Monday, December 30, 2013

Bangkok: Moon Bar and Issaya Siamese Club

Last night in Bangkok was amazing. After a brief sojourn to the fertility shrine (I have some amazing, graphic photos of the strangeness at the shrine but can't post here because my grandmother is probably reading this), we headed to Moon Bar to watch the sunset from a 61st floor terrace. The Bangkok skyline is overwhelming, as one might expect from a city of 10 million. Amazing cocktails with local fruits. Intriguing and very international crowd.

As the sun set and the city lit up, we headed to Issaya Siamese Club for what turned out to be a 12-course menu in a beautiful restaurant located in an old colonial house. Highlights included curried pork ribs, prawn sausage, delicate veal cheek, crispy duck leg with foie gras, and a monster serving of Thai-spiced lobster. Couple that with a nice French wine, and we were quite satisfied.

But then dessert started. Five of them to be exact. The winners were the jasmine panna cotta and the broken bowl--a sweet pastry stuffed with cream and encased in a chocolate shell, which was hardened by liquid nitrogen. Then the shell was flung onto the table where it shattered across banana leafs. The banana leaves were anointed with mulberry and passion fruit foams, coconut cream, and toasted coconut and macadamia nuts. Fascinating presentation, poorly captured in the dark photo in this post.

We are now in Luang Prabang and loving the quieter pace. More updates to come.

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