Silverlake Wine and Grill

A unique venue

by Mick & Di,

The Food Lovers

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

Silverlake Wine and Grill is set on a grassy hillside overlooking a pearly lake, purple mountains, and rolling vineyards. A more idyllic rural setting would be hard to imagine.  An Irish friend once remarked that the scenery reminded him of Kilarney while an Italian amico said it stirred nostalgia for his home in the Tuscan hills. The restaurant does indeed resemble a Tuscan finca and the menu is Italian (plus a dozen or so Thai dishes). Set beside this good-looking restaurant is an al fresco pizzeria where the pizzas appear from the ovens at lightning speed bubbling and glossy to be eaten at al fresco rustic tables overlooking the vini-vista beyond.

The design of the restaurant is dramatic with soaring windows affording panoramic views over the countryside below. Italian Tri-colored banners wave from the rafters and the whole ambiance is European, stylish and relaxed. The a la carte menu is extensive with a wealth of dishes ranging from appetizers, pastas, pizzas to seafood and meat courses (plus the Thai section). During the week the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. but from Friday to Sunday it closes at 10 p.m.

Our evening began with a glass of dry, crisp Silverlake Chenin Blanc. A perfect palate refresher as we browsed through the menu nibbling on addictive, complimentary pizza- bread strips dotted with black sesame seeds. From the starters we spotted carpaccio of salmon, beef or tuna, deep fried soft shell crabs with a spring onion and balsamico dressing (B.340), pan fried foie gras served with caramelized peaches and a rocket salad plus Caprese salad with tomatoes, melon, basil and pesto. For risotto lovers there are four choices including mushroom and pan fried foie gras, seafood and garlic prawns to a cheesy rendition with Taleggio. However, I opted for Australian mussels sautéed in white wine and garlic (B.390), while Mick plumped for the beef carpaccio served with a rocket garnish. The plump, chubby Aussie mollusks were exceedingly delicious and the thinly-sliced beef soft, pink and tender, received big thumbs up from Mick.

For pasta fans there’s fettuccine al salmon or spaghetti with snow fish and cherry tomato sauce, lasagna or ravioli with spinach. Meaty dishes include pan-fried pork loin breaded cutlet or scaloppini with porcini mushrooms in a cream sauce, pan-roasted Australian rack of lamb in a black pepper crust and lamb jus, or grilled Angus tenderloin (120 days grain fed) in a 200g. portion for B.890.

We decided to sample the pan-fried pork loin with Port wine and black grape salsa and a fish option of pave di Snow fish. Two juicy cuts of pork rested on a bed of apple slices and were doused in a deeply flavorsome Port wine sauce and accompanied by red cabbage. The succulent snow fish was served on a mound of yummy black ink spaghetti with a pesto and saffron cream sauce.

Those with a sweet tooth would be well served with tiramisu, mille feuille layered pastry or their house special chocolate soufflé. For a more savory ending to our meal we had ordered the Italian mixed cheese plate and in preparation for that had requested a bottle of Silverlake red wine, namely Tango Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from 85 percent locally grown Shiraz grapes and 15 percent French Cabernet Sauvignon it made good friends with the Parmesan, Gorgonzola and Taleggio cheeses which neatly brought down the curtain on our Italian dinner beside the Silverlake grape farm.

Silverlake Wine and Grill is unique. The surrounding countryside is spectacular and the pleasure of just being in this beautiful location is immense. Come here to escape the hurly burly of Pattaya and to relax in an idyllic setting of peace and tranquility plus, of course, to enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Silverlake Wine and Grill

Open from 11 am to 8 pm Mon-Thurs

11 am to 10 pm Fri-Sun

Near Khao Chee Chan Buddha image off Sukhumvit Road

Tel: 089 896 5166

www.facebook.com/silverlakethai

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