Archive for April, 2009

Opus, Vineria Italiana (Wine Bar) – Bangkok

Monday, April 6th, 2009

64 Pan Road
Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel. 02 637 9896-7
Fax. 02 637 9898
Opening Hours: Dinner only 7 days, 6pm – midnight
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate

On the corner of Silom Road and Thanon Pan is the famous, Hindu Temple Wat Khaek, using that as a marker turn down the road and you will eventually find the sign for Opus on the right side traveling along from Silom. The Wine Bar or Vineria Italiana, occupies the lower floor of a large house, which has been renovated but not severely so, as they had the good-sense to leave most of the colonial treatments intact. A bar fills the wall on the left side as you enter with an area with high wine-tasting tables directly in front and a glassed-in wine cellar in the rear with a table in the center. Directly in the front of the house is another dining area with lower and more traditional dining furniture, although personally I would rather consume the dishes chosen for this menu: small plates and other tapas-style dishes at bar level tables—it just seems more natural. On the upper floor they have a private dining room and space to build-out others, when necessary.
The managing Director, Alex Morabito is a suave and genial host, very familiar with Italian wines from all regions of Italy; he will help you pair them with the dishes from the concise, but well chosen menu. I sampled a couple of small-plates on one visit and the cooking that is produced here is far superior to the minimum one requires to accompany a bottle chosen from their vast selection of Italian wines. They have a brief choice of wines-by-the-glass, although I would expect that to expand as demand requires it.

Nebuchadnezzars of Château d’Yquem anyone?

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

For normal usage half-bottles are perfect for sweet white Bordeaux wines, such as the prestigious Château d’Yquem, when a bottle is just too much; providing a couple of glasses for two or a generous taste for four persons.
To celebrate the fabulous 2005 vintage the producer will be bottling 100 15-liter Nebuchadnezzars for use at large events or for occasions when many friends have gathered. The estimated price is about $20,000 per bottle!