Lido, 34/3 Soi Sribumphen, South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours:daily noon-midnight
A restaurant that doubles (or is that triples) up as a guesthouse and a travel agent doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence when it comes to the quality of the food. Neither does the slightly drab looking dining space, which houses a few simple tables and chairs, a few couple of bookcases, some unsightly fridges and a smattering of aging foreign men. But, for once, you’d be very wrong. Despite all the above and what for an Italian are ridiculously cheap prices—for braised veal Osbucco—the end result is simple but genuinely authentic and incredibly tasty homemade dishes. Frankly, we don’t know how the Italian owner Cenzo and his staff do it, or maybe it just shows how much every other Italian place in town overcharges. The laminated menu is extensive, and nearly every one we’ve tried has hit the mark. They certainly care about the detail, even the complimentary bread is clearly homemade. And while the garlic bread is a little heavy on the garlic, the bread itself is deliciously crisp. The mixed salad is equally solid (and sizeable) with fresh ingredients and the proper amount of dressing. But, it’s with the main dishes that Lido shines. The pizzas come with the kind of deliciously crisp base that’s so hard to find in this town. Try the prosciutto de Parma with generous strips of Parma ham and a rich tomato sauce. The beef lasagna is also spot on, moist but not greasy, and with a hearty homemade sauce. The pork escalope with white wine is suitably delicate with a nice light sauce even if the vegetables were slightly undercooked. They don’t even stumble over desserts. The chocolate mousse is heavenly. Of course, we would prefer this all to be served in a more appetizing surroundings but we wouldn’t be paying these prices. If you really can’t handle the mood, then just take advantage of their delivery service. Corkage B200.