J’Aime at U Sathorn Bangkok

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain is the French restaurant located at newly open U Sathorn Hotel. The restaurant is lead by Jean-Michel Lorain the world famous 3 Michelin star chef from Burgundy, France.

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Even though the location is in Sathon but is seem really distant from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Midway down Ngam Duphli Alley is where this hotel is located; it feels more like a resort with a lot of land, open space and low rise buildings. Who would have thought Bangkok still have areas like this, densely populated and also empty pieces of land.

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We made plans to visit J’Aime one evening. Getting there the traffic was terrible but once we were at U Sathorn it seemed like a whole different world; claim and peaceful. The interior of the restaurant is playful; they call it “upside down”. Columns that look like it’s upside down, hanging piano and chandelier tables are obvious.

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To start the evening, the restaurant manager Marine Lorain the daughter of Jean-Michel Lorain recommended a Chardonnay from Macon Villages. It was a refreshing start.

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The first course was the onion soup (350 baht). If you can imagine from the photo; a crisp toasted baguette with melting Gruyere cheese with flavors of caramelized onions and veal shank confit. It was an intense mouthful of flavors and texture.

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The second course was the ocean oyster terrine with confit shallots, red wine gelée and spinach (910), a beautiful dish of color and texture.

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Razor clams in their gelée with savoy cabbage and sea urchin cream (600 baht), it’s interesting how they serve 3 small plates for each item. From the table set up, there was a turn table and even chopstick. Obviously this is not the usual French restaurant. It is a blend of Asia where we like to share while eating.

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Smoked salmon and guacamole bonbons with mango vinaigrette (530 baht), I’m thinking this is a Chinese inspired dish. It’s like a salmon wonton with a guacamole filing, but as you can see there is more complexity than what I’m describing.

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All the appetizer dishes were carefully prepared and looked too good to eat. I can tell the chef spent a lot of time on them. For mains Pan-seared scallops, chanterelle mushrooms with a cappuccino style foam (1260 Baht). Scallops were cooked just right a bit caramelize outside and sweet and raw inside.

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Parmentier-style braised lamb shank with potato mousseline and Époisse cheese gratin (1020 baht): shredded lamb with potatoes, cheese and, crispy bread crumbs. This looked like a simple and unflattering dish but the taste was really intense, combined with a variety of texture makes it like comfort food. Any kid would love this.

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Bourguignonne beef cheeks with marinated onions and coriander salad (1550 baht) another interesting dish. Braised beef cheek is pretty common, but serving it with marinate onions was a surprise. The onions were like raw, it does give a different experience from mash potatoes.

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For dessert there were 2 options; 3 pieces (420 baht) or 5 (700 baht) pieces. Our selection was; Chocolate and coffee Gâteau Opéra, Passion fruit soufflé and Mille-feuille “napoleon”

J’aime in French means love. I guess this is what the three Michelin star chef, Jean-Michel Lorain had in mind for this new restaurant in CBD Bangkok.

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