Wednesday, June 19, 2013

D'Sens @ Dusit Thani Bangkok


Reputedly one of Thailand's top French establishments, with a lovely view of Bangkok from the 22nd floor of the Dusit Thani hotel.


D'Sens was first launched in collaboration with France's Pourcel twin brothers, who claim the distinction of being the youngest chefs to receive three Michelin stars for their restaurant, Les Jardin Des Sens, in Montpellier.


D'Sens has a terrific current chef in Christian Ham, who toiled previously in Paris' Taillevent & Hong Kong's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon.


Expect lip-smacking Gallic delights; pan-fried free-range pigeon with foie gras, legs ballottines, yellow chanterelle pickles & muscat reduction (about RM180) made us moan to the maitre d' that we can't find anything this amazing at KL's French eateries.


The finest frog legs (RM50) _ meaty & jaw-droppingly juicy, served as a fricassee with sun-dried tomatoes, southern French ratatouille & pesto sauce.


Devilish decadence: Whole-glazed quail (RM160), staggeringly stuffed with duck liver & served with potato mousseline, richly remarkable.


Complimentary cauliflower soup to put smiles on our faces.


Rewind: the amuse bouche of truffled artichoke mousse.


D'Sens petit fours: macarons & more. Not as memorable as the main courses, but the main dessert menu includes pleasures like chestnut confit & green apple mille-feuille with calvados & cinnamon ice cream.


Wish we had more stomach space to try other dishes at D'Sens, especially the duck liver ravioli with Madeira wine, braised Swiss chard & white truffle foam.


Dusit Thani's cocktails are irresistibly creative. This spicy Thai one, "Siam Sunray" was created by mixologist Khun Surawsak Puntalsong, comprising Smirnoff vodka, Malibu, coconut syrup, Thai lime leaves, galingal, red chilli & soda.


Butterscotch Martini (vodka, gold butterscotch schnapps, white creme de cacao).


Have a nightcap at the bar table, an aquarium-like structure filled with fish.


Reservations are likely not needed, since there were only about five occupied tables on a weeknight. A shame, since service is spectacularly polished here.


D'Sens,
Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
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28 comments:

  1. aiyoh~~~ looks good lah!

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    1. Yeah, a really nice place for French-inspired food in Bangkok =)

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  2. ah, ng seh dak eat the dish for rm160~ >.<

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, it's pricey but it's quite a memorable dish =)

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  3. I have to admit that this food is a little exotic for me...but I absolutely love the ambiance and decor. And the views...and that aquarium!

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    1. Linda: yeps, it's very tasteful, definitely befitting of one of bangkok's nicer hotels =)

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  4. Wow, I want to try this next time if I go BKK! But need to save money first. hahahaha

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    1. CK: yaaa, i think a three-course dinner here will probably cost more than RM250 =)

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  5. Beautiful space and the food looks great! Malaysia has great hawker fare but still a little lacking in Western cuisine such as French, I feel.

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    1. Baby Sumo: true, i wish we could sustain a french restaurant of this caliber in KL. but i'm afraid it might not be for another few more years =)

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  6. In Thailand, I would go for Thai. Love Thai food! Yum! Yum! Real classy place...but frog legs!!! Oooo...no, thank you! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i can't resist frog legs in french restaurants, both in thailand and vietnam. the french really know how to make frog legs scrumptious :D

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  7. Wow.. quail stuffed with duck liver? That's an interesting and rich combination, I think I will like! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, this was a really meaty and juicy quail, far from the usual scrawny and stringy ones. and the foie gras stuffing just made it even more succulent :D

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  8. This place look so class! I would love to sit next to the glass to admire the beautiful city view ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's a good thing there are a lot of window seats available at this outlet! :D

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  9. hip hip for travel food posts! :) OMG! glazed quail stuffed with duck liver .. oh be still my fatty clogged heart! :P

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    1. Ciki: hurray for fine food overseas! :D this is quail that's well worth eating =)

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  10. the funny thing is that i've never try a fine dining restaurant in thailand. i've always been eating street food or thai food when i'm there. this place looks really good and with a nice view.

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    1. Eiling: ooo I think I'm the opposite in Thailand cos I have low tolerance for the spices in street food. And I feel the upmarket restaurants in Bangkok are always worth checking out cos they're still a notch or two above kl's, heheh =)

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    2. Wong: true, top flight cooking! =)

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    1. UnkaLeong: heheh, i can't quite say the same =)

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  12. Totally agree that upmarket restaurants in Bangkok are worth checking out cos they're a notch or two above KL's, I would do the same if I'm there too. The last trip was too short!
    Tried 2 burgers, in & out of conference and that's it :)
    Like yourself, Thai street food to me is "I like it, I'll eat it, but I'll still hunt for the gourmet scene". Heh!

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    1. TNG: heh, yeah, i agree, bangkok's upmarket food scene can be pretty exciting, and since we only have a few days to spare whenever we're there, it's best to explore as many good cafes and restaurants as possible :D i've never managed to bite into bangkok's burgers before, but i trust they are decent =)

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  13. Frog legs! Pass them to me anytime!

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    1. Missyblurkit: and you'll have to share them with me! :D

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