Thailand, a country filled with it’s very own food culture is creating some fantastic Thai-Italian dishes these days. During my short trip in the hot bustling city of Bangkok, I stumbled upon ROAST cafe in EmQuartier shopping mall.
What started out as a hideout from the intense afternoon heat brought so much pleasure from the quality food which ROAST offers instead. This casual eatery focuses on producing good food using fresh ingredients and if possible, would make the ingredients from scratch in their own kitchen. Hence, it was a pleasant surprise to know that they make their own pasta noodles 😀
I ordered the bacon and garlic spaghetti which was basically a bacon aglio olio with a Thai twist. Apart from sauteeing the diced garlic with olive oil, the dish is generously garnished with fried garlic slices as well. This definitely added some garlicky punch to the dish which suits the Asian palate but I felt that it was abit too much for my liking.
However, what really made this dish stand out is the use of Thai whole dried chili instead of fresh chili pepper (often used in Singapore). This resulted in a consistent subtle heat in the dish as compared to the sharp spiciness which can happen if the quantity of fresh chili is not controlled well.
Coincidentally, in Southern Italy, peperoncino aka dried red peppers are used in their dishes and soups to add flavor and spiciness. Unlike in Asia, the Italians would hang the fresh red peppers up to dry first before adding them in dishes. This drying process is important because fresh red chili is made up of 85% water and resin (chili oil which tastes spicy) will attach itself on the water molecules. By drying it, the chili oil will not disperse as much when sliced and you can control the heat of the dish better.
Talk about the dedication of the team to ensure that you can enjoy a good plate of pasta using the freshest and close to authentic ingredients when developing their recipes. Be sure to try their homemade Vongole squid ink (using squid ink fettuccine) and Truffle Alfredo (homemade tagliatelle noodles) as well!
In line with this mission to serve quality dishes, they have also revamped the way iced coffee latte was served. To prevent the dilution of the coffee, the team has reverse engineered the process to serve espresso ice cubes with a bottle of cold milk.
Not only can you enjoy a full robust iced latte, you are also able to control how intense you want your latte to be! 😉
It was definitely a pleasurable experience for the tummy at ROAST and kudos to the team for serving such brilliant fresh dishes. It’s no wonder the place was super packed so if you are going in big groups, be sure to head down early and beat the crowd!
ROAST Cafe (EmQuartier branch, Bangkok, Thailand)
Address: 1st floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier
BTS Phrom Phong Station
Tel No.: +66 (0) 9417 63870
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun – 10AM to 10PM