By : MELISSA RICHTER
19 November 2018
About: When it comes to special occasion dining in Bangkok, Gianni Ristorante has managed to remain at the top of the list since they opened their doors in 1996. Conveniently located within walking distance of Central Chidlom, an evening at Gianni is like a visiting an old and dear friend. Much of this is due the charismatic chef and owner Gianni Favro who is the heart and soul of this Italian eatery. Arguably one of the hardest working chefs in the city, he has been making magic in the kitchen and charming his guests in the front of the house for years. “I love what I do. I just try to keep it simple,” shared Chef Gianni, “I find the best ingredients and try not to spoil them”.
Decor: The restaurant has a great vibe and energy and its distinctive European decor evokes a sense of understated sophistication and charm that immediately sets you at ease. The decor is sophisticated without being too formal and the color scheme is warm and inviting with colorful murals and artwork lining the walls.
Menu: The service is extraordinary and the knowledgeable staff are well equipped to recommend the ideal entrée, special, or a bottle of wine to go with your meal. They are very dedicated to preparing house specials which change daily to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients. On our visit we were lucky enough to be in the middle of white truffle season. This ingredient was highlighted in the appetizer of Crispy Egg w/ Sautéed Chanterelles, Old Parmesan & Fresh White Truffle. Creamy, luxurious and bursting with an evocative umami flavor, this dish was truly unforgettable. Another innovative and well-calculated offering is the luscious and elegant Tartare of Sicilian Red Prawns, Avocado Sauce & Young Leaf’s. This is a magical serving of finely chopped sweet raw shrimp that takes you on a delightful tasting and textural journey. It’s deceptively simple, and the raw shrimps are a delightful alternative to a typical tartare. The restaurant has over 250 labels of imported wines from Italy and we enjoyed the San Clemente, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2013, which is a semi-sweet golden-colored white wine that paired nicely with Borlotti Bean Cream Soup w/ Radicchi. We enjoyed two exceptional types of pasta which included the Crab Meat Filled Cannelloni w/ Cream of Lobster Bisque and the Pumpkin Stuffed Tortelli, Pan-Seared Foie Gras & Marsala Wine Reduction. The crab and lobster dish was refined and bursting with the essence of the seafood while the pumpkin and foie gras was a rich and decadent study in the contrast between sweet and savory. The main course consisted of Black Truffle Crusted Young Loin of Lamb w/ Thyme Scented Gravy. The lamb is expertly prepared so that it is succulent and juicy and very flavorsome, and it was expertly paired with a hearty red Tizzonero, La Carraia, Sangiovese-Montepulciano, 2013. Dessert was a thoroughly addictive salty and sweet White Truffle Ice Cream and a crispy deep-fried Chocolate Cannoli w/ Mascarpone which we recommend enjoying with one of the 65+ grappa’s that they have to choose from.
Evaluation: If you crave refined Italian cuisine that speaks directly to your soul, then you won’t be disappointed with Gianni. As one of Bangkok’s most beloved and iconic restaurants, this venue has a timeless appeal that just keeps getting better with age. Keep in mind that they have a very loyal customer base and it is recommended that you call ahead for reservations.