I have a couple of traditions when in Bangkok and lunch at Lord Jim's on the day of my departure is one of them.
The hotel phoned me as we were running late due to a taxi driver who arrived at and told us the Orchid Sheraton was The Oriental. The hotel put him straight and we were the last to arrive.
I have never been disappointed and still had my table for me and my wonderful partner by the window. What a view! All life passes by from huge barges to small long tail boats.
Reception was excellent from a smiling warm young lady. ...despite the Chinese woman who barged in while we were been dealt with.
Far, far too many buffets are ruined by cooking food and dumping it into bain maries and expecting it to be fresh 2 hours later. Not so at Lord Jims. The food is well laid out in sections with many chefs cooking live. I always start with tempur and sushi. Both excellent but do wait for hot freshly cooked tempura.
The hors d'ourves are mainly tasty, delicious and generous sea foods. Shrimps, prawns, Langoustines, etc compliment the many salads on offer. All beautifully presented with flair. The fish, as you should expect, are cooked perfectly.
Mains can be western or, of course, eastern. The meats are carved to order and I toroughly enjoyed one of my favourites ...foie gras. Soft and melt in the mouth. But I would have preferred this "naked", just on it's own with no sauce. Flash pan it and this is all it needs.
I am a dessert addict and for me the pastry chef is one of the stars, if not the star. The selection is huge and the ones (many I hate to confess!) I tasted were delicious. Creamy, eggy creme brulee with a nice crispy topping, soft creme caramel, sweet coconut rice and mango, fresh cooked crepes, chocolate brownie (?), fruit with a chocolate fountain etc, etc. Yes...I did pig on the desserts and would go for these alone!
Service at table was excellent with professional though not intrusive attention. I tried, for the novelty of it, the Thai wine from Hua Hin and was surprised. It did not have the depth or the finesse of a European wine but it was pretty good. My partners Reisling could have been better.
The cost is about 1,500 baht inc taxes and service. Allow about B350-650 per glass of wine.
I..we...look forward to our next visit.
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