La Dotta La Grassa
Time Out says
La Dotta’s sister restaurant has amazing pasta and a whole lot more
After establishing the crowd-pleasing pasta joint La Dotta in Thonglor, husband-and-wife restaurateurs Choti and Debby Leenutaphong (known together as Foodie Collection) have given birth to their restaurant’s little sister. La Dotta La Grassa is another ode to pasta, but this time with a swankier look and a menu that explores beyond beloved stringy carbs.
Situated in Sacha’s Hotel Uno in a small alley next to Terminal 21, La Dotta La Grassa takes over the space vacated by cocktail bar Highball. Compared to the original eatery in Thonglor, which is dressed in charming yet down-to-earth deep blue and wooden details, La Dotta La Grassa has a sassier, more sophisticated edge, combining an interplay of pastel pinks and blues throughout the wall and upholstered bench. Standing by the entrance is a sleek marble-topped cocktail bar, the perfect setting for sipping a refreshing aperitif like Rome with a View (Campari, dry vermouth, lime and soda)
Taking its name from two of Italian city Bologna’s nicknames (la dotta means “the educated” while la grassa means “the fat one;” the city is home to Europe’s oldest university and at the same time a gastronomic destination), this pasta place serves up fresh noodles made on a daily basis courtesy of La Monferrina, a top-tier pasta machine. Menu stand-outs include a rich carbonara made with thick hollowed bucatini, Pecorino Romano cheese and organic egg yolk (B390); the restaurant’s take on Mac & Cheese, which stars shell-like conchiglie topped with creamy cheese and shredded red wine-braised Australian wagyu (B540, portion for two); and spaghetti alla chitarra with sea urchin (B590).
If you’re on a low carb diet and find yourself here, you can choose from a selection of protein-heavy seafood and meat dishes instead. Get full-on Sardinian with the city’s specialty: suckling pig with crispy skin and tender meat served with flavorful red wine gravy (B690). The Italian donut bombolini (B240/two pieces) is a great way to end the meal. It’s offered here in funky flavors like tiramisu and ricotta honey.
La Dotta La Grassa manages to step away from its sister restaurant’s shadow by offering more creative and more extensive offerings. It’s definitely the kind of eatery that Asoke, an area filled with uninspiring cheap eats and tourist-targeted dive bars, desperately needs.
Sacha’s Hotel Uno
Sukhumvit Soi 19
|Opening hours:||Open daily Mon-Fri 6:30-10:00, 11:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 6:30-10:30, 11:00-23:00|