By Heather Allen
Le Crystal is a beautiful restaurant with an elegant
atmosphere set on the banks of the River Ping just west of
the Superhighway. They often host special dinners with
astonishing menus such as the monthly World Buffet and their
Bastille Day dinner was one I and a few friends could not
Foie Gras was like the bad boy you used to date, oh so
unhealthy but so worth the cost.
Comprising of a 5 course meal and French wines supported by
the Wine Gallery (naturally, what else would one expect in a
Bastille Day meal?) the services was excellent, the
presentation beautifully done and the music from the live
jazz band quite romantic (including a few songs by the very
charming owner Riddhi Damrong Diskul).
The first course consisted of beautifully done Frogs Legs
Provençale, it has been years since I have eaten frogs legs
and indeed, they do not taste like chicken as many say of
all things that are different and yet not chicken. This was
followed by the always exquisite and yet oh so bad for your
cholesterol level, pan fried foie gras artfully displayed on
a crunchy Potato Millefuille with wild mushrooms.
There was a consommé followed by a sorbet to clear the
palate before the main course. Everyone at our table opted
for the Grilled Beef tenderloin which was cooked to medium
rare perfection. There was also a choice of Pan Roasted Snow
Fish or Rack of Lamb but we all chose the Beef which was as
tender as a tenderloin should be.
There was then a tasty cheese plate followed by dessert, I
had the delicious strawberry parfait while my friends opted
for the tender Tart Tartin made of apples.
A table full of wine glasses serves as a backdrop for
the Beef Tenderloin.
Each course was served
with French wine, ably and quickly served by our waiter,
glasses refilled as needed. And while the meal was pricey by
some standards, (2,000 Baht including all wines) we all
agreed that when considering the high quality of the food
and the wines served, it was more than well worth the cost.
We all had a wonderful time and felt terribly civilized
toasting our glasses and enjoying a fabulous meal in elegant
surroundings. Now to find a date with whom to enjoy the next
special dinner Le Crystal will offer!