French lunch at Philippe’s
Philippe Restaurant Sukhumvit Soi 39
Bangkok Foodies Review – Philippe’s Restaurant
Just had a beautiful (and inexpensive) traditional French lunch at Philippe’s Restaurant on Sukhumvit soi 39. The lunch set changes weekly and for only 650 THB ++ you’ll get bread, starter, main and dessert with tea or coffee. Offering many variations of choices with a set price, which stays the same on weekends!
I’ve literally been past this place a thousand times yet never tried it. I’m aware it’s a well known institution in Bangkok. My preconceptions were of a haughty-taughty, fine dining establishment. In fact, although a little “dated” for some, Philippe’s was warm and welcoming. I’m talking about the man himself, too!
The mini croissants were incredible. No need for spread on this mini bomb of buttery layered textures. For starters, we ordered the homemade head cheese, which is basically a terrine of the pig’s ears, snout, cheek etc (all the good bits), fused together with fat and pork jelly. I loved it! However. it’s an acquired taste and could have done with less vinaigrette and mayonnaise dressing.
My mackerel was cooked perfectl; a culmination of soft meat, crispy skin, creamy butter sauce and garden vegetables. But the winner would have to be the beef stew. The meat melted, the gravy was deep and rich without that sickly feeling and the secret herb mashed potatoes and long-roasted tomato were delightfully nostalgic. I missed French home cooking immediately.
We ended the meal with homemade apple pie and ice cream (avoid the bland cheese plate option) and hot tea we were exceptionally satisfied.
I left wondering why French food lovers go to fancy French joints to get close to that French experience. Personally, I feel more in France dining at the corner family Bistro, and Philippe’s manages to recreate this experience. What further authenticates this is the French quality of service and hospitality, whcih has an enormous effect on one who misses even the simplest of gestures. One dude (I guess the maitre) has worked here for over ten years. Supposedly, he shows this by remembering the names of the children!
At Philippe’s, expect European, particularly French diners, but mostly well-to-do and well-traveled Thai diners. No trend setting or gimmicks here, just good ol’ French Fair.
20/15-17 Sukhumvit Soi 39
Bangkok, 10110, THAILAND
Tel. (662) 259 4577-8
Opening Hours: Lunch : 11.30 am to 2.30 pm / Dinner : 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm