Jojo, St. regis

| February 23, 2012

The St. Regis Bangkok
159 Rajadamri Road Bangkok, 10330 Thailand Map Phone: (66)(2) 207 7777

I don’t know how the name JoJo came from; I don’t even think it’s Italian. But what I know is the food is pretty spectacular. I took my family to have diner here one night. The ambiance in the evening was comfortable; nice soft indirect lighting with an overall earthy red tone. The dining space is divided into 3 zones, the bar, the high seat dining, and low seat dining. It is decorated with huge modern chandelier, appealing lighting fixtures, and photographs. When we arrive somehow the receptionist new right away who we are, it’s not that we are famous but we had reservations which the receptionist made a good guess who we are.

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After being seated the restaurant manager khun Massimo Zaretti came to greet us and gave some recommendation from the menu. The first was an “antipasto da JOJO” (1250). It is a large plate that has a D.O.P. certified burrata cheese; soft, moist and flavorful; San Marzano tomatoes. There is also a variety of cured meats; aged prosciutto, Saleme felino, and Culatello di Cinta Senese. It all went well with a sparking pink rosé; Carlo Pellegrino Simply Pink Rosé 2008. The sparking pink rosé had a beautiful color and a refreshing fruity berries notes.

An Italian meal without pizza would not be complete. There are many choices from the menu but the one that caught my interest was “Al tartufo truffle”. Instead of tomato paste, this pizza used truffle paste top with potatoes, montasio and mozzarella cheese (600). It was thin, crispy, above all that; an appealing truffle scent.

The pasta dish was “Fettuccine aldredo” (580). It was prepared at the table on a trolley. On top the trolley a wheel of Castelmangno cheese where hot Fettuccine and other ingredients are mixed in the bowl form cheese. It is served with fresh shaved Truffle.

From the sea we tried a “Seafood broth caciucco style” (750). It is a tomato based stew with seafood and pan fried seabass.

Khun Massimo recommended a “Truffle scallops on celeriac mash” (900). He said if you want refinement over quantity this is a dish for you. He was right it was delicate, a bit raw inside and nicely seared outside to get the tasty crusted. We couldn’t have enough of it.

I would usually order a beef dish for the main. In the menu here had a “Rossini” (1250) which simply is a foie gras on top a steak; a wagyu beef mignon. The JoJo version they added a winter truffle wellington to go along with it. The beef was cooked perfectly you can tell from the bloody juices coming out from inside.

For dessert; Martini tiramisu (350). Chocolate experience; chocolate fondant, dark chocolate ice cream, gianduiotto flakes (450)

While writing about this; I think I know where the name JoJo came from. It is probably from the name of the founder of St. Regis, John Jacob Astor. For dinner that night, the food, service and ambiance were impeccable.



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