By : MICHAEL MOORE
28 January 2016
Located near the end of the circular walkway at Helix Quartier, Bella Rocca is an elegant place with the feel of a fine dining restaurant. It is operated by the Pomodoro Group, a company operating 15 upscale restaurants throughout Bangkok that serve Italian, Japanese and international buffet dishes. The proprietors know what the restaurant business is all about and it shows at Bella Rocca.
The monochrome interior is warm and sophisticated, but casual enough for diners on a shopping trip to feel comfortable. Unlike many of the restaurants at Helix Quartier, Bella Rocca also offers outdoor seating that provides panoramic views of Bangkok from its 9th floor location.
The menu specializes in contemporary Italian cuisine that is attractively served. We started things off with a delicious Rocca Virgin Mojito and a lively Berry, Berry Smoothie (130 baht), a great mix of imported berries. Antipasti ranged from simple Funghii Fritti (200 baht), deep-fried mushrooms to Melanzane In Insalata Alla Calabrese (320 baht), burrata, plum tomatoes, grilled eggplant and extra virgin olive oil and on to our favorite, a sumptuous Insalata Di Rucola Con Cicala All' Aceto Balsamico (680 baht), a delicious mix of rocket salad with rock lobster and crispy bacon – a fantastic way to start a meal. There is also enough risotto, pizza and pasta on the menu to satisfy everyone. We were especially fond of the Deliziosa (420 baht), a large disc covered with mascarpone, tomato, mozzarella and Parma ham. The ham – imported from Italy, of course – was abundant and of excellent quality. There are 14 main courses on the meal, including Stinco Di Agnello Brasato (750 baht), an absolutely delicious pot roasted lamb shank with smoked mashed potatoes and lamb reduction. This was a warm and homey dish with lamb that fell off the bone and a reduction redolent with wine and the taste of lamb. Amazingly, we had room to squeeze in some Tiramisu (180 baht), a well-above average blend of biscuit soaked in coffee and marsala that was filled with mascarpone cheese and topped with chocolate powder.
This is an excellent restaurant for those who long for quality Italian fare during a shopping trip or as a destination in itself during an evening on the town.