A night with the Master of Iberico
Eat, Drink, Think Spanish at UNO MAS
Bangkok Foodies Review – Uno Mas
My first time at UNO MAS and I must say, it didn’t disappoint…. entirely. Positioned on the 54th floor of Centara Grand Centralworld, the open design restaurant has a most optimal view of the Bangkok city lights with the exception of the monstrous CP sign which glares back at you.
This particularly evening we were presented a menu from guest chef Jean Philippe of Dehesa Restaurant in Singapore. Apparently his claim to fame …is being the “Master of Iberico Pork”. Which in many ways, he proved. One way was a pasta entirely made of pig skin! The texture-at first-takes a while to adapt to but an incredibly interesting and tasty interpretation.
The head cheese croquette which consisted of the more foreign parts of the pig; trotters, ears and such, was rich and again, an exploration of texture. Some parts chewy, others soft and gristly, yet all together works exceptionally well. The slight let down was the beef cheek which was clearly overcooked and dry. And the most puzzling combination was the Oscietra caviar (loads of the stuff) piled on top of pulled pork. The components alone were a credit to themselves but combined, seemed like a tragic waste! I scooped my caviar off and ate it aside.
We also had a chance to chat with Jean Philippe,who shared a plethora of pig knowledge. He gave us a basic run-down about Iberico Pork and also enlightened us about the news that Michelin were set to release their stars in the coming week in Singapore! Good luck to him. I think on his home turf he could very well catch a star. It’s a lot trickier when flying in only overnight to cook in a strange kitchen. I guess this will always be the challenge of guest-cheffing in another country.
All in all, a lovely evening. I would be inclined to return on a regular night to try their house menu along with the great cocktails and take advantage of the live entertainment. Like me you might find yourself singing, “Bayo, bayo, bayo!”
999/99 Rama I rd. Pathumwan,
Tel: +66 (0)2 100 1234
Opening Hours: Every day from 4pm to 1am