FOR some, it’s a legendary nightclub, while others think of Spasso as an elegant restaurant with an exciting ambience and a passionate chef who knows all there is to know about Italian cuisine. Yet another group combines all these elements into a truly exceptional venue in the heart of Bangkok.
And in a city where restaurants come and go with sometimes alarming speed, Spasso has certainly stood the test of time, recently celebrating its 21st anniversary. It’s a pretty rare achievement which speaks volumes of the restaurant’s quality, style and enduring appeal.
Visit during the restaurant’s bustling Buffet Lunch and you will find long tables full of diners enjoying a huge selection of appetizers and salads, along with pizzas, pastas and desserts, for just B650++ per person.
In the evening, the long tables are replaced by well-dressed smaller tables, complete with candles and low lighting – classic Italian elements – designed to create a romantic and intimate dining ambience.
Taking care of the cooking is Head Chef Loris Pistillo, whose approach to his art is to offer the best of Italy, including authentic regional specialties made from premium quality ingredients, such as organic vegetables from the hotel’s own farm.
Highly recommended to start proceedings is the Pan-fried Atlantic scallops, pumpkin ragú, sundried tomatoes and crispy bacon (B520++), a tasty treat blending subtle and rich flavours to delicious effect.
Moving onto mains, Braised Wagyu beef cheek on Milanese risotto (B760++), one of Chef Loris’s favourite dishes from Milan, is a must try, featuring deliciously tender meat and expertly cooked risotto for a great balance of textures. Also not to be missed is the Hand-cut fresh egg pasta with wild boar ragú and mushrooms (B560++) – a hearty portion packed full of flavour.
Vegetarians needn’t be put off with all this meat talk. The menu boasts a wealth of veggie options, and there’s even regular special items to choose from like Grilled smoked mozzarella cheese with marinated vegetables, balsamic reduction and rucola (B460++).
To finish off the night, Srisolona (B220++), a crunchy nut tart with hazelnut ice cream, is a great option. But if the night is still young, take a sip of your favourite cocktail—like Passion Fruit Batida or Berry Sherry (B350++ per glass)—or a glass of wine from Spasso’s extensive cellar, and relax into the night with the rhythm of the live music performed by international bands hailing from North America, every night from 10.30pm-2am (except Sunday).
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, 494 Rajdamri Road, Open daily noon-3pm; 6.30pm-2am ☎ 02 254 1234 www.bangkok.grand.hyatt.com