JP FRENCH RESTAURANT
By : MELISSA RICHTER
18 March 2019
JP French Restaurant is an endearing French restaurant that keeps you coming back time and time again. They deliver traditional French cuisine that is expertly prepared with both passion and skill. Chef Jean Pierre (JP) Thiaville is the owner and mastermind in the kitchen and his dedication to his love of provincial French cuisine is apparent in every dish on the menu.
The venue itself is comfortable and relaxing without being overly formal. Located in a small converted shop house on Sukhumvit Soi 31, you can choose to dine in the bustling “bistro/bar” area on the first level with its bar stools and banquette seating or head up to the second floor for a more romantic and intimate atmosphere. Upstairs you will discover crisp white lines, plush red chairs, with dark wood Wayne’s coating contrasting white plaster walls for a clean classic look. Low lighting, hardwood floors, flickering candles on the table tops and an eye-catching black and white photography of prominent French citizens all conspire to create an evocative and relaxing vibe. The a la carte menu plays homage to all the classic French dishes you would expect to find with favorites such as Cote de Boeuf, Steak Tartare, Escargot and Rack of Lamb all being represented. You will find a well-appointed list of exclusive new and old world wines available, as well as a very drinkable house red and white wine that you can enjoy by the glass or carafe.
We started off with one of the most iconic French dishes ever, the Frog Legs w/ Herbs & Butter. Pan seared to the point of being slightly browned, they were still very tender and delicate while managing to be “finger licking good”. The tasty baguettes were the perfect vehicle for sopping up the butter sauce, making this the sheer perfection when paired with the house red wine. Next, we enjoyed the Gratin Scallops w/ Hollandaise Sauce. Served on the half shell, it’s a humongous scallop swimming in a thick and creamy sauce that has been caramelized on top to create a nice crust. The sauce was flavorsome without overwhelming the delicate scallop with subtle hints of mustard which reminded me a bit of the addictive savory sauce you find on Welsh Rarebit. This dish is best paired with the house white wine, and again the warm and crusty baguettes that “soak up” every last bit of the seductive hollandaise sauce.
One of the most surprising dishes of the night was the JP Salad, which was a revelation. A truly innovate concoction that included smoked duck breast, Parma ham, duck confit, and even foie gras pate on toast “croutons”. It is topped with a perfectly executed runny egg and a light and refreshing vinaigrette. It’s a hearty, yet delightful offering that exceeded my expectations at every turn. We followed this with more glasses of wine and the ethereal Foie Gras Pate w/ Caramelized Onion Jam. Served with classic toast triangles, the sweet and acidic onion jam was the ultimate counterbalance to the rich pate. For the main course, we opted for JP’s signature Boeuf en Croute w/ Foie Gras Sauce which was out of this world. The tender beef was a perfect medium rare and nestled in a rich and flakey pastry and served with a mind-boggling sauce. This was truly brilliant and delectable in every way. The only downside of the evening was the desserts, which were rather pedestrian and not as spectacular as the savory dishes. Other than that; JP French is firing on all cylinders and is tailor-made for food lovers who enjoy classic dishes that are well executed and delectable. Perfect for family, friends or an intimate gathering, its quintessential French cuisine that won’t let you down.