high-society Parisian apartment from the turn of the 19th Century, diners can choose to eat in the living room, library, rooftop terrace or even in the kitchen. The apartment style exudes luxury living and is the perfect mix of ambiance, originality and world-class French cuisine. Located on the 32nd floor of Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel it is a short walk from either Asok or Nana BTS Station.
The French menu served at L’Appart has been prepared by Executive Sous Chef and Chef L'Appart Jeremy Tourret who has a wealth of experience picked up from working in Michelin Star restaurants around the world – including two Michelin Star restaurant Daniel in New York. He enhances classic French recipes with locally sourced produce in dishes such as tuna tartar with avruga caviar topped with tropical mango and passion fruit condiment (450 baht) and snow fish steamed with lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime leaves (950 baht). However, it is clear from the flavours and presentation of the food that L’Appart serves French cuisine – albeit with a twist – rather than fusion.
Although the menu is a concise two pages and is altered seasonally to suit available ingredients, it contains a host of popular dishes such as goat’s cheese ravioli with pumpkin mousseline (450 baht) and chicken breast with foie gras, shaved black truffle and creamy polenta sauce (900 baht). The mammoth wine menu is split into categories of grape with a nice spread of top-end labels and some surprisingly inexpensive choices. Of course, the maitre d’ is always on hand to offer wine pairings to complement your meal and there are numerous by the glass options as well.
Dining by the fireplace in the living room or tucked away in the secluded library are the best options for a romantic meal (the private room offers a more exclusive and formal touch), but the kitchen concept is really the most unique of all because there have been no adaptations to the cooking area, it is just like a high-society apartment in Paris and totally authentic. In keeping with this image of Paris, waitresses are dressed in pastel-grey French maid’s uniforms and service is professional and polite – not exaggerated or done in an overtly cute way as is sometimes found when the French maid’s uniform is used.
L’Appart Special Event – Soiree Gastronomique with chef Jeremy Biasiol
The restaurant is the flagship dining option of Sofitel Sukhumvit and as such regularly hosts special events with world renowned guest chefs. A noticeable example of the special evenings hosted by L’Appart was the visit of Jeremy Biasiol from Mirror Restaurant in Hong Kong who devised a ‘soiree gastronomique’: a five course banquet with wine pairing, featuring shrimp two ways, foie gras, fresh lobster from Maine, braised pork belly and a mango biscuit dessert. This menu is typical of L’Appart style food – unmistakeably French with delightful signature surprises.
The shrimp two ways came presented on a platter with a peeled tiger prawn laid out under creamy cocktail sauce with purple flower petals and a bright fish roe adding to the visual appeal, and next to it, a thick gazpacho soup garnished with gold leaf for a touch of extravagance. Both dishes were carefully arranged with subtle tastes and textures that allowed the taste of juicy shrimp to come through.
The pan-seared foie gras on a soft, miniature burger bun and onion confit was a far richer experience but it came with a miniature martini glass of creamy beetroot milkshake and terrine topped with emulsion. It’s the kind of dish you only trust in the hands of a world-renowned chef and – true to form – the beetroot recipe had a subtle flavour akin to pumpkin and didn’t detract from the foie gras patty. A sweet Riesling was served as an accompaniment.
Another stand out dish was the lobster, served shelled with its claw peeking out of the bowl; it was enriched by a strong, earthy cheese and eggplant caviar and matched with a soft cherry-like pinot noir. The meat dish was braised pork belly with soft rind of fat and coupled with a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon. To finish the meal we were served a Thai staple of sweet mango slices on a freshly baked biscuit that was crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, and full of coarse Demerara sugar. Vanilla ice cream with whipped vanilla cream with a gold leaf on top completed the banquet in suitable style.
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Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
From the moment you step into the chic, black marble lobby of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, with its sweeping lines and oversized bouquet of lilies and lotus flowers, the frenzy of downtown Bangkok fades away, replaced by a contemporary elegance that is the hallmark of the Sofitel brand.Check-in is completed in a carpeted living-room area attached to the lobby or even up on the Millesime club room floor for executive room guests.Six restaurants ensure there is something to suit every taste, but the definite standout fine-dining option is LAppart French Restaurant on the 32nd floor, styled as a high-society apartment from the late 19th Century. Read More...
With such an interesting and unique interior it is easy to forget that L’Appart also has one the best rooftop bars on Sukhumvit, complete with an arching balcony that stretches a full 180 degrees around the building with views of Benjakitti and Lumpini Park and the sparkling lights of downtown Silom. It’s a great place to sit for an aperitif before dinner, or even for those who just fancy a cocktail and want to check out the unique decor. The barmen at L’Appart have been trained extensively in the art of mixology and the best time to try their concoctions for yourself is during their daily sunset happy hour from 17:00-19:00 when all drinks are two-for-one. There are also promotions every weeknight with specials on martinis on Monday and ladies night every Thursday with buy one get one free for all ladies until midnight. There is a DJ spinning lounge house music at a gradually louder volume through the night to create a sophisticated and lively mood in the bar.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 - 22:30 (Rooftop Bar open from 17:00 - 01:00)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Nana or Asok
- Address: Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel, 32nd Floor
- Tel: +66 (0) 2126 9999