Chef Sebastien Bras, of 3-Michelin Star famed Le Suquet, has been in town this week and taken up temporary residence at Le Normandie, The Mandarin Oriental, creating a set of three special menus (lunch, dinner and one night wine dinner from Dec 12-17).
Sebastien is the third generation from the Bras family to cook in what is truly a family restaurant, "Le Suquet" tucked away in the Massif Central region in France. By special invitation from Le Normandie Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier. Chef Sebastien brings his philosophy of "spontaneous cuisine of the moment" to Bangkok on this return visit.
We enjoyed the lunchtime "Menu Aubrac" a five-course adventure in creativity and simple fresh local ingredients. Le "Gargouillou" kicks things of with forty — yes forty! — vegetables, herbs and grains warmed over a small piece of ham. Scallops, stuffed endives, and charcoal roasted rack of lamb star in the next three courses. The tour de force is topped off with a crispy potato wafer filled with hazelnut and butter cream and salted butter caramel, ending the show.
If there's space still available for the last three days, jump at it and get down to the riverside to see what a true 3 Michelin starred cooking tastes like.
Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, 10500; tel: 02-659-9000 ext. 7393; www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/fine-dining/le-normandie/