Le Du Restaurant and Wine Bar is a recent addition to the growing culinary scene in Silom. It has had some great reviews as well as less flattering reviews. So what goes on with this new restaurant in Silom?
It is hard to classify the type of cuisine prepared at Le Du. The name itself is confusing. It suggests a French restaurant. Infact ‘Du’ refers to the Thai word meaning ‘season’ in Thai. The suggestion is that fresh and local produce are used.
The restaurant is a result of collaboration between Chef Ton and Chef Tae both of whom are old friends and both of whom have worked in Michelin starred restaurants in the USA.
The result is a smart restaurant that serves a range of dishes whose roots are in Thai cuisine; Thai food with a twist if you like.
Le Du is located down a small soi between Silom Road and Sathorn Road. The décor inside is bright and modern and not burdened down with too much interior design. The idea is to let the food speak for itself.
There are two menus and two crowds frequenting the restaurant. There is the lunch time menu for office workers and those looking for a reasonably priced lunchtime menu.
In the evening the establishment turns into a fine dining establishment with an impressive wine menu as well as elegant dining. One of the best deals for the evening menu is the offer of 4 courses for 990 Thai Baht.
Menu Items include:
5 spiced egg
Thai style gazpacho
Soft shell crab
Local sea bass
Chicken with green curry
Sticky rice, green papaya and pork jowl
Sticky rice pudding cake
Thai syrup ice cream
It is hoped that the management can address the issues with service (see the Trip Advisor section below). Charging three times as much for Thai food comes with expectations of smooth, friendly and efficient customer service. No doubt the menu is well put together and the presentation of dishes reflects the latest trends in high class dining. The food is right, now it must be remembered that the customer is also always right.
Trip Advisor Reviews
Reviewers are strongly divided on Trip Advisor about Le Du. There are a fair number of people who rave about the restaurant, its ambience and its food. There are nearly as many people who label the food as basically being ‘Thai’ but with better presentation and prices that are triple that found at local eateries.
Moreover, people have complained that other than the chef and owner the staff speak woefully poor English and are not interested in doing the simple things like re-filling water glasses. Some complaints mention slow service and one instance of the owner verbally lashing out at customers with the temerity to complain.
Address: 3 10500, 399/3 Soi Silom 5, Silom, Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand