Bellino and Bruttino in Bangkok are two sister bars bringing the charm and charisma of Capri to Bangkok’s coolest party street. Inspired by neighbourhood trattorias that line the sun-kissed Italian coast, the brainchild of this enterprise is film director Jay Boccia, who wanted somewhere with a soul where people can enjoy some hearty Italian food and sample some great value wine, before moving next door or onto the cosy terrace for a Perdomo cigar, classic cocktail or fine single malt whisky.
There is a level of authenticity to Bellino and Bruttino that can’t be matched by the glut of Italian-themed restaurant and wine bars that have been popping up in community malls across Bangkok. Largely due to the excellent stewardship of Jay, Bellino and Bruttino are the kinds of establishments that a maturing Bangkok crowd need: a place that cares as much about its substance as it does its effortless style. With a glass facade and corner location, Bellino (meaning ‘beautiful little one’) is open and inviting. Tables sit just touching distance away, but any trepidation is blown away by the communal atmosphere. Smooth Italian jazz suits the mood perfectly and guests are welcomed with the most delicious, homemade Granita (fresh lemon-based drink) I’ve ever tried.
Wines here are ridiculously good value: there are three whites and four reds by the glass from 150 baht and bottles start from 775 baht. There is a nice selection of labels, mostly from Italy but a few new world offerings, and the staff, or probably Jay himself, will be on hand to pick something based on your preferences. The menu is anything but haute cuisine; this is a place to go when you yearn for something rustic, homey, like a meal your grandmother would make. A meat and cheese platter for 500 baht is a classic option for sharing over a glass of wine, made with imported ingredients and served on a heavyset cutting board. For something more substantial try the beef pizzaiolo: a cut of steak marinated all day in tomato and chilli, served with spaghetti – hearty food with strong flavours, and a refreshingly large portion too (400 baht). The menu changes daily but perennial favourites like cannelloni (350 baht) and the caprese salad of imported buffalo mozzarella, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes make regular appearances. Dessert comes in the form of a mouth watering chocolate cake baked fresh everyday by a friend of the bar – it’s that kind of place.
Bruttino, on the other hand (meaning ‘ugly little one’) is dark, sultry and the perfect small space for that last cocktail at the end of a date, or for a group of friends who want to occupy a space with deep seated sofas, remarkable Italian cocktails ranging from a sweet Bellini to a more manly negroni, and a respectable single malt selection. Small in size but unforgettable in spirit, the friendly nature of both staff and customers make this the type of place you can come with a couple of friends or even happily visit on your own, and thanks to the limited dimensions of the place – Bellino sits 25, Bruttino 20 – it is all but guaranteed that you will meet new people. Bellino and Bruttino occupy a corner room in the M Place Mall on Thong Lor Soi 13. Walk past the much larger SeenSpace and you will find it on your left hand side.
Bellino and Bruttino Bangkok
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 00:00
- Location: M Place Mall, Thonglor Soi 13 (just past SeenSpace on the left hand side)
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Tel: +66 (0) 2712 5446