Tuesday, April 05, 2011
A large bulk of my Bangkok itinerary actually followed where my parents went on their previous trip here. Where to shop, where to eat, and where to stay. And on the night before we left for Pattaya, my parents said they had to bring me to this Italian restaurant they tried, award winning too!
The bungalow housing Calderazzo was stylish and classy, which I heard was redesigned by the owner himself. With 3 different storeys, I managed to get a table at the top deck and overlooked the entire restaurant. Business wasn't exactly full house but I realised that tables of Caucasians tend to come in at later hours. Ambience was definitely top-notch for a romantic date!
Alas, we didn't quite get off to a good start as the bread served were dried and cold, not that the herbal fragrance wasn't inviting though. Still mopping them up anyway with a good dose of vinegar and olive oil!
Deep Fried Calamari and Prawn (฿270), Beef Carpaccio (฿350)
The seafood was fresh but nothing spectacular, though the tangy tomato salad was appetising. Carpaccio was nice with its natural beefy taste, lightly drizzled with cheese and olive oil. Again, didn't blow me away.
Lobster Spaghetti (฿330), Clam Spaghetti (฿240)
Don't ask me why the noodles looked so yellow because I certainly didn't photoshop it that way. It was al dente and oddly reminded me of a slightly thicker version of Mee Kia. Lobster meat was succulent though a tad salty for me.
I also didn't know why the spaghetti here looked and tasted different from the previous one. In fact, this was more like the spaghetti that we are familiar with. With a hearty amount of clams and tossed simply in white wine sauce, it was again heavy on salt content.
Seafood Pizza (฿280)
It wasn't the thin-crust type that I was looking forward to, but nonetheless the chewy base and crunchy edges were quite a good nibble. Served with a generous amount of assorted seafood too!
Tiramisu (฿210), Soft Chocolate Cake (฿250)
This had to be the most unconventional tiramisu I have ever seen! With no ladyfingers, it was more like scoops of mascarpone cheese sprinkled with cocoa powder. Couldn't detect any trace of alcohol too. Mmm.. not for me!
The cake was really normal despite being recommended as best seller, as the dense sponge was paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Not inspiring.
Their wall of fame
Bill for three was ฿2271.51 after taxes, about SGD115. I don't know how good they were during their award-winning days (last award seen was in 2010), but honestly it was just pretty average for me, though marks will definitely go up for service and ambience. A change in management? Chef had a bad day? Maybe. Where will you go for Italian food in Bangkok?
59/6 Soi Langsuan
Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
Tel: (66) 0 2252 8108
Note: Nearest BTS station is Chit Lom, about a good 15 minutes walk into Soi Langsuan. Take a cab if you are seriously clueless!
Taken with Nikon D70