Andreas is filled out with dark teakwood tables—loosely set for two-to-six—on the first and second floors, plus an open kitchen providing action shots of the chef at work. The wine cellar by the second floor offers a great selection of New and Old World wines by the glass or bottle. Check out the al fresco rooftop dining area. Although the sea is tantalizingly just out of sight, the fresh air adds an almost Mediterranean element to night-time dinners.
A piquant palate-warmer comes in the form of premium Sicilian octopus slow-cooked and served on a creamy potato sauce, along with black olives, rocket, celery, cherry tomatoes, and radishes (B450). The dish combines the fresh flavours of the Italian summer with the brine of the sea in the tender meaty octopus. The colourful addition of homemade bean, pumpkin, and raspberry sauces adds more than visual contrast—they also impart complementing flavours.
Pan-seared foie gras (B720) comes on brioche with a fig and raspberry sauce. The foie gras melts in the mouth, leaving sweetness behind as the texture dissolves. Chef Andreas also prepares a wonderful spaghetti with clams in white wine sauce (B560). Here, the dish is not as simple as it sounds. The buttery spaghetti blends with sweet wine and Manila clams (in the shell and out), forming a translucent sauce elevated with the taste of the sea. No need to add any extra artificial seasoning; the fresh clams themselves are lusciously salty.
Out of the sea and onto the earth, Andreas’ slow-cooked lamb shank in red wine sauce is a local favourite (B720). Served with grilled potatoes and baby carrots, stir-fried mushrooms, and baked spinach with cheese, the lamb cooked to medium to lock in juices and retain its tender texture, the dish is nothing short of hardy—the kind of meal best enjoyed with a glass of full-bodied Merlot. That same wine, in fact, might work well with a dessert of fresh figs sautéed in a red wine sauce with cinnamon, served with homemade vanilla ice cream (B380). Buon appetito!
Andreas Italian Restaurant & Grill
4/91 Soi Mooban Nongkae, Tambon Nongkae, Hua Hin | 09 9910 1018 | andreas-ristorante.com