It was my friend's birthday and we were invited to have dinner at La Truffe french restaurant at Maduzi Hotel to celebrate the birthday. Maduzi is a unique luxury boutique hotel at the corner of Sukhumvit soi 16 and Ratchadapisek Rd. The hotel is one of the nicest hotels in town for its decor. And I swear to you...they have the largest beds in town. I think one bed can sleep a family of 10. They also have the most amazing waterfall shower...I wish I had one (forget the typical rain shower, those are passé now)!
Warning...Maduzi is more like a secret private club than the typical 'hotel'. Their philosophy is that the privacy of the customer is the main object and priority. So, not everyone is allowed into the hotel. Unless you have a reservation to the restaurant or the password for the hotel, then you are not allowed to enter.
We all took the dinner menu. For the amuse bouche...tempura minced fish. The tempura was deep fried to a deep golden brown. They were very crispy on the outside but were still so soft on the inside. A nice way to start the meal.
The first dish was Maduzi's interpretation of Salade Niçoise. Instead of being in a bowl, the salad was constructed in a tower like fashion. First layer potato, second layer greens, third layer egg, etc. A good idea and a good tasting idea on top of it.
The next next dish was Potato & Fish Croquette with Oyster. The croquette was deep fried to a golden brown. The croquette was flaky & crispy on the outside and when we broke the croquette up; the inside was soft and tender. The croquette was a fine blend of textures and light flavours.
The next dish was Pan Seared Australian Tenderloin. The tenderloin was cooked to perfection (rare). The beef was tender and juicy. Just lovely.
For the last dish; we were given a choice of cheese, salade César or dessert. Since; I was dinning with foodies who do not like dessert, everyone opted for either the cheese or salad to end the meal.
The last dish was a Platter of Matured French Farmed Cheeses. A nice selection of cheeses (though I thought the portion was on the stingy side) and the cheeses tasted very nice.
The last dish was Salade César. My friend loves the idea to end a meal with a salad. I could not agree with her more. The salad was refreshing and what I liked about the salad was that it was not swimming in a ton of creamy sauce (yukky), so the salad just stood out more and tasted fresher for it.
Overall; a lovely evening with good food and atmosphere. The restaurant's theme is almost like a private library. The colour scheme focuses on browns, whites and blacks. The lighting is strategically placed to add a soft glow to the room yet enough light at the tables to be able to read the menu comfortably and see the food when it arrives (I hate restaurant that are so dim that you need a flash light to read the menu). The atmosphere is upscale yet was cozy. The service was friendly and very efficient.
9/1 Ratchadapisek Rd.