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Bangkok restaurant REVIEW:

  • Rico
  • Rico
  • Rico
  • Rico
  • Rico
  • Rico
The buzz: Open House at Central Embassy’s latest foodie player does tapas-portioned Spanish dishes with Moorish influence amid beautiful tiles and alfresco views. 
The decor: Sitting on the balcony side complete with outdoor tables, the open-plan restaurant benefits from natural light and stunning city views. Clad in Spanish tiles, the indoor space with its open kitchen, soaring ceiling and vibrant yellow paint job is equally stunning.
The food: North African influences are underpinned by a Mediterranean base in Rico’s tapas plates, like hints of cumin in the green chermoula sauce that seasons the roast cauliflower salad with almonds, pickled raisins and confit tomatoes (B220). Spanish ingredients like quince, piquillo pepper, chorizo and manchego cheese play their part in dishes like the charred sous-vide octopus with piquillo pepper, potatoes, chickpea, glazed fennel and pickles (B480) and pan-roasted scallops with cauliflower puree, green apple and Spanish morcilla (blood chorizo, B480). The chef also serves Spanish staples like gazpacho (cold soup), here in the form of a granita on fresh oysters, with herb oil and pickles (B170 a piece). Savory churros feature goat cheese and olive dough, served with quince aioli (B280). For something meaty, try the braised beef short rib with tempranillo wine and mashed potato (B450). Desserts stick to the classics like crema Catalana (B240), churros (B220) and Spanish-style baked lemon cheesecake (B240).
The drinks: Red and white sangria is available at B190/glass (B500/jug) while Spanish cava wine starts at B290 by the glass. Cocktails also take a Spanish route, like the Kalimoxto (red wine, coca cola, lemon, B190) and Mediterranean spritz (elderflower liqueur, cucumber, olive juice and prosecco, B320).
Why we’d come back: The goat cheese churros alone are worth repeat visits. Rico also fills a light gap between the cafe fare of Open House’s central vestibule and the hearty plates of Peppina and Meat Bar. Natcha Sanguankiattichai
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Phone: 02-119-7777
Rico, 6/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Nearest Train:

BTS Phloen Chit

Opening Hours:

daily 10am-10pm



Open Since:

June, 2017
Parking available
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