An unassuming cave-like restaurant with big flavours
Don’t expect any signage on this well-hidden location, however, this small restaurant manages to pack its seating daily with both new and returning patrons.
Entering into the unassuming entrance, one emerges into a cave-like interior decked of earth-toned furniture with a collection of artwork on one wall and a compact bar setup on the far end.
Bambino Bangkok is definitely tricky to find for any first time visitors, but once found, it’s hard to forget. The three-storey townhouse building is located in Soi Nai Lert on a residential street just a short walk away from Ploenchit BTS station.
Bambino Bangkok offers something different both in terms of atmosphere and food. Serving delicious Japanese izakaya in modern interpretations, the menu packs an array of delicious creations by chef Arnie Marcella that is sure to dazzle and excite any visitors time and time again.
The must-not-miss dishes include eggplant dengaku served with flavourful scallops in sweet sauce (B220); the mapo tofu (B400)—a mountain of crispy egg noodles served with Chinese sausage (goon chiang) topped with Sichuan-style spicy mala sauce.
The delicious wagyu sando (B550)—an Australian wagyu striploin cut with a coat of panko breadcrumbs dunked in the sizzling hot oil before serving in bite size pieces. For non-beef eaters, the restaurant also offers pork neck sando (B400)—marinated pork neck cutlet coated with panko breadcrumbs fried to a delicious crisp that may not be as juicy as the beef although just as delectable. We’d recommend to try both anyway.
For those with a sweet tooth, please give the homemade ice cream a try. Although flavours may vary from day to day’s availability, whatever flavour picked is sure to be enjoyable.
While the beverages on offer are anything but typical for those available at any izakaya restaurants, beer and wine are available by the glass and by the bottle. Other choices include the rustic cocktails like highballs (B280)—refreshing and cooling bourbon drink with lemon juice and a scent of elderflower, is a great start. A more rustic variety includes the General Farmer (B340)—rosemary-infused vodka with apricot liqueur, homemade raisin syrup and lemon. Fancying other variation or a more classic cocktails? The able bartenders are at the ready to make that happen as well.
1041/18 Soi Nai loet, Ploenchit Rd.
Tel. 097 028 1493
Open: Tue-Sun 5pm-12am