Casa Pascal Restaurant
at 485/4 on Second Road opposite the Marriott Resort, in front of the equally impressive Ruen Thai restaurant. Casa Pascal is the conception of Swiss national Master Chef Pascal Schnyder from Lucerne and his wife Kim; this exceptional restaurant has been delighting guests (both gourmets and people who just want a superb meal) since March 2001. On entering the traditional Thai style house (casa) which can best be described as being a five star grand pavilion dedicated to food. Indeed, Casa Pascal boasts a prestigious award of quality by the Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest gourmet club in the world. It was recently voted one of the best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler 2006. There are 58 seats inside the air conditioned section, plus three private alcoves for business or family parties. Outside on the terrace there are a further 16 seats. The inside decor which was personally designed by Chef Pascal is rich and luxurious, with antique furniture and a wonderful selection of paintings adorning the white walls and is dominated by eight elegant red teak wood pillars, all complimented by soothing classical music and favourite opera arias. The food at Casa Pascal is equally impressive and is based on a mix of traditional European cuisine, mainly French and Italian, together with the unique creations from Chef Pascal who utilizes the finest and freshest of ingredients in all recipes. The ala carte menu consists of a selection of interesting cold and hot starters, salads such as the popular Caesar’s Salad (260 baht), homemade soups such as Lobster Bisque and Wild Mushroom Soup (150 to 250 baht) and unusual pasta and rice dishes, such as Ravioli with Goose Liver and Japanese Beans (320 baht) and Carnoroli Risotto with Black Truffle (470 baht). There is a good variety of seafood available such as Alaskan Scallops (580 baht) fish and imported meats with recipes such as Chicken with a Madras Curry Sauce (310 baht) and Rack of Lamb (690 baht). The have an excellent selection of Steaks such as Tenderloin (560 baht), Australian Rib Eye (960 baht) and a very exceptional Japanese Kobe beef (2970 baht). They also have a very good Thai menu from 150 to 390 baht. The fantastic desserts such as Creme Brulee (150 baht) a divine Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier and Vanilla Sauce (220 baht) and a French classic Crepes Suzette (250 baht). They also have a selection of homemade ice creams and sherbets. Casa Pascal boasts a very impressive wine cellar of 160 of the finest international wines and champagnes sold by the glass or by the bottle. Everything is personally supervised by Chef Pascal and Kim and their impeccable staff including assistant manager Khun Attapol. We sampled the Gourmet Set Dinner which is changed every two weeks and is available at 1,200 baht for food only or 2,400 baht for food and unlimited drinks, including champagne and wine. After a refreshing glass of sparkling Pinot Chardonnay we were given a selection of dishes starting with an Amuse Bouche, which consisted of a potato and ham mixture together with butter and an assortment of different types of home baked bread, followed by a marinated mussel in cream sauce delicacy. This was followed by a delicious dish of pan fried Tuna and Salmon served with a Spanish Gazpacho relish. Each presentation was washed down with Australian White Colombard Chardonnay.
The next course was a beautiful Champagne and Crab Meat Cream Soup with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil. Followed by tender White Asparagus with a Parma Ham Tatar and Hazelnut Oil. After a respite we were given a zesty Ginger Sherbet to refresh the palate. We were then given the choice of Gratinated red Snapper Provancale on Egg Plant, Onion and Potato Tart or Apple and Truffle stuffed Chicken Ballotine with glazed Artichokes.