Usually I would not eat Italian in Bangkok. But it was 40˚C outside and I was only one before I needed to leave for the airport, the hotel restaurant will do.
Located on the second floor of Renaissance Bangkok Hotel, La Tavola serves delicious interpretations of pan-Mediterranean dishes in a stylish dining room. Specialising in risotto and proud of its 11 types of pasta made completely from scratch, this is far more accomplished than your average hotel Italian restaurant.
First, the fresh bread was served with really good butter. Rare in this part of the world.
A simple appetiser, foie gras on toast with fig and balsamic vinegar reduction.
I always loved a good risotto Nero. The seafood risotto was beautiful done, and I asked for it to be done slightly more than al dente. The seafood was blanched separately so that they would be bleached black by the squid ink. But still you can taste the seafood in the risotto.
The ragout was delicious! The linguine was al dente and you could taste that it was handmade 😉 I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it definitely wasn’t the supermarket variety. The sauce was made from good combination of fresh and canned ingredients. I don’t mind restaurants to use some processed ingredients, they have a business to run. But an Italian restaurant of this standard should be more aware of their ingredients. Not good when a gourmand can taste the difference.
The glass and stone dining room is full of modern touches such as an open kitchen and full-length windows. Owing to the size of the restaurant you can choose to sit in the central areas, the more private booths or even in the separate bar area. The ambiance at La Tavola feels fresh and clean at lunch, but is best experienced at dinner when the candlelight creates an added sense of elegance.
La Tavola Restaurant and Wine Bar
Renaissance Hotel, 518/1 Ploenchit Road, Chit Lom
Tel: +66 (0)2 125 5020
Date Visited : Feb 2019