A stylish new Bistro has appeared at the former ground floor Poseidon restaurant building in the Jomtien Complex, it is called Bistro Oscar. Named after famous 19th Century Irish playwright, poet and wit, Oscar Wilde, this chic restaurant is decorated in lavish late Victorian style, reminiscent of the now sadly closed famous Cafe Royal in Piccadilly, London. The ambiance is dominated throughout with full length mirrors, lush plants and a striking and sophisticated red and black coloured background. The menu is equally arresting, delivering a range of international fusion dishes with some unusual recipes, for example house specialty created at table Double Duck Broth (130 baht), braised Frogs Legs, and also roasted Sweetbreads (200 baht). Appetizers include Vietnamese Spring Rolls (150 baht), Beef Carpaccio (190 baht) and Japanese Sashimi at 175 baht. Another house specialty soup is the Normandy Fish Soup, a very popular dish also created at table (130 baht). Main course dishes cover most main meats, for instance a Mediterranean style Shish Kebab (325 baht) and prime Australian Rib Eye Steak (475 baht). Seafood includes Garlic Prawns served with Tagliatelli and White Wine Sauce (375 baht), with fish such as the likes of Dover Sole at 350 baht. The desserts are very tempting with offerings, for example Creme Brulee (170 baht), Belgian Waffle with Coconut Ice-Cream (130 baht) and French style Crepes Suzette at 350 baht.
Set menus are very popular with regular guests, with 3 courses chosen from menu at 550 baht, 4 courses at 750 baht and gourmet 5 courses at 950 baht.
We began with a firm favourite, and in this instance, a first class Carpaccio of extremely tender slices of air dried Beef served with a tasty Amsterdam Cheese, Honey and Mustard Tapenade. Perhaps not for the faint hearted diner, we then went for the Sweetbreads; a rustic Mediterranean dish made up of sweet and rich tasting roasted Pork and/or Beef organs and glands (but then you are probably eating these tasty morsels if you like Sausages!) served on mixed Salad with Calvados (Apple) dressing. For main course, we had a quality cut of prime Australian Rib Eye Steak served with Porcini Mushrooms, Croquette Potatoes and Vegetables. This was followed by another house specialty the Shish Kebab, a large skewer with tasty BBQ Chicken, Pork and Peppers. To end the meal we had to try the Crepe Suzette –and with panache the waiter prepared it from scratch at table, and the result – scrumptious!
Bistro Oscar offers an excellent selection of wines, with bottles such as renowned Cranswick (Australian) Estate bottled from 925 baht, plus a deliciously refreshing Pinot Grigio Italian Rose at 200 baht a glass. Other quality house red and white wines are sold at 130 baht a generous glass. For a touch of extravagance try a specialty treat to tantalize the taste buds, the Kir Royal (Champagne and Creme de Cassis (Blackcurrant liqueur) at 250 baht a glass. Also, by courtesy of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde himself, there is an ongoing promotion here at Bistro Oscar, whereby each time you visit you receive a famous quotation by Mr. Wilde; collect 5 quips and you get yourself a complementary free meal!
So, for a touch of stylish dining, visit Bistro Oscar and enjoy!
Open every day for good value set ‘all you can eat’ Breakfasts and Brunch (175 baht) from 8.30am until 2pm, and for Dinner from 6 pm until 11pm. There is very limited parking space outside on Thappraya Road and in the Jomtien Complex. Telephone: 085 435 5355.