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Le Boeuf

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Address:60, Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Rd., Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand


Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 11:00-23:00

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Official description

Nestled in Lang Suan sits a bistro with a knack for steak frites. Mind you, this isn’t the type of steak and fries you’ll find at any old gastropub. With 75 years worth of history behind its legendary Cafe de Paris sauce, Le Boeuf’s focus is on serving up the finest entrecote steak in Thailand. The bistro makes full use of its glass facade, decorating it with dainty details such as gold railings and retro lamps. The maroon tablecloths and tight seating is reminiscent of a Parisian cafe. Diners include expats and locals with a craving for the same dish they’ve tried in Paris and London.



Editorial Reviews

Somebody steal that sauce!

Baba aux rum.

The Setting

OK readers, we know you're gonna be mad at us because we're presenting you with a restaurant that you already know about. Call us predictable, but we'd never shy away from munching on lobster, #sorrynotsorry. Plus, dining in that unusually shaped glass box on Lang Suan is always a treat, be it during lunch time or night time. The warm and inviting interior, the museum of expensive liquors on display, the sound of glasses clinking, voices buzzing and people laughing all mesh so wonderfully, making you feel like you're sitting in a Parisian café with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor-types. On the day we visited we were even lucky enough to hear some songs from Pink Martini, the talented mini orchestra of a music group from Portland, Oregon. The sound of fusion-classical-latin-jazz playing from Le Boeuf's speakers really set the perfect ambience for the place. #swanky.

The Menu

The special thing about Le Boeuf is its secret sauce, which the restaurant's owner recalls was passed onto him by a close friend of his father's who ran a famous restaurant in Geneva. Some of you may know it -- Café de Paris. His father died before he could receive the secret recipe so it was given to David Perrot, who to this day insists on making it at home, not in the restaurant -- he just doesn't want anyone to discover what goes into this delicious sauce and, we're not surprised. Some of the ingredients he brings in directly from the source -- Switzerland. We reckon there is definitely some dill and dijon in it, as well as garlic and butter. But as a sixteen-part recipe, the other eight parts we can't quite fathom. The magic of this sauce is -- Le Boeuf has found, as have we -- that it goes with everything. Salmon, beef, french fries, baguette, lobster. Crazy. We know.

We started off with the Assiette de Charcuterie (B780), a board to share. This was comprised of French salami, -- mais oui, there is such a thing -- terrine de campagne, a countryside French terrine; rillettes de porc, a confit-style pork spread that has a lard-type texture and terrine de foie gras. This comes with a sliced baguette, making the board perfect for sharing between two. We were quite disappointed that it came without butter though because butter is so important. Thinking about it now, we should have just asked for the sauce there and then to dip the bread in. It works.

Then came the Canadian lobster (B2,500) -- red, magnificent and surrounded in the green Café de Paris sauce. It was placed swiftly above candlelight, with the flames keeping it at a low yet strategic heat. The waiter cracked open the fare for us and served the white meat on our plates, dishing the sauce over it. There just wasn't enough of it, as in, the sauce. But, easily the best lobster we've had in maybe five years? Was it because the lobster was Canadian? Or was it because of the sauce? A bit of both really but we're leaning towards the latter. The sauce is quite something. They should bottle it up and start selling it. Although, we fear if we had such easy access to it we'd be pouring it on everything, even our cereal, which could get a bit much.

The evening was rounded off with some Baba aux rum (B260), a lovely homemade cake with orange segments, whipped cream and a pippette filled with dark rum, enough to get one un peu typsy. We're totally digging this cake and would have it again. And again. We even snapped a shot for IG. Only qualm: it should have been bigger. It was gone in just over three spoonfuls.

Assiette de Charcuterie.

Insider's Tip

If you work around the Chidlom area you should definitely head to Le Boeuf one lunchtime and try the special lunch set, Le boeuf steak sandwich (B299). The sandwich is filled with Australian black Angus steak beef, sautéed mushrooms, caramelised onions, Gruyère cheese, french fries and of course, it comes with the secret sauce. They call it the best steak sandwich in Bangkok. Well, tbh that's a very personal choice -- we reckon you should head on there and make that decision for yourself. One thing's for certain though, it won't disappoint.

Value and Verdict

When you've got a sauce that is so versatile that it even pairs with lobster, you know you've got a good thing going. What's that? Find out what the secret recipe is for the sauce? Mission accepted.

Canadian lobster.


Le Boeuf

French Bistro In front of Marriott Executive Apartments, Lang Suan RoadDaily 11am-11pmhttp://fb.com/leboeufgroup 02-672-1230Parking available on the road or across the street.


60, Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Rd., Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

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