In addition to spectacular views of Lumpini Park, we also observed extensive construction that was much advanced on the opposite corner of Wireless and Rama IV Roads – part of the massive One Bangkok project where some 60,000 people will live, work, and shop. Noting the mammoth tail-backs stretching in both directions along Rama IV Road, one might suggest that clients of this new development should plan to stay permanently within the confines of the site.
In addition to wonderful views, we also enjoyed a truly excellent sparkling aperitif in the form of Alma Cuvee Franciacorta Bellavista Brut NV from Lombardy, Italy. This is mostly Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Noir (19%), accurately described by the winemaker as “White, bubbly and persistent mousse… tiny pearl-like chains forming an obvious crown that lasts” and for wine spokesman Andrew MacDowell and myself it was the best wine of the lunch. This we enjoyed with our Chinese inspired amuse bouche, a delicate dumpling that featured lemon grass and was presented in a smoking bamboo dim sum steamer.