Le Beaulieu Bangkok - French Restaurant
Le Beaulieu at Plaza Athenee Bangkok
For many years, Le Beaulieu has been synonymous with great French Cuisine in Bangkok. This well-known and long-established restaurant had an excellent reputation in busy Sukhumvit, but times changed and the crowded Soi 11 was no longer a fit with the clientele of Le Beaulieu. Chef Herve Frerard returned with a bang at a stylish venue in the Le Meridien Plaza Athenee on Chidlom, a perfect match for this elegant and sophisticated restaurant that easily addresses the needs of Bangkok's demanding young gourmets.
The new Beaulieu takes a step forward and innovates with two distinct concepts. In an elegant dining room, the restaurant serves the excellent cuisine we know and love whilst the outdoor terrace serves tapas in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere.
Set over two floors connected by a spiral staircase, the indoor restaurant is small, with only few tables downstairs plus two more rooms upstairs reserved for larger parties. The decor is elegant, all with warm tones and large paintings, perfect for a romantic dinner. The tables are a bit close to each other but it's not really disturbing. The menu varies regularly and ranges from classic dishes to more elaborate creations but also some hard to find rustic cuisine that will always represent France more than any foie gras dish. Chef Herve Frerard makes a strong point about high quality ingredients flown daily and directly from France according to seasons and supply, selected by a trusted assistant at the best French markets... This is the biggest difference compared to other French restaurants - cooking French with local ingredients will never be the real thing. Of course luxury comes at a price, but it is justified as you can really appreciate the difference.
Among the most appetizing dishes listed on the menu, we enjoyed Dover sole with lemon capers sauce (1,800 baht) a dish not easy to find here, homemade Bouillabaisse (490 baht), some Roasted Pigeons d'Anjou (1,850 baht), and Madame Burgaud duck with slow cooked nectarines. The list of temptations goes on and on including some irresistible desserts - Millefeuille with Tahitian vanilla (390 baht), Baked hazelnut souffle (390 baht) and how could you say no to the 'Chef 's Pudding Secret Recipe' (490 baht)?
Don't let the prices worry you, some of the greatest dishes range below 1,000 baht and as Chef Herve puts it, anyone is welcome to come and enjoy a single dish; you won't have to go all out if you don't feel like it... but with such an extensive wine cellar you probably will forget all your resolutions and just order the one that tempts you the most. Did we forget to mention the several floor to ceiling and wall to wall wine cellars?
Le Beaulieu terrace is a different and appealing concept. With a new upmarket location, young executives can now enjoy a glass of wine with quality nibblings after work. Once you step outside the restaurant the mood changes radically... large and comfortable sofas set in open air, warm lighting creates a chilled ambience and the DJ plays the right level of cool music to make the place a perfect spot to unwind after work with friends. Every evening has a theme with special offers including a Champagne Ladie's night and an 'After Work' happy hour. Le Beaulieu is certainly the new hot place to keep an eye on in this part of Bangkok!
About Chef Herve
Classically trained in French kitchens and having worked at restaurants in France, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, or New York. Through his career, Chef Hervé had the chance to cook for the Thai Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth II, celebrities around the world and was the personal chef to French President François Mitterrand. He has been living in Thailand for more than 14 years.
- Opening Hours: 11.30 - 2.30 pm , 6.30 pm - 11.30 pm, Closed on Sunday
- Location: Athénée Tower (Lobby), 3 Wireless Road (ask for Plaza Athénée Hotel)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 168 8220