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.
Our main course was Lamb Chops that were cooked perfectly and served with green peas, Japanese eggplant, mushrooms, and garlic. The flavours were really delicious, and the only criticism to make was that our plates should have been pre-heated before delivery to the table.
The lamb was served with Quinta Da Zambujeiro Terra do Zambujeiro 2013 (Borba, Portugal), which proved to be a contentious choice. Given the high ambient temperature, several of us elected to add a little ice to bring out the best of the wine’s flavour. White wine buff ndrew was not overly impressed, and felt that a Cabernet Sauvignon might have gone better with the lamb though I enjoyed it.
Those with appetites remaining were left to appreciate the “Hi-So Style” Mango and Sticky Rice (Nam Dok Mai mango, coconut ice cream, sweet sticky rice), and an excellent Espresso that completed an admirable afternoon of fine dining.
Thanks were extended to the management and staff of the Park Society restaurant and SO Sofitel Bangkok team for having opened especially for us, and we showed our customary appreciation by calling for Thomas Nowak to return to ways of the past and thank on our behalf Maitre d’ Michel and the team for their professionalism and commendable service.
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