French Food Focus - Le Beaulieu
Up until last year, if you’d mention the name Le Beaulieu to any of Bangkok’s self-respecting French expats, a warm and contented smile of acknowledged excellence would appear, so the news of the Sukhumvit Soi 19 stalwart’s closure in January 2012 was somewhat of a bombshell, to say the least.
But beloved chef Hervé Frerard proves conclusively that you can’t keep a good bistro down with the much anticipated soft opening in October of the reinterpreted Le Beaulieu in its sparkling new and spacious premises in Wireless Road’s Athénée Tower.
All the old, perfectly-executed favourites are there, like pot au feu, duck confit, chicken liver parfait, hearty bouillabaisse, Brittany oysters, and roast bone marrow, plus Frerard’s renowned cheese selection and of course the wine list featuring 80+ labels, a good portion of which come by the glass.
But this time round you can add into the mix a svelte new alfresco wine bar and ‘gastro lounge’ for light bites, cold cuts and sundowner sips, and a French-style bakery for on-the-go snacks, pastries, cakes and excellent filled baguettes and macarons – just perfect for the busy lunchtime Wireless workers.
The lofty duplex space also contains 2 private rooms and chef’s table if you want to see the man himself at work, but after 10 months of waiting, you’ll need to book early to get ahead of those hungry locals. Le Beaulieu, c'est bon de te revoir!