Italics Restaurant serves wholesome, hearty Italian cuisine at a great value price in downtown Bangkok. Previously, it was hard to find casual western food in the Ploenchit area of Bangkok, but Italics is the type of restaurant you can return to again and again – and it doesn’t take genius to work out why: the wood-fired pizzas are packed with ingredients (pizzas start from 290 baht), the pasta flour and olive oil is sourced from Italy and the burrata is exceedingly fresh and comes with a luscious pesto and tomato for a fancy Caprese salad (390 baht).
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Chef Kit has an impressive background having worked in three-Michelin star restaurants, and a couple of culinary flourishes are apparent in dishes such as scallop tartare with yuzu and tuna confit with chickpeas, capers and lemon, but the reason we enjoy a meal at Italics Bangkok is because of the dedication to classic Italian food. The lamb shoulder, for example, is slow cooked for tenderness and makes a great dish for three or four people to share (1,990 baht). In fact, all of the meat dishes at Italics are surprisingly good value, especially the butcher’s choice cut of steak which is usually a prime rib for just 690 baht. This is just about unbeatable for the quality of the steak, and comes served with potato wedges, bone marrow and herb butter.
The dining room is modern and clean, with a funky light fixture adding a bit of eye candy. The central tables are long and foreboding, but the booths to the side are far friendlier for small groups, and there’s a deli counter for coffee and sandwiches next to the entrance.
Owned by the hotel group AHMS Hotels who run the ultra-luxe Aleenta Hotel in Phuket and Akaryn Hotel in Samui among several others, this is their first standalone restaurant venture, and somewhat surprisingly, they have forgone any fancy tricks or gimmicks. That’s not totally true as they did have a bit of a misfire with a strategy to source only Thai products to make Italian cuisine, but that was quickly rectified. Now, the whole focus is on the best ingredient at the best price for a thoroughly enjoyable meal that doesn’t do much damage to the wallet – a definite change for the better. The wine list is small but features several Italian wines by the glass, and starting at 190 baht this, again, is excellent value in Bangkok.
Italics is a great option for an easy western meal in downtown Bangkok. Find the restaurant a few hundred metres down Soi Ruemrudee, one of the most exclusive addresses in the city. Also in the building is a wine and cigar merchants if you fancy stocking up for a dinner party or poker game.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 daily
- Location: 63/3 Soi Ruam Ruedi, Ploenchit
- BTS: Ploenchit
- Tel: +66 (0)2 253 2410