Even the view is delicious
The Crowne Plaza’s signature restaurant Panorama launched a new dining concept last month tagged ‘Inspiring By Day, Latin By Night’, in which not only the food but also the music is Latin-themed, with DJs and live bands scheduled for special events.
And it’s not all the inevitable Mexican. The menu ranges from Mexico to Spain, to Brazil and Argentina, with snippets of Cuba, Chile and Peru.
“I want to make a menu that’s fun for people to eat, inspired by the whole Latin region, but not too stuck on authenticity,” chef Matt Dowdell says.
The selection opens with snacky items and moves through a wide range of styles, ending with large plated mains designed to share. The ceviche sampler (B320++) is a good starter of four styles, arriving in separate chunky glasses, including the delicious, mildly spicy yellowfin tuna with mango and pineapple.
You might then advance to wafer-thin flat breads (from B240++) with a variety of toppings; quesadillas with chilli braised duck, cheddar and salsa (B260++) or smoky, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs (B340++), which are rubbed with adobo spices, marinated overnight, slow-smoked over coconut husk, then topped with tamarind sauce and grilled.
Drinks include the expected sangrias (B450++ a litre), mojitos and caipirinhas (both B220++), and a good selection of custom cocktails designed by restaurant manager Vitor Goncalo Santiago (from B180++). There’s also a comprehensive wine list that impoverished journalists love for wines by the glass, starting at a mucho friendly B98++ (ten each of red and white, plus a few rosés and sparklers). And if you prefer a good claret, they stock the ’97 Haut Brion at B16,800++ a bottle.
Panorama is a good size for birthdays or an after-work blow out, with party packages including food and drink for four, six, eight and ten people (B2,899++ to B7999++). And the infectious music breeds a convivial atmosphere – someone at our table even took to the aisle and wiggled her hips to the salsa rhythm between courses.
Crowne Plaza Lumpini Park | Rama IV Rd | 02-632-9000 | crowneplazabkk.com | Open Daily noon-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm