FOR just over eight years this cozy bistro-style restaurant has been satiating diners’ appetites with some of the best-value French food to be found in Hua Hin.
Owner and chef Gaston Pousset, a Belgian businessman with a love of the finer things in life – namely delicious food and golf – is one of the most generous men you’re ever likely to meet. Heaven knows how he makes a profit with the hefty portions he puts out – hunger-busting treats made with high quality ingredients and cooked with care
Chalkboards hung on the restaurant’s walls are scrawled with eye-catching three-course specials such as the Seafood menu (featuring lobster bisque, sole filets, and fresh fish salad. B490), French menu (onion soup, duck confit “Calvados,” and chocolate mousse. B550), and Chef’s menu (gazpacho soup, pork filet with pepper sauce, and chocolate mousse. B390). Great value for money, the special menus are available for both lunch and dinner.
Gaston likes to take a no-nonsense approach to cooking with a focus on rich, buttery flavours – true comfort food for the soul. His regular a la carte menu features highlights such as Sautéed Saint-Jacques sea scallops with saffron sauce (B380); Duck confit with flambéed apples “Calvados” (B360); and Roscoff rock lobster Thermidor, shelled and gratinated (B390).
There are huge salads like the La Paillote mixed salad (B180) which are perfect for sharing; refreshing entrées such as the Shrimp cocktail “à la Parisienne” (B220); and meaty options like the Grilled Australian fillet steak (B470).
If your tastes are more local, Gaston also offers a good selection of Thai dishes, with stand-out selections such as Chicken satay, made with succulent chicken breasts, and La Paillote blue crab, yellow curry, gratinated (B340), which comes served in the shell and is packed with piquant flavour. Wash your food down with a good French wine (around 20 bottles on offer for under B1,000), indulge in a dessert such as the Paris-Nice pancakes with vanilla ice cream (B210), and maybe even finish with a plate of French cheeses, and you’re sure to leave the restaurant with a smile on your face and a pledge to return for more.