BACCO BEACH – A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE AWAITS YOU
Bacco Beach restaurant at Na Jomtien is a unique and amazing experience. Located at Soi 10 of Sukhumvit before Ambassador City it is worth the trek. Too many of us think all Italian restaurants are the same, but this one is guaranteed to change your mind. It is truly like a tour of Italy. If you want to be safe in your food choices it has all the conventional stuff Italian restaurants are famous for, pizza, pastas, steaks and the like. But if you want to try new experiences in Italian foods this is the place. Fresh fish tanks included MAINE lobsters with claws. A rare treat in Pattaya. The draught beer system is literally ice cold. There are wines selected from every province in Italy, you can see from the pictures there are literally hundreds of bottles to choose from.
So one of the nice things of being a party of four who are all game to try new things is you get to eat a lot of choices. The MENUS have over 200 items, all cooked fresh. 14 Pasta sauces, homemade pasta from three different wheats optimized for the Thai climate. Like Thai food, many are working Italian class dishes leveraging a wide variety of fresh ingredients. Needless to say vegans are easily pleased with so many options. So we started.
First we tried a type of TriColore sandwich built on thin Italian piada bread. Absolutely delicious. Some in the group were cautious on what appeared to be a sandwich on thin bread, but everyone was pleasantly surprised that the flavors were incredible. WE shared a fresh tuna tartare appetizer. The portion was so big it easily served four. Next came a panzarotti with a delicious spicy Italian salami inside. Like a calzone but deep fried in light olive oil. This was truly incredible, worth the trip for this. Every time I turned my head I noted someone had cut more off after their initial serving. Moving on to a fiore spinach salad topped with Parma ham was a delightful step.
So now on to main courses. I never get to have a cold water lobster here, so of course I decided to try Lobster spaghetti. Delicious. For the less adventurous we had to try spaghetti Bolognese. I will never eat spaghetti in a Pattaya pizza joint or pub again. About $1 more than usual, why not have a beautiful setting, fine wine and great service.
We had a truffle ravioli, boy was I surprised, the taste of truffle elegantly spread throughout the raviolis and sauce. Try this, you will NOT be disappointed. We were supposed to share but Niels ate most of it. When I asked why, Niels said “I like it”.
Think we were done? Nah, let’s have a rib eye steak, cause we had heard the Australian meats here were AGED properly. This finely aged steak (also very hard to find) did not disappoint.
Those of you who have read my reviews in the past know I always have cake and frequently more than 1 piece for dessert. I am sorry to report I could not even take a bite, even though the selection was calling my name. Heck I couldn’t even find room for a taste of lemon gelato.
A true adventure in dining.
By Nick Athens