15 Jul French bistronomy : Loulou in Suan Phlu
Loulou in Suan Phlu
By Yves Liger
15 July 2017
Good news for French gastronomy in Bangkok, which can rejoice at a new arrival in the lively district of Suan Plu!
ORIGINALLY FROM BRITTANY, MARC LEGAULT OPENED HIS FIRST RESTAU- RANT THERE AT THE AGE OF 19 before going on to practice his talents at the best addresses in Paris, such as Marius & Janette or Les Jardins de Bagatelle, and then with his management of Scarlett. He now offers simple and tasty French and Mediterranean cuisine at his own establishment in the very trendy spirit of bistronomy.
A beautiful building nestled in a colourful neighborhood, Loulou is composed of three areas. A welcoming leafy terrace invites one to enter the main room with its pure, modern and organic aesthetic. Further away, the garden seduces one with its relaxing atmosphere.
Marc decided to give his globe-trotting head chef Xavier Fauvel carte blanche to source the produce and set the menu, which changes according to the season. His aim is to make use of the local market as much as possible to find products whose quality in terms of taste are the essential basis for his culinary offering.
Organic fruit and vegetables come from the Royal Project in Chiang Mai, fishes such as the Baramundi are from the Thai Coast and the farm-raised chicken is also native. Goat cheeses or the Molene, supplied by Maison Vivin, are also created in the Kingdom. And always with the aim of offering the best to customers, the bread arrives daily from Amantee’s where Jonathan Valdman achieves wonders. For the magnificent prime rib of beef, it was necessary to turn to the legendary Black An- gus of New Zealand. And as for the salmon, it was shed in Scotland.
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The chef, who is passionate about the spices he discovers during his wanderings, aims to subtly associate them with certain dishes that appear on the menu, which is deliberately restricted in order to guarantee the freshness of the food. He marinates his Gravlax of salmon in coriander, dill, tangy lemon berries from Laos and Batak from Indonesia, passion from Ethiopia, peppers from Madagascar and Timut from Nepal. Seasoned with olive oil, Yuzu soya sauce from Japan and pomegranate vinegar from Korea, it leads our taste buds into an intoxicating world tour of flavours.
The beautiful selection of desserts, which includes the Loulou apple tart with salted butter caramel and chocolate cake, promises to end the meal on a nice gourmet note. Loulou seems to be well on the way to establishing itself as an essential address in the capital!
Loulou Forks & Glasses
459/61, Suan Phlu Soi 8, Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep, 10120 Bangkokk
+66 (0)830 414 351