Le Boeuf Restaurant Bangkok, the steak and frites bistro, boldly claims to have the exact recipe of the famed sauce from Café de Paris Restaurant in Geneva. Homesick European expats and globetrotting Thais came from far and wide to put their claims to the test and it has been a wild success. In our humble opinion, we have to agree: this is the real deal!
Their moniker of ‘Just one great dish all day, every day’ is a little off the mark as there are three choices of mains, a small selection of appetisers and full page of desserts. But it is the famous steak, secret recipe sauce, and bottomless fries combination that first-timers always want to try.
Located in a glass panelled building directly in front of Marriott Mayfair Serviced Apartments, Le Boeuf Bangkok is easy to find on Langsuan Road in Chit Lom, a few hundred metres from the Chit Lom BTS Skytrain.
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Swiss-native, David Perrot, is the man responsible for bringing the top secret recipe to Asia and is tight lipped when it comes to naming any of the 16 ingredients in his sauce (believe me, we tried).
The rich, buttery sauce has a touch of French mustard, a host of European herbs, and trying to guess is a fun game to play as you devour the Australian Black Angus sirloin steak, which is available in two sizes: 180 grams (680 baht) and 300 grams (1,128 baht). This is incredibly good value for imported steak in Bangkok – perhaps unbeatable if you consider quality versus price. A green salad with a French vinaigrette dressing and unlimited French fries are included, perfect for mopping up the pools of luscious Café de Paris sauce left over. Keeping the platter over small candles is a nice touch to keep the sauce warm.
For non-beef eaters, a large salmon fillet is available (880 baht) but is not quite flavoursome enough to keep up with the sauce, and lamb chops (720 baht for three large chops, served on the bone), which we love. If you come as a group it’s an idea to order a mixture of beef and lamb to try both.
The wine is also very affordable at Le Boeuf, with the house red from Burgundy coming in at a respectable 190 baht a glass; it is very easy on the palate and is also offered by the carafe (655 baht) or bottle (980 baht). There is a wider choice by the bottle with a several well wines under 2,000 baht.
Although the main dishes are limited, Le Boeuf Bangkok makes up for it with their choice of appetisers and desserts. The meaty pork rillettes (310 baht) is set off nicely by pickled gherkins while the foie gras terrine (560 baht) is served as a smooth cylindrical cut with a light jelly, sprinkle of black pepper and a basket of genuine French baguette which is light yet crunchy. We don’t usually rave about bread but this is brought once or twice a day from artisanal bakery, Maison Jean Philippe, one of the most prestigious in town.
After such a heavy meal, it’s only proper to take something lavishly sweet and creamy to satisfy the glutton in you. Highlights from the dessert menu of French classics includes profiteroles, choux pastry loaded with fresh cream and rich dark chocolate and Le Vacherin, a sugar-snap meringue with a piquant berry flavour.
For a satisfying and authentic dining experience, Le Beouf is surprisingly cheap, and a great option if you tire of Thai flavours and want something uniquely European.
Le Boeuf Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 daily
- Location: Le Boeuf, 60 Lang Suan Marriot Mayfair Serviced Apartments, Chit Lom
- BTS: Chit Lom
- Tel: +66 (0)2 652 0207, +66 (0)2 672 1230 (bookings are recommended)
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/leboeufgroup/