Set on the rooftop of Pattaya’s newest five-star hotel, Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge has superb views of the bay and serves Italian coastal cuisine along with the wines of Italian wine house Ruffino. The newly opened restaurant is the first venture in which Ruffino and a hotel operator have combined to use the Ruffino brand for a restaurant outlet. Ruffino’s debut menu includes signature dishes that have been collected from different parts of the long Italian coastline. Appetisers range from buffalo mozzarella bites to fresh tomato soup, and zuppa di funghi della maremma, a soup of porcini mushrooms cooked in a beef broth. Grilled zesty and spicy mussels are served with prosciutto flavoured bread crumbs, and there is a saffron fettuccine with pork cheek, truffle, scallops and mushrooms. A Ruffino special is sardine “beccafico”, which is Sicilian style sweet and sour stuffed sardines with tomato, red onion, olives, and capers tossed in oregano. Along with the extensive selection of Ruffino wines is a wide choice of wines from around the world.
The restaurant is open for lunch from noon to 3.00 pm and for dinner from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 42 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, Ethiopia brings the present total to 60 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.