FROM its location on Sukhumvit Soi 11, this delightfully Gallic and completely authentic French Bistro has been serving the very best in simply-cooked, traditional French cuisine to its loyal band of customers for the last five years, whether they be expats living in Thailand, the local Thai community, or tourists and business people just passing through for a few days.
Very much a small piece of France in the heart of Bangkok, Chez Papé’s décor lovingly recreates those typical French Bistros you could find anywhere from Calais in the north to Marseille in the south. Think black-and-white chequered floor tiles and marble-top tables set on cast iron bases, as well as walls plastered with quirky antiquities and pictures of everything French, from street signs and famous landmarks to old comedians, sports stars and other celebrities.
Since its inception, Chez Papé has always tried to raise its food in terms of flavour combinations and presentation to a level altogether more impressive than expected from a Bistro, whilst still keeping it traditional and the prices sensible. This means there’s not just the expected dishes like Foie gras, Snails, Frogs legs and freshly imported Oysters available, but a raft of (sometimes rare to find) provincial dishes covering all areas of the French landscape and French cooking styles.
This is no surprise with Chez Papé owner Pierre Löic Brun coming from Lyon, the cultural home of French gastronomy and a place where food is at the heart of everything they do. Pierre brings a wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry and is always at the forefront of the Bistro’s friendly service, welcoming guests and being available to offer recommendations on both the menu and the ideal wines to complement your meal from the Bistro’s extensive international wine list.
Despite all the ups, downs and challenges of life in Thailand since 2011, Chez Papé is still thriving, and on Monday October 3 it will celebrate its fifth birthday in style with an evening event for customers old and new. Full details are available on its Facebook page: @ChezPapeFrenchBistro.
Chez Papé, Sukhumvit Soi 11 (in a small sub-soi close to Cheap Charlie’s). Open daily 11.30am – 2pm and 5pm – 11pm. 02 255 2492. chezpape.com