Reviewed by Chhavi Doonga
Located in the majestic Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Rossini’s is a Tuscany themed Italian restaurant that is ideal to elope from the chaos of the streets of Bangkok. This is not a stop-over you make by chance. It is a planned visit for conversations reserved in advance. During my visit, I was served by Roonghthip, an ever-smiling host who explained that the restaurant, opened in 1996, has its major contributions by Michelin starred Chef Alfredo Russo. It is now headed by Chef Luca Cesarini, who brings in the North Italian influence in the cuisine. As I heard about the hosts of awards it has received year after year, I took a deep breath in high expectations and I cannot say that I was disappointed.
Rossini’s offers a variety of menus ranging from business lunches, vegetarian menu and a Sunday brunch menu. Their best picks, however, are in the a la carte menu and the chef specials. Their range of signature breads echo the overall quality of the restaurant and are served along with a particularly flavorsome eggplant paste. The chef recommendations include seared scallops, beef tartare and deep water snow fish.
I kicked off with the Russian Salad, which was a mix of mashed potato, tuna and sour cream. The three distinct flavors melt in your mouth and blend well to create a refreshing taste. For starters I ordered Grilled Mediterranean Octopus, Polenta, Salsa Verde; this grilled octopus has a mellow taste and is a perfect mix of chewy and crispy. I especially recommend this for any first timers trying an octopus as this small dish is filled with so many different flavors that it will appeal to any kind of palette. The Deep Water Snow Fish has a delightful smoked flavor, its hard outer layer, surprises you with a melting core. Its buttery surface goes well with the tangy tomato flavor and crunchy mint leaves.
Being true to its Italian essence, Rossini’s boasts of a Primo Vino series with a range of premium and vintage wines. At Rossini’s, your glass of wine is serious business and the servers are trained to suggest what goes best with the dish you are ordering; or the other way around if you really want to do justice to the wines being offered here. I was served Ata Rangi-Sauvignon Blanc 2012, which is a rich wine with a woody texture that is complemented by a fruity flavor. For dessert I recommend crème brulee, a dessert which is ideal for people who don’t like their dessert to be too sweet. The lemon sorbet with the brulee provides a wild tinge to an otherwise mild flavor.
Overall, Rossini’s is a delightfully subtle experience in the midst of the luxury of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. A warm wooden ambience with the touch of rural Tuscany is brought out in details like a charming chimney, which only enflames in the dim-lit ambience. The place is ideal for intimate candle lit conversations but the many partitioned dining areas also make it ideal for business meetings. Come here with some time on your hand, sit back and enjoy.