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A Perfect Dining Combination

Olivio show off their new menu.


7Italian food might sound easy to make. I mean, anyone can throw together some boiled pasta and sauce, right? Wrong! At Olivio, Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort & Spa’s restaurant, Chef Itt uses the skills learnt from his time in Italy to create authentic Italian dishes which will have your mouth watering just reading the menu!

      Baan Haad Ngam, at the far north of Chaweng Beach Road, is a hidden gem tucked away down a quiet street. The lush vegetation that you pass on the way from the reception area to the restaurant is a pleasant surprise, and part of the path runs parallel to a flowing stream which starts from an impressive waterfall at reception.

      The restaurant is an intimate dining area with heavy dark-wooden furniture and a splash of red. The open-plan layout offers uninterrupted sea views in at least three shades of blue. Olivio has an early start at 6:30 am and caters for its guests until last orders at 10:30 pm. You can start your day with an international breakfast buffet consisting of the usual breakfast delights - eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and other hot delights, but also with cereals, waffles, pancakes and even French toast. Thai fried rice,

noodles or rice porridge are offered alongside a selection of fresh fruit. Pastries and breads are all freshly baked every day which can, of course, be enjoyed with various teas and coffees.

      But wait until you see the lunch/dinner menu. Chef Itt has recently given it a make-over and there are some exciting new dishes. You’ll be drooling by page two, and trust us, you’ll find it very hard to decide what to eat. Of the new dishes, the Italian grilled T-bone steak caught my eye, closely followed by the baked sea bass (which is cooked whole) with herbs in sea salt. The Italian grilled pork chop steak and ‘Zuppa di Vongole’ (clam soup) are two other additions. Decisions, decisions …

      At Olivio, the pasta is all made in-house and important ingredients like the Parma ham, buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes, are all imported from Italy. You won’t find any cheap imitations here, just good quality Italian ingredients.

      Olivio’s new menu has so many options, you’re guaranteed to find something to enjoy. If you find it hard to decide, start with the chef’s recommendations. How about spaghetti with seafood in black squid ink sauce or a grilled Australian rib eye steak with mushroom sauce? Angel hair pasta with seafood in garlic, chilli and olive oil? Or why not go straight for the Antipasto for two which consists of foie gras, mozzarella with tomato and basil, melon and Parma ham, smoked salmon, grilled marinated tuna, and soft shell crab with rocket salad - a mixture of Italian style and deliciously fresh seafood.

       If you choose to venture further into the menu, you’ll find antipasti, soup, risotto, pasta, pizza (18 different variations), meat dishes, then Thai salads, soups, curries and stir-fries. And of course you need space for the tiramisu, the panna cotta, or the ‘Torta di Cioccolato Caldo’ (a sinful hot chocolate and peanut cake) and these are just three of their ten desserts. Don’t even get us started on the cheese platter.

      This menu is available from 11:00 am, but from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm it is accompanied by a promotions menu featuring a selection of Italian pasta and Thai noodle dishes for just 130 baht.

       Kids needn’t miss out, and get to experience some Italian flair with a whole menu dedicated to small people. There are soups, pasta dishes, pizza (of course!) and breaded chicken, fish or squid.

         Would you like to know what all these tasty dishes look like before you order them? Maybe you want to know how much food is in the ‘Antipasto for two’ or how big the T-bone steak is. Olivio have made technology work for them - they have an iPad with photos of all the dishes served, so all you have to do is ask.

         If that wasn’t enough, every afternoon, they have ‘Happy Hour(s). Enjoy three quarters of their cocktails at a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer, and the other quarter at heavily discounted prices. You will find the cocktails on their impressive drinks menu, but don’t worry about drinking and driving, they also offer a complimentary ‘Collect and Drop-off’ service at dinner time for guests staying in the Bophut, Choeng Mon or Chaweng areas. So when you’re trying those new dishes on the menu go ahead and have that drink (or two).

         So, a seaside location, a quiet and intimate dining area with a great new menu which is reasonably priced and a transfer service - sounds like Olivio has a winning combination!


Colleen Setchell


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