Overall Score 7.5/10
Buono Bistro - Italian Restaurant on BumRes (For more pictures and menu)
The Buono Bistro is one of the attractive non-franchise restaurants at the Promenade, fairly new shopping plaza on Ramintra road. If we consider the meaning of the word Bistro, this restaurant might not fit its definition as well since Bistro usually refers to a mid to small size neighborhood French food shop and this Buono Bistro is a luxurious and grand place, which should be called a Restaurant or Fine dining. Its big size was easily divided into two main areas; My Lady Hall, near the entrance; and the My Lord Hall, on the other side. For sharing similarities in decoration, the differences aren’t as notable enough to clearly define the character as they are named. Though both speaks luxury with the black and white floor and adorned with chandeliers and Louis furniture. Wine shelves and metal moose’s heads are presented on the My Lord Hall. I was in the My Lady Hall this visit.
Regarding the food at the Buono Bistro, it is all Italian just like the name with additional popular European dishes. A surprising thing about this restaurant is the amount of food selection in the menu. For Pastas alone, there are about 30 different types. I was told that the pastas are homemade here in the kitchen, so the quality is supposed to be unique. For Pizzas, there are more than 30 choices. With the Salads, Appetizers, and Main Courses; we have about a hundred items in the menu of this Bistro restaurant. Personally I have never found any Italian restaurants with so many choices in the menu. The price is average for a nice European restaurant, around two to three hundred baht for Pizza, Pasta, or appetizers and the Main courses are priced around 500-1,000 baht per dish. This price range seems to be average for any Italian restaurant across the city of Bangkok, whether it would be in the city or suburbs.
The second dish was the grilled vegetable salad (180 baht). Being the signature salad, it is a really fascinating dish. Again with the healthy choice, this salad had bell pepper, zucchini, carrot, mushroom, and asparagus. All were nicely grilled but to enjoy it plainly, it was kind of a awkward for me. This dish would be better if it came as compliment to a steak.
The last dish was the Pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, prawns pizza (320 baht). This pizza was of course made from the wood fired oven in the back. The plain presentation of the light green color of pesto sauce highlighted with shrimps topping was charming. For this price and to get all these shrimps, it was very well worth it, compared to the market pizza with delivery service. The crispy thin crust was absolutely my favorite, with the cheese and the shrimp, this pizza couldn’t get any better for how simple it was. Great pizza!
For the classy character, the Buono Bistro seemed to be a bit out of place being in the shopping mall. Having the atmosphere, the service, and the food of this grade, this Bistro restaurant is more appropriate being standalone. From seeing other restaurants in the Promenade @ Ramintra, the Buono Bistro is well above all considering the price and its luxury. Now that I think of it, there are no Italian fine dining anywhere in this area, so this restaurant can perhaps attract customers who like to go to fine Italian restaurants in the center of the city. If you live in on this side of town, the Buono Bistro is a great premium Italian choice for you. Check it out!
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