While the ground floor is given over to breakfasts, superior coffees, and Thai lunches, the first floor of the restaurant is the real heart of the operation. Here, in an open kitchen, Andreas can be spied tending to pots and pans, chopping meats and seafood, and rolling dough for the wood-fired pizza oven. But don’t stand there gawking. Head up to the rooftop for an apéritif or two, maybe a plate of cold cuts, then come back down to commence dining proper. And you’re in for a real treat.
Andreas’ carefully consider menu is all about quality and seasonal produce, and features a selection of salads and soups, pastas and risottos, pizzas, and meat and fish charcoal broiled to perfection on the Josper grill (highlights include the 300g Australian Wagyu beef (B880), grain fed for 400 days and with a marbling grade of 6-7, at B1,900, and Filet of premium tuna loin grilled and served on a bed of wild rocket at B650.
A one-page specials menu, meanwhile, changes weekly and on our recent visit featured tantalizing options such as Fetuccini fresh homemade pasta with clarified butter, 36 months aged parmesan cheese, and shaved fresh white Alba truffle (B1,000), and Tasmanian salmon filet oven baked and served on top of sea asparagus and light mashed potatoes (B650).
With wines starting at just B180 per glass and B900 per bottle, great value permeates the whole dining experience. This is especially the case at lunch, when Andreas offers a superb Set Lunch Menu priced at just B380 for three-courses (a choice of starter or soup, followed by pasta or pizza, and dessert) with a bottle of Peroni or glass of wine or soft drink. A steal.
Another lunch deal features one pizza and a bottle of Peroni or a glass of wine or soft drink at B280. Again, a steal.
Ultimately, for top quality Italian food served at reasonable prices, it doesn’t get much better than this. We can’t wait to return for more.
Andreas Italian Restaurant & Grill, The Lapa Hua Hin, 4/91 Soi Mooban Nongkae.
Tel: 099 910 1018 www.andreas-ristorante.com