We’ve arrived! This is my first time ever in Thailand and it would appear I’m going to be doing it in style. I’m here for the next five days as a guest of Pandora and we’ll be traveling from Bangkok to Koh Samui and back to London again. All a rather intense cultural explosion, but I’m loving every minute of it. Our plane landed at 3:30pm in rather rainy and grey weather. This is perhaps not the most ideal weather for visiting Bangkok for the first time, yet I still felt as if I had landed in another world – one full of things to see, smell and taste. Now, speaking of taste, I thought we’d kick off our Thailand experience with a look at the first meal.
I’m writing this while under a duvet, Fatal Attraction is playing on the cable TV in the hotel and I’m typing with one eye open, the other trying not to slip away into la-la land. Jetlag is not pretty in your thirties. It’s amazing what I was capable of doing ten years ago. These days, well, I’m not as young as I used to be, sadly. So I’ll try my best to keep this little ditty as free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors as I possibly can on one hour’s sleep.
So, where were we? Oh yes, eating. Tonight I ate at Lord Jim’s Seafood restaurant at the hotel. We dined with a river view that was second to none and company that is definitely unparalleled. As we looked upon the boats, some covered in neon purple lights and others beautifully constructed and ornamented in the most simple fashion, it was easy to get lost in the moment. The service at the Mandarin Oriental is on another level. Your glass never makes it to half empty, your chair is always pulled out whether coming or going- it seems a man magically appears from nowhere to make sure you never lift more than your fork or wine glass. All concentration is on the food and the atmosphere around you. Oh, if only all dining experiences could be as easy and beautiful as Lord Jim’s in Bangkok.
The beauty, of course, didn’t stop and start with the service. Let’s get right into the food.
If you’re expecting this to be a simple one course event, prepare yourself now. I watched as women around me tried as hard as they could to persevere through the variety of dishes that arrived at our table. The food just kept coming. Sure, all we ordered was a starter and a main, but I’m pretty sure it turned into a five course meal somewhere along the way. How does that always seem to keep happening these days?
In the end, my starter was scallops and my main was sushi. I wish I could tell you more than that but I didn’t understand half of what was happening on the menu, especially when it came to the sushi. I took a wild stab in the dark, literally. I closed my eyes and pointed down and ordered whatever my finger fell upon. Seemed the best way to let fate decide my cuisine for the evening. Fate seems to have quite a discerning palate. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicately flavored to allow nature’s flavor to flow straight through. And do I even need to go into detail about the sushi? It’s fresh, as you would expect, and artfully composed on the plate so as to attract every eyeball in the room. Smart ordering all around, I’d say. Oh, and just wait until you see the art piece that is dessert. Keep scrolling.
Lord Jim’s – for my first meal in Bangkok, you certainly proved yourself as a place that can show a girl a good time and a full stomach! I’ll be back!
Fashion Foie Gras is a guest of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok with Pandora.