Philippe Peretti, from Corsica, opened Philippe in a quiet Sukhumvit residence area 10 years ago has become a popular temple of classic French cuisine in town. Philippe is unpretentious, it focus on food prepares the classic French way honestly, not only molecular gastronomy. Both classic French dishes and slow-cooked casseroles are among the most popular in Philippe.
Depends on the catch-of-the-day and imported products available, Philippe has a special menu changing regularly. From that, I got the fresh Brown French Crab with Sabayon, just imported the evening I visited. Need not to mention, the brown crab was fresh and tasted naturally sweet with a hint of ocean-scented aroma, it was heavenly delicious with the sabayon sauce and a glass of complimentary rock lobster bisque. The Green Pea Soup followed was decently good. Unlike most of my friends and my sister, bread is not my favorite during a meal. However, I couldn’t resist some because of Philippe’s home-made Black Olive Butter. The butter enhanced the flavor of bread (served warm) and even the whole meal.
After a small portion Mango Sorbet being served, my main course arrived. It was the Royal Pigeon in Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce. Since it was one of the house specialty dishes, it didn’t let me down. The pigeon was tender with the chef skillfully brought out the natural taste of the pigeon in balanced foie gras and truffle sauce. It was a real treat for me liking pigeon dish.
It is a sin not to sample Philippe’s desserts. I didn’t wish to deepen my sin, even I was a bit full. It took 30 minutes waiting time for the freshly baked Apple Tart with Nougat Ice Cream, heavenly finger licking again.
The ambience in Philippe is elegant and subtle, a comfortable place to wine and dine with friends. People go to Philippe for real food, not to-see and to-be-seen. Philippe focus on sauce rather than only ingredients, like black angus steak doesn’t have to be USA born, but aren’t we expect stunning sauce for French cuisine! Service in Philippe is warm with waitpersons attentive and helpful, customer need not to be a regular to receive decent service unlike snobbish service in some newcomer establishments. Next time while you are thinking where to sample authentic French cuisine the unpretentious kind, tell your hotel butler to book you a table at Philippe. Dress code is smart casual.
(Philippe serves 3-course business set lunch for B420++ during 11:30am – 2:30pm)
Our Ratings (1 to 5 the higher the better): Philippe has [4.4]
(Ratings are based on Food, Service and Ambience, with Price taken into account in relation to Quality) Food =4.5, Service=4.5, Ambience=4, Value=4.5
Price range for two without drinks (incl. local water) in Thai Baht = BBBBB
(B=below 200, BB=201-500, BBB=501-1,000, BBBB=1,001-2,000, BBBBB=over 2,000)
Details: Open daily Lunch: 11:30am - 02:30pm Dinner: 6 – 10:30pm
Philippe French Restaurant, 20/15-17 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok; Tel.: 02-2594577; http://www.philipperestaurant.com