The Eugenia hotel is a purpose built hotel that was constructed less than ten years ago but looks like a colonial home that has been there for ever. This olde worlde experience is increased by the old Mercs and Jag in the front. We were immediately welcomed by F&B manager Khun Tai who remembered our names all night when addressing us. A lovely touch.
The atmosphere is decidedly homely and the staff were more than happy for us to wander around and look at the eclectic decor from all over the world while we waited for our meals.
The restaurant seems to be divided into three or four small rooms and we were in the one by the French doors overlooking the pool. Sadly, because it is split up, it can sometimes take a little while to attract waiting staff but to be honest that just seemed to add to the charm.
The menu is considerably varied considering the size, ranging from tapas to pasta and including several Europen/French dishes. The Salade Lyonnais I had was tremendous as was the French sausage selection. The escargot was also delicious and served on a crunchy bed of salt and will be even better when they have invested in some escargot forks. My partner was very pleased with her snow fish and thought the mushroom and bacon was a nice accompaniment.
All in all, DB's is a great dining experience, it has one or two tiny issues (such as no evidence of a pepper mill) but what do you expect when you go for quirky and eccentric, it's a tiny price to pay. Another excellent touch was Khun Tai offering us tastes of wine by the glass BEFORE we bought it so if it wasn't to our taste we could choose again, I've never seen that before. Also, during the meal, the manager (I presume) dropped by to check we were ok and was very informative in telling us the history of the Eugenia.
We will definitely be back, and even though we live in Bangkok are also considering a night in the hotel as it looks so attractive.
Go find it, expect unusual and you'll love it.
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