Christian Martena, the former chef of Opus Wine Bar in Soi Pan in lower Silom, has opened his own restaurant, Sensi, in the far end of Narathiwas Soi 17. Sensi has been earning acclaims and awards from many gourmet magazines and foodies in town since its opening in late December 2013. When thinking of Italian fine dining in Bangkok, Sensi will surely fall into the list of must-try.
To genuinely appreciate the culinary skills of Chef Christian, we chose their 7-course Dégustation menu. As informed by their attentive server, Sensi’s dégustation menu changes daily, depending on what produce they can source on that day.
(1) Welcome drink
A Prosecco was served to us. It was refreshing and did help to generate good mood for the dinner.
(2) Bread basket
Aromatic home-made bread served hot to our table. The bread s tick served as snacks before our meal.
(3) First course – Scampi Carppaccio served with orange and celery smoked with apple wood
This dish was appealingly presented in a round glass jar with clamp lid. Ingredient inside the jar was blurred by the smoke of apple wood. When we opened the jar, the aromatic apple wood smoke immediately stimulated our sense of smell, which simultaneously aroused our appetite. A brilliant appetizer for our dinner.
(4) Second course – Stracciatela cheese served with tomatoes mousse and basil foam
Stracciatela cheese is a high-quality ingredient from Andria, Italy. The mild scent of basil foam balanced very well with the cheese and the tomatoes mousse. A very refreshing dish.
(5) Third course – Pan fried foie gras served with balsamic spherification and pan fried seasonal mushrooms
We love this dish. The pan fried foie gras, which was creamy and aromatic, matched well with the balsamic spheres. The manipulation of balsamic spherification is a simple but fantastic way to add a touch of molecular gastronomy to the dish.
(6) Fourth course
The risotto and pasta were both delicious! The pasta which we believe was homemade was al dente despite the thickness of the pasta which would be difficult to handle! The cheese blended very well with all the ingredients in the risotto! Yummy!
(7) Fifth course – Dishes from the sea
– Snow fish
The grilled fish was impressively delicious! It is authentic and genuine in taste as it was not overcooked.
(8) Transition to main course
A passion fruit presented in a wooden box was served to prepare our taste buds for the main dish.
(9) Sixth course (Main dish)
-Steak (medium rare)
The main courses were unexceptionably perfect. Lamb was yummy without game, and the steak was succulent!
(10) Surprise treat – cheese platter
The choice of cheese for the cheese platter was brilliant! 3 kinds of cheese with distinctive smells and tastes from mild to strong fulfilled my appetite with pleasure!
(11) Last course – Sensi Tiramisu
Sensi Tiramisu was very unique. Hot coffee was poured on the spherical chocolate ball with mascarpone inside, the intense-flavoured coffee balanced the sweetness of this traditional Italian dessert in an unconventional manner.
If you come in a group of 8 to 10, we highly recommend you to sit at the chef’s table in a separate area of the restaurant. You could appreciate the kitchen scene while enjoying the food.
Despite the fine quality of food, décor and services of Sensi are other reasons why it is well worth your visit. Chef Christian often walks out from the kitchen and interacts with his diners on the food and the overall comment on the dining experience. Standard of their service is not second to that of any 5-star hotels.
We highly recommend Sensi, one of the best Italian fine dining restaurants in Bangkok, to you all.
Address: Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 17, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120
Phone: +662 117 1618
Opening hours: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
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