Gourmet Gallery Restaurant

STYLE: European
Dress code: Smart/casual
Reservations: Recommended
ADDRESS: 6/1 SOI PROMSRI 1, SUKHUMVIT SOI 39, BANGKOK 10110 Tel: 0-2260-0603

SETTING: Elegant and blissful, this white-onwhite restaurant is a sanctuary similar to the fine cafes attached to European museums. Classical music and sofas with pillows provide a modern living room comfort beneath artistic posters, including photographs by Mapplethorpe.

FOOD: An exact deliciousness, refined to extremely pleasing specifications, defines each choice — emphasised by not including any distracting accessory items. Caesar salad is mostly just lettuce and grated cheese, but the flavour is precise. Grilled eggplant salad with roasted garlic is dazzling and brightened by mint leaves, tomatoes and string beans. Duck cassis is also fabulous, with dark meat accompanied by a peach slice alongside some carrots and peas. Delicate, boneless sole comes with small, pale mushroom slices and a creamy champagne sauce, creating a lighter-than-light essence. Soups, gourmet pizza, baked clams, sandwiches, pasta and salads round out the array of offers. The cakes here are divine and New York cheesecake is a must for a superb dessert.

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