The French Tropics Arrives to Bangkok’s Riverside With Chic Seafood-Focused Brasserie
Salt in your hair and without the care in the world, we all know that fleeting feeling once you’re by the sea or in this case, the river. Whether you’re the type who loves to turn your face to the sun or chill under a lush green foliage, Brasserie Palmier offers a perfect escape from the bustling street of old town Bangkok to the alluring “French Tropics”, where you can experience a slice of the good life; where there champagne flows and the oysters chill on ice, where the fresh fillet fish are served silver trays and the Maître d’hôtel remembers your preference to your exact liking.
Located inside Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, the inviting, chic and picture perfect atmosphere at Brasserie Palmier was inspired by the vibrant setting of the French Tropics; warm toned furniture blends with modern colonial design, nestled amongst tropical plants that invites you to take it slow. This Bangkok riverside brasserie wants to show another side of French cuisine where dishes are light and refreshing, contrary to the belief that many French dishes are heavy and hearty. Brasserie Palmier, have found a foodies formula, to which suits both Bangkok weather and French alfresco dining.
“The menu is very approachable, featuring a robust oyster selection, signature seafood towers, beautiful fish dishes, tartare variations and salads, while also offering all-time favourites,” said Nicolas Raynal, head chef at Brasserie Palmier. The menu at the restaurant focuses on fresh and high quality seafood, which goes perfectly well with a touch of tropical ingredients for vibrant and surprising flavours. While seafood menus are the star at Brasserie Palmier, there are many favourite French classics to share amongst friends while enjoying the riverside view with a glass of wine or bubbly.
The Oysters Tasting Plates served with Sauce Chien or Sauce Mignonette from Brasserie Palmier’s oyster bar are your first point of call. Quite frankly, one of the freshest oysters we’ve had the pleasure to slurp into our gullets. Arriving at the restaurant 1-2 times a week, they are practically floating off your plate.
Foodies will be pleased to know, the restaurant offers tableside serving, which adds an animated and lively atmosphere to the dining experience. “Our kitchen and service team engage regularly with diners, creating a fun and lively ambiance that invites you to linger,” said Nicolas. Seafood lovers can also feast on the Brasserie’s signature Seafood Tower which comes with many fresh catches from the sea including Half Lobster, Scallops, Mussels, along with selection of Prawns and Oysters.
Other sections of Brasserie Palmier’s menu to highlight are their variations on Tartare. The Tuna Tartare comes with a refreshing combination of Avocado, Mango, Fresh Basil and Ginger Pickles. On the other hand, if you’re craving something a little more comforting, there’s 64 Degrees’ Eggs with Pumpkin Mash, Grilled Mushroom and Sage Butter Mouillette.
Sometimes simplicity is all we need in a meal, main courses at Brasserie Palmier offer many of the French classic dishes we all know and love such as succulent Sole Grenobloise, the white fish is cooked to precision and served with Capers, Lemon, Parsley, and Crouton which provides a delicious pop and a pep.
If you can’t get enough delectable fresh seafood, another dish to try is the Roasted Tiger Prawns which comes with Grilled Vegetables and aromatic sauce Diable. Order some delectable sides to accompany the mains such as Palmier French Fries, an extraordinary technical fries feat, to which sweet potatoes are created, in a kind-of ’gratin dauphinois’ style and cut into mini soldiers and served with their Homemade Ketchup.
Bangkokians further can brighten up their local getaway with Brasserie Palmier’s selection of desserts. Starting with the restaurant’s iconic dessert, Passion Fruit, Rum, Banana Omelette Norvegienne served with Lime Zest Confit, their very own take on ‘Baked Alaska’ dessert, which the inner part consists of ice-cream and sponge cake while the outside is enveloped with meringue.
This little, sweet beast is trolley-ed over to be served tableside to which is then dutifully flambéed. Don’t forget to ready your camera phones for a mini fire spectacle. Chocolate lovers can also indulge in Traditional Profitéroles which come with fluffy Tahitian vanilla Chantilly, Ice-cream, Hot Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Cashew Nut.
There has yet to be a place such as the grand design and gastronomical gesture of Brasserie Palmier existing in Thailand, where classic French Brasserie dishes may be comfortably by Bangkok’s riverside atmosphere in such style and grace. Just ask the steady flow of guests, dressed in their smart capri pants, panama hats or floaty dresses and sun hats, on the brasserie river bank with an Ruby Rose – Aperol Spritz in one hand and taking a camera selfie with the other. If you’ve missed travelling or simply looking for a sophisticated but relaxed day or evening out with a desire for fresh and hearty European-style prepared seafood, put Brasserie Palmier at the very top of your list.
Hours: Wed-Sun, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 6–10:30PM (closed on Mon and Tue)
Tel: 02 032 0888
300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Yannawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120
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