La Table de Tee Quick Review:
I first heard about La Table de Tee a few years ago from fellow food blogger, Bangkok Glutton. She recommended I take my fiancee to this restaurant for her birthday. They serve only a set menu, which makes it either an exciting or terrifying place to visit, since you never really know what exactly awaits. The surprise effect definitely has it’s appeal, but can really go wrong in Thailand where most locals only have a few experiences with fine dining and there still exist few examples of restaurants focused on a tasting menu concept. The smaller portions, the elaborate ingredients, and the lack of choice all present a conundrum for many Thais and tourists alike who may be unfamiliar with French cuisine.
That said it’s pretty bold for La Table de Tee to be the ones to break the monotony of Bangkok’s restaurant scene over five years ago. I joined them for their anniversary dinner to hear more of the small restaurant’s story which follows the aspirations of the Chef Chatree Kachonklin. Nicknamed Tee, the chef found himself in London being admired for his skills as a sous chef while longing to return to Bangkok. The best part of his journey back home from working in London’s prestigious kitchens was that his former boss at Roussillon, the Michelin star awarded Chef Alexis Gauthier, decided to support his decision by helping him start his own restaurant in Bangkok.
I’m sure in the beginning he had a hard time adjusting to diners unfamiliar with his concept. Five years on, I can see their approach to the prix fixe tasting menu has been softened, now offering diners a choice on a few of the courses. Also surprising is that walk ins, when seating is available, are welcomed and much of Tee’s small staff has been on the team since the restaurant was birthed. However, there’s still room to improve the dining experience. Where dishes scored high for presentation, the flavors often lacked continuity. This made for only a few bright mouthfuls in certain dishes, which were otherwise unmemorable. Besides this a few minor improvements such as serving hot bread with softened butter (rock hard butter is no fun), wine pairings, and having the chef linger for longer conversations with patrons would make La Table de Tee exceptional.
Still I would definitely recommend La Table de Tee to curious foodies and believe as Bangkok continues to see an emergence of a fine dining scene, La Table de Tee will remain a restaurant to watch. Tee came along ahead of the trend and executes plenty of dishes with surprising expertise for a home grown chef challenged with presenting such an ever changing menu. Even Tee’s less memorable dishes were plated masterfully and promptly served. The dinner I had was priced at 1500 THB and it’s definitely worth the money to see what Chef Tee has to offer. I hope La Table de Tee continues to have success and they begin to own the fact that they pioneered a trend now becoming more mainstream in Bangkok!
La Table de Tee Location and Hours:
Address: 69/5 Saladaeng Road, Silom (in a small unassuming alley of Soi Sala Daeng Rd., shared with “Octo Massage”)
Phone Number: 02 636 3220
Hours: 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Website: La Table de Tee
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Table-de-Tee/153586024236
Notes: This meal was complimentary in celebration of the 5th anniversary of La Table de Tee.