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Address:22, Soi Sathorn 1 Alley Yak 2 (Soi Goethe), Sathorn Rd., Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

Tel:+6622872402

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 11:30-00:00

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Meandering through Soi Goethe from Sathon's side, you'll pass a bend before you find the alley in which La Casa Nostra resides. The name, La Casa Nostra, is Italian for "our home". A home it does feel like, not surprising as it once was someone's stately abode. The outside courtyard is picture perfect for a European summer day. In Bangkok, the weather is either too hot, or too wet; on the day we visited it was the latter. This is why we reckon the courtyard is best experienced by night; think candlelight, intimacy, copious amounts of wine and last but never least, live jazz -- if your visiting on a Tuesday. We love the feel of the inside. Cosy and charming. Perfect for a rendez-vous of the Italian sort, be it for the sake of friends, family or a romantic one-on-one.

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Our home's on Goethe

Foie gras rougié gran cuisine and castelluccio lentils.

 

THE SETTING: Meandering through Soi Goethe from Sathon's side, you'll pass a bend before you find the alley in which La Casa Nostra resides. The name, La Casa Nostra, is Italian for "our home". A home it does feel like, not surprising as it once was someone's stately abode. The outside courtyard is picture perfect for a European summer day. In Bangkok, the weather is either too hot, or too wet; on the day we visited it was the latter. This is why we reckon the courtyard is best experienced by night; think candlelight, intimacy, copious amounts of wine and last but never least, live jazz -- if your visiting on a Tuesday. We love the feel of the inside. Cosy and charming. Perfect for a rendez-vous of the Italian sort, be it for the sake of friends, family or a romantic one-on-one.

 

 

THE MENU

Although it says Italian, we wouldn't call it pure Italian -- is a thing ever truly pure? More like half Italian, with European influences, predominantly Spanish and French. Understandable, no cuisine nowadays lives in a vacuum of itself. Outside influences and fusion are necessary for the growth of any cuisine or indeed, endeavour. The Frittura of Sicilian red prawns and lime aioli (B350) was brilliant. Big, juicy prawns that can be dipped in an aioli rendition that is to die for. With lime already present in the aioli, you can skip the three seconds it takes to squeeze the lime onto your prawns altogether. Hoorah!

The Spanish anchovies, grilled bread and tomato relish (B350) were quite impressive, especially considering the humble anchovy. In and of itself, we never quite understood the fascination. La Casa Nostra's shoal may have converted us though. The tomato relish was slightly picante, slightly sweet and incredibly moreish when spread on za bread.

The Roasted Mediterranean octopus and white truffle potato velouté (B490) was interesting. The octopus itself was quite rubbery, not through cause of any inadequacies on the chef's part, we can assure you, but perhaps more to do with the mollusc itself? No matter how long you do or don't cook octopus, its still going to be rubbery! It must be an acquired taste. The potato velouté was like that perfect mashed potato we've been searching for our whole life. Obviously, more sauce-like and velvety than mashed potatoes usually are. Yet, if all mashed potatoes could be like this then we'd be very happy. Don't get us started on how much we loved the truffle touch. Truffles and truffle oil with anything savoury just works.

Tiramisu.

Onto the Foie gras rougié gran cuisine and castelluccio lentils (B630). At the risk of not sounding too common -- we hope -- we actually didn't try the foie gras part of this dish. We did however, thoroughly enjoy the creamed lentils, which were delicious actually. We did insist on not ordering the whole dish altogether, but other members on our table were quite set on having foie gras; apparently it's quite a hot topic for debate.

The Tiramisu (B290) was so good that it was engulfed in 60 seconds. What it lacked in presentation, it made up for in taste. We also liked the fact that it's bigger than other tiramisus, although, in our opinion, it was still not big enough.

Frittura of Sicilian red prawns and lime aioli.

INSIDER'S TIP

These guys know their wines very well and they have an incredibly personalised selection that speaks true to each bottle's grape and country. Make sure someone takes you into the modest wine cellar; you won't be able to move much but you'll definitely be able to marvel away at all those big bottles, up close and personal.

VALUE & VERDICT

We'd go again. Definitely worth a visit. g

Roasted Mediterranean octopus and white truffle potato velouté.

 

Spanish anchovies, grilled bread and tomato relish.

LA CASA NOSTRA

 

ITALIAN CUISINE Open daily, 11:30am-midnight Soi Goethe (Sathon Soi 1 Yaek 2), Sathon Road www.fb.com/lacasanostrabkk 02-287-2402

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22, Soi Sathorn 1 Alley Yak 2 (Soi Goethe), Sathorn Rd., Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

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