Italian Chef brings to diners the heart-warming dishes of his childhood
A staple on the lunchtime roster for suits and their business partners, Biscotti has been serving up authentic Italian fare since the late ‘90s. Over the years though, it has grown casual enough to warrant a visit by anyone on any day of the week. And all the better for it. This evolution has taken the restaurant—located inside the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel—from “just another hotel restaurant” to a sophisticated venue with plenty of personality.
The stacks of awards it has collected in recent years are testament to this, as is the popularity of the place come lunchtime. I visited on a Friday in late May, and by midday the sizeable restaurant was at capacity. All credit to the waiting staff who maintained their levels of attentiveness and speed of service from start to finish.
Food is crafted from the open-plan kitchen at the helm of the room, and prepared by Italian chef Flavio Argenio. The Rome-born chef has put together a lunch menu that focuses on the authentic, heart-warming dishes of his childhood, and it’s something to be savoured (perhaps over a long break from the office). But for those in a hurry, the ‘Express Lunch’ menu offers a quick but sufficient glimpse into what Biscotti can do.
With time to spare, I chose from the à la carte selection, opting first for the Rocket Salad (B430), served with artichoke, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan. It was a simple starter but even with salad there’s room for error—too much dressing or wilted leaves, perhaps. Thankfully there was no such thing with this refreshing appetizer.
Onto the soup course next, and I gulped down a comforting Porcini and Wild Mushroom Bowl (B410), liberally sprinkled with a layer of aromatic herbs. And of course, it wouldn’t be right to visit an Italian restaurant without sampling the pasta, so I stumped for the Homemade Fettuccine with Parma Ham, Mushrooms, Truffle Essence and Parmesan (B520). Both dishes were a success in fundamental cuisine, proving that sometimes the best plates are the simplest. What’s more, the majority of ingredients used here are imported from Italy, and it doesn’t get much more authentic than that.
The highlight of the meal was the main course—a Grilled Angus Tenderloin (B1,850), accompanied by foie gras, sautéed spinach, shaved black truffle, and drizzled in a rich red wine sauce. Cooked to order, it’s a luxurious hunk of meat that melts beautifully at the bite, and is perfectly complemented by the bed of vegetables and gravy it sits upon.
There’s plenty of dessert options to choose from too, with the Strawberry Semifreddo (B280), being a light yet flavoursome choice. Finally, wine lovers will find plenty to love here with a generous selection of bottles and wines by the glass—I recommend the organic Campoluce Chianti (B280).
By Annaliese Watkins
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
155 Rajadamri Rd.
Tel: 02 126 8866
Open daily: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm