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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rossini Italian Restaurant - Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok (Eng Version)

Rossini (Italian Restaurant Review) - Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

Overall Score 8/10
Taste  5/5
Ambiance  4.5/5
Service  3/5
Value  4/5

Rossini's Italian Restaurant on BumRes.com

Where I am about to review, the name is Rossini.  I have no idea what it really means but the Rossini that I am reviewing is the official Italian restaurant at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a five star hotel at the heart of Bangkok, near the Asoke intersection.  Surprisingly this five star hotel only has the Rossini and one other spot, the Basil, a Thai restaurant.  Being a luxurious hotel, having only two restaurants is not making sense since their upper class customers usually have higher expectation.  

At lunch time, the Rossini offers a special set meal.  Being in the CBD, this spot is suitable for an easy business lunch.  And for dinner, the Rossini will have their a la carte menu out, which prices are indeed higher, especially without any discounts or promotions.  As I have seen on Rossini’s website, their menus are changing every so often depending on Chef’s selection.  On my visit, Chef Stefano Merlo was overseeing the kitchen.  Prior to visiting Rossini, I had seen a different Head Chef on the magazine so many times.  The hotel was promoting about how gifted he was, being so great and so young.  Too bad I can’t remember the name- I believe he has relocated.  Now, Chef Stefano is in charge.  When I was there, he wandering in the dining area a bit.  I love his hat.  So tall, I could see him from across the dining hall, lol…

I was with a party of five.  At first we planned to enjoy our own dish like the western style but, we ended up sharing everything Thai styles anyways.  It was better since we get to know every dish.  We ordered four appetizers; Cod fish, Foie gras, Veal tongue, and Beef Carpaccio.  To tell the truth, every single one of them was delicious.  If I were to rank, Foie gras would be in first place because it was perfectly crispy on the outside (not too burnt) and wasn’t smelly.  The raspberry sauce over it was stunningly flavorsome.  Sharing style- on the communal plate, I could only imagine myself slurping the last drip of the sauce.  Then the first runner up would be the Beef Carpacio.  Rossini did this menu much tastier and a larger portion than many restaurants.  The other two were acceptably simple and enjoyable; they scored about 8 out of 10, where the first two just received perfect tens.   

In our main course, we shared four choices; White Pasta oil and Parmesan, Suckling Pig, Veal Cheek, and Sea Bream.  Personally I wasn’t impressed with any of them.  I mean these choices were up to a five star hotel standard, the appetizers were more remarkable though.  A down point was that prices of the main dishes were higher than they should be.  For example, the Suckling Pig - the serving size was too small to cost 960 Baht.  Veal cheek was ever worse; tiny cut of it for 1,100 Baht.  I understand that main dishes usually cost more but honestly I would be happier with a larger portion.  Out of all the main dishes, I liked the Veal cheek the most.  The presentation really captured my attention.

In terms of desserts, we ordered three choices; Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, and Hazelnut Souffle.  Opposed to the main course, I was truly impressed with the Tiramisu.  What a great come back on the sweet ending, it was so awesome.  I really liked it.    

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