Savour the taste of luxurious modern French cuisine in the heart of Bangkok.
It’s never easy to pick the best fine dining restaurant in Bangkok, especially when the conversation is about restaurants in Ploenchit, an area in downtown. Here, numerous high-rise towers stand prodigiously and there are endless options, but let me offer you one.
Located on the third floor of The Athenee Hotel, The Reflexions restaurant offers a truly special experience for those who seek a restaurant where you can savour the subtleties of French modern cuisine. Created by Chef Roxanne Lange, who worked with the legendary, Chef Hank Salvalberg, the menu is a sheer joy.
Upon arrival, I am taken in by the restaurant’s ambience and decoration; a stretch-window allows in light while my hearing is caught by the enchanting melodies of French pianist, Jean Francois, who fills the air with his jubilant music—he also played me Ariana Grande’s songs!
I sat in the perfect seat where I could observe every inch of the restaurant. I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the atmosphere. My eyes kept scrolling up and down the menu, which is separated into 4-course, 6-course or 8-course options, all with wine parings.
I choose the 6-course (B3100++), but first, there’s a signature drink: “Flower Old Fashion”, with gin, mint, lemongrass, elderflower and sparkling wine. Then, comes the first dish: a David Herve Oyster, a big specimen with fennel, caviar and celery juice presented in a big bowl with smoke effects, and paired with Italian white wine. The clever combination of ingredients went perfectly well with the quality oyster.
Another exciting duo soon arrives, this time of Salad and Jamon Iberian Ham. I was told to taste the freshness of the Heirloom Tomato Salad and follow with a salty and creamy flavour of ham topped on crispy bread. Next, was my favourite dish, the Boston Lobster. Here is a lobster cooked with roasted baby carrot, pumpkin and orange, paired with Spanish white wine. The mild flavours of every ingredient doing their job perfectly, allowing the taste of the main ingredient to shine.
Then, Dover Sole, a turbot fish cooked with green asparagus, potato and spinach along with beurre blanc sauce paired with chardonnay white wine. The taste is a profoundly sophisticated delight while other ingredients complete the dish with its unique salty and creamy flavour. Then comes the highlight plate: Lamb, cooked medium-rare and served with Jerusalem artichoke, black olive with lamb sauce, beautifully presented in a large white dish. Wrapping up this course with the most refreshing Strawberry and Yogurt, a fairytale-looking dessert.
After a memorable meal and evening, I slip away into the night. This really is where cuisine meets art, offering a genuinely magical food experience along with a fantastic ambience. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
by Anansit Sangsawang
3F, The Athénée Hotel, 61 Witthayu Rd
Tel: 02 650 8800 ext 4338
Open: Daily, Lunch: 11:30am-2pm, Dinner 6pm-10:15pm