The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel Bangkok

Fine Dining French Restaurant in Ploenchit

The Reflexions Restaurant has been a highlight on Bangkok’s culinary landscape for many years but, following a renovation and change of chef, it seemed less talked about – to us at least – than in years gone by. Well, the perceived lack of fanfare is completely unfounded as the modern interpretations of French cuisine served at The Reflexions Bangkok offers a truly refined and enjoyable dining experience.

This is a fantastic Bangkok restaurant that serves playful, elemental plates of food with a focus on allowing the main ingredient of each dish to shine forth. This is exemplified by the amuse bouche: a hot stone topped with a thick slice of tuna which is seared by the chef right in front of you. It is the first presentation of the evening, but other quirky dishes follow, such as pan-seared foie gras with colourful drops of chutney scattered across the plate and a wafer-thin slice of toast (750 baht) and Hokkaido scallop – caught from the wild, which is clear in the taste – with cauliflower reduction and puree, along with shavings of black truffle (650 baht). The gentle flavours allow the exceedingly fresh shellfish to shine through.

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The duo of wagyu comes as a beef filet mignon served as a clean, round cut of meat, neatly plated with carrots, rich onion gravy, a white onion foam and a pastry pocket filled with spinach and diced beef cheek (1,800 baht). Clean flavours, attractively plated, resulting in the most enjoyable steak dishes we’ve had in a long time.

The cod fish at The Reflexions Bangkok is another standout dish, heavily influenced by Mediterranean flavours. The fish has a beautiful consistency, spiced with sliced capsicum, chorizo, toasted pine nuts tossed in oil, with baby artichoke adding interesting texture to the plate (1,300 baht).

Chef Marc Jones has created a menu that allows for several different types of dining experience. You can order a la carte or select four dishes for a set price of 2,800 baht (prices do not include tax or service), or take one of the playful six-course degustation menus developed around colours and flavours. The idea is that all the senses are engaged throughout your meal. The six-course banquet costs 3,650 baht.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Reflexions, diners are treated to live piano by Mr Jean-Francois, a lively musician who is happy to take requests. Not content to just play songs, he also adds some showmanship into his performance, keeping the mood jovial and fun, which matches the idea of the set menus. The dining room doesn’t quite shake off the feeling that you are in a hotel restaurant, but this should in no way detract from the food, which is truly excellent!

For anyone who wants an introduction to French haute cuisine, there is no better place in Bangkok than The Reflexions Chic Weekend Bistro concept. This special menu offers unlimited amounts of French classics, along with free-flow wines, for the great value price of 2,100 baht. Many of the dishes from the main menu are available, along with some slightly altered dishes (sirloin instead of wagyu filet mignon, for example), but the quality and attention to detail are the same. Also worth looking out for are the monthly ‘wine and dine’ special events, when a menu is created by Chef Marc to match the wines brought in from a different region each month.

Reflexions Bangkok is located on the third floor of The Athenee, a luxury five-star hotel on Wireless Road, a few minutes’ walk from Ploenchit BTS Skytrain Station.

The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel

  • Opening Hours: Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00, Dinner: 18:00 - 22:30 (Tuesday to Saturday), Saturday Bunch 12:00 - 15:00 (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
  • Location: The Athenee Hotel, Wireless Road, Ploenchit
  • BTS: Ploenchit
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 650 8800
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