Monday, August 02, 2010
Les Quatres Garçons
Le boys wanna have fun
What happens if four connoisseurs from different walks of professional life sat down and asked for a baby? Les Quatres Garçons was born.
4 Garçons is about traditional French fare prepared with care.
Although I realized the existence of 4 Garçons for months, I was hesitant to pay the new restaurant a visit. In my mind it was "oh, another toy restaurant by those 'Yes We Can' high-so kids in Thonglo"! Perhaps it is that I was prejudiced before (later proven that I was wrong) and I made the first visit to 4 Garçons a month ago with the (high) recommendation from a friend, a foodie and a retired professor, now an adviser to the dean of a faculty of one of the top-three universities in Thailand.
This place is lacking a celebrity chef (or even a native chef from France); instead an amateur, if we consider the head chef's day time physician (yes, medical doctor) job as full time. However, this restaurant still promotes a number of reasons for me to love it.
At 4 Garçons, the food show glimmers of the excellent chefs who are seriously prepared with a fine dining twist, presented in a bistro ambiance, which is good because Thonglo is chic and playful in nature. I love French fine dining (e.g. the Normandie) but I also hate dressing up for a feast; 4 Garçons bridges the gap. My third reason of loving 4 Garçons is that, for almost fine dining quality, the charge is modest and very wallet friendly.
1. traditional French onion soup THB280++; 2. baked figs with blue cheese THB300++
3. sauteed frog legs THB290++; 4. well prepared duck leg confit THB550++
5. braised oxtails THB580++; country lamb stew THB580++
7. fresh (real) fig tart THB180++; 8. fresh (whole) apple tart THB180++
No matter which renowned cooking school on earth you may attend, and no matter if it is Jamie Oliver or Wolfgang Puck as your instructor, they will all tell you that best ingredients are the fresh ingredients sourced locally. At 4 Garçons chefs are supporters of LMF, meaning they source fresh produce and ingredients locally (as much as they possibly can). For instance, figs are brought in from a Royal Project farm in Chinagrai. Compared to imported figs which are three fold in price, these fresh Royal Project figs avoid massive preservatives and harmful chemicals, ensuring that they taste fresher and we eat healthier, helping our globe with less damage from carbon emission.
Tired from reading reasons that I changed my mind about this newbie French bistro? Then you need to see it for yourself. Beware that you may bump into the kingdom's most respectable food critics, celebrity chefs, royalty, M.L. or me sitting next to you. So make sure you behave well. (No dress code though!)
Oooops - one more sentence. 'Wine and dine' goers please note - If you don't take the whole bottle, house wine is not just one red or one white to choose from, there are six from Bordeaux and the new world. Happy?
4 Garçons Brasserie & Patisserie ****
Oakwood Residence Sukhumvit Thonglor
113 Thonglo Soi 13
Sukhumvit Road Soi 55
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Les Quatres Garçons
Open daily : lunch 11 am - 3 pm, dinner 6 - 11 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 2,500 (lunch set THB 580++)