Café de Paris Patong combines the kind of ambience you would expect of a top-notch beach club with the food of a first-class fine-dining restaurant – at prices lower than you would expect at either of those kinds of venue. Set in the lively, pedestrianised Soi Tower, just off Patong’s Beach Road, this all-day dining restaurant manages to have a secluded feel while being right in the middle of town, making it one of the town’s more accessible swanky options.
The Swiss owner, Georges, is a big part of what creates the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Café de Paris. Previously running the amazingly successful La Versace Restaurant, also in Patong, he brought the kitchen team, menu, some of the serving staff, and his own years of expertise to this new venue. He has a very hands-on approach to running a restaurant and will often do much of the serving himself.
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On Georges’ recommendation, we started with the restaurant’s signature garlic bread combo (140 baht for six pieces), which features soft fresh bread and fine French butter. Of the six pieces, two were exactly what you would expect of this well-known snack, but two more had added melted cheese and the last two came with a peeled tomato topping, adding a cool and fresh dimension.
This was followed up with one of Café de Paris Patong’s most popular starters – the homemade terrine of duck foie gras, scented with cognac chutney of tamarind and sundried fig (390 baht). Rich and smooth foie gras is very nicely complemented by the tangy tamarind, with the toast adding a bit of texture to this delightful dish.
For the main course, the striploin beef with Café de Paris sauce (690 baht for 200g, 990 baht for 300g) is the obvious choice, though roast duck breast or shrimps are also available with the same outstanding dressing (430 baht or 480 baht respectively). The fact that the restaurant carries the name of this slightly tangy, smooth, rich sauce should be enough to convince you of its quality, but Georges told us that he got the recipe from Lucien Guillemin, who opened the second establishment in the world to use the name. He, in turn, had been given the recipe by its originator, who had opened the first Café de Paris in Geneva in 1907. Georges added his own slight signature twist, but it remains the closest to the original recipe you’re ever likely to find in Thailand.
With easy-listening chillout music playing in the classy setting, Café de Paris Patong has an excellent ambiance for a beach destination like Patong – exclusive without being exclusionary. It is perhaps the most expensive eatery on the otherwise fairly budget-friendly Soi Tower, but the prices are proportional to the quality of the almost entirely imported ingredients and their skilful preparation. Furthermore, with the kitchen open extremely late, it is a great place to enjoy a fine meal before hitting the high-class clubs of Bangla Road.
Café de Paris Patong
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 110/5 Soi Tower, Beach Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)82 448 4887
- Cuisine: French