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Friday, May 3, 2013

Brio Italian Restaurant Review - Anantara Riverside and Resort Bangkok

Brio Italian Restaurant at Anantara Riverside & Resort, Bangkok




Overall Score  7.5/10
Taste   3/5
Ambiance  4.5/5
Service  4.5/5
Value   4/5

Brio Italian Restaurant on BumRes.com (For more picture, menu and info)


The other day I got to try the Pizza made by the World Champion at the Anantara Riverside (see more details on the chef).  So, in this meal all I had was just Pizza, fortunately with various toppings.  

The Brio must be the only Italian restaurant in Hotel on this side of the river (the Thonburi side).  Atmosphere is classy with the traditional dark wood tone, surely shining the aura of five star hotel restaurant.  The wood-fired oven is at the front welcoming all guests.  Seatings are set at fair distance apart for privacy.  Various types of arrangement; regular table, stool seating, and private rooms.  On the wall are some abstract painting and wine cellar as decoration.  Overall appearance is as modern as other  Italian restaurants I have gone to recently (like La Tavola).  








At lunch time, the Brio has the lunch set available along with the a la carte menu that you order all day long.  From what I was told, the lunch set changes nearly every month.  During this visit the set was the Antipasti & Tasting Plates by Michelin Star Trained Chef Patrizio Roncato, priced 590++ Baht.  I guess this price is considered reasonable compared to the dinner menu.  The Brio has all Italian specialties; appetizer, soup, pizza, pasta, main course, and dessert.  Prices are about the same range as five star hotels in the city.  A bottle of good wine would cost you around 1,000 - 2,000 Baht.  

The Pizza event made by the World Champion is all ready over, but don't worry.  I am sure the WC Chef must have taught some tricks to regular chefs at the Brio.  I got to try so many toppings.  Let me tell you about it in the review.       

The starter of this lunch was the Ciabatta or rectangular bits of Italian pizza doe.  I enjoyed the Ciabatta with the basics; Parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil.  Since it was fresh of the oven, this Ciabatta was super delicious; warm and soft.  I had so many of them.          

For pizzas, we had 9 different toppings (4 pizzas had two toppings and one whole). 

- Fruit de Mare (Tomatoes, Mixed Seafood, Lemon Peel, Garlic - 620 Baht) It is the most expensive pizza in the menu due to the amount of seafood; NZ mussels, prawns, squid.  This topping didn't have much cheese.  The taste was mostly tomato sauce and seafood.  


Monello (Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Mushroom, Cooked Ham, Spinach, Gorgonzola, Egg, Cream - 430 Baht) This one was cheesy with egg and cream cooked on the pizza.  It was just alright, perhaps because I never had the egg on pizza before.   






- Pizza Pazza (Tomatoes, Capers, Onion, Anchovies - 380 Baht) Pazza mean crazy, the Chef told me.  So, this was a crazy pizza.  There were all kinds of ingredients in here; shallots, anchovies, and capers.  It looked very saucy but this one had the most crispy crust, must because it was pre-baked.  Honestly I really like this topping, it was so tasty; must be the shallots. 





- Margherita (Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes - 350 Baht) Looking very basic with only Mozzarella cheese and the cherry tomatoes.  I didn't see the presence of basil like the menu said though, ground basil.  

- Parmiggiana (Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Eggplant, Parmesan Cheese - 380 Baht) A pizza with chunks of eggplants is hard to find.  I love eggplants, so this one was perfect for me.  With the cheese covering the eggplants, this pizza was amazing.   




- Cece (Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Feta Cheese, Spicy Salami, Rocket Leaves, Black Olives - 450 Baht)  Named after the chef.  The whole pizza was covered with rocket leaves.  I liked the spicy salami.   

- Anantara (Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Veal, Herb Butter, Garlic, Chilli - 550 Baht) This one is the highlight of the Brio @ Anantara Riverside because it was named after the hotel's name.  Made with Veal.  I never had pieces of beef on pizza before.  There was lots of cheese, spiced with garlic and chili.  I thought that the taste was good.  The Veal was better to pick and eat off of the pizza because taking a  partial bite couldn't cut the Veal.    





- Al Curry (Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Chicken cream, Madras Curry, Pineapple, Chilli - 460 Baht)  This one came with lots of pineapple like Hawaiian pizza but it was an Indian curry pizza.  I didn't get to try it because I was so full.  My friend said it was really good.  Chef said that this topping was created to please the oriental customers.  

- Porcini (Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Porcini Mushrooms, Cream - 480 Baht) This one must be the simples Pizza of all.  The tomato sauce was good with this Porcini mushroom on the pizza. 


The World Champion pizza maker event at the Brio of the Anantara Bangkok Riverside was just too much pizza for me, lol...  I won't eat pizza for a while after this lunch.  The pizzas were good.  I liked a few toppings.  You probably get two toppings at the most per visit, which I am sure you will enjoy it more than having to try so many toppings in a meal.  Well, choose your favorite toppings at the Brio.  If you go to the Brio for Pizza, you might miss the swirling trick of the WC Chef but you will still get their doe and the quality ingredients for topping.  The wood-fired baked pizzas at the Brio will definitely impress you.     


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