Archive for April 8th, 2010

Copa d’Oro Bar, Santa Monica – Los Angeles

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

copa d'oroCopa d’Oro
217 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel. 310-576-3030

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed: 5:30pm to midnight; Thurs – Sat 5:30pm to 2am

Head barman Vincenzo Marianella and his team at Copa d’ Oro use, for the most part, fresh organic fruit and vegetables from local farmers to create their drinks and cocktails. A limited food menu is on offer to accompany the drinks. Happy Hour Drinks prices $5.

Food Menu

Lemon Artichoke Dip
Fresh Lemon Juice, Chopped Artichoke, Gorgonzola Served with Toasted Crustini
Insalata Rucola
Apple, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberry, Pine nuts, Lightly Seasoned and Tossed with Italian Olive Oil. Served with Grilled Sourdough Batard
Copa Chop
Ham, Turkey, Diced Salami, Chopped Egg, Shaved Parmiggiano, Arugula, Tossed with Italian Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar
Italian Tuna, Chopped Egg, Kalamata Olives, Chopped Green Beans, Arugala Tossed with Italian Olive Oil and mounted on a thick rustic slice of Grilled Sourdough Batard
Copa Caprese Panini
Fresh Basil, Mozzarella, Roasted Bell Peppers, Toasted on Fresh Baguette
Smoked Salmon Panini
Smoked Salmon, Arugula, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Pressed Sourdough
Prosciutto Panini
Prosciutto, Shaved Parmesan, Arugula tossed with Italian Olive Oil, Toasted on Fresh Baguette
Share Plates
Cheese Board
Goat, Brie, Manchego, Apple Slices, Toasted Baguette
Charcuterie Board
Chorizo, Prosciutto, Salami, Toasted Baguette
Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Goat, Brie, Manchego, Chorizo, Prosciutto, Salami, Toasted Baguette

The Seafood Bar, Billy Marinelli’s New Upmarket and Centrally Located Restaurant – Bangkok

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Seafood Bar, BangkokThe Seafood Bar Display (image©2010

The Seafood Bar
41 Somerset Lake Place
Sukhumvit Soi 16
Tel. 02-663-8863
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 6-11pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm, 6-11pm
Dress code: Dressy casual
Credit Cards: Yes
Prices: Moderate-Expensive

The Seafood Bar is Billy Marinelli’s second restaurant venture in Bangkok, conveniently situated adjacent to the lobby in the Somerset Lake Place on Sukhumvit, Soi 16. His first restaurant The Oyster Bar has an obscure location on Soi 24 off Narathiwa and he is continuing the same theme at the new restaurant, and why not, as it has been very well accepted by the population at large. These days, it seems that Bangkok’s “glitterati” are as willing to down oysters and crustaceans from the Northwest coast of North America, as they were in the past to consume fat-streaked steaks accompanied by high-alcohol red wines from Australia or Italy.

This space, possibly due to its larger size, loses some elements of the original, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as it will in time develop its own rhythm, and this location is more central, the situation more desirable, and grander in most aspects than the previous one. A quick fix may be, more of Billy being around (he has been traveling for business) and a few more bodies crowded around the seafood bar to dress the room, although granted, I have not seen the turnout on the weekend, where that may very well be the case.

Seafood Bar, Bangkokimage©2010