Finding French food in Bangkok has never really been a problem, and we've happily tried quite a few French restaurants, but we're always looking for new places. We went to Paris Bangkok with no real idea of what to expect beyond the few photos we'd seen in magazines. The restaurant is tucked in a tiny soi within a tiny soi ('soi' is Thai for a back street), and the facade is quite unassuming. But once you step inside, you are instantly transported to a French brasserie... the setting and decoration is fancy without being overdone and although the restaurant is quite large, it retains a very nice cozy warm atmosphere. Restaurants do look like this in France... the ones where you take your friends and family for a great meal without having to break the piggy bank.
The staff members are all Thai, very welcoming and efficient and they know their menu very well. The French manager stopped at our table to greet us and gave some suggestions and notes about the menu.
The very large menu did have all the evil French temptations, the ones we usually can't resist: fines de claire oysters, escargots in garlic (290 baht for six snails), foie gras (590 baht), beef tartare (495 baht), lamb shoulder (1,100 baht), raclette Savoyarde (you know; the delicious smelly melted cheese 1,600 baht for two) and even this old-fashioned way to cook duck: 'pressed duck with foie gras sauce'! (2,200 baht for two).
As we were not that hungry we didn't go for the full Monty and only had delicious frog legs (390 baht) and pan-fried beef filet with marrow bone truffle and gratin potatoes (gratin Dauphinois 735 baht), and a sole meuniere (890 baht). The most simple dishes often reveal more about the restaurant than elaborate ones and we were very satisfied with everything. Their French bread is fantastic... and I am not easily impressed by this!
We didn't go for wine but I had a look at their impressive wine cellar. However we settled for a Belgium draft Leffe beer, which is not so easy to find and it always tastes better than bottled.
Overall we paid 2,900 for those three nicely served dishes, a large imported beer and imported sparkling water and we left the restaurant more than happy. And as we didn't have anymore free space for dessert, we've got a lame excuse to go again.
Paris Bangkok Restaurant
- Opening Hours: everyday 12:00 to 14:00 - 18:00 to 23:00
- Location: 120 Soi Saladang 1/1, Silom Bangrak 10500
- Tel: +66 (0)2 233 1990