While many discerning diners opt to lavish it up when night falls, the midday meal may just be a better option at some venues in terms of ambience and price. One of those places is Côte by Mauro Colagreco at the Capella Bangkok hotel.
The name Mauro Colagreco surely rings a bell. The Italian-Argentine personality is one of the most famous chefs in the world, and is a recipient of many prestigious culinary awards. Michelin star? Three. The 50 Best list? Of course.
The celebrated chef received his third Michelin star in 2019 for Mirazur, the French fine-dining eatery that he founded in Menton in 2006 when he was only 29. This recognition made him the first holder of three stars in the French Michelin Guide who wasn’t born in France. 2019 was also the year Mirazur topped the list of World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Fortunately for us, Colagreco has shared his gifts with Bangkok. His restaurant at the Capella hotel is your best path to indulging in dishes created by one of the best chefs in the world.
Located just above the hotel lobby, Côte is hidden away from the public eye to assure utmost guest privacy. Warm natural light and expansive views of the Chao Phraya River seen through floor-to-ceiling windows magnify the magical appeal of Côte’s dining chamber—now you know why we prefer going there during the day. And then there is the Escapade lunch menu.
Created by Chef Davide Garavaglia, Escapade encapsulates the tempting flavors of the cuisine of the French and Italian Riviera in four courses (just enough to fill you up for the day). After being served a complimentary amuse-bouche (changes daily), your “coastal journey” begins with a cold ratatouille with fresh sardines and basil vinaigrette, a lighter version of the classic Provencal dish. This is followed by The Perfect Egg, Côte’s twist on eggs and soldiers. In this version, an egg is slow-bathed in 64-degree water for 45 minutes before being served with ginger-infused bread.
There are two equally flavorful mains to choose from: Iberico pork rack with parsnip puree and chanterelles mushroom dressed with pork jus sauce and banana vinaigrette or Monkfish, broccoli and yuzu with sauce made of anchovies and cream. Lunch ends on a high note with a refreshing dessert. Choose between the mascarpone with shiso sorbet and strawberry or the white chocolate with pineapple sorbet.
All in all, the four courses are served in just the right portions to fulfill the Asian appetite, while each dish successfully embodies the principles of French cuisine without disregarding the need for lighter fare in a hot, tropical country. Most importantly, at just B1,500, this meal is value for money and worth every baht you’re paying. (It’s a great introductory option for diners who are just discovering the joys of fine dining.)
You can also opt for the cheese and wine pairing menu (when available) for a small additional cost.
Please note that the lunch menu changes regularly, depending on what's in season. The aforementioned dishes might not be available during your visit. Please check with the staff before you order.