Enoteca Italiana Restaurant in Bangkok
One of the Best Italian Restaurants in Bangkok
Enoteca Italiana is without a doubt one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Bangkok. Despite being hidden at the end of a very narrow street, it is full every day and it would be impossible to just show up and ask for a table. Well-known and popular among long time residents keen on fine cuisine, Enoteca ranks highly in many travel and gourmet guides, so it's best to make a phone call the day before to secure your romantic table. Of course the price is a bit high but it's worth every baht.
Enoteca is a haven of peace in notoriously hectic Sukhumvit. Surrounded by a small garden with a manicured lawn, the warm lights of the red house are as inviting as a friend's dining room. Before dinner it's not unusual to see people spending time drinking wine and cocktails outside, a luxury not many restaurants in Bangkok can afford.
The restaurant does not appear very large at first. The main dining room is of modest size, with red tiled floors, large windows and a wooden ceiling. Enoteca is the complete opposite of the new generation of minimalist restaurants and reminds you more of traditional Italian restaurant with modern touches. An eclectic collection of vintage advertisings 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. And of course no Italian restaurant would be complete without an entire wall dedicated to good wines. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, perfect for a romantic dinner or with a small group of close friends. If you need to plan a bigger party, they do have a spacious room in the back, and the general feel is still very cheerful.
Scanning the menu gives you the first hint that this is no ordinary restaurant. The dishes are elaborate without sounding pretentious and making a choice among so many appetizing names is a real challenge.
Some of the dishes are hard to picture - a 'black ink cappucino' (490 baht) for example; and exactly how many pigeon livers it takes to make a 'truffle pigeon liver pate' (290 baht). We finally settled for a 'roasted pigeon and foie gras' (1,250 baht), tenderloin of venison with artichoke (950 baht), roasted snowfish with N'duja chilli pork sausage and piquillion pepper (890 baht) and 'veal cheek braised in red wine' (840 baht). Every dish was delicious and a culinary discovery.
A small thing to remember:, regardless of how tempting all these dishes appear, make sure you don't miss their incredible sweets. To be honest, even if you are full you could resist them... creative in design and surprising in taste, it's the best grand finale you can dream of at the end of such a satisfying meal.
After desserts the chef came to our table and had a friendly chat with us. Through the conversation we could sen that this is not a 'job' he is doing but a real passion; and he really makes sure everyone gets a warm welcome. These extra ingredients ensure that people keep coming back for more than the impressive cuisine; 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