Wining and dining options to suit every taste
MIDWINTER GREEN: By combining the look and feel of a European chateau with a million-dollar backyard view overlooking the verdant mountains and valleys of Khao Yai, the Midwinter Green restaurant (88/88, Moo 10, Thanarat Rd) has come up with a winning combination. The restaurant itself—which used to be named The Smoke House—is hard to miss. Five black-shingled peaks comprise the main building, and directly beside that a lighthouse, resembling a castle turret, looms over the whole estate. In the evening the building is dramatically lit, and the overall effect is quite magical. The menu, meanwhile, is a delicious offering of international and Thai cuisine, including cheesy pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and BBQ meats. There’s also a huge wine collection, as well as a bakery shop.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm. Call 04 436 5288.
VIN COTTO: A visit to the GranMonte estate wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Vin Cotto, the winery’s signature restaurant. With seating for up to 120 persons—either in the elegant indoor dining room, or the romantic outdoor terrace—and a menu that offers à la carte fare as well as delicious set menus (both Thai and international), it’s no surprise that this elegant eatery is so popular. Standout dishes include the smoked duck breast salad with fresh grapes (pictured), the braised veal shank in red wine, and the panna cotta with grape preserve. Every dish is carefully selected and created by the lady of the house, Sakuna Lohitnavy, and, not surprisingly, all pair beautifully with the award-winning wines GranMonte is famous for producing.
Open daily from 11am to 8pm.
Call 092 806 7744.
Visitors to Lookkai Khao Yai (888/8, Moo 8, Thanarat Rd) will be enchanted by the restaurant’s beautiful gardens and the stately European-style design. Similarly, the menu also combines European and local sensibilities and features two distinctly different types of dishes—French and Thai. But the one thing that transcends all borders are desserts, and this eatery is famous for their mouth-watering waffles, cakes, crepes, and ice cream.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm. Call 099 106 8844.
THE WITCHES BREW: Khao Yai has not one, but four faux-Italian lifestyle malls—but only Veneto Piazza (at 379/10 Thanarat Rd) is home to The Witches Brew, a cozy, casual, 2-floor dining spot serving up everything from lasagna and thin-crust pizzas, to steaks, Caesar salads, and even fish and chips, and bangers n’ mash. As the name suggests there is a “witch” theme to the décor, and behind the bar there’s plenty of fine wine and other “spirits” to keep everyone spellbound.
Open daily from 11am to 9pm. Call 093 639 4695.