A few of my friends have previously enjoyed their meals at Le Du, and when people talk about fine dining or chefs doing creative things to modernize Thai cuisine, this place often gets mentioned. So when I was choosing a venue for a gathering with friends from New York, Singapore, and Melbourne, this was the chosen one. Of course, it didn't hurt that the restaurant was within walking distance from the serviced apartments where 4 of us were staying.
I was rather surprised at the no-frills decor of the place. Low ceilings and bare cement walls. In fact, the place was so minimalist that there was nothing to absorb any noise, so the restaurant was very, very boisterous. We had to up our own volumes in order to carry on a conversation with friends across the table. Not a great ambiance for me - especially when I was expecting (perhaps mistakenly) fine dining on the table.
There was never any question that I would take the full 6-course tasting menu, although a few of us did take the shorter, 4-course menu.
Amuse bouche -
Speaking of which, I gotta hand it to the chef. It takes guts to put fermented fish stomach on the menu of a restaurant where farang eat... although admittedly the sauce was just salty and spicy, and didn't taste too pungent.
We knew that Chef Ton was away at the Chef's Feast of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants tonight, so perhaps execution was somewhat affected - under-seasoned fish, overcooked pork belly... although the latter is a cardinal sin in my book and really pisses me off.
P.S. The evening after my disappointing dinner, Le Du was named No. 37 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for 2017. Well, I guess it just shows that I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about...