The quintessential restaurant for folks looking for affordable food and wine in an above average setting. And unlike Dean and Deluca, Wine Connection Bangkok isn’t a bistro masquerading as a high-end, Starbucks-esque replica. But, does the food hold up to the expectations?
Ambiance and Decor
The concept of Wine Connection Bangkok very obviously revolves around wine, and so it’s fitting that the entrance is that of a Wine cellar. Layered faux-brick-by-brick it’s as good as the real thing. However, Wine Connection Bangkok loses points for not keeping things consistent. As you advance, the appearance disappears, and the outdoor seating arrangements contrast heavily with the indoors.
Service is great! Staff is attentive, courteous, and genuine. A deduction for not being able to speak English for dealing with the massive foot-traffic of tourists and expats.
The food offered at Wine Connection is mostly Italian, bar the steaks and cheese platters. But the variety remains unaffected. You’ll find every Pasta available in Thailand — from Chorizo Fettuccine and Bolognese to Seafood to Four Cheese.
At Wine Connection Bangkok you’ll also find no shortage of thin-crust pizzas. Select between Ham, Mushroom, Margarita, Pepperoni or Brie and Ham, Hawaiian, and Pepperoni Pizza.
Surprisingly, the steak and meat choices are plentiful. I’d say it exceeds the collection at Sizzler (our local steakhouse chain)!
The main focus, however, is not the poultry, it’s the Red Meat.
Select between the classic BBQ Ribs to the uncommon Australian Tenderloin, Duck Confit, Braised Lamb Shank, and much more. There’s a high possibility you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Wine Connection Bangkok does not forget the pescatarians but offers nothing fancy. You’ll get two Sea Bass dishes: fish and chips and a Lemon Caper Sauce version. Alternatively, you could order a Salmon steak.
What We Ordered:
- Mozzarella Spinach Ravioli – This starter is one of the reasons for Wine Connection not scoring full points. Firstly, it was cold, secondly, it was undercooked, thirdly, the pink cream sauce we ordered was bland, and lastly, there was not enough filling.
I mean, I don’t want the perfect filling-to-ravioli ratio you get in Michelin star restaurants, but at least let me taste what I’m paying for.
- Napolitana Fettuccine – Homemade Fettuccine, garlic tomato sauce, shaved parmesan, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and basil make up this unexciting pasta. Yes, unexciting. Why? Because I can’t taste the garlic or the basil. I thought Basil was just a garnish until I re-read the menu. Plus, it was cold.
- Four Cheese Pizza – Finally, something Wine Connection Bangkok bothered heating! The four cheese pizza comprises of mystery cheeses unlisted on the menu. Although I did taste Cheddar cheese and Brie.
The pizza was thin-crust and fresh out of the brick-oven, I could taste the freshly-made sauce, however, we did have to instruct them to top it off with extra dried chilies to enhance the flavor. The size was decent, enough for 2 people.
- BBQ Pork Ribs – I saved the best for last. I really was looking forward to this dish and it did not disappoint. The BBQ platter came with potato wedges and coleslaw on the side and was served with manufactured Barbeque sauce.
The good part was the ribs were cooked perfectly. The slow-cooked meat slid off the bone and disintegrated in my mouth. The marinade was perfect, sweet enough to taste, but not enough to overpower. Portion size was pretty large.
But like every side of the coin, this dish came with its flipside. The coleslaw was garbage. I just can’t justify it. It tasted stale, straight out of a box. Honestly, it reminded me of hospital food.
Nothing much to add about the wedges, they were pretty good.
**I did not order any desserts but you’ll have a choice between Chocolate Mousse, Lava Cake, Apple Crumble, Lime Pie, Creme Brulee or Ice-Cream.**
A typical meal for 4 people should expect to cost in between 1,000 to 1,500 baht. Cocktails cost 150 baht. Wine is anywhere between 400 to 1,000+ baht / bottle. Pizza and Pasta prices are between 250 – 300 baht. Steaks and cheese platters are obviously the most expensive thing on the menu: between 300 – 700 baht. I’ll include some low-quality images of the menu I discreetly captured below to give you a good bearing of what you can expect to pay.
- Mozzarella Spinach Ravioli – 230THB
- Napolitana Fettuccine – 200THB
- BBQ Ribs – 420THB
- Four Cheese Pizza – 250THB
I’d say for the portion sizes, food quality, the ambiance, and the service, the price is justified. The only problem I had with Wine Connection Bangkok, was that they charged me an extra 15 baht for chilies. An extra 15 baht obviously hurts nobody, but it still feels like a low-blow especially when we live in Thailand, the land of spicy food.