Saturday, May 14, 2011

Soft Launch @ Curries and More by Bhaan Khanitta, Bangkok

Soft Launch @ Curries and More

Opened by the owners of the famed Baan Khanita, Curries and More is a new Wine Bar and Restaurant that is perched along the trendy Sukhumvit area. Their new location features three different restaurants that encompass a Casual Thai Restaurant, Chic Wine Bar and a Dessert Restaurant.

We visited Curries and More during their soft launch and dined at their Wine Bar, which featured a modern design of steel and dark wood. Neon-Blue LED lights gave the entire space a futuristic feel as it lighted up the Wine Bottles behind the bar.

The menu was quite extensive with a focus on simple classical French and Thai-Fusion dishes. Hungry, we ordered quite a number of dishes to share.

Tom Yam Goong Caesar Salad
Tom Yum Khoong Caesar Salad
I was surprised by this combination. I've never thought Caesar Dressing would go well with Tom Yam Paste but I was wrong. The Shrimp Paste from the Tom Yam complemented the Anchovy-Based Caesar Dressing really well!

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Salad
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Salad
The Soft Shell Crab was perfectly fried. The Field Greens were crispy but I wished the Balsamic Dressing would contain a little more acidity.

Porcini Soup
Porcini Soup
The Soup was creamy but flavor wise it was bland. Maybe the use of stronger flavored Mushrooms such as Shiitake and Morels might be better than Poricini.

Seared Scallops
Pan Seared Scallops
The Scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned. It went well with the Balsamic Glaze which gave it a nice caramelized flavor.

Grilled Giant Ayutthaya River Prawns with Chili-Lime Garlic Sauce
Grilled Giant Ayuttaya River Prawns with Chili-Lime Garlic Sauce
Grilled Giant Ayuttaya River Prawns with Chili-Lime Garlic Sauce
The prawn was perfectly grilled and was really moist. It was good with the Chili-Lime Garlic Sauce, which came in the form of Compound Butter. The Baked Potato was mediocre.

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Blue Berry Sauce and Scalloped Potatoes
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Blue Berry Sauce and Scalloped Potatoes
The Duck was tender and cooked to Medium. The Blueberry Sauce was sweet and savory at the same time and was perfect with the Duck. A classic but well executed dish.

Chicken Roll with Spinach and Cheese
Chicken Roll-Ups with Spinach and Goat Cheese
This was the least favorite of the dishes we ordered. The Chicken was very dry which made it difficult to eat.

Norwegian Meringue
Norwegian Meringue
The Meringue was a little under whipped as evident by it melting a little when served. The Napoleon Ice Cream inside was good as it contained Raisins and Chocolate Chip Chunks giving it a nice crunchy texture.

Dark Chocolate Souffle
Dark Chocolate Souffle
This was so good! The Ice Cream went well with the Bitterness of the Souffle, which was light and fluffy but at the same time was left a little undercooked in the center which gave it a molten-like chocolate texture. Delicious!

We were really stuffed from our meal and enjoyed quite a number of dishes especially their Pan Seared Duck Breast, Grilled Giant Ayutthaya Prawn, Tom Yam Khung Caesar Salad and Dark Chocolate Soufflé. Together with a chic

Food: 3.8/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 4.5/5
Price: $$ (Approximately USD $20 per person w/o Wine)

Contact Information
Address: 31 Soi Sukhumvit 53 Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 259 8530-4 / 84 929 4123

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