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Au Bon Coin

Unmistakably French and unmistakably Jose!

The Au Bon Coin Restaurant has been at its current location in Soi 5 for four years, but it only seems yesterday that chef and owner Jose was spending his nights with hammer and saws, rebuilding this restaurant. I have to also admit to going round one evening and sharing a bottle of wine with Jose the carpenter in the middle of the refitting!

The restaurant has ended up being situated in a restored old stately home. Objects d’art are dotted around, wooden architraves set the tone, subdued lighting sets the mood, Edith Piaf recordings sets the auditory background and mein host and chef, Jose sets the ambience for the entire evening. Make no mistake, this is a very personal restaurant.

At one end of the restaurant building there is an art gallery, where Jose allows budding artists to display their art, while at the other end is his bar. In between there are several tables, with tablecloths and runners, padded chairs and individual overhead lamps. The atmosphere is laid back, as is the owner Jose, who moves around greeting everyone in his trademark overshirt, surrounded by an air of bonhomie.

The menu is in two sections. There is the standard menu which encompasses a B. 290 set menu as well as a la carte, and there is another menu with the daily specials. Taking the set menu first, there are four choices of starter - house salad, fish pat้, country pat้ or beef and potato salad. For mains there is a choice of three - rib eye steak, pork tenderloin or fish of the day. The set menu finishes with a choice of desserts or coffee.

The a la carte has several starters, including snails fricassee at B. 190 (it is a French restaurant, after all). There are several salads (B. 60-120), cold cuts and soups. Mains include beef, lamb, pork, chicken and a duck in green pepper sauce, which sounded interesting all within the range of B. 190-320.

There are also daily specials with their own dedicated menu. We dined on a Thursday and this menu included a goat’s cheese salad (B. 150), and a shrimps in pastis. Mains covered a rack of lamb (B. 390) or leg of lamb (B. 290). There were three fish choices (B. 190-230) and a duck confit (B. 250). On our Thursday, the beef special was a Boeuf Bourguignon.

Jose suggested he would recommend and cook some items for us, and you never turn down a chef’s selections. We began with Jose’s home made duck pat้ with green peppercorns, filling and wonderful, followed by his shrimps saut้ed in Ricard - a wonderful subtle taste permeating through the plump prawns.

This was followed by a goat cheese salad, with grilled tomatoes. I asked Jose whether this was a standard item, to which he replied, “Depends on what we ‘ave - we make zis or we make zat.” So now you know.

We tried the Rillettes, a pork pat้ eaten at Le Mans during the 24 hour race, Jose assured me, followed by two mains - grouper done in a shrimp sauce and the Boeuf Bourguignon. The grouper was a hefty fillet, with no bones, and again, the French cooking with sauces came to the fore - delightful. The Boeuf Bourguignon just fell apart, the red wine having done its job on the beef. This was wonderful, washed down with Jose’s smooth house red.

To say we enjoyed Au Bon Coin would be an understatement. This place offers good French based cuisine, with relaxed eating in pleasant surroundings. This is the sort of place you can break the French bread and not worry about scattering crusts. You can also sit for a while afterwards and share a glass or two with mein host and just savour the evening’s flavours. Au Bon Coin is a very personal restaurant. Au Bon Coin is very Jose, and we loved every bit of it. Highly recommended, even if you are a trifle wary of French cuisine. Try it!

Au Bon Coin, 291/1 M 9, Soi 5 (Beach Road end), Central Pattaya, telephone 038 361 401. Off-street parking. Open from noon till around 10.30 p.m.

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