Romantic dinner at a five star hotel
For a romantic dinner with the dim lights of metropolis Bangkok, one should visit The World Restaurant on the 24th floor of Centara Grande Hotel.
The food was great and the variety of dishes was quite appealing to me. The dinner is served in seven different themes across the week. As I went there on a Friday night, I was served with the Wagyu Night theme, which is a specialty for prime rib, steaks, sausages and carpaccio burger from Australian Wagyu. For a price of 1,955++ Baht, I must say the food were almost up to expectation and besides there is a promotion now that you can pay one price but eat from both the two classy restaurants – Ginger & The World – which is right next to each other. However, more luckily, I got a good deal at Groupon for this buffet at a price of 1,200 Baht (including Vat), which I thought was an experience worthwhile.
Upon reservation, we were seated near the window. However, the view wasn’t so impressive since the light inside the restaurant wasn’t designed for the view. But the customer service there was satisfactory. When we asked the waiter if we could change table elsewhere since it was a bit noisy with the kids in the area, the manager came to help us choose the new table. In comparison to the Ginger restaurant next door, the World restaurant didn’t look as decent as the former but it does have better variety of food, in my opinion.
Variety of Food around the World
The World restaurant served a line of international food from bread and pepperoni to fresh seafood, prime rib, Indian Nan and Somtum. The ham served was of imported quality and there was also a variety of bread provided from baguette to bread roll. Next is the seafood section lined with seafood on ice, ranging from New Zealand mussel to oysters and prawns. We were quite disappointed to see that crab or lobster was not served on the day. Regarding of the quality of the seafood especially the oyster, the smell wasn’t as fresh as expected, however the taste was quite good and it did not upset any of our stomachs. The other favorite dish of mine was the prawn dipped in Thai seafood sauce (green chilli). The Indian food was great too. I love the Aloo Masala. I did try the spaghetti with Bolognese sauce there and it was more delightful than any other spaghetti in town. I did not try much from the Thai section of the buffet since I thought there is much better thing to take from a five star buffet than somtum. But I did try the Nam Pric Ong (chilli and tomato paste with minced pork) which happens to be my favorite Thai dish, with boiled vegetables and it was delicious.
The dessert line was attractive too. There is a variety of cakes, fruit cakes and chocolate dip-ins and the taste was superb! I am sure the sweet-lovers wouldn’t be able to move away from the counter.
Since the current promotion allows us to take food from both Ginger & The World restaurants, we looked around in the Ginger too. The restaurant looked more pleasant but the buffet line wasn’t so interesting for us. They served a few chinese dimsum, noddles and soups. I did try the soup but it wasn’t so tasty. The next counter by the corner is the sushi bar serving sashimi, salmon, tuna, etc. The Japanese food there was not bad and fresh in quality. After we took a few plates of sushi, we headed back to the World, where it had a variety of authentic food.
The buffet includes a free flow of sommeliers selected wines, which I think is of good quality. Water or drinks are not included in the buffet and water is charged at a price of 36 B per bottle, which I think is reasonable too.
Red Sky Bar – a romantic night out with live music
After a full meal of buffet, we wanted to see real skyline of Bangkok on the 55th floor of Centara Grande. So we took a lift to the Red Sky Bar, which is one of the must-see places in Bangkok. It is an open-air deck with two levels and the read-colored seats were placed around the high glass railing. My night was complete with the 360 degree view of the city, even though the building is less taller than many skyscrapers in Bangkok.
The drinks were served together a bowl of salted peanuts. My boyfriend and I had a cocktail each (mine being Ginger Berry and his Sexy Kiwi) and both tasted pretty well for a price of 390+ B each. The environment there was relaxing and romantic with some middle aged foreigners and thai women. It’s a perfect place for the couples to hang out. The live music was on when we went around 11pm and spend an hour there, ending my birthday dinner with Eric Clapton’s song “Wonderful Tonight” on the skyline of the metropolitan city.
Overall, I think it was a wonderful experience that a five star hotel like Centara Grande had to offer and the prices were reasonable with the quality of food and environments they have provided. I will definitely visit the Red Sky Bar again during the evening to have a better top view of the entire inner Bangkok city.