It took me a while to visit Chef Hervé Frerard's new brainchild Cafe Parisien, located at Sindhorn Tower right in the vicinity of the old Le Beaulieu, but I have since dined there twice in a hurry(both times their set lunch) , so I am ready to share my thoughts.
|Bright and warm|
Cafe Parisien's set lunch come with 2 choices of starters (usually a salad and a soup), 3 choices of main course and a fixed dessert.
The starters I tasted were solid while not leaving a deep impression. The world-best baguette was still available, hip hip hooray!
|Nicoise Salad, , tasty but wee bit overdressed according to my dining companion|
|Marinated Scottish Salmon Salad, crisp and fresh|
|Shitake mushroom soup, a solid choice to start the meal|
Here's where the excitement starts. Each of the 4 mains I encountered was cooked to varying degrees of excellence. However, where Le Beaulieu excelled in both taste and quantity, Cafe Parisien might disappoint in terms of serving size for some of the mains if you are very hungry.
|Really delicious Lamb Shoulder Blanquette, I still miss it today|
|Grilled Flank Steak, I wouldn't mind this main too!|
|Grilled Organic Pork Chop with Apple Calvados Sauce, Noah and I loved this hearty dish|
|Plancha of Sea Bass with Saffron Beurre Blanc Sauce. Nice fish with an amazing sauce, but portion quite small, so avoid this if you are very hungry|
I would have liked a choice with the dessert, but so far the ones I had were pretty well done, with a pleasant serving size as well.
|Apple Tart with Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream, will the tart feel sad if I say I liked the ice cream more?|
|White Chocolate Charlotte cake with Strawberry Ice Cream, nicely thought out, though perhaps too many different elements for my liking|
I went to Cafe Parisien expecting similar solid French dishes from my favourite chef, and while I was not wowed both times, I was not disappointed too. There could be some misses among the many dishes to choose from (menu changes monthly), but I am pretty sure there will be many more hits.
Furthermore, at the price of 690++THB per set and no sneakily-expensive French Spring Water to stun you when you finally see the bill, this is definitely one of the best set lunches you can get in Bangkok at its price range.
|And may I add, they have kids cutlery but no baby chair yet|
PS. Chef Herve has left Cafe Parisien after setting up the team and stabiising the boat during the opening period. It's still a great place to dine!