French Food in Asia is Having a Moment
Southeast Asia is no stranger to French cuisine, but classics like steak frites and bouillabaisse have given way to new interpretations, courtesy of chefs with Michelin star pedigrees.
Henk Savelberg, shuttered his legendary spot in The Hague to open Savelberg in Bangkok, where dark marble floors set the stage for precisely prepared dishes like lobster with foie gras cream and truffle vinaigrette. On the other side of Lumpini Park, J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain—set in the U Sathorn hotel—dresses up classics like escargot from Burgundy with garlic purée and parsley foam. In Hong Kong, meanwhile, chef Akrame Benallal has replicated both of his Parisian hotspots: Restaurant Akrame, with its museum-worthy tasting menu, and (as of last month) the more casual, meat-focused bistro Atelier Vivanda.