GIGI - DINING HALL & BAR

GIGI - DINING HALL & BAR

By : SANDRINE HUCLIN

23 October 2019

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summary : A casual home-style Italian restaurant newly opened in Sukhumvit 45 alley next to Sing Sing Theater and Iron Balls Gin Parlour & Saloon.

Nestled in Sukhumvit Soi 45 which used to house Quince, Gigi - Dining Hall & Bar opened a month ago, led by Sing Sing Theatre and Iron Balls Gin Parlour & Saloon’s vanguard. Headed by Chef Christopher Beverley (formerly of Theo Mio), the kitchen serves comfort Italian dishes with a nice selection of wine fairly priced and aperitivo style cocktails crafted by Carson Quinn, Iron Ball’s Brand Ambassador.

An artist studio-like building with glass walls around, midnight blue walls, dim lighting, scuffed wooden tables, and mismatched classic wooden chairs mixed with high tables and stools bring a cozy and casual atmosphere to the industrial decor. More seating spaces are to choose from between the dining room behind the bar where the pizza wood-fired oven sits, providing a romantic ambiance or the patio to simmer down with direct access to the leafy and private terrace with outdoor seating. 

The paper place set menu offers a selection of 37 home Italian style dishes to share or savor solo. The drinks menu includes 8 signature cocktails and a decent wine list of mostly Italian and some French, available by the glass or bottle.

To cool off with the hot weather of Bangkok, sipping on refreshing and light cocktails are a must. The Bitch Spritz made from Aperol, passion fruit, mango purée, Prosecco and soda water is a delightful and extremely refreshing aperitivo drink to start the evening with. The combination of passion fruit and mango purée adds some tropical flavors to the classical Spritz. To pair with it, we ordered a few Antipasti (appetizers) to share. La Burrata, is a creamy-burrata locally made from Mille Stelle with tomatoes and crisp sourdough. Cauliflower Power, is a wood-roasted cauliflower dressed in a dill-saffron emulsion and topped with crunchy bites of pine nuts, raisins, and spicy pangrattato. The Colosseum, is a salad mixed of endive and radicchio leaves served with a Roman-style anchovy dressing, capers, and boiled eggs.

To respect Italian tradition, we had pasta, Agnolotti Del Pin, an iconic dish from Piemonte. The hand-made stuffed pasta gets its name from the regional dialect for “pinch,” which is how the pasta is made. The stuffing with prosciutto, mortadella, and parmesan was exquisite and paired perfectly with the traditional sage-and-butter sauce. To accompany this dish, we switch to a medium-bodied red wine, Luccarelli Negroamaro Puglia with a rich flavor of cherries, plum, chocolate and a distinct finish of thyme. 

Another favorite of ours was the Tartufo Nero Pizzette, a small pizza with mushrooms, mascarpone, scamorza with a delightful black truffle finish. The crust was heavenly; crispy from the wood-fired oven, lighter and airier compared to the traditional Neapolitan pizza.

As a main course, Billy Bass, a tasty Mediterranean dish with grilled sea bass served with cherry tomatoes, Taggiasca olives, capers, and spinach. To embellish this typical Mediterranean fish dish, we had a glass of Villa Martina Pinot Grigio, a saline-mineral wine with peach and citrus flavors.

To finalize our dinner on a sweet note, Gianduja Budino, a traditional Piemonte dessert made with chocolate-hazelnut pudding topped with candied hazelnuts and sea-salt enhancing the chocolate flavor beautifully. This is heaven for chocolate lovers. 

Gigi - Dining Hall & Bar is a great place for slurping pasta and pizza with friends or solo in a cozy and easy-going atmosphere. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering the location in Phrom Phong. This is a place to gather and celebrate with friends and family.