SALA RIM NAAM
By : MELISSA RICHTER
23 November 2018
About: Sala Rim Naam is an unforgettable experience that includes fine Thai dining and enthralling live entertainment. It is tailor made for special occasions and romantic dining and is also appropriate for families. This is perfect place for tourists and for locals who want to entertain out-of-town guests. As part of the iconic Mandarin Oriental hotel; Sala Rim Naam is accessible by both boat and car, however, the most preferred route is by boat as it sits directly across the water from the main hotel on the banks of the enchanting Chao Praya River.
Decor: You can choose to dine al fresco on the terrace where they can enjoy an exotic a la carte menu of classic Thai favorites and charming river views, or dine inside at the grand Thai Pavilion which includes a sumptuous set menu and legendary performances of Thai dancing. This is a full-scale production on a live stage with up to twelve male and female dancers, elaborate costumes and culturally rich music and storytelling.
Menu: You can order from a choice of 2 set menus which are alternated throughout the week and is priced at THB 2,450 ++ per person which is served indoors and includes the show. The set menu is made up of a series of smaller servings that highlight traditional Thai flavors and can be enjoyed as the show progresses. Although the dishes start off small as they keep coming you do get pretty full by the end of the evening. We started off with an assortment of three appetizers which included Herbed & Crispy Perch w/ Tangy Sauce wrapped in betel leaves, Herbed Vegetable & Sweet Corn in Pastry Shells and Crab Meat Dumplings. They all had unique flavor and textural profiles and was a great way to kick start the meal. The crab meat dumplings which are better known as ‘chor muang’ (flower-shaped savory dumplings) where particularly memorable because of their unusual shape and beautiful blue color which is derived from the petals of butterfly pea flowers. These steamed dumplings can have either sweet or savory stuffing and ours with crab meat added a delicate sweetness to the chor muang and made it different from ones had elsewhere with pork, chicken or prawn filling stir-fried with coriander root, garlic and pepper. The next dish served was the Pomelo Salad w/ Chicken & Prawns which was not as successful because the piquant flavors associated with this dish were missing. The next course was a delightful Spicy Prawn Soup w/ Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime & Straw Mushrooms which had a complex flavor with both spicy and sour notes. We recommend pairing this menu with a bottle of Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2017 as this is a dry Riesling with a pale straw color and intense aromas and a natural acidity that can easily be enjoyed with the entire meal. Next up was the Yellow Curry w/ Chicken, Stir-fried Blue River Prawn w/ Chili Jam & Sweet Basil and the Baked Sea Bass w/ Thai Herbs accompanied by steamed jasmine rice. Dessert was Coconut Ice Cream with assorted delights such as Caramelized Banana which was scrumptious along with a choice of coffee or tea.
Evaluation: Sala Rim Naam stands out from the crowd because it successfully combines Thai culture and theater, with the 5-star treatment you would expect from the Mandarin Oriental brand. They make you feel as if you are royalty as you are treated to 15 courses and no less than 6 sets of traditional Thai dancing shows that begin at 7:45 PM each night. The show is one of the best in town and you have the option of getting there a bit early for drinks or staying after the show for drinks on the terrace. This is an unforgettable experience and it is sure to impress anyone you take there.