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Ladurée Salon De Thé

Address:991/1, Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Tel:+6621294771

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 10:00-21:30

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The mention of Ladurée conjures up pastel-tinted dreams of magnificent macarons and dainty desserts all in a Rococo fairy tale ambience. Men who need a real meal may dismiss it as a French bonbon, but be reluctant no more -- the tearoom has just recently celebrated its launch of a dining menu, with savoury delicacies that will fill you up the way a proper meal should. For an establishment better known for their sweets, Ladurée Salon De Thé offers quite a few surprises up its lacy sleeves: this being an immensely fresh produce and influences beyond French fare touching on some dishes.

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Expanding borders

Ladurée Salon De Thé offers much more than sweet French flair

Agneau.

The mention of Ladurée conjures up pastel-tinted dreams of magnificent macarons and dainty desserts all in a Rococo fairy tale ambience. Men who need a real meal may dismiss it as a French bonbon, but be reluctant no more -- the tearoom has just recently celebrated its launch of a dining menu, with savoury delicacies that will fill you up the way a proper meal should. For an establishment better known for their sweets, Ladurée Salon De Thé offers quite a few surprises up its lacy sleeves: this being an immensely fresh produce and influences beyond French fare touching on some dishes.

The tearoom is no café terrace like you'd find in London or Paris, but for being situated inside a mall, it doesn't do too bad at all. Plus, you no longer need to fly abroad now for the luxurious Ladurée experience. It's still the ultimate haven for women to indulge in girly gossip sessions and sweet treats of course, and the branch at Siam Paragon feels private despite being smack in the middle of a court where people are walking by all day.

Divided into three different zones, Bangkok's Ladurée salon won't swallow you whole into a blitz of celadon walls and saccharine Versailles fantasy, but still does somewhat transport you to the Baroque era in France. Neat topiaries surround the terrace, while the first interior salon unfolds in shades of blue and grey. Walk in deeper and the second salon, curtained and perfect for private soirées, engulfs diners with Louis XVI furniture, gilded chandeliers and rose pink and sea foam green hues.

Most unexpectedly, the fresh produce is the high spot of dining at Ladurée. Serving up dishes that let ingredients shine on their own merit, diners will really get to taste nature's sweetness that needs no seasoning or sugar. One of their signature salads, jeunes carottes (350 baht), is a healthy surprise. The crispy and thin quinoa chips are a deliciously salty crunch to cancel out the natural sweetness of the poached baby carrots and purée. For those who have never dined at this French salon before, you can well expect to see non-traditional French dishes, all of which come beautifully plated on pastel ceramics.

Inside the first blue salon.

Another healthy and lean appetiser (yet in such an indulgent restaurant) is the tartare de thon (380 baht). The tuna tartare is light and refreshing thanks to the layer of chopped cucumber at the centre, with a sprinkle of oranges that gives it a soft saccharine seasoning. You really get to taste the freshness of the fish, save for the cream that gives a heavier mouthfeel to each bite.

For the main course, we went for their boeuf (900 baht). The tender grilled beef was slightly dry but that was masked thanks to the wine-based Bordelaise sauce and creamy mashed potatoes. As can be expected in a French restaurant, the hearty steak came beautifully decorated amid different sauces and waffle chips.

It's the lamb though, that deviates from the typical French fare. Agneau (800 baht) almost has a Middle Eastern taste to it, being seasoned with strong spices and coriander. It's also served with chickpea mash and cubes of fried tofu. Curiouser and curiouser -- but still perfectly cooked and not coming in a soupçon portion, most importantly. The bottom line is their food is not a let-down, even with its high price tag and especially considering how the place has a centuries-old history in baking, rather than restauranteering.

If they don't get the sweets right, I don't know where else would. Instagrammers might want to go for the more photogenic options, but if you aren't the type who lets their camera eat first, the less glamorous-looking desserts are in no way any less delicious.

Tarte citron (180 baht), or lemon tart, is a zippy choice to clear your palate after a meal. On the sweeter side, the plaisir sucre (210 baht) is a must if you are a fan of Ferrero Rocher. This feels like the fancy and extended version of it, where a dacquoise cake comes with thin milk chocolate leaves, crispy pralines and crushed hazelnuts.

An assortment of pain perdu Ladurée, plaisir sucre and tarte citron.

Beyond their dainty selection of pastries, however, is a popular and hearty fare known as the pain perdu rose framboise Ladurée (450 baht). The spongey-enough-to-sleep-on pieces of French toast are served with rose-flavoured Chantilly whipped cream and the most humongous raspberries I have seen in a very, very long time.

There is a modest list of drinks, with a handful of teas, hot drinks and cocktails to choose from, all enough to get the job done for an unwinding session of chit-chat. It's worth the splurge if you want a touch of glamour for girly get-togethers, with food recherché in presentation and delicate in tastes. Yet, even if you didn't come for the twinkly atmosphere, beneath the sheen and extravagance, there's a remarkable freshness and juiciness in the raw ingredients that one just cannot forget.

Boeuf.

Tartare de thon.

Jeunes carrottes.


Ladurée Salon De Thé

Siam Paragon, M Floor Rama 1Call 02 129 4771 Open daily 10am-9.30pm Park at Paragon's car park Most credit cards accepted

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991/1, Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

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