Michelin from Macau
This month S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, as part of their ongoing Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series, present the cuisine of Macau’s 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana at Rossini’s, the acclaimed Italian restaurant at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (250 Sukhumvit Rd). The dinners will be presided over by Executive Chef Antimo Merone, whose background includes a number of Michelin-rated restaurants and, for the past three years, working alongside Chef Umberto Bombana. The six-course wine dinner on November 3rd, priced at B5,200++, features wine pairings—mainly from Allegrini Winery—while dinner on the 4th is a set menu (with or without wine pairings). Menu highlights include: Hokkaido crab with Oscietra caviar; Tortellini filled with veal ragout and Alba white truffle; M9 grade sirloin prepared with charred artichoke; and a four-textured tiramisu for dessert. For reservations call 02 649 8364, or email email@example.com.
Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series heads south
S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna’s Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series presents one of Thailand’s most talented young chefs, Thitid ‘Ton” Tassanakajohn, preparing the cuisine of his restaurant Le Du (ranked number 37 on the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list) at Phuket’s renowned farm-to-table restaurant PRU, located at the exquisite Trisara beachfront resort. For two nights only—November 17th and 18th—Chef Ton will prepare such delicacies as: poached oyster in Thai rice wine and green mango; pickled sea bass served with Chiang Mai avocado; grilled local crayfish with chu-chee curry; river prawn from Songkra Lake with Rayong-made shrimp paste and mountain rice; and 30-day dry-aged beef with charred eggplant. The price per person is B2,900++ (B4,900++ with specially selected wines pairings).
New to this city’s incredible array of Italian eateries is Truffles Bar & Ristorante (12/3 Soi Sainamthip, Sukhumvit Soi 22). Needless to say, truffles are the defining factor here—even the creamy colours of the intimate interior are reminiscent of these fabulous fungi—and they appear not only in the authentic Italian pasta and pizza dishes, but also in the signature Tartufo dessert (alongside dark chocolate ice cream). Diners can also kick back with a wide range of wines, champagnes, cocktails, and mixed drinks, or wind down with a delicious Italian coffee. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and a live band performs Monday to Saturday from 9:30pm to 1:30am.
New digs for an old favourite
If you love smokehouse ribs—done just right—then no doubt you’re a fan of The Smokin’ Pug, Surawong Road’s perpetually packed BBQ restaurant. However, as of the first of this month the restaurant proprietors Dan and Dana Garber have left their cozy shophouse venue and moved operations to Langsuan Road, in a space three times as big. The new locale will be offering the same menu as the old location, plus a few new signature dishes as well. And if you’re wondering what will become of the Surawong venue, it’s being turned into a cocktail bar (run by a different team).