“On top of all reviews for a reason, Davids' Kitchen combines the delicate cuisine of Chef O and the attentive welcome and attention to details of Prom and David.”,
Kim, the discoverer.
Champagne TaittingerChampagne Taittinger
Wine CellarWine Cellar
Locally Sourced ProduceLocally Sourced Produce
Creative CuisineCreative Cuisine

Restaurant Description

With its new address in the centre of Chiang Mai, David’s Kitchen serves modern French cuisine with a Thai twist indoors and on the terrace. Open all day, the extensive menu at this serene restaurant features a wide variety of organic ingredients, paired with a large selection of fine wines sourced from around the world. In their new property David and Chef O can accommodate up to 80 diners, offer a wine bar and their “glass room” contains a communal table.

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday 5pm to 10pm. Closed on Sundays.

The Chef & His Brigade

Arthit Dissunont (Chef O)Arthit Dissunont (Chef O)
“My passion is creating the most original and amazing sauces, and blending together the most exquisite flavours from the finest locally sourced ingredients.”

David, Prom and Chef O ‘s Stories

A Londoner, from Chelsea, David came to Thailand 18 years ago. In England, David worked in theatre, winning awards at the Edinburgh Festival in 1976 and 1982m and also worked as Assistant Director at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Sir Rex Harrison once fired him on a Friday for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he was re-hired the following Monday and they became great friends. David owned a bookshop in Salisbury for three years and then trained as a drug and alcohol counsellor, at one time caring for 119 single homeless men in a London hostel. In Chiang Mai, David taught English to monks at Wat Suan Dok and met Prom, his future wife. Together they set up a new restaurant in the countryside. Later, they bought the first David’s Kitchen when the property became available, and met Chef O, now their partner. Soon the restaurant was full every day. David’s Kitchen is not a Sir or Madam establishment. It’s a family run restaurant where guests are treated treat as though they are friends in one’s home. Since opening last November they have been fully booked every single night.

Prom first met David when she was cooking in a restaurant in Chiang Mai. According to him it was love at first sight. He came back the next day and asked her to have dinner with him. She said no. The following day David came to the restaurant to ask Prom to lunch. She said no. For the remainder of the week he came every day to ask her for coffee, to go for a walk, to go shopping. She said no, no, no. After several months he discovered where Prom lived in the countryside and visited her every weekend for nearly a year. The first time he took her to lunch most of her family came with them. For six months David kept an engagement ring in his pocket and eventually, when her family members accepted him, David and Prom went for a quiet walk and he asked her to marry him. She said yes. When the got home the party was already in full swing. Everybody knew what her answer would be. David and Prom have been together now for ten years and have a son of 8 and a daughter aged 6. Khun Prom a professionally trained chef and the pastry chef at David’s Kitchen, responsible for all the desserts. David’s Kitchen might just be the only place in Chiang Mai to offer sticky toffee pudding, an English favourite that David introduced, but all the puddings are incredibly popular.

Chef O always aspired to be a chef. He came from a family of cooks. Twenty years ago it was a good career to be in. There was good money to be made and you always had work. As a young man he left Chiang Mai to work in a small hotel in Krabi. He was responsible for the quality of the meat and seafood and learned the restaurant business and how to cook Thai food. After the tsunami Chef O moved around Thailand picking up experience and learning new skills. In Chiang Mai he applied to the Mandarin Dhara Devi and when they failed to reply he turned up in person and showed them what he could do. They hired him on the spot. For five years Chef Dominique from France and Chef Simon from Germany gave him a classical training, the best in the world. ‘O’ was ambitious, and promotion was slow to come so he opened his own place called “I Cook”. One day, a colleague showed him an ad in the Bangkok Post for a chef at David’s Kitchen. He went to David’s house and cooked beef cheek and prawns in blue cheese sauce. David and Prom hired him on the spot. Chef O is now a partner and has been part of the family for two years, from the very beginning of David’s Kitchen. “O’ a big bike fanatic and his Ducati is his pride and joy. He aims to keep the restaurant full every night by consistently cooking great food.

Welcome to Chiang Mai

Surrounded by a moat and ancient wall in northern Thailand, and founded in 1296 by King Mengrai, Chiang Mai, is Thailand’s second-largest city. Previously known as Lanna Thai, this lush and fertile region seduces travellers with its rich traditions, colourful annual festivals, vibrant art scene, artisanal handicrafts that date back some 700 years (ceramics, silversmithing, silk and cotton, jewellery, furniture and hill tribe crafts), sumptuous spas, and varied cuisines.

Soft adventure activities comprise an excursion to the Burmese border through the scenic region, and a day spent with elephants either at an elephant sanctuary or trekking through the jungle. Golfers can play round on one of the numerous nearby courses. Other options include: visiting the city’s most famous landmark Doi Suthep Temple; taking a Lanna cookery course; and hiking in and around Thailand’s highest mountain at one of the nearby two national parks Suthep or Inthanon, whilst passing by remote hill tribe villages and forest temples along the way. More adventurous travellers can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, off-road motorcycling trails, and 4WD excursions. Offering a warm, welcoming atmosphere, laden with captivating experiences, Chiang Mai is a celebration of life’s beauty.

Useful Information

Opening time:
Daily 17.00 to 22.00

Closing period:
on Sundays

Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Currency accepted: THB
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:  
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113 Bumrungrad Road, Wat Kate, Mueang Chiang Mai District, 50000 Chiang Mai, Thailand


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