By : MELISSA RICHTER
15 November 2018
Sorrento is a warm and inviting contemporary Italian restaurant located in a large Tuscan inspired house with ample room for dining and having celebrations for large groups of people, or to have an intimate dinner for two. It’s a venue with a storied history that stretches back to 1989 when they first opened their doors in Silom before they temporary closed and eventually reinvented themselves and relocated to their current locale in Sathorn. Guests can now enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace, relax on comfortable seating in the well-appointed main dining room with its exposed brick walls, wooden chairs, and European inspired decor. There are also several private rooms and green gardens that creates a relaxing and laidback mood.
Open for both lunch and dinner they have an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes and European fare. While it’s not the most authentic Italian cuisine in the city, they deliver tasty dishes that have Italian, French, and Mediterranean and even some Asian influences in them. You will find homemade pasta, salads, rice dishes, meat, fish and desserts. They also have a nice selection of wines by the bottle, and their house wines by the glass are exceptionally good, and reasonably priced. We enjoyed the Monkey Bay, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand with a very delectable starter of Hokkaido Scallops w/ Thermidor Cream. Much more French than Italian, the generous scallop was served on the half shell and was swimming in a rich and creamy sauce. We also tried the Pan- Fried Premium Salmon Fillet w/ Wild Rice & Leek Sauce, which was good but not as successful because the fish was slightly overcooked and again it lacked any resemblance of being Italian. On a more positive note, we really enjoyed the rustic Homemade Fettuccine w/ Wild Boar Ragu. The noodles where nice and chewy and the tomato-based sauce was slightly spicy with a well-honed depth of flavor and plenty of chunks of super tender meat. The signature Pizza Salute is another unique offering that is more like a Quesada than a pizza with an oozing and gooey helping of mascarpone, mozzarella, parmesan, spring onions and truffle oil stuffed between two very thin and crispy layers of a cracker like pizza crust. One of our favorite dishes was the Grilled Australian Lamb Tenderloin w/ Wine Reduction. The lamb was succulent, well-cooked and nicely plated and served with a hearty glass of the house red La Carrie, Tizzonero IGT from Umbria, Italy. Sorrento is successful because they deliver approachable cuisine that is familiar, simple and understated. They are not doing anything too fancy here, but they don’t need to. It’s all about the environment and is a great choice for those who a looking for a nice place to enjoy food and drinks with colleges, family or friends.