Sunday, February 15, 2009

Senor Pico's in the Rembrandt Hotel -- Bangkok, Thailand

Mexican restaurants in Bangkok are not as plentiful as some cuisine categories but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some quality Mexican food here. One of the oldest Mexican restaurants in Bangkok is Senor Pico’s which is located in the Rembrandt Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 18 and it offers diners a wide variety of casual Mexican food, Some Tex-Mex specialties and more formal Mexican dishes.

It is styled on the original Senor Pico's restaurant opened in San Francisco at Ghirardelli Square in 1965. This restaurant was created by Victor Jules Bergeron (Trader Vic) the world renowned restaurateur who created the Trader Vic’s chain, while Senor Pico's Bangkok opened its doors in October 1993 with the same commitment as its founder – to provide the best food, drinks and service in the Mexican tradition.

The drinks list naturally contains frozen Margueritas as well as imported Mexican beers, and you are served red and green salsas with nachos to munch on while you make your choices from the extensive menu. Amongst the Appetizers (Aperitivos) highlights include Quesadilla Zacatecas, a grilled Mexican cheese pizza topped with guacamole and sour cream and an inventive dish, Chile Con Queso, a spicy cheese and chili Mexican style fondue served with tostadas to dip in the warm cheese sauce. According to anonymous sources the secret recipe to this Mexican fondue is garlic, butter, cheese, wine and jalapeno peppers, making a very tasty combination.

As mentioned above Senor Pico’s has a wide variety of dishes and they fall into two basic categories: there are the more casual , and familiar, Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes like burritos, enchiladas, tacos and fajitas and there are the more formal main dishes like beef, chicken, pork and seafood main courses.  
From this section you can choose between dishes like imported sirloin steak, roast pork, sauteed prawns in their shells or two dishes that I tried which were the red snapper with a rich tomato-based sauce and the halibut with rice and a pineapple chutney. I also ordered the nachos, a classic Tex-Mex dish, along with the tasty tortilla soup, another classic dish, and the prawns with chipotle mayonnaise dip.

 If you still have room for more there is an extensive dessert menu with items such as the mouthwatering Kahlua and chocolate pie or rum ice cream with meringue chunks, sprinkled with nuts and covered in chocolate sauce. The best way of topping all this off and ensuring that you still have the will to move after your meal is Senor Pico's distinctive coffee mixed with chocolate and brandy and topped with whipped cream. This is served with a cinnamon stick to stir giving it just a little spice and helps it to act as the perfect digestive. On the menu you also find an extensive list of salads and vegetarian food for the health conscious and some great tasting nonalcoholic drinks.
You can take time out between courses to enjoy the unusual but excellent live music performed by a Cuban band "Fascination."  Their style is similar to the famous Mexican mariachi bands but they also combine salsa (the dance) with their guitar and drum sound encouraging people to get up and dance the night away as well. Wednesday nights are “Muchachas Nights” with 50% off all Margarita cocktails for ladies from 9 PM onwards.

Senor Pico’s will satisfy any cravings you may have for Mexican food while you’re here as well a whole lot more so give it a try when you’re in Bangkok.

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