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    Oriental Splendor

    ...as near to a perfect evening as possible: full moon, balmy weather, riverside table, delicious meal, excellent wine and competent, friendly service...

    ...After a tour of the lobby to admire the seasonal decorations, we headed to the Bamboo Bar for pre-dinner cocktails...


    ...the music perfectly suited the setting in the bar:



    ...3 JWB doubles later and a quick wobble brought us to our riverside table at Ciao, the Oriental's seasonal Italian restaurant. The menu is limited, but included dishes I'd not previously tried:



    ...we started with the "crunchy egg" and deep-fried, lightly battered lobster tail (a sort of Italian tempura): both flavorful...



    ...for mains, we chose the rack of lamb and seared tuna...the former was served perfectly pink and succulent; the latter a tad bland despite the delicious grilled capsicum sauce...



    ...for dessert, we chose the tiramsu and two scoops of ice cream (amaretto and stracciatella)...both satisfying and a fitting end to our meal...



    ...activity on the river provided the evening's entertainment:



    ...with wine (a fine Italian red @B550 the glass), an excellent selection of bread and mineral water: B8,000...a memorable holiday evening...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    B8,000.
    A months wages for some of my wife's students parents. Pity it was served in a chamber pot.

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    Looks to have been a great evening out.

    Quick question...that crunchy egg...is it runny or more like a hard boiled egg?

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    Since when was JWB a cocktail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    is it runny or more like a hard boiled egg?
    ...it had the consistency of a poached egg with a perfectly cooked yolk...

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    Very very nice Tom.


    That Tagliata Di Wagyu is calling out to me.

    As are the evening double JWBs.

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    Nice, a bit pricey at 245usd but hey you only live once.
    Was that 8000bht for two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker View Post
    Was that 8000bht for two?
    ...yes; the wine was B1,500 of the total...

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    All things considered, that's good value. I reckon a comparable meal in Europe, North America, or Aus/NZ would cost two or three times as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    All things considered, that's good value. I reckon a comparable meal in Europe, North America, or Aus/NZ would cost two or three times as much.
    Rubbish! Check your currency converter. For NZ anyway, if you paid $350 for that, it would be at Cincin or Sky City. Definitely not $700 or $1000.


    It's an ostentatious OTT price.

    The lamb does look good though

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    (a fine Italian red @B550 the glass)
    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    the wine was B1,500
    Trying to compute that, not succeeding :/

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    not bad, did you get fucked by Pierre afterward? I certainly hope so, after you spend all that money to please him

    that said, for 8,000 for a hotel meal that is not rated by Michelin stars is a bit expensive, in Paris you would have got at least 1 or 2 stars Michelin for 200 Euros for 2 including glass of fine French wines.

    Those 5 stars hotel boutique restaurants in Thailand are really traps for rich snobby Thais,
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    That menu looks as Italian as Luigi
    American music playing too

    You'd have got a more authentic Italian experience at Tony Romas

    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    That Tagliata Di Wagyu is calling out to me.
    A chopped up American steak with a Japanese tomato
    For 2800 baht you'd think they'd mention the weight of the fukker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Trying to compute that, not succeeding :/
    There will be 3 glasses to a bottle of that house wine

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    Looks really nice TC, as one would expect at such an esteemed establishment steeped in history in that location.

    And $250.00?, pfffftt!. Billy Idol racked up about 100 times that (mostly in damages) in a couple of days before the Oriental called in the Military to shoot him with a tranquilizer gun, strap him to a stretcher, and get him - along with half the whores of Patpong and all the Coke in Bangkok - out of the Presidential Suite. They probably don't like to talk about that though

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    All things considered, that's good value. I reckon a comparable meal in Europe, North America, or Aus/NZ would cost two or three times as much.
    Its the authentic ambience Tom pays for.

    Sitting in a posh Italian restaurant in a Chinese Hotel with Xmas decorations, listening to Merkin oldies whilst eating Aussie lamb and supping Scottish whiskey with a Thai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Its the authentic ambience Tom pays for.

    Sitting in a posh Italian restaurant in a Chinese Hotel with Xmas decorations, listening to Merkin oldies whilst eating Aussie lamb and supping Scottish whiskey with a Thai
    can't get more Thai authentic as that

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    ...*sigh*...

    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Trying to compute that, not succeeding
    ...sorry...for non-native speakers: 3 glasses of wine @B550 the glass = B1,650...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Trying to compute that, not succeeding :/
    That's because you're a simpleton that can only compute what's one inch in front of yer schnoz.

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    Its the authentic ambience Tom pays for.

    Sitting in a posh Italian restaurant in a Chinese Hotel with Xmas decorations, listening to Merkin oldies whilst eating Aussie lamb and supping Scottish whiskey with a Thai


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    I could get used to the last bit ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ... whilst eating Aussie lamb and supping Scottish whiskey with a Thai

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    ^ with a side of Japanese battered Canadian lobster tails?

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    ^ if you insist.

    I hope Tom's paying!

    (mee tounge nid noi)

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    I hope Tom's paying!
    ...an evening with Dill would be cheaper, of course: frozen pizza, boxed wine residue and pirated movies: bliss!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    .sorry...for non-native speakers: 3 glasses of wine @B550 the glass = B1,650.
    Yes, that's why, for this non-native speaker, your stated 1500 didn't compute.
    Also for this non-native speaker, I'm struggling to understand how simple maths is a language, and not a numeracy, issue.
    Lu, of course jumps on the bandwagon and shows how he too confuses numeracy with linguistics... or maybe the thicko also thought that 1500 is a multiple of 550? Probably the latter. He's not very smart.

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