Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Verandah @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

Cuisine: International
Price: THB1,150 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 11 March 2011
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 7/10
Services: 8/10
Overall: 7/10

Despite being a cafe which serves a whole day international food, the Verandah @ Mandarin Oriental Bangkok also from time to time organises promotions of great culinary. During the month of March 2011, Chef Siegfried Klien of Romantik Hotel Goldener Stern is visiting the kitchen of the Verandah. He will be introducing Austrian authentic menu through out the month. The Verandah, itself, usually serves both Asian and Western dishes and is decorated in Thai contemporary. There are both indoor and outdoor seats of more than 100 seats. The outdoor seats are on the bank of Chao Phraya River. To travel here, it is rather convenient; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok can be reached via BTS (Saphan Taksin Station), from then there will be a boat provided by the hotel directly from the station to the hotel.

The Verandah

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Potato Soup with Croutons (Erdäpfelsuppe mit Croutons) was one of our appertisers. One of the most famous Austrian dish tasted really creamy and smooth, though you could feel very tiny bit of potato. It was thick and rich in the scent but not heavy. What more would you ask for such a delightful bowl of soup. Complexity within simplicity, I must say (8/10).

a Basket of Breads

Potato Soup with Croutons

The second of bowl of soup for the night was Beef Consommé with Austrian Cheese Dumplings & Pancake Stripes (Klare Rindsuppe mit Kaspressknödel oder Frittaten). This soup had light texture, sweet taste, and refreshing feeling. It was coupling with enjoyable pancake stripes, which were soft but glutinous. An additional piece of Austrian cheese dumpling was really delicate, while mild flavour of the cheese went really well with the consommé (7/10).

Beef Consommé with Austrian Cheese Dumplings & Pancake Stripes

Austrian Cheese Dumplings

Creamy Veal Goulash with Egg Dumplings (Kalbsrahmgulasch mit Nockerl) was a nice dish but did not meet my expectation though. Egg dumplings were pleasant, delicious and well cooked. But veal goulash was a little overcooked, it could be much more tender (5/10).

Creamy Veal Goulash with Egg Dumplings

Last of the meal was Fillet of Trout with Nut Risotto and Tomatoes (Forellenfilet mit Nussrisotto und Paradaiser). I have to say that this is one of the best risotto in town. The creamy risotto was really tasty and had some hint of cracked nut combined. Grilled trout was well prepared and fresh with crispy skin (7/10).

Fillet of Trout with Nut Risotto and Tomatoes

Not to mention friendly and well-trained services from staffs, the Verandah is surely a great place for any occasion meal. While the bill came out to be THB1,150 per person, it was a pretty good value for money indeed. With THB1,000 you can get much worse food in other restaurant. Consistency and delicacy can always be sought here.

The Verandah @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok
48 Oriental Avenue
Soi Charoenkrung 40, Charoenkrung Road
Bang Rak
Bangkok 10500

ห้องวีแรนด้า @ โรงแรมแมนดาริน โอเรียนเต็ล กรุงเทพ
48 ซอยเจริญกรุง 40
กรุงเทพ 10500

Open Hours: 06:00am - 01:00am daily
Tel: +66 (0) 2659 9000 ext 7610

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