Bangkok Post reviews
French classics with a modern twist
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: November 4, 2011 at 8:18 am
Three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux from the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire.
World-renowned three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux from the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, is staging his Asian culinary debut at Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, from November 14-19.
Born in Charolles, Saone-et-Loire, Roux moved to Paris with his family after the war, where they set up a delicatessen. At the age of 14 he became a pastry chef, and later followed his elder brother Albert to become a chef at Cecile de Rothschild in Paris where he was eventually promoted to head chef in 1962.
After his stint with the Rothschilds, Michel followed Albert to London where they opened their first restaurant, Le Gavroche, in 1967. It was the first restaurant in Britain to be awarded three Michelin stars. They opened the Waterside Inn in 1972.
Dome of chocolate mousse flavoured with caramel, mango and passion fruit sorbet.
Since its opening, the Waterside Inn has provided great hospitality, with an international staff and a global clientele. Gaining the first Michelin star in 1974 when the Guide originally came out, a second followed in 1977, before the ultimate accolade in 1985. Today, the Waterside Inn remains the only establishment outside France to have retained those coveted stars for over 25 years.
Widely regarded as one of France's finest chefs, the celebrated Michel Roux is famous for his classic French cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced locally and from the best suppliers around the world. When cooking, he brings out his experience and knowledge and combines them with the ingredients to create dishes that would still be Gallic but with a modern twist. His cooking has no boundaries. It is not for fashion or for trend but truly for the palate.
Today, Roux is global ambassador of the Waterside Inn, where his son Alain is now chef patron and Diego Masciaga has been director of the Dining Room for the last 24 years.
For his exclusive promotion at Le Normandie, Roux will present both lunch and dinner menus as well as a degustation Mouton Rothschild wine dinner menu on Saturday, November 19.
The delicate avocado soup.
The lunch menu, priced at 4,3000 baht or 6,300 baht with wine pairing, features delicate avocado soup with lime marinated trout and peach garnished with Charolais cheese croutons; warm escalope of foie gras with cardamom, glazed root vegetables, verjuice and sultana sauce; poached fillet of sole with a smoked salmon mousse served with brown shrimps and a lemon verbena-scented sauce; roasted loin of lamb stuffed with aubergine confit and grilled pine kernels, gateau of moussaka and light saffron-flavoured jus; and refreshing lemon dessert on a crispy base and sweet basil sorbet.
The dinner menu, priced at 8,000 baht or 12,000 baht with wine pairing, features lobster salad with delicate aspic, baby artichokes and asparagus tips in lobster-flavoured vinaigrette; warm escalope of foie gras; pan-fried scallops on a bed of ginger-scented carrot mousseline and tamarind sauce; homemade linguine with champagne sauce and Oscietra caviar and chives; roasted Challans duck served with a potato and garlic mousseline, lemon and thyme jus (for two persons), or fillet of seabass lightly steamed and served in a lemongrass bouillon, crayfish tails and oyster mushrooms; a selection of fresh and matured French farmhouse cheese Phillipe Olivier; and Michel Roux desserts _ pistachio creme brulee, dark chocolate and cranberry dessert served with orange liqueur sorbet, passion fruit and raspberry tartlet.
The Mouton Rothschild wine dinner menu, priced at 10,900 baht, features delicate avocado soup (Champagne Barons de Rothschild, nv); lobster salad (Aile d'Argent 2007); pan-fried scallops (Aile d'Argent 2007); warm escalope of foie gras (Chateau Clerc Milon 1996); pan-fried tenderloin of wagyu beef served with Sicilian-style ratatouille and anchovy butter, Pineau des Charentes-flavoured sauce (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001); Phillipe Olivier farmhouse cheese (Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989); and dessert dome of chocolate mousse flavoured with caramel, mango and passion fruit sorbet (Chateau Coutet Cuvee Madame 1995).
Chef Michel Roux Culinary Presentation, Le Normandie, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, November 14-19, lunch and dinner. Call 02-659-9000 ext Le Normandie.