Bangkok – Michelin-starred Blue by Alain Ducasse celebrates the changing of the season with a new menu that draws inspiration from the vibrant “Cuisine du Soleil” from the South of France. To complement the new menu, the restaurant is launching the Blue Journey – Sunset Experience package, which invites diners on a journey to discover the beauty of the majestic Chao Phraya River, followed by an unforgettable culinary experience.
Executive Chef Wilfrid Hocquet’s latest culinary curation returns to his roots, whisking diners away to the sun-drenched South of France, where he draws inspiration from his childhood and the region’s rich culinary traditions. The Cuisine du Soleil concept embraces a wholesome approach to cooking, featuring fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, lemons, olive oil, asparagus, green peas, rosemary, and thyme, harmoniously combined with seasonal delicacies including tender baby lamb, succulent pigeon, sumptuous turbot, and exquisite langoustine.
Some of the highlights of the new seasonal menu include succulent langoustines paired with pear and lemon verbena, a dish that embodies the essence of the region, and the earthy and highly sought-after seasonal morels. Diners can also enjoy the exceptional combo of squid sourced from the Gulf of Thailand, stuffed with aromatic herbs from the French Riviera – a creation inspired by Chef Hocquet’s childhood memories. French turbot is masterfully paired with white asparagus, zabbaion sauce and pink pomelo.
The menu also features baby lamb from the Pyrénées stuffed with Taggiasca olives and accompanied by crispy socca, a chickpea crepe sold on the streets of Nice, filled with eggplant, tomato confit, and mint. Finally, the Pigeon Pithiviers “à la Monégasque” is a nostalgic tribute to Chef Wilfrid’s time at Louis XV in Monaco and the Sunday lunches he shared with his grandparents as a child.
Diners can end their culinary journey with a curated selection of fine cheeses from France’s oldest and largest cheese affineurs, Les Frères Marchands. Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Grilo ups the dessert stakes by incorporating chocolate from the Alain Ducasse Manufacture in Paris with Kampot black pepper sourced from a French cultivator he encountered while travelling around Cambodia. He includes a local element with a special vinegar made from Thai mangoes.
Blue now offers diners a choice of two seasonal set menus– “Latitude” at THB 4,900++ and THB 5,900++ and “Voyage”, a signature tasting experience priced at THB 7,500++. A lighter set lunch menu “ Escale” priced at THB 2,950++, is also available everyday.
Complementing the new menu and the restaurant’s location, The Blue Journey – Sunset Experience package, launching in April, elevates the fine-dining journey to a new level. Guests can enjoy a breathtaking sunset cruise along the Chao Phraya River aboard a luxurious Hacker boat, sipping Champagne and admiring the Bangkok skyline before savouring the flavours of Chef Hocquet’s signature Voyage Tasting Menu expertly paired with wines.
The Blue Journey – Sunset Experience package is priced at THB 50,000 for two, with additional guests at THB 20,000 per person. In addition, a non-alcoholic package is available for THB 40,000 for two. All prices are net. The journey can be booked daily (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) with a 5.30 pm departure time from ICONSIAM or any riverside hotel.
The new seasonal menu and the Blue Journey – Sunset Experience package can be reserved through the restaurant’s website, www.blue-alainducasse.com or by contacting the reservations team at +66 (0) 6-5731-2346.