Visit any weekend from this month onwards, for instance, and you'll be able to tuck into some of the finest French oysters available in Hua Hin. Flown in every Thursday night from Rungis, Paris, the oysters are shucked and served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, and range in price from B530 for six Fine de Claire Speciales No. 3, to B830 for six Gillardeau Speciales No.2.
The regular a la carte menu, meanwhile, has been carefully crafted to offer all the French classics plus a range of dishes unique to the restaurant. There's even a selection of Thai dishes, such as Fried rice with chicken and green curry, and Massaman beef curry, but while they're certainly tasty, it's the French cuisine that's the star of the show here.
Gaston likes to take a no-nonsense approach to cooking with a focus on rich, buttery flavours – think delicious comfort food served piping hot, and in hearty portions. Don't miss the Snails with garlic and parsley (B290), Sautéed Saint-Jaques sea scallops with saffron sauce (B380), and Duck confit with flambéed apples 'Calvados' (B430). And we love La Paillote's signature Roscoff rock lobster Thermidor, shelled and gratinated (B390), which comes bursting with rich, moreish flavours.
As for dessert – the hearty Molten lava chocolate cake, served with vanilla ice cream, is a decadent treat, and the sweet-and-citrusy Crepes Suzette-Napoléon (B250) never fails to delight.
174 Naresdamri Rd. Hua Hin, 032 521 025, paillote.net