MEXICAN tortillas, Brazilian Churrasco (grilled meats on a stick), and Argentinean flat breads are just three of the delights awaiting diners at the newly retooled Panorama Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park.
Panorama’s new concept – ‘Inspiring by Day, Latin by Night’ – has been introduced by the hotel’s owners in response to the restaurant’s hugely successful Brazilian food promotion, which was held late last year and saw visiting chefs from Brazil take control of the kitchens to cook up a range of their country’s signature dishes, with crowd pleasing results.
This isn’t a menu that’s been hastily thrown together on a whim. To prepare for the new concept, Chef de cuisine Matt Dowdell spent a lot of time researching the history of Latin cuisine, not just the ingredients and cooking methods, but also the origins and history of each dish, and the vibrant influences from Europe, Asia, Africa and America that go into the cuisine’s culinary make up. He then took this knowledge, combined it with his own expertise, and had a ball putting his own creative spin on the food.
His Smoked pork ribs with tamarind BBQ sauce (B340++) are a must try. Smoked over coconut husks, in place of the traditional oak, the tender ribs have a delicious mellow taste which proves incredibly addictive. Stacked on a large platter and drizzled with a thick, rich sauce, the portion is huge and perfect for sharing.
Equally as tasty is the Lamb sopes (B280++), a Mexican dish which features four thick tortillas topped with braised lamb – a crispy and tender delight that more than warrants a groan of pleasure with every bite.
Other highlights include Ceviche (B320++ for a taster set of four); Seafood Skewer (B360++); Chicken Fajitas (B420++); and Baked rice with prawns and chorizo (B490). For dessert, try the Alfajores – South American cookies served with horchata (B140++). A range of Party Packages are available, featuring a generous selection of dishes for four or more diners, starting at just B2,899++.
Enjoy your food in the spacious restaurant watching all the action of the open kitchens; or slink into the Deck Bar, where subdued lighting and sweeping views of Bangkok set a romantic tone. Sit back with a cocktail or two, get stuck into the food, and a fun night is guaranteed.
Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, 952 Rama IV Road. Open lunch Noon-2pm; Dinner 6pm-10.30pm (drinks till 1am) Tel: 02 632 9000 www:crowneplaza.com