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Tasteful Thai

June 30, 2016

The undisputed queen of mod-Thai cooking in Paris, Madame Thiou has upped sticks from Quai d’Orsay for a more tranquil residential setting in the 7th, with views over the gardens and golden dome of Les Invalides. The stunning signature fare – think gourmet pad thai and chargrilled strips of spice-marinated beef (dubbed Tigre qui Pleure) – remains the same, but the light, elegant interiors really freshen things up.

Designer Laura Gonzalez has created an intimate new atmos, thanks to smart use of pale raw oak wall panels in the classic dining room, given a contempo edge by graphic linear frescoes by local studio Atelier Roma. Cognac-coloured banquettes and grey velvet-upholstered armchairs make the pared-back space inviting, illuminated by generous bay windows and lit at night by elegant table lamps and frosted brass-and-glass pendant lights. Delicate white orchids add romance, while the heated terrace, fringed with pretty planting, beckons you outdoors on summer days.

Kick off with an entree of spicy sauteed squid with lemongrass and vegetables, indulge with a Weeping Tiger or pad thai with prawns, soy beans and spring onions for mains, then wrap up with fresh mango with sticky rice in coconut milk or crispy chocolate spring rolls.

A-List fans are already booking tables to sample Thiou’s fresh, seasonal produce, from glam arrondissement mayor Rachida Dati to former French Vogue ed Carine Roitfeld. C’est trop chic!

Thiou / 94 blvd la Tour Maubourg, 7th / +33 1 76 21 78 84 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat /

Photos © Didier Delmas