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Le Normandie, Bangkok

Oriental Bangkok Hotel
48 Oriental Avenue
Thailand 10500
Tel: 66 2 659 9000's insider take:

The Thai royal family has been known to spend an evening at Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and not just for the sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. Over the years, the French kitchen has been overseen by some to the world's most renowned chefs, like Guy Martin of Le Grand Véfour in Paris and visiting chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se. The menu offers classic recipes reimagined by a Michelin-starred mind: Handmade goose liver ravioli is smothered with truffle sauce and garnished with diced truffles; a fillet of sole is poached in white wine and vermouth, topped with osetra caviar cream sauce and clams. Lunch is smart casual, even in these plush, elegant surroundings, complete with gilded chairs, crisp white tablecloths, and fresh cut flowers with panoramic river views. But for dinner, men must break out the jacket and tie.

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