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In the same way that the Mandarin Oriental Hotel shrugs off competition from new luxury hotels, La Normandie holds a timeless appeal for gourmets and constantly comes out on top in lists of Bangkok's best restaurants. Located on the top floor of the hotel with sweeping views of the Chao Phraya, the sheer elegance of the setting with huge bouquets of flowers and glistening chandeliers lets you know you're in for a treat, and the impeccable service makes everyone feel like a VIP. If you can't decide what to order, the Chateaubriand beef is always superb, while the Brittany lobster just melts in your mouth. Keep a small space for desserts, as you won't be able to resist when they roll the trolley before your eyes. There's a strict dress code here, including jackets for men, and reservations are advisable.