Sensi Bangkok

Creative Italian Restaurant in Sathorn

Sensi Bangkok ticks all the boxes for a modern, creative Italian restaurant: urbane décor, crisp white table clothes and some of the most charming service we have experienced in Bangkok. Classic Italian dishes are approached from surprising angles here and guests are sure to experience well-known dishes in a new, innovative ways. Sensi Bangkok is a family affair and while the Italian chef is busy in the kitchen, his wife takes care of the front of house, and their passion comes across impressively. Proof of this is a fully packed restaurant at 19:00 on a Thursday. Diners are free to choose a la carte or from a five or seven course tasting menu priced at 1,890++ baht and 2,690++ baht (which changes daily according to produce).

Sensi Bangkok is open for dinner only from 18:00 (closed on Sunday). Located in a modernist house down a small sub-soi on Narathiwas Road in Sathorn, the closest BTS station is Chong Nonsi. Jump in a taxi, it’s quick and easy to reach.

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Always a positive sign of an Italian restaurant that knows its stuff is the bread basket, and the homemade ciabatta bread at Sensi is excellent. Light yet chewy and full of holes – simple, yet we all know first impressions count. Choosing the five-course set we start with an inventive Caprese cappuccino, essentially a deconstructed salad with added flair of foam and cream but retaining the clean, cool taste of mozzarella and sweet tomato.

As our ‘secondo’ course we were in for real treat. The Italian style beef tartare is fantastic! Cut quite thin, sprinkled with a few bright bell peppers and wood-smoked, it comes served in a glass platter, the soft meat spiced with black pepper. The main course offers a choice of meat or fish, and while both the Australian tenderloin beef and the sea bream were obviously top quality produce, they are served as small portions and with few embellishments. The beef was prepared with truffle oil and foie gras in a Rossini style, while the half fillet of sea bream is served with a hot celery and lemon sauce and charred on the outside. Both pleasing dishes but neither stole the show.

Dessert is very creative at Sensi (their deconstructed Tiramasu has been the talk of Bangkok for some time) with sugared shells and chocolate balls hiding rich interiors that really cry out for photographs and, thankfully, also taste great.

Some of the more inventive culinary flair at Sensi Restaurant feels a little like driving a convertible car on a cloudy day; it’s not a bad thing but there’s no real benefit either. If this sounds at all negative, I will clarify by stating that, personally, the charm of Italian cuisine is in the clean, clear and, above all, fresh flavours for which Italy is famed… and which the dishes at Sensi certainly do deliver. After all, a packed dining room on a weekday evening tells its own story.

Sensi Bangkok

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-24:00 (closed on Sunday)
  • Location: Narathiwas Soi 17 Yaek 5, Sathorn (the Soi runs down the side of the Bangkok University of Technology
  • BTS: Chong Nonsi
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 117 1618
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/sensibangkok
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