Tuesday, July 19, 2011

99 Restaurant

One restaurant that has been getting a lot of PR lately is the brand new 99 Restaurant. I am not joking when I say; I practically saw a write-up or story about 99 Restaurant in all the print media I got my hands on in one week. With so much hype...we had to try it.

99 Restaurant is an in-house restaurant of a super duper upscale residence (all owned by a hi-so family) out on Patthanakarn...at first; I had to say 'where?'. It truly seemed like the restaurant was up-country. However; once we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised how lovely the place was.

The concept of 99 Restaurant is to serve Western & Thai comfort food developed by chef Ian Kittichai (one of Bankgok's celebrity chefs) who has made Hyde & Seek famous. The style of the food at 99 Restaurant is very similar to Hide & Seek.


99 Restaurant has a huge (I really really mean huge) tropical garden where there is out-door dining area but it was raining the evening we went so we had to eat inside. The long room is furnished with dark stained garden furniture; which is a smart idea to extend the concept from the outdoor garden to the inside decor.

The floor is covered with dark stone; the walls are covered with dark woods and the restaurant is surrounded by large glass windows. The lighting is strategically placed to give the restaurant a dark & somber ambiance.


The first starter was Organic new seasons green salad...kirk's hydroponics farm, poached egg, asparagus, creamy balsamic (220 baht).


The second starter was Crispy calamari...semolina crusted, zucchini, capers, garlic aioli (230 baht).


The first main dish was White fish of the day...pan-seared whole fish fillet, organic baby vegetables, seafood bisque (395 baht).


The second main dish was The first main dish was Salmon fillet...pan-seared Atlantic salmon, buttered sugar snap peas, safflower-volute (395 baht)..


The dessert was Hot green tea chocolate fondant...green tea creme anglais (120 baht).


Actually; after sitting in the dining room for a while, we realized that the dining room looked like a modern green house.


The entrance of the restaurant has a round wooden table show casing the desserts of the night. Very clever idea to temp us right away when people enter the restaurant.


Then entrance to the restaurant (my camera lens was fogged leaving the restaurant..but I liked the effect to the photo).


The large sign outside to let customers that they have arrived.

Overall; the restaurant had a nice atmosphere, ambiance and a certain charm to it (though it was freezing inside). The decor was well thought out for the lay-out of the place. The food was not the most sophisticated but it was honest comfort food with a twist. The raw ingredients were fresh and of good quality. The food was cooked well and presented well. The flavours of the dishes we had were well balanced and delicious. The prices were reasonable for such a hi-so place. And finally the service was friendly and efficient. All in all; with a combination like all that I mentioned; this was really nice & pleasant place to go. We are already planning to go back so that we can experience the garden dining.

Address: 99 Rama 9 Soi 41
Phone: 02-300-4339
Opening Hours: daily 11am-11pm
www.99-rest.com

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