be honest: this little local eatery is not grand, not even
slightly grand. It does not boast an extensive range of
Italian delicacies, nor a fancy wine list (the house wine is
a snip at 55 baht) nor is there fine linen and silver
service. Many of the customers are young Thais, including
students, plus a sprinkling of in the know farangs. As the
headline suggests the place is friendly, the food simple and
tasty, and well – what more do you expect for around 150
baht a head for a three course meal or two hundred with a
glass of vino?
So, in short, don’t head up to the Huay
Kaew Road end of Canal Road, if you want imported meats,
truffles with your ravioli and home made panna cotta or ice
cream of the quality you will get at Gianni di Burchio.
However if you are on a budget, then how about creamed
spinach with cheese (45 baht), a spaghetti dish (75 baht)
and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (15 baht)? You can even
take you own wine and so far as I can see there is little or
no charge for that. Naturally they sell mineral water, soft
drinks and beers.
menu is in Thai and English and divides up as follows: there
are a small range of appetizers, including grilled eggplant
and the delicious spinach, a selection of salads with fresh
lettuces, thinly cut onions, baby tomatoes –ranging from
Caesar or grilled chicken through much of the alphabet to
tuna. The pastas come with two basic sauces, tomato and
pesto and any range of additions from bacon to – well -
tuna. These are all at 75 baht. You can also enjoy a pizza
from a choice of about eight – I thought the capriccioso
fine. There’s a tiny selection of ‘fancier’ dishes of which
the most expensive is a salmon steak, grilled at 135 baht,
plus grilled fish and a ‘steak’. Take my tip and stay with
the pasta. Ice cream is always available, plus the
occasional dessert such as chocolate cake (45 baht).
The style of the place is naturally very
relaxed with seating for up to 30 people, mostly tables for
four plus some rather small round ones for two and a sofa
style arrangement. There’s a silent TV in one corner of the
square room, a counter which shields us from the kitchen and
a pleasant staff. The Noi of the restaurant appears to be
the chef/owner Khun Suriyon Panta, who keeps a watchful eye
on the proceedings which are friendly and not too noisy.
They are open from 10a.m. until 11p.m.and
days off are announced on a board in the dining room a few
days ahead. You can always ring on either 053 893 193 (ext
1600) or on the mobile 086 125 1791 to check and also to
confirm directions. The actual address is 52 Soi 4 Canal
Road and the restaurant is adjoining the Linley Condo. To
get there by car (park in the condo grounds) you can head up
Huay Kaew Road and cross the junction at Canal Road then
make an immediate left turn at the ‘doughnut shop’ about 10
metres after the crossing. Follow down to Sea Breeze condo,
turn left and Noi’s is on the left. Or coming from Canal
Road turn left into Soi 4 and you’ll find it about 150
metres on the left.
Alternatively take a tuk tuk – at these
prices you can afford to.