Gustatory treats in the South

tasty March 06, 2019 01:00


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Pimalai Resort & Spa on Koh Lanta in the Southern province of Krabi has invited Bruno Menard, the celebrated French chef who was once awarded three Michelin stars, to host his second annual Gastronomic Journey on March 31.

The exclusive epicurean evening will see Menard creating a special four-course dinner for guests at the seafront Seven Seas Wine Bar and Restaurant. Guests will be treated to a refined menu that focuses on light, vibrant flavours. While the dishes will have their roots in French cuisine, they will also reflect the chef’s personal culinary journey which has taken him all across Asia, including to Japan. To ensure a deep connection with Koh Lanta, many ingredients will be sourced from the resort’s own herb garden.

The evening will commence with an amusebouche of borscht emulsion with marinated mushroom, followed by an appetiser of confit salmon with caviar, asparagus and Chantilly sauce. The main course will showcase lightly poached turbot with white wine and extra virgin olive oil emulsion, ikura and condiments and the feast concludes with a dessert of textured red fruit with espuma de creme Catalane.


“We are thrilled to welcome chef Bruno back to Koh Lanta for another amazing evening of gastronomy. Our aim is to establish our resort as a renowned gastronomic destination. This takes time of course, but our ability to attract the world-class chefs like Bruno is a wonderful reflection of the progress we’re making. We want to inspire guests through food and create culinary occasions that diners will treasure forever,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s general manager.

The dinner costs Bt3,150 net per person for the four-course menu or Bt4,900 net paired with wine.

Menard comes from a family of food professionals; his father was a famous chocolatier in France before his brother took over the family business, and his sister is the head of a hotel in Paris. His 35-year career as a chef has included many highlights, including earning three Michelin stars for L’Osier in Tokyo. He also founded his own culinary consulting business in Singapore, and he was a judge on the popular TV show “MasterChef Asia”.

In 2018, he became the food director at Junon, the celebrated French restaurant in Hong Kong, and executive chef at Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which owns a collection of exceptional European vineyards, including many in the Champagne region of France.

For more information about the Gastronomic Journey dinner, visit