When I stepped into La Vie restaurant in Bangkok, inside of the VIE Mgallery Hotel, I had no idea of what type of culinary adventure I was about to embark on! Straightaway, I noticed a very intimate dining room, equipped with a piano, which was played soon after we arrived. The dining room is partitioned off, leaving each area more private. Soon the staff had arrived and delivered the 5-course menu via iPad. The restaurant had 2-3 people on staff for every customer that night, we were well taken care of.
The first glass of our wine pairing arrived, which was Chandon Brut from Australia. A little bubbly is always a perfect way to start the experience! Shortly after was the chef’s amuse bouche, which was quite subtle and not much of an indication of what was to come.
For our first courses, I had the Japanese White Radish and my partner had the Yellowtail Carpaccio, which was phenomenal. The carpaccio offered a burst of flavor and a real excitement for what was yet to come!
Up next were the Sautéed Hokkaido Scallops. The scallops were cooked perfectly. Seared to perfection on top and bottom, inside firm, not too hard and not mushy. The presentation on the plate was well coordinated and visually quite appealing. Well done La Vie!
We were then served a 2014 Verget Terres de Pierres Chablis to accompany our next seafood courses. My choice was the Kagoshima “Umami Hamachi” Sautéed Young Yellowtail. I have never had better cooked fish than this, and I’ve ate at some serious restaurants over the years! The menu said it was sautéed, but I was amazed at how each side of the fish had a perfectly developed crust. It was encrusted with lemon oil and the inside was incredibly moist, bursting with flavor and served alongside black quinoa and Hollandaise Sauce.
We were then served a 2015 Mahler-Besse Cheval Noir which offered a bit of power for our main courses of beef and duck. At this point my expectations had risen immensely. Thus far I was very impressed with the dishes that had preceded. Both main courses were good, but did not surpass the level of the earlier courses. I would have appreciated another step up on the flavor scale.
It was not over! This next step finally came when it was time for dessert. We were served a 2016 Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling, which I immediately fell in love with, the chef’s signature Chestnut Mille Feuille and a Lemon Meringue for good measure. Once again, my taste buds were set ablaze with sensation! These two desserts were incredible and I can certainly say that this was a perfect Lemon Meringue.
The dinner went off without a hitch and we even returned the next day to sample more dishes for lunch. At lunch time feeling in the room had definitely changed to more casual setting. Much of the dinner menu was also available for lunch. A very notable items tried was the Snow Fish! Mind blowing. Another item I really enjoyed was the Passion Fruit Creme Brulee.
Whether you’re looking to have a very amazing lunch or dinner, look no further than La Vie restaurant in Bangkok inside of the VIE Mgallery Hotel. The staff, ambiance and food were unforgettable and incredibly well put together. The meals were both stunning and only had room for a few minor improvements. This restaurant definitely deserves all of the praise it has recently received! Bon appetite.
117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 309 3939