Source: Luxury Society Asia
British superstar chef Jamie Oliver is expanding his British-Italian restaurant empire to Bangkok. Expecting it to be industrial, chic and casual, fans will get to try best-selling Italian comfort dishes like pizza, pasta, antipasti and sharing plates served in his inimitable style.
Jamie’s Italian, a partnership between British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, continues its expansion across southeast Asia with its first restaurant in Thailand, set to launch in Bangkok in the end of this year. The familyfriendly Italian restaurant will open its doors at the newlyrenovated Siam Discovery mall, situated in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district.
Living up to the restaurant chain’s philosophy of serving amazing, affordable food in a casual setting, the latest Jamie’s Italian restaurant will embody a relaxed, buzzy vibe for a comfortable dining experience.
The space will boast a tasteful mix of rustic, reclaimed timber refectory tables, industrialchic zinc tables and vintage upholstered lounge chairs, with monochromatic and handpainted floral tile flooring adding graphic impact to the restaurant interior. To add warmth, the dining area will be illuminated with brass spotlights, vintage enamel shades and a textured glass chandelier.
Guests will be able to watch their antipasti planks being made before their eyes at the antipasti counter in the main dining room, or hang out for a pre and post meal tipple at the bar.
Jamie’s Italian is all about fun, accessible dining. Menu highlights at Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery will include the famous antipasti planks, perfect for sharing. Placed on large wooden boards supported by tins of tomatoes, the impressive platter allows guests to pick from a wide selection of fresh, cured and pickled antipasti, including Italianstyle cured meats, buffalo mozzarella and aged pecorino cheese, chilli jam, pickled green chillies, Gaeta olives, caper berries and a crunchy salad of shaved root vegetables with chilli, lemon and mint.
All pastas will be freshly made onsite daily. The oldschool classic, Tagliatelle Bolognese, features handmade pasta, tossed in a rich ragu of beef, pork, herbs, Chianti and Parmesan and finished with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs. Our famous prawn linguine is a must try juicy, garlicky prawns in a tasty fish broth with fennel, tomato and chili, topped with lemony rocket. Pizza dough will all be made by hand, and proved for hours before being handstretched to create an irresistibly crisp base. The simple but classic Margherita, dressed with a rich San Marzano tomato sauce, creamy bocconcini, shavings of British Cheddar and whole basil leaves, is the perfect choice for pizza purists, while the Funghi Misti is an earthy delight topped with porcini mushroom sauce, roasted herby mushrooms, mozzarella, chervil and tarragon.
For meaty mains, guests will be able to opt for a Chicken Al Mattone, a traditional Tuscan dish that is made by grilling a marinated chicken under a brick. The weight of the brick ensures that the chicken is pushed further against the grates of the grill, producing a smoky, juicy and intenselyflavoured grilled chicken with an addictively crisp skin.
As with all Jamie’s Italian outlets, the Siam Discovery restaurant will remain committed to sourcing only the bestfreerange, sustainable and ethically produced ingredients. The restaurant will also work closely with Thai farmers to showcase local, sustainable produce at its Bangkok branch.
Jamie said: “I’m hugely excited to be taking Jamie’s Italian to Thailand. Bangkok is such a vibrant, buzzing city with a really fantastic food scene, I’ve no doubt that it will be a brilliant addition to the Jamie’s Italian family. We’ll be sourcing lots of beautiful, topquality local produce, and cooking up some incredibly tasty food, and all at a reasonable price. I can’t wait for it to open”.
Location: Siam Discovery Bangkok
Opening at the end of 2016