Rose Garden, Bangkok
Km 32 Pet Kasem Road, Sampran, Nakorn Pathom
T. +66 34 322 544
Rose Garden is to me the equivalent of Thai food heaven. Located just 45 minutes outside of Bangkok, its f&b outlets (so far, I have only gone to 4 out 6 of them) serves some of the most exquisite Thai dishes I have ever tasted. What stands out about the resort are its dishes made from recipes handed down over generations and its super fresh ingredients and herbs, culled from its very own gardens.
One of my favourite starters is this DIY dish comprising nuts, dried shrimp, cut lime, chilli, pork skin and a sweet spicy shrimp paste. Pack the different ingredients into a little parcel made of kailan (Chinese broccoli) leaves and you have a power snack bursting with flavour. My other favourite is the prik set – it’s a selection of four spicy dips served alongside a variety of fresh cut vegetables (cucumber, beans, baby eggplants, star shaped bean, etc). The best part about Indo China dishes is the proliferation of greens in just about anything. I usually order the local vegetables – either the sayadi (with leaves shaped like the money plant) or the pakachet (forget me not greens) stir fried in garlic and the little red chillis. This Rose Garden version is stir fried with mince, garlic and little chillis.
I also enjoy the more unusual salads they serve here – this is one made from a bean that has the cross section of the star, and the other with banana blossoms. Both equally delish.