With its charming European farmhouse motif and breezy, open-front setting and wide choice of Italian-kitchen classics, Da Vinci restaurant makes lunch or dinner a flavour-rich sojourn into the heart of Italy’s celebrated cooking heritage. Featuring premium-import, native-sourced ingredients, the menu of traditional Italian favourites includes house-made pasta, wood-fired oven-baked pizza, risotto and popular house specialty Lamb Shank Gremolata, along with a selection of imported wine and grappa.
CHEF FOCUS: JARUPHAT PLOYKEAW
All great cuisine has regional origins, but it travels perfectly in the right hands. Living proof comes from Jaruphat Ploykeaw; despite spending all of her life in Thailand, she has collected garlands for Italian cooking throughout a 20-year career. Since joining the Da Vinci Restaurant at Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok in 2013, this much-praised Chef de Cuisine has proved indispensable. An avid reader and dedicated student, she achieved twin degrees from Rajamangala University and has since added multiple specialist qualifications in food and hospitality. Among her tutors was the distinguished chef/restaurateur from Turin, Alfredo Russo, and various maestros from the higher end of Thailand’s restaurant scene.
According to Jaruphat, the secret of her success lies in a keen eye for the strengths of others. "There’s no one who can’t teach you something,” she says, “and no ideas that can’t help you grow." Chief among the gifts she has acquired is the art of home-cooked Italian fare, as diners at the Da Vinci Restaurant discover to their delight.