I'm not Italian but love the simplicity of Italian food, however in Bangkok it is very rare to find an Italian that keeps it simple so that the quality of the ingredients stand out, however here in Luca's I had one of the best dishes ever had in this fabulous foodie paradise. Burrata here usually comes from 1 or 2 suppliers at most, however this burrata was not from one of those as it was quite simply the most fresh, creamy and buttery I have ever tasted outside of Italy. It arrived dressed with top quality extra virgin oliver oil, a little salt and pepper and was surrounded by baby cherry tomatoes. I ordered a side portion of 24 month aged parma ham, as I love the contrast between the butteryness of the cheese and saltiness of the meat. The staff must have wondered if I was on drugs as I then sat there in ecstasy making oohing and aaaghing noises as each delicious mouthful went down the hatch, taking over 2 hours to consume this dish and then realising I couldn't eat anything else, just slumped on a sofa on the great terrace. The restaurant has 3 seperate areas which is a good idea, the atmosphere inside is very warm and cozy just like a small trattoria, great looking meats piled up on the counter and assorted oils, pickles, grilled veggies and pastas decorating the place. Wine choice is excellent, if a little pricey as 380 for a basic prosecco was twice the price I had paid in the Sheraton the nite before, although their basic arneis at 300 was good value. The welcome was very inviting, and the selection of breads served were all very delicious and expertly baked. My only complaint was that on this Sunday nite the owner was not there, and apart from my server all the other staff were taking the opportunity to take a rest and they were slouching on the counter or in the kitchen. Highly recommended.
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