Enoteca Italiana is without a doubt one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Bangkok. This peaceful, quaint restaurant just a stone’s throw from downtown Sukhumvit Road will delight guests with its classic Italian charm and modern culinary magic.
Naples-native Chef Marco Pacetta helms the kitchen after successful stints with Guy Savoy in Paris and Gordon Ramsey in London. The genial owner Nicole told us he prefers to bring in chefs from Europe as they are more in touch with the latest trends in gastronomy. We are inclined to agree that if you are looking for inventive Italian cuisine in Bangkok then no one does it better than Enoteca.
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Homely and humble, the dining room at Enoteca is the complete opposite of the new generation of minimalist restaurants in Bangkok and reminds us more of traditional Italian restaurant with slight modern touches. A collection of vintage advertising signs decorate the walls, garlic and onion garlands hang from the ceiling while the brick counter is covered with Italian cheeses, smoked hams and salamis. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, perfect for a romantic dinner for two or with a small group of close friends.
Gastronomic treats range from surprising flavours, textures and plating, either a la carte or as a four-, five- or seven-course set menu, which come in two forms – Classic or Surprising. Considering the background of Chef Marco, we would advise the Surprising set menu (take note, portions are filling and the full seven courses are enough to fill the biggest of appetites).
The beef tartare is plated on a piece of driftwood and is served along with a towel infused with star anise and cinnamon. The Australian beef is incredibly fresh and enhanced white truffle shavings, and after wiping your hands on the herb scented towel, is meant to be eaten with your hands. The scents and flavours intermingle for a creative and fun entrée. The sea scallop is a lively dish, served with radish, artichoke and carrot all tossed in white wine vinegar for sharp overtones. Due to the composition of ingredients, no two mouthfuls are the same.
The pasta section has some revisited classics such as thick spaghetti with wild fennel, anchovy and bottarga shavings (520 baht), which ticks all the boxes of rich, clean flavours typical of the best Italian cuisine. Some more experimental recipes are available with the beef cheek tortellini being a prime example. The packets contain mascarpone, tomato and vanilla oil which pop in the mouth.
The culinary discovery continues into the mains. A particular highlight is the fillet of turbot, served with amazingly rich morel mushrooms and wild garlic foam (1,400 baht), while the smell of smoked rosemary and thyme precedes the arrival of the Lamb Rack served two ways, with a lamb samosa, yogurt sauce, mint and dates (1,110 baht). Paired with a full-bodied Primitivo Donna Marzia 2012, the smoked meat was delightful.
Of course, no Italian restaurant would be complete without an entire wall dedicated to good wines. More than 400 labels of organic and biodynamic wines are on offer at Enoteca Bangkok, which surely has one of the premier collections of Italian wines in Bangkok. A small thing to remember: regardless of how tempting all these dishes appear, make sure you don't miss their incredible sweets. Creative in design and surprising in taste, it's a fitting finale to end your meal.
The exquisite Italian cuisine at Enoteca Bangkok is certainly worthy of any special occasion, but it’s the family ambiance and the passion of owner Nicole and Chef Marco which keep people coming back for more; it truly is a great place to enjoy an evening in good company.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
- Location: 39 Sukhumvit Soi 27
- MRT: Sukhumvit Station
- Tel: +66 2 258 4386