The Place Located in Capella Bangkok, I managed to try Cote by Mauro Colagreco in my recent stay in Capella Bangkok, a One Michelin Star restaurant which focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. Cote is located at level two of the Chao Phraya Estate property, where Chef Mauro Colagreco is most well-known for his Three Michelin Stars restaurant in France, Mirazur, also ranked 1st in San Pellegrino’s 2019 “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”.
The interior space Cote by Mauro Colagreco is elegant, with a good dose of natural light in the day. The best seats are the tables right beside the window, with a view of the property and Chao Phraya River.
The Food Helming the Bangkok kitchen is Chef Davide Garavaglia, whom was previously Chef de Cuisine at Chef Mauro’s Mirazur in Menton, France. There is no fix menu at Cote and each course comes as a surprise for diners, where the staff will check on your food allergies. Expect bits of Thai influences to Mediterranean Riviera cuisine by Chef Garavaglia.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesdays to Sundays, and there are ala carte dishes or a 7-course ‘Côte Experience’ menu, or the full-blown Côte’s Carte Blanche menu, a 9-course gastronomic journey.
I visited the restaurant on a weekend and had the 7-course Côte Experience (THB5,800). The meal started with a series of delicious Amuse Bouche, where I had nibbles like Tuna tartare with yuzu gel; Saffron mussel tempura with masala; Chickpea with sardine, topped with fish roe; and Beetroot macaron with goat cheese.
A beautiful plate of freshly baked bread is then served, and it comes with a beautiful poem. You can request for butter, though olive oil is the highlight here which is infused with Menton lemon, produced exclusively for Mirazur and Cote.
After the series of snacks and bread, my first course is an interesting Roe Deer Tartare with foie gras and mulberries. I was initially expecting a slightly gamy flavour, but it was not the case as the deer tartare is very well-marinated. It is complemented by foie gras shavings, a pairing of ingredients which I did not expect, but goes well surprisingly. The foie gras element is also not too heavy, and overall a very well-balanced start.
Moving on to the second course is the Beetroot with caviar and cream. A beautiful plate of vivid beetroot layers topped with fresh caviar which adds a natural saltiness to the dish.
The third act is the Cod fish with Jerusalem artichoke espuma, artichoke chip and hazelnuts. The cod does not come across as too fatty, and it spots a nice texture and goes well with the accompanying artichoke espuma. There are also hazelnuts beneath the fish for an added texture.
The fourth course is the Barbecue Oyster from Brittany with chilli and garlic sauce, kaffir lime and garlic purée.
On to the fifth course, I had the Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with walnuts, mustard seeds and beetroot. Done medium-rare, it is a generous portion of steak where you get more of the meaty flavour of the beef, as opposed to a highly marbled and fatty beef.
For pre-dessert, I had a refreshing Yogurt ice cream with pistachio.
The last course is dessert, and it is an interesting combination of Coriander, Mascarpone and Popcorn Powder. I am personally not a big fan of Mascarpone, but this dessert surprised me in the sense it is so well-balanced and light. There is no overpowering of the coriander and mascarpone, and you get that nice familiar popcorn taste as a lingering aftertaste.
Last but not least, a series of Petit Fours to conclude my lunch. Expect the likes of Cinnamon stick with apple mousse, Tiramisu macaron, Bonbon infused with passionfruit and mango, Ginger flavoured financier and Roselle jelly. My favourite is the financier, with a nice crispy edge and subtle hint of ginger.
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Will I Return Again? I had a great dining experience at Cote by Mauro Colagreco, where each course hit the right notes for me. The fine-dining scene in Bangkok has matured immensely in the last few years and despite being just two years old, this is one restaurant in Bangkok which has already made a name for itself and worth checking out.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Côte by Mauro Colagreco
300/2 Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm to 2pm; 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
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