Blame the BTS. The BTS skywalk between Siam Paragon and Central World was 95% responsible for an impromptu splurge at Uno Mas (One More), a Spanish Mediterranean sky bar restaurant 54 floors up in the Centara building. This was the one night our ‘Bangkok with Kids’ adventure took a serious swerve into grownup-land.
My little misses are very adventurous eaters and Miss 10 is so enthusiastic about her food I wonder if she will pursue a career in it.
The girls oohed at the blue-lit ‘cave’ entry which opened out into a soaring bar structure of wine bottles floating in illuminated emptiness. Our table was in the next-door restaurant on an open-air balcony 42 floors above the street.
When we got there the sky was streaked pink and orange. Slowly, the city lights began their silent night time show and a few stars emerged to twinkle over our best family food experience yet.
To start, complimentary whispery light capsicum brioche buns dipped in golden oil. “You don’t need butter when the oil tastes like this!” announced Miss 8.
“But why would they put nuts in the olives?” demanded Miss 10. “Taste it”, we told her. She took a bite. “Ohhhhh,” she responded as the realisation of a classic Spanish combination made itself known on her palette for the very first time.
Miss 8 has been known to charm CEO’s of world-renowned resorts into custom-ordering plates of jellybeans just for her, so it was no surprise when her Two Rivers raspberry and lemon mocktail came complete with a slice of lime and silver edible pearls normally reserved for cocktails.
Our waitress Lina was charming, and during the night we met the owner, hospitality manager and were served by four other welcoming staff. So, a big nod to the friendly service (ours was the only family with younger kids in the restaurant that night), and a juicy full-mouth pash for the food – fresh juicy mussels steamed with garlic, lemon and thyme were devoured by the little Misses, gumbo pil pil prawns sizzled colourfully in just the right balance of paprika, garlic and cayenne pepper, a platter of Joselito thin cold cuts almost dissolved on the tongue, each leaving a lingering taste varying in richness, salt and sweet. The Paella Valencia was full of chicken and prawns. “As it should be,” announced my husband.
I wanted to order the signature ‘Cochinillo’ ASado; a half roasted suckling pig which is served with green mojo sauce and nam jim jeaw, but Miss 10 objected. “I don’t think I could eat a pig,” she said. I obviously have some foodie education to complete, but Uno Mas was certainly the right place to start.
‘This is the most fancy restaurant I have ever been to’, she announced. The bill confirmed her judgement. But that’s what holidays are about right? If you’re in Bangkok with your kids, head to Uno Mas. Your junior culinaires are sure to want ‘one more’.