Monday, January 7, 2013
Amazing Italian at Antonio's, Bangkok, Thailand
When we lived in Bangkok this place didn't exist, which is probably a good thing as we'd be the size of houses because we'd have to eat there all the time! Antonio's is on Soi 31 off of Sukhumvit Road, but it's also on the side soi that runs between Soi 29 and Soi 31, which is about 200 metres from our old home. This restaurant used to be an old house, and it's been renovated and turned into a fantastic Italian restaurant since we've been gone.
We used to have a favourite Italian restaurant, Enoteca, which was in the sub-soi behind our house. Enoteca was always top class (and I'm sure it still is) - we used to eat there regularly, and we planned to go back there again this visit, but then we found out about Antonio's. We're so glad we did, it's really good. To give you an idea of how good it was, we were only in Bangkok for five nights, and we went twice!
Antonio defines the term "host". He visits each table at least once during the evening, but never pushes himself into conversation. He is a friendly, hospitable, knowledgable host and it's great to chat to him. It turns out that he was raised in South Australia, about 10 minutes away from where I was raised, so it really is a small world.
I had the fritto misto (fried seafood) starter both visits as it was so good - not greasy at all and so tasty. I also had the Saltimboca the first night (amazing) and the dish of the house, the home-made porcini ravioli with creamy truffle sauce (a revelation), the second night. We shared the most astonishing Tira Mi Su for dessert both times. I've never had a Tira Mi Su that was so light - scrumptious. Antonio treated us to his home-made Limoncello at the end of the meal and it was really good - he should bottle and sell it.
Antonio's is a fine dining restaurant and you will enjoy it. It's very popular and you'll need to book in advance.