Friday, April 6, 2012

Italian food in Bangkok: Italian Proudfa

Ken Teeradej
Serving Italian fare with a Thai twist, Italian Proudfa is not only a sister restaurant of the famous Chef Tanom, but it is also run by the brother of Chef Tanom himself.   Located in the commercial area of Town in Town, this modest establishment brings a vibrant variety to the neighbourhood at a reasonable price.  A little story behind the name, I was told by the manager that the restaurant was named after the chef's daughter, Proudfa.  

We arrived the restaurant a little before lunch and there was only one other table beside ours.  The manager greeted us warmly and made recommendation on their signature dish.  Mid-way through our meal, as I noticed the customers at the other table leaving.  I was starstruck to find famous Thai actor Ken Teeradej had been sitting nearby the entire time *o*  So he is a fan of this place too.  What a great sign *__* <3  My stalking skill wasn't up to par as I couldn't figure out what he just had earlier.

But here are the items what we ordered.  A wholesome plate of rocket salad with sundried tomatoes, balsamic dressing and shaved parmesan was a crisp and healthy start.  A fair size that was good for sharing.
Next, a Thai's favourite take on pasta, spaghetti pla salid.  Everywhere, you can pretty much find the exact same version, with one small signature twist.  Here at Proudfa, they use linguine instead, but you can switch to spaghetti if you like.  The pasta is sauteed with garlic, basil, oyster mushrooms, julienned rapini stalks.  The main star of this dish, pla salid, or Damsel fish is a type of fresh water fish found in Asia and quite popular in local Thai cuisine.  The main method of preparing this fish is to leave it out to dry in the sun before frying.  Elsewhere, pla salid is often served deep fried and crispy.  Here at proudfa, it was served more like a fillet and not thoroughly deep fried all the way through.
The next dish, squid ink spaghetti with seafood, was under the manager's recommendation.  I actually order squid ink spaghetti almost every time I get a chance.  Probably because it's so uncommon to find back in Canada.  This dish was a lot spicier than the last.  But, wow, they were really generous with the seafood which were sauteed with chili, garlic, and basil.  There were endless amounts of clams in there.  
For the last dish, I made the call for something creamy.  This dish was originally penne with prawns and cream sauce.  Instead of penne, I substituted linguine just because I prefer the thinner texture and shape that tends to grab onto creamy sauce better.  This dish was probably my favourite out of the 3 pasta dishes.  I'm pretty sure this cream sauce and Alfredo sauce are one of the same.  It was nice and rich with a lot garlicky flavour and aroma. There were 6 succulent prawns that were cooked to perfection along with shiitake mushrooms.  A great portion that was completely worth the value.

There was no more room for us to have desserts, but I know they have a small selections of traditional Italian desserts as well.  Since it's only 2 minutes away from my place, I'll definitely stop by more often.

Food: 4/5
Price: $$$
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Value: 4/5

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