Archive for October 17th, 2009

Niu’s on Silom, Jazz-Blues Bar, Restaurant – Bangkok

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Niu's on Silom (photo credit: Niu's on Silom)Pictured above: Looking at Niu’s from the courtyard

661 Floor 1-2 Silom Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel. 02-266-5333-4
Fax. 02-266-5335

The Concerto Restaurant is a short walk up a circular stairway to the floor above Niu’s on Silom, the fashionable jazz bar on the ground floor, it is a comfortably furnished room with all tables having a bird’s-eye view of the tree-lined square below, and features a treo of musicians playing very subdued light music; they are hidden up in the front to the extreme left, and provide the perfect background music for enjoying dinner.

Concerto (photo credit: Niu's)Above: The dining room at Concerto Restaurant at Niu’s on Silom

Piccata of Dutch Veal at Concerto Niu's on Silom (photo credit: Piccata of Dutch veal

Spaghetti Vongole (photo credit: Spaghetti vongole with bottarga

Chef Marco Cammarata presented me with an exquisite amuse-gueule, an assembled medley consisting of small dishes of fresh crab, foie gras & mango, and Scottish salmon with fennel and this, I thought, was a good start for what was to come. An uncomplicated menu of spaghetti alle vongole topped with some bottarga to begin, followed by a very hard to come by, at least in this part of the world, genuine Dutch veal prepared as scaloppini piccata. Both dishes were flawlessly executed. When the dinner was finished, the waiter suggested that I order dessert and grappa at the jazz bar downstairs and that turned out to be a very good idea!

Concerto Dining Room, Niu's on Silom (photo credit: Niu's on Silom)Pictured above: Another view of Concerto’s dining room at Niu’s on Silom

The bar room is exceedingly well put together and oozes sophistication and good-breeding, you may choose to be seated in a comfortable leather chair or sit at the bar to listen to one of the rotating vocalists, which on this particular evening was Tessie, who was backed by the accomplished house band with Steve Lowry on trumpet; while I slowly worked on a vanilla and coffee Panna Cotta and sipped a lovely red wine, Montemoro, Special Selection 2003, from Alessandro Puri’s, Wine Merchants Co., Ltd., Bangkok. The club has a state-of-the-art sound system and the entire room, and even the plate-glass windows are soundproofed, this new club gives some serious competition to the Bamboo Bar and other jazz venues in town. Just outside Niu’s bar where live jazz is performed nightly is a relaxed, informal outdoor dining area, seating can expand into the courtyard as required and there is also an outdoor-bar, it is the perfect setting for the cooler evenings of the winter season that is fast approaching.

You may find the schedule of who is playing on any given evening at Niu’s on Silom by going to their website:

Pictured below: Live jazz at Niu’s on Silom bar on the ground floor

Jazz at Niu's on Silom (photo credit:

Italasia Wine Tasting at Jim Thomson’s House – Bangkok

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Lungarotti at Italasia Tasting (photo credit: Ms Chiara Lugarotti CEO of the famous vinyards from Torgiano in Umbria represents Lungarotti at the Italasia Wine Tasting.

Italasia Wine Tasting (photo credit: fine wines were exhibited and poured at the Italasia Wine Tasting at Jim Thompson’s House on Friday 16 October, 2009.

Italasia Wine Tasting (photo credit: excellent selection of the finest salumi and many different cheeses from different regions in Italy from mozzarella di bufala from Campania in the south to raw cow’s milk cheese from Piedmonte in the north.

DSCN1732aAbove: Mr. Andrea Bizzarri of Italasia who helped arrange this elegant wine tasting, pictured with one of his employees.