My Bangkok friend Dolly has a friend Anna who directs a hotel and restaurant management program at their university. Anna loves to make food, eat food, and talk about food. It's an obsession. Dolly and Anna have dinner together at a new restaurant every Friday night. I joined them for their weekly excursion to a recently opened restaurant called The Aston. There was a set menu, but it wasn't printed so you didn't know what the courses were going to be. It was a mystery dinner.
This was the first course. I can't tell you exactly what it was, because I couldn't understand much of the explanation from our server. We all thought we heard chorizo mentioned, but there wasn't a trace to be found. We decided it was a potato-cheese croquette. The presentation was impressive.
Second was this angel hair pasta with a sauce that had dried shrimp....didn't care for this one.
Then came a delicious medallion of salmon perched on a salad of radishes, capers, and salmon roe.
A grilled lamb rib chop nestled in a puree of smoky eggplant was the first meat course. It was really tender and succulent. I passed on the okra and hot pepper.
Then came my favorite dish, a leg and breast of quail with fois gras and one little morel mushroom. I added some shavings of white truffle to make it even more divine.
We had two desserts. This was a sorbet and custard combination with grilled pineapple and kiwi.
And the finale was madelines, dark chocolate, creamy marshmallow squares and salt caramels.
What a sumptous feast. This was not a budget traveler's restaurant, but once in a while you have to splurge, and Bangkok is just the place to do it.