We revisit Ciao not long after it had a face lift. All the chairs and table were changed to a more modern design. New bar, new kitchen, well everything was new apart from the location which was the best part. The ambiance during the evening by the Chao Phraya River is always magical.
We started our meal with some tapas recommended by the restaurant manager.
A selection of bruschettas; Tomato and organic virgin olive oil 170, Fresh Stracchino cheese, olive oil and black pepper 190, Sautéed mushrooms and Italian parsley 190.
Tuna belly carpaccio 260
Pawn with herb shellfish olive oil emulsion 220
For antipasto, there was a big selection; Crabmeat salad, egg mimosa, and herring roe 440. The crabmeat came in a big portion; fresh, sweet and tasty.
Seared peppered tuna lion with candied lemon 380
An Italian meal will not be complete without pastas; Risotto with saffron, mushroom and argula 550. The attractive cheese flavor, the chewy grilled mushroom texture, and the bitter argula all made this a complex dish that went well together.
Bavette with Atlantic red mullet and fresh tomato fondue 590. The mullet was nicely seared, the skin was crisp which complimented the light but flavorful Bavette with the fresh tomato sauce, dice carrots and zucchini.
Sautéed mussels and calms, white wine and herbs 710. This is one simple dish that any Thai have already had before without the wine. I don’t know why my boy likes it so much. Is it because of the wine?
Pigeon breast and stuffed leg with sautéed chard, shallot and coffee sauce 990. This is a complex dish, many things happening in just one dish. The pigeon beast was pan seared; the legs were stuffed and fried.
Beef tagliata, grilled mushroom, roasted garlic and rosemary jus 780. A beautiful dish and nicely cook beef.
For dessert we tried a variety of colorful ones:
Zuccotto Ciao’s way 300
Sorbet blended with limoncello and raspberries 250
Trio of Panna cotta; basil/strawberry, rosemary/honey and caramel 310
As it is mostly all outdoor seating and Bangkok can be very hot and humid, my recommendation is to come with comfortable clothes. I always like dinning in the open air, especially when surround by nice view and good looking people. Ciao at the Mandarin Oriental is one of the places that offers just that and also fine Italian food. The revamped Ciao still remains it’s classy and charming ambiance, which will appeal to any Italian food aficionados.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
48 Oriental Avenue Bangkok 10500
02 659 9000
That is how much he liked the soup from the calms and mussels.