Thursday, April 18, 2013

L'ulivo Italian Cuisine @ Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, Bangkok

Cuisine: Italian
Price: THB1,200 per person (what I paid for)
Visited: 22 March 2013
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value for money: 5/10
Services: 7/10

L'ulivo (or Olive Tree) is a fine Italian restaurant that is situated in Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 7: pretty easy to find. This place is currently run by Chef Danilo Aiassa who used to be a part of Biscotti at Four Seasons Bangkok. Chef Danilo is so friendly and lively, he did come to chat with every single tables during the course and recommended dishes to suit our liking. What impressed us was the way he checked every bills before releasing to guests to make sure no mistake.

L'ulivo Italian Cuisine

Colonial style building

the entrance

Anyway, the impression of L'ulivo started with the yellow colonial style building. In the dining room, it is bright and soft tone with paintings to reflect Italian atmosphere: relax and chill. Dining tables are arranged loosely from each other allowing space and distance so clients are comfortable and do not have to be aware about overheard. There are also garden seats, hence, alfresco if you like but surely not in the Summer time.

chill and relax dining room

garden seats also available

Chef Danilo Aiassa in operation

To start our dinner, we were served with Tomato Soup with Ricotta Cheese (6/10). The thick tomato soup was a great one and went well with the smooth ricotta cheese. There was also a selection of breads to go along during the course.

Another good point is the selection of wine by glass that comes at a good range. I decided to go for the sparkling choice to start which was Masottina Prosecco Extra Dry DOC (90pts, THB200). Masottina came in pale gold appearance and intense fruity and citrus bouquet. On the palate, it was fresh and tangy. An easy drinking style sparkling wine.

I then ordered another glass of red wine to go along the main course which was Gianni Gagliardo Dolcetto d'Alba 2011 (89pts, THB280). The colour of purplish red with fresh and fruity nose. It was dry with rather good acidity. This goes really well with pasta.

Tomato Soup with Ricotta Cheese

Bread Selection

Our course began with Risotto with Amarone Wine Reduction and Pumpkin Cream (6/10) and Homemade Tortelli with Mediterranean Seafood Guazzetto and Clams (7/10).

Risotto was nice and creamy texture with balance taste of pumpkin and sweet amarone flavour. The texture was a little overcook, i.e. soft, to my liking though but still acceptable. I felt like I was eating pure carbohydrate (T><T) or some kind of vegetarian dish. Too much of this would surely make me fat even it was delightful.

Pasta was in turn a more compliment in taste. The tortelli was al dente. The sauvory matching of tomato sauce and seafood was enjoyable. Love this dish.

Risotto with Amarone Wine Reduction and Pumpkin Cream (THB430)

Homemade Tortelli with Mediterranean Seafood Guazzetto and Clams (THB390)

Moving on to desserts, Warm Ciocolate Souffle with Vanilla Ice-cream and Banana Caramilazed (5/10) was lovely. It was sure (and should be) a way better chocolate lava than many places on high street like After You. Oh oh oh!!! if you notice the name of this dish is souffle but it is really chocolate lava. I love the bitter chocolate taste of it. However, I think there is probably too much butter as an ingredient as the characteristic taste of butter showed rather noticeably. The caramelised banana went along well with chocolate lava. Vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream did let the whole thing down a bit. Especially the ice-cream if it was home-made style with excellent ingredients, it would bring the whole thing even tastier.

Next was Chocolate Mousse and Vanilla Mousse Made in Grandmother Style (4/10). Well, it may be a classic quality choice of dessert but too plain vanilla for us in fact. It was nice and not overly sweet. The texture of vanilla mousse reminded us of pudding texture.

Warm Ciocolate Souffle with Vanilla Ice-cream and Banana Caramilazed (THB270)

Chocolate Mousse and Vanilla Mousse Made in Grandmother Style (THB270)

Before ending the course with lovely Petit Fours, Chef Danilo kindly complimented us with a fine selection of desserts: tiramisu, turon, and amaretti cake. All of which were pleasant. Personally, I like the tiramisu (^^).

Selection of Desserts by Chef Danilo (tiramisu, turon, and amaretti cake)

Petit Fours

Well, we do like this L'ulivo quite a lot. Foods are nice, staffs are friendly, and most of all the atmosphere is relaxing and chill without the pressure of fine restaurant. We would surely return to this place from time to time. By the way, they also do serve lunch course with rather good value which is less than THB500 for 3 courses if I am Buon Appetito!!!!!

L'ulivo Italian Cuisine @ Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, Bangkok
43 Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 7
Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road
Thung Maha Mek, Sathon
Bangkok 10120

Open Hours: Mon-Fri and Sun 11:30am - 02:30pm for lunch and Mon-Sat 05:30pm - 10:30pm for dinner 
Tel: +66 (0) 2677 5756

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