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Must-tries: IVY 47 serves up seriously delicious modern French fare

Bon vivants: up your French food game here at newly-opened French restaurant IVY 47.

Part restaurant, part bar, IVY 47 is situated within the residential street of Sukhumvit Soi 47, and serves up a range of drool-inducing dishes and drinks kissed with French cuisine charm. Helmed by Head Chef Francois Lecouvez, the former chef of Le Café 1912 (a restaurant within the Alliance Francaise, no less), each dish is injected with the French native’s culinary creativeness and fine taste.

Set to be like fine dining but without none of the standard elements of classical music, white-table-cloths and a lineup of utensils you would never even use, the restaurant with RnB music in the background boasts an easy air with approachable glamour that doesn’t make you feel uptight or anxious. The food, despite its fancy look, conjures a friendly flair that will comfort your palates right up.

Recently, we got a chance to check out IVY 47 and tried some of the best dishes the outlet has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order.

Scallops (THB 650)

The item that surprised us the most was this dish of pan-seared Hokkaido scallops. Despite its haute-cuisine look, this dish packs a great deal of comfort. Once seared to perfection, the Hokkaido sea delicacies are placed atop a Thailand-grown sunchoke mixture, and dressed with scrumptious chorizo foam. The sunchoke (also known as earth apple) provides a much-needed crunch, whilst the chorizo foam seasons the dish with umami-loaded flavours. Well-rounded tastes and textures; we couldn’t help but fall in love.

Salmon Tartare (THB 450)

Those who love the playful textures and flavours of a poke bowl will absolutely fall in love with IVY 47’s signature Salmon Tartare. Here, beautiful chunks of rose-shade fish are mixed with guacamole and kissed with yuzu ponzu and truffle dressing, before getting bejewelled with dollops of red caviar and shrimp eggs. And if that isn’t beautiful enough for your exquisite palates, dotted around the bundle of fish tartare is a pungent wasabi mayonnaise with soya and apple jellies. A perfect dish for Japanese food devotees who also wish to grab a taste toward fine French cuisine.

Lamb (THB 1,150)

Served with couscous and a colourful load of grilled vegetables, the herb-crusted roasted Australian lamb racks get a vibrant upgrade here at IVY 47. The concentrated rosemary jus takes 3 full days to make, and gets drizzled on at the end and acts as a binder to bring all the elements together harmoniously.

Beef Rib Eye 250g (THB 1,200)

Grain-fed for 270 days straight, the Australian Angus is naturally loaded with flavours long before the grilling session even begins. Here’s the kind of classic dish that never disappoints. Also, be extra and get yourself other side dishes to accompany your mains like the butter-enriched Mashed Potato (THB 150) and the Quinoa Salad (THB 120), where the ancient grains are brightened with cherry tomatoes that have been marinated in balsamic vinegar for two whole days.

Almond Millefeuille (THB 350)

Beware, this is not your “same ol’ same ol'” millefeuille. Here, the puff pastry gets replaced by a light-as-cloud almond tuile, and sandwiched between 3 layers of thin almond cookies and aerated vanilla cream, turning the thousand-sheet dessert into a three-layer confection. In our opinion, this dish still contains no more nor less deliciousness than that of the traditional dessert – but just a tad bit lighter.

IVY 47, 28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, Bangkok, +662 116 5253

Open: (restaurant) Tue-Sun, 6-11 pm; (bar) Tue-Sun, 6 pm-12 am.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.