We have just arrived home from a 2 week Asian jaunt that involved a week in sunny Bali and a week at the beautiful Chiang Mai in Thailand.
I am in love with Chiang Mai and this was my 10th visit with a city that every time reveals more of itself and never fails to delight with its beauty, style, substance and the wonderful warmth of the Thai people.
In the coming days I will share a range of different aspects of the trip and let you know more about the wonderful dining that we experienced in Bali with 3 particular standouts but the real highlight in terms of dining this trip was a restaurant located 30 minutes outside of Chiang Mai that was simply sensational.
Davids Kitchen at 909 was a real find. We had decided before we headed to Thailand that we wanted to have a dinner at a top rated restaurant as we have usually always just enjoyed eating locally, whether it be the night Bazaar restaurants or the local Thai establishments that do the most wonderful local cuisine.
A special night out is what we were looking for and we were not disappointed with this choice. We did our homework and looked at Trip Adviser for what other tourists were recommending and what was rated well in terms of food, service, ambience and the one stand out was David’s Kitchen.
David’s Kitchen is a new addition to the Fine Dining Restaurants in Chiang Mai specialising in Modern French Cuisine and Thai Fusion food. Set in 18 acres of manicured parkland and situated on the Ping River in Sanpisuur just outside of Chiang Mai.
They organised a taxi to come and pick us up and as is the want for Thailand the driver waited for us to finish eating so he could drive us home (all for just under $20!).
When we arrived we were greeted by Tae the Matre’d and the staff who all come out to meet the taxi. Tae then took us on a tour of the gardens as the sun was setting and took us down to the river and gave us some history of the grounds and the location of the restaurant and it was just magical.
We then went into the restaurant and were taken to our table, which had a welcome message on it for us and we settled into peruse the menu and look at the options for alcohol for the night. As with most Asian cities wine can be quite expensive as it is all usually imported but as it was a special night we decided that it was wine that we wanted to drink.
David, one of the owners of the restaurant greeted us and was an amazing character, full of live, interesting stories and great recommendations for wine choices for dinner. David, who comes originally from the UK, recommended a wonderful wine that he had first experienced in his previous life as an actor when working in London in his first show with Rex Harrison…and with that sort of recommendation how could we refuse.
So it was a bottle of 2011 Maison Verget Pouilly Fuisse Terres de Pierres that we selected and we were not disappointed. Very much in the chardonnay family but with a fruitier palette this was just the most perfect white wine to enjoy with our dinner.
Now to the menu…it was classic French but with a nice twist with some delightful Thai flavours throughout. The head chef and one of the other partners in the restaurant was head chef at the Mandarin Orient Hotel and his pedigree was on show from the very first course all the way through to dessert and everything in between.
We both decided to start with the Foie Gras pan fried escalope of dick liver served with sweet mango, chutney and cherry sauce and it was one of the best entrees that we have both ever had. It was mouth watering, perfectly presented, cooked and simply delicious. I cannot really explain the delight of this dish to do it justice. The tastes all combined to create the perfect dish!
For main courses we both once again went with traditional French and I chose the braised beef cheek in a red wine sauce served on mashed potato and Trevor chose the grilled duck breast served with mashed potato, seasonal vegetables and orange sauce.
Both main courses were cooked perfectly. The beef cheek was melt in your mouth perfection and the red wine sauce was subtle enough to allow the rich beef flavour to sing out and make this dish divine. A classic dish!
Both main courses were served with small fluorites of broccoli and cauliflower as well as some baby carrots. These just added another dimension to the dishes and were a lovely addition.
For dessert I chose to have the crepe suzettes served with vanilla bean ice cream whilst Trevor chose the a crème anglaise and a vanilla bean ice cream. Again both traditional French dishes and both presented and cooked to perfection.
The crepes were light and delicious and the sauce was rich, full of flavour and when you added the home made vanilla bean ice cream, it created a taste treat.
The soufflé was perfect in size (although I think Trevor would have loved another one after promptly polishing it off!) light, fluffy and with the sauce and ice cream was a perfect dessert for him to complete his meal with.
We decided that a dessert wine would be good but as mentioned before getting a good wine list together can be an issue in Asia but they did have a stunning port on the menu and it was a nice addition to our desserts.
Trevor had asked for a dessert wine and in a lovely gesture because they did not have any available provided the port complimentary. Just another aspect of the night that was a lovely touch.
Oh and I forgot to mention the fresh, light lemon sorbet that was served in between the entrée and main course…the perfectly created palate cleanser and just another addition to the meal to create that perfect dining experience.
The staff were attentive and perfectly in tune for when we needed our wine topped up or another glass of sparkling mineral water. Never being intrusive and being too over the top. They were all respectful, polite and added another dimension to a perfect evening.
So the next time you find yourself in Chiang Mai you really must find your way out to David’s Kitchen at 909 because you really will not be disappointed.
I am including all the details here but we were told that in a few weeks time they would be moving closer to Chiang Mai so if you are thinking of heading out there then get in touch with them to see where they will be located.
Compared to the rest of our dinners in Chiang Mai this was by far the most expensive but in terms of the food and the wine it was worth every cent (or baht) that we spent. The wine was just over $100 per bottle but we could have selected a cheaper option if we wanted to and the food cost just over $120 for the 3 courses but as I said it was really worth every penny and the Foie Gras is not a dish I will be forgetting anytime soon!
This was a memorable evening and one that we will soon not forget. You will not be disappointed.
90/9 Moo 3
Muang Chiang Mai