Le Normandie Restaurant, Bangkok: Disappointing

While having a great time in Bangkok before heading back to Europe, we chose to dine at one of the city’s best restaurants, Le Normandie, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a property that faces the Peninsula on the Chao Praya River.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiarySummer vacations in Thailand
2LoungeCathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3
3FlightFinnair Business Class, London Heathrow – Helsinki Vantaa, Airbus A350-900
4LoungeSalon Finnair Business Class, Helsinki Vantaa
5FlightFinnair Business Class, Helsinki Vantaa – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Airbus A350-900
6HotelSheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
7HotelKimpton Maa-Lai, Bangkok
8DiaryBangkok J1
9DiaryBangkok J2
10RestaurantRestaurant Saneh Jaan, Bangkok
11LoungeBangkok Airways Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
12FlightBangkok Airways Economy, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Koh Samui, Airbus A319
13HotelVana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui
14DiaryKoh Samui J1
15DiaryKoh Samui J2
16LoungeBangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge, Koh Samui
17FlightBangkok Airways Economy, Koh Samui – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Airbus A320
18HotelThe Peninsula, Bangkok
19RestaurantLe Normandie, Bangkok
20LoungeJapan Airlines Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
21FlightFinnair Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Helsinki Vantaa, Airbus A350-900
22LoungeFinnair Business lounge non-Schengen, Helsinki Vantaa
23FlightFinnair Business Class, Helsinki Vantaa – Londres Heathrow, Airbus A350-900
Today’s itinerary

The concept

The concept is quite simple: it is a French gastronomic restaurant, directed by the French chef Alain Roux. It maintains two stars in the Michelin Guide.

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The setting

The setting is quite classic, and could be described as old-fashioned. Nevertheless, the view on the Chao Phraya river and of course on the Peninsula are superb.

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The menu

The menu is composed of a gastronomic menu and an à la carte menu. We will choose the gastronomic menu.

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The meal and the dishes

The meal is very hearty, but the service is perfect and very fast.

  • To start, I will have a glass of Champagne, which, despite the fact that the brand is unknown, will be excellent.
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  • A combination of two canapés is brought to us: a beet tartlet and a compressed tomato, pistachio sorbet: superb combination for the tartlet, texture of an eskimo for the second.
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  • A small flaky pastry is then brought to us, unfortunately a little overcooked.
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  • A first amuse-bouche in the form of tomato salad is brought to us to refresh our palate.
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  • Then comes the second amuse-bouche, compliments of the Friends of MO program: a raviole with cauliflower and truffle, badian broth: very fine
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  • Crumbled crab, carrot jelly and osciètre caviar: excellent balance, eat the gingerbread madeleine well with the crab and caviar
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  • Sourdough bread and butter from Brittany: to die for
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  • Hot foie gras with cherries and almond crumble: excellent, not too sickening, but the portion is a little too large for a tasting menu
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  • Fillet of turbot meunière with macadiamia nuts: superb balance
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  • Tronçonette of Lobster: disgusting sauce and overcooked lobster
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  • Basil sorbet and espuma passion : super fresh
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  • Pan-fried wagyu beef tournedos zingara style: a superb addition to the ham/black truffle cream sauce
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  • Before dessert, an oshibori is served
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  • Milky caramel chocolate tear: Surprisingly fresh
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  • Hot raspberry soufflé: excellent but no longer hungry
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  • Mignardises that flow by themselves.
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The service

The service was excellent from start to finish, with no long breaks. We had time to talk at length with the manager, an Italian, really passionate about his job.

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The atmosphere

The atmosphere is a bit strange. If you’ve been to Asia, you’ll know what I mean: people spend most of their time on their phones. We were the only couple talking, laughing, in short, enjoying the moment. It’s a little sad to see.

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Bottom line

A good culinary experience. Excellent? No, we have already eaten much better including in a 1 star Michelin. And especially for much less money.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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