Café Ice is still a work in progress. The first thing they should improve the service. The staff, though friendly (they will even walk you to the toilet) are not well-informed about what they serve. They can recite the names of everything correctly, but when asked to explain more about a dish, they’ll either mutter, “Oh, it’s a secret” or consult with another waiter before giving a vague reply. Next, they should raise the standard of the food to fulfil the promise made by the prices. The chef is obviously capable, but some of the dishes, especially the Thai ones, are shamelessly overpriced. Really: B350 for kaeng som cha-om kai (sweet and sour soup with acacia omelet)? Or B150 for khao mun gai? That said, we did enjoy Café Ice’s European fare. The menu is not that extensive, but it is well thought out and offers a balanced choice of vegetables, meat, and seafood. Usually we don’t complain about generous servings, but we were stunned by the gigantic portions served here. Everything is so huge it’s almost impossible to finish a dish by yourself, let alone have more than one course. So we followed the staff’s suggestion and had “European food, Thai-style”—plates placed in the center of the table to share. Caesar salad is mixed tableside and has some nice non-traditional twists such as cubes of tandoori chicken and Cajun prawns. For the main course, deep-fried crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside chunks of chicken stuffed with ricotta cheese and ham, is big enough to share. The accompanying saffron risotto was fragrant, but might be too much for those sensitive to the strong smell of cheese. A better bet is the pork chop with cranberry sauce. Though nearly on the overdone side, the chop was huge and tender, and went well with the tangy sauce. You can finish off the meal at this “restaurant/art gallery/wine bar” by sipping wine while soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the paintings. Weather permitting, head up to the rooftop terrace that will soon be developed into a proper wine bar. One last thing: despite its steep prices, Café Ice doesn’t take credit cards at the moment, so bring enough cash.
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