There are a lot of places to explore when you live in such an enormous city like Bangkok. This is especially true when it comes to drinking and dining in the City of Angels. There are just so many choices. By the time someone makes a decision here, you have already grabbed a burger. This is why most Thai people are so amazing, they live to eat, not eat to live. They plan each meal like a peace treaty. Most Thai’s plan for their next meal while they are eating. Well, I have decided that when it comes to dining, I will listen to my Thai friends. That’s how I found Bacchus Restaurant, and I’m glad I did.
Bacchus Restaurant is tucked away on the right hand side in a small plaza with a few restaurants and bars just inside. Just a short walk from Phloen Chit BTS station, right down Soi Ruamrudee and its on your right. There is a hip vibe in this location, and you feel it in every aspect of this multi level location.
As you enter Bacchus, the feel of 1950’s and 1960’s retro is all around you. There are numerous Marilyn Monroe paintings with mixtures of graffiti along the back wall .The exposed brick and unfinished floors really give it that urban feel. Along the right hand side sits the long bar and glassed in wine area. It stretches almost the entire length of the lower level serves and serves as the main social point of the first floor. There is a mixture of high top tables around the bar, and that’s where we propped ourselves for a drink.
The food makes things even better.
After a round of beers, we decided to start with a pizza. This came highly recommended and the pizza choices vary so there are options for all tastes. The thin crust pizza (390 baht) was great, and I really enjoyed it. The combination of cheese, salami, prosuitto, and fresh basil leaves really hits the spot. On a minor note, the crust was a little off. I think there might have been too much olive oil used after it was baked making it a little too hard. I liked it, but my other guests commented about it.
After our appetizer, we decided to order and share some entrees. The duck breast with port wine sauce was truly amazing. Served with homemade mashed potatoes, this dish was such a huge portion. The duck was cooked perfectly with the port wine sauce was a perfect match. Each bite had me looking around the table to see the other reactions. Everyone liked it just as much as I did. The homemade mashed potatoes were fantastic and reminded me of home in America lumps and all. Duck is one of my favorites things to eat here, and this dish was awesome.
The Fettuccine with garlic and prawns (490 baht) was a great addition to the table and ordered by my Thai friend. Her love of seafood and anything garlic is unmatched. The prawns were huge with a bed of fresh fettuccine underneath. With this being one of my first prawn experiences, I dove in and was not disappointed. The prawns had a lot of favor and the cheese and garlic combination was a great addition to the prawns. There was a lot of meat to these prawns, and was another dish that was well liked by all at the table. The fettuccine was fresh, and the combination of Cheese and garlic was great and added a nice texture.
The best was still to come. The Risotto Fruitti di Mare served with calamari, prawns, and fresh mussels. I just couldn’t stop eating it. This mixture of fresh shellfish and fried squid over the black risotto is truly a feast incorporating so many different textures. The black ink risotto was done perfectly with a hint of saltiness and so addicting. Every bite of that dish was perfect. I would come here just for the risotto alone.
We finished our dining experience with The Bacchus Chocolate mousse (280 baht). Each was served in a martini glass with fresh whip cream and strawberries. The mousse was Light and creamy, and the presentation was tremendous.
Bacchus offers the whole experience.
During the entire time we were at Bacchus, there was a live music playing near the first floor entrance. The female singer had the most amazing voice, and she could be a finalist on Thai idol. Bacchus offers an entire second floor and dining area. Just climb the large wooden staircase to the second level. This beautiful second floor dining and entertainment area offers casual dining while sitting by the large floor to ceiling windows. There is a well-lit pool table with additional casual couches for seating. There is also a full service bar available for your next function. You can reserve this area for your next private party, and have everything you need.
I can’t say enough good things about Bacchus. Good service with a caring and friendly staff that are at the top of their game. These predominantly female staffs are everywhere, and they are professional as well as friendly.
By Keving Harrington