So I know some of you will be wondering about our Christmas evening meal at Sirocco - apologies that I missed that out in my last blog. To put it mildly, it was sensational, one of the most incredible things I think either of us has been to.
After Kav returned from the market, we spent Christmas Day walking around the shopping centres which were heaving with Saturday shoppers, and then stopping for lunch in the Siam Paragon food court where we had some delicious noodles, rice and fried and barbecued pork and stumbled across Beard Papa, a fast food company that specializes in the custard stuffing of choux buns - quite sensational! After that we headed back to our room to have a quick nap and get ready for dinner.
We took the sky train all the way to Saphan Taksin, having changed lines at Siam, and walked through a very busy, poor area until we found our way to the State Tower, the only skyscraper around and with a huge lit up dome on the top, so it wasn't hard to find. As we walked in we were shown to the elevator and herded in with all the other tourists on their way up to Sirocco, The Sky Bar and the other high floor bars they have. Once we arrived at the top, with sore ears from the speedy altitude change, we were led through to the outside where we were greeted with one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. It's impossible to even describe how beautiful was but what made it even more incredible was how they set up the experience for you. You walk out to the al fresco area which is one massive veranda and to the top of an enormous staircase like something out of a grand palace and just below you is the lit up Sky Bar, the restaurant and a spectacular view of Bangkok at night that just goes on forever. We spent a few minutes at the top of the staircase looking at the view before making our way down the staircase, which was an event itself, to have a drink at the bar before we sat down for dinner.
As we walked towards the bar which was already busy and lit up in pinks and blues and gives you the best views of the city, we were hunted down by a server and hastily asked what we would like to drink. We were offered white or red wine or maybe a glass of champagne and briefly shown the menu with the prices, which unfortunately I didn't look at properly before, feeling pressured to make a quick decision, saying yes to 2 glasses of Moet (their only brand). Only after we were stood looking at the fabulous view waiting for our drink did I convert the price of the drinks into sterling and realise that we were about to be given £50 GLASSES of champagne, I kid you not!! After a few minutes getting over the shock we chose to forget it and enjoy the rest of our Christmas night, after all, we're only here once and it was all totally worth it.
After slowly enjoying our champagne, taking photos and admiring the view we were shown to our table.
We had a lovely view of the city and decided that since we would only be here once and it was Christmas, we should try their special tasting menu and order some wine. The food was amazing and the tasting menu consisted of Lobster Bisque with bacon lardons and cream, Salmon done 2 ways (cerviche and rilette), Foie Gras, Lemon Sorbet, Beef Tenderloin with mushrooms and black truffle (minewithout) and finished off with my favourite dessert which was a delicious, creamy chocolate thing, all washed down with a fantastic bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.
To be honest, the whole night wasn't as expensive as we had first thought, and it was all totally worth it for the experience and the incredible view, but I will forever be shocked at the price of that champagne!!
To also put the cost of the meal in perspective, the next day we took a walk to the MBK centre where Kav ordered 4 suits, with 5 shirts and 4 ties that he will pick up when we return to Bangkok in a few weeks and (thanks to his inbred negotiating skills) cost only £20 more than dinner!!
I hope you are all enjoying your time off and planning something fabulous for New Year's Eve! We have our resort dinner which we are looking forward to but also looking forward to getting to Cambodia!
Lots of love xxx