The concept at Le Boeuf is simple: high-quality steak liberally doused with a unique pea-green sauce, paired with an unlimited supply of crispy pommes frites and fresh salad. French to the core, this glass-enclosed venue on restaurant-rich Soi Langsuan does just a few things, but it does them all right.
Owner David Perret first encountered his “secret” sauce at Le Café de Paris, a popular restaurant in his native Geneva. He acquired the recipe from his late father, who had obtained it from his best friend. After travelling half a world in secrecy, at last it has arrived in Bangkok to the applause of local diners. Perret won’t say precisely what goes into it, but he will divulge that the sauce is butter-based and features ten different ingredients. All mysteries aside, the flavour is rich and redolent of La Belle France.
At first, like the iconic Le Relais de Venis L’Entrecôte in Paris after which it is modelled, Le Boeuf served only one main course: steak, covered with that legendary sauce, accompanied by fries and salad (B680). Perret, however, has decided to add salmon (B720) and lamb (B880) to the menu to cater to Thai diners who don’t eat beef. The secondary items are yet to appear on the menu, but the steak is present in all its glory — 180 grams of Australian Wagyu, cut in the premium entrecôte style. For those with more voracious appetites, a 300 gram cut is available as well (B1138).
The menu also features five appetizers, all designed to be shared. The Rillettes de Canard (B315), a confit-style duck pâté with a texture as silky as butter, is spectacular when spread on a piece of lightly toasted baguette. A couple of cheese platters rounds out the appetizers. For those who love French desserts (and who doesn’t?), the profiteroles filled with ice cream (B260) are like manna from the heavens.
The wine menu features seven whites and seven reds by the glass (125ml), carafe (250ml), or bottle, most of which come in at about B2000 per bottle. There are also excellent house wines available at B180 per glass, B635 per carafe, and B950 per bottle.
Steak and wine are like Dolce and Gabbana — it just seems wrong to have one without the other — and few other places in Bangkok offer steak of this pedigree with a glass of the good stuff for under B1000. This alone is reason enough to visit. When combined with the copious French touches, Le Boeuf earns high marks.
Marriott Executive Apartments Mayfair, 60 Soi Langsuan
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