I cannot think of a better way to spend a Tuesday evening than sharing an incredible meal with a delightfully funny new friend, while looking out at a stunning panoramic view of one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the world. Welcome to my life, two short weeks ago (how does it feel like a LIFETIME ago already?! Take me back immediately!).
Distil has a hidden cheese cellar, reminiscent of some secret medieval castle chamber!
After laboring over my choice in footwear, due to The Dome’s highly publicized and discussed “strict dress code”, which notes “no beach sandals” (aren’t all sandals beach sandals?), I strolled over to Lebua. The Dome, which sits on the top floors of Lebua’s Tower Club, is home to restaurants Breeze, Mezzaluna, and Sirocco, as well as bars Distil, Ocean 52, and Sky Bar. Although only one outlet, Distil, opens at 5pm, the Dome was already hopping when I arrived just shy of my 6pm reservation at Breeze, as evidenced by the line of people already queued up at the dedicated elevators on the ground floor.
While they queued, I was taking a quick tour of the not-yet-open bars and picking up some fun facts liiiiiike… Distil has a hidden cheese cellar, reminiscent of some secret medieval castle chamber! Mezzaluna has their ingredients flown in fresh EVERY DAY from France and Japan! In fact, the reason they are closed on Mondays is because one of their sources is closed on Mondays and they want everything they serve to be at the PEAK of freshness. Pssshhhhh, no day-old fish over here!! I also learned that Sky Bar, down one flight of stairs from Distil and definitely the most popular venue in the Dome from what I could see, has strict capacity regulations, which I personally believe result from a combination of wanting guests to feel comfortable and special, and also not wanting anyone to be so squeezed together that they go toppling over the glass edge and plummet the 820 feet to the ground below because someone next to them sneezed too hard.
I sauntered over the gorgeously illuminated sky walk that leads to Breeze, and descended into probably the most breathtaking dinner setting you could ever imagine
The sun was setting at this point, so I sauntered over the gorgeously illuminated sky walk that leads to Breeze, and descended into probably the most breathtaking dinner setting you could ever imagine. I mean, really, it would be hard to mess that moment up. Chef Sam Pang could have served chopped up hot dogs in macaroni and cheese at that point, and I STILL would have come away blissed out of my mind. He didn’t, though (lucky me!), and Breeze instead served a five-course tasting menu, whose every detail has been personally overseen by Chef Pang – and I don’t just mean the food and wine, but the most minute details of presentation, right down to the tableware and cutlery! Impressive! The Maine Lobster made me want to do pirouettes across the floor, the Atlantic Dover Sole got me so excited that I decided I couldn’t miss a single flavor on the plate (which sounded like a good plan, until I chomped down on a fresh peppercorn. OUCH!), and the Australian Blackmore Wagyu Beef… well, let’s just say I’m glad the lights were low because I’m pretty sure I was drooling before I even got the first bite to my mouth.
The conversation with my new, Bangkok-based dinner companion flowed as smoothly as the wine pairings, as we discussed everything from traffic, our favourite Thai hotels and the benefits of squatting with weights (you’ll thank me later!), and the evening etched a permanent smile on my heart. Upon further contemplation, for an experience like this, a price tag of slightly over $200 per person ($130 for the tasting menu and $80 for the wine pairing) is beyond reasonable! We are making memories here, people!!! Now excuse me while I get back to daydreaming about that beef… C
Breeze, Tower Club at Lebua, 1055 Silom Road, 51st-52nd Floors, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
+66 (0) 2 624 9555; lebua.com
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