Chez Yvette, A family restaurant where Mama cooks especially for you with Love
By Terrence Collins
Since my last visit to Chez Yvette located in the Holland Tulip Resort, off Soi Siam Country club, a lot has changed and all for the better. The owner’s own mother Renee Paule is now in the kitchen cooking up delights from her own family cookbook. A cookbook full of recipes that have been handed down over the generations, including dishes from Italy, the Valencia region of Spain, Algeria, Greece and Morocco as well as their home country of France.
Last month they ran a daily specials promotion which featured dishes from different nations on different days of the week: Spanish on Monday, Italian on Tuesday through to Greek on Friday, you get the idea. Anyhow it was a great success and they intend to add many more nations’ dishes to the menu, I am particularly looking forward to having some great Moroccan food, as a good lamb tagine is one of my favourite meals and hard to find here in Thailand.
On this occasion though, we stuck to the mainly French menu, our party consisted of 7 of us in total so we could really try a lot of dishes. Plates were being passed around at a furious pace, a little bit of this and a little taste of that. It was good to try each other’s food and it’s easy to do so, without being shy in this cosy, “no airs and graces” establishment.
I think the highlights for us, as there were simply too many different dishes to mention in one review, were as follows
For starters, the Goats cheese salad, slices of warm goat’s cheese melting on fresh baguette served on bed of salad greens in a really tangy mustard vinaigrette.
My wife Pepsi, had the marinated salmon with Thai herbs that was extremely fresh and full of flavour, as well as being beautifully presented.
Last but not least, for the starters was a salad Caprese with Mediterranean tomatoes and burrata cheese, also extremely fresh and presented wonderfully.
For mains we ordered Steaks, pork chops, lamb shanks as well as Rabbit in mustard sauce, a salmon steak that was to die for, but for me?
Well I left it up to Mama to surprise me.
I was served a hearty portion of chicken, stewed in a sauce of tomatoes and sweet red peppers, named “Fritada de Pollo” a dish that I have never heard of before, truth be told.
With the main dishes came a selection of salad, vegetables and potatoes and a nice bottle of Pinot Noir, recommended by Jeremy the owner himself.
You could really taste in every dish, the heart and love that when into preparing it, as if the chef was cooking for her own family.
Now that’s hard to find nowadays.
After finishing our main courses, most of us were full to the brim, and not everyone could commit to a dessert.
But the dessert blackboard was so tantalizing, a few of us just had to go for it and forget about the diet for the rest of the evening.
So tiramisu and Raspberry Panna cotta, two house best sellers, ordered for the less adventurous amongst us, whilst my friend Chris opted for the Nougat Glace, basically a nougat ice cream served with a raspberry sorbet.
And for me, the ”Crowned Prince of Desserts” of the evening the “Pomme Yvette” a beautifully made, chocolate half globe shaped dessert made with sponge, stewed apples chocolate and mousse.
“”Wow”” a great finish to an amazing evening of fine food, wine and good company.
The team at Chez Yvette really go the extra mile to take care of their guests and you are immediately treated as one of the family, as soon as you walk through the door.
Service is friendly and efficient, surroundings are pleasant and tranquil with ample seating inside or outside on the veranda.
Chez Yvette is a great venue to share an unrushed and memorable evening with family and friends, and you are always sure to find some pleasant surprises on the menu.