The Gardens of Dinsor Palace, to give the restaurant located between Sukhumvit 59 and 61 its full name, is set in a two-story colonial house that was once the home of a minor princess. Modern and chic in its décor, it nevertheless incorporates parquet flooring, teak wood doors, and oil paintings. Here there is a bakery and café comfortably appointed with retro vintage furniture, an indoor dining area and bar lit by huge windows, and spacious private dining facilities on the second floor.
The restaurant’s kitchen is under the experienced culinary eye of Executive Chef Autumn McTaggart. The Seattle native uses imported and local ingredients, some of which are grown out back in the outlet’s own hydroponics vegetable garden, to produce modern dishes with a distinct French influence. But before you dine, head to the bar where a daily happy hour between 5pm and 8pm offers by-one-get-one-free cocktail promotions and discounts on draft beers.
Start your meal with Salmon Cake with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce (B220). The cake features a lovely fresh hit of dill which counterbalances the richness of the sauce. Also excellent as a starter is the Garden Green Salad (B290) with chunks of salmon. The crunchy greens are home-grown and the salad is given a zesty lift with lemon purée and sweet-yet-tart balsamic vinaigrette.
For a hearty main course, try Roast Rack of Lamb Chops (B790). The tender pink Australian lamb is served with baby carrots and sautéed potatoes and garnished with rosemary and caramelized onion for sweetness that cuts through the rich jus. Another favourite is Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs (B570). Steeped overnight in a mélange of red wine, rosemary, and orange, the ribs are seared in a hot pan, finished in the oven, and then topped with beef gravy reduced to a luscious, velvety consistency.
For an epicurean finish, go for a slice of Peanut Butter, Toffee, and Chocolate Mercury Cake (B140). The bittersweet flavours of salted caramel, meringue, nougat, and chocolate are beautifully juxtaposed by a crunchy paste of home-blended peanut butter.
Finally, take time to visit the verdant grounds. Here you’ll find shaded arbours in which to sip coffee or a glass of wine from the restaurant’s list of Old and New World labels. While you do that, the kids can enjoy a romp around the gardens, which are home to fluffy white rabbits, Indian peacocks, and beautiful swans that glide on a small pond. Palatial indeed.
The Gardens of Dinsor Palace
1217/2 Sukhumvit Rd, between Soi 59 and 61 | 0 2714 2112 | thegardenspalace.com | daily 8am-2.30pm, dinner 5pm