The popularity of Thai food has grown immensely on an international scale due to the bold flavors and unique ingredients, appealing to those with adventurous taste buds. Although street-style dishes and snacks embody the quintessential Thai eating experience, in cosmopolitan Bangkok and other major cities around the world a new wave of celebrated, creative young chefs help enable Thai cuisine to be showcased and appreciated on a fine dining level with familiar components prepared and presented in a different way. In the latest episode of Bangkok Bites we team up with instant reservation app Chope to visit Thai fine dining restaurant Le Du for a taste of their seasonal menu.
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Le Du is one such place to experience fresh twists on classic favorites as well as more unusual pairings, with a rotating menu every few months to highlight the local produce at different times of the year (the restaurant’s name is a French-sounding stylization of the Thai word for season). With rising star Head Chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn at the helm, fresh ingredients sourced straight from the farmers are combined with modern cooking techniques for a special Thai gastronomic journey that has earned them rave reviews (currently a Top 3 rating of the best restaurants in Bangkok by food industry professionals according to a local magazine guide).
Conveniently placed in the heart of the central business district just off the main roads, its unassuming location on a small side street usually full of office workers venturing to the nearby outdoor market during breakfast and lunch hours is met by an elegant, yet warm dining space. The simple decor and dimly-lit surroundings with a glimpse of the kitchen through the glass partitioning enables the food to take centre stage and let the flavors and textures do all the talking. Wine enthusiasts can also ask Chef Ton, who is a certified sommelier, to recommend some suitable wine pairings from their extensive bar.
While the snakehead fish ice cream and watermelon with powdered shallot as a starter is one of the more surprising offerings, a classic Thai dish given the upscale treatment is the mackerel with choo-chee (or chu chee) style red curry (400 baht). The dish is normally a delicious mess of curry and seafood. At Le Du however, it presents as a perfectly seared fillet of fish placed on a swirl of curry sauce, pickled grilled leeks and large chilis, and topped off with kaffir lime cream that together tastes as satisfying as it looks. Underneath a crunchy bed of mackerel bits adds crunch, texture, and umami flavors to complete the plate. Other familiar bites here at the moment include the Chef’s version of miang kham and tom yum soup that are deconstructed and represented forms surprising to both Bangkok newbies and Thai food veterans alike. Le du is a treat for the senses for Thai food lovers by some of the best local talent on the city’s dining scene!
Le Du Wine Bar and Restaurant Location and Hours
Genre: Thai Fine Dining
Address: 399/3, Soi 7, Silom Road, Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Directions: From Chong Nonsi BTS station take exit 4, then a short walk up Naradhiwat Rajanakarindra Road to Silom Soi 7 on the right. In the soi heading towards Lalai Sap outdoor market, Le Du is on the left hand side.
Phone Number: (092) 919-9969
Hours: 11.30-14.30 (lunch) and 18.00-23.00 (dinner) Monday-Friday, 18.00-23.00 Saturday
Price: 200-1000 baht per dish, Tasting Menu 2300 baht, 4-courses 900+ baht (depending on seasonal ingredients)
Facebook page: Le Du Bar and Restaurant
Note: This visit was sponsored as part of the Bangkok Bites series, a collaboration with Chope, an instant restaurant reservations booking app in Bangkok! Download the app here!