We have made arrangements to join Dave and Carolyn for dinner at Meric, the swishy new restaurant located in the equally swishy Hotel de la Paix. I found it listed in Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List as one of the best new restaurants in the world. Yes, in the world. I usually don’t have the opportunity to dine at places rated “Best in the World” for everything, so I have been eager to try it.
Our hotel staff has arranged our reservation and called a pair of tuk tuks. The tuk tuks here differ from those in Thailand. In Thailand they were a single motorized unit, which made for a very stable little vehicle. Here the tuk tuks are little carts that attach to the back of a scooter. As soon as I step in, the whole thing sort of sways. It doesn’t feel very stable, but it does give me the same wonderful feeling of traveling through the warm night air. I love tuk tuks.
I’m not sure what to expect of Meric, but it turns out to be a beautiful place with clean lines and rich metallic brown and gold – sort of Japan meets Scandinavia or Italy. It makes for a lovely atmosphere.
Although the multi-course Khmer menu is very tempting, I’m the only one who feels thus (no one believes me when I assure them that eel can be really good!). Instead we all order off the international menu. Not that this is a sacrifice, as the menu offers a variety of tempting dishes. For example, Dave and Carolyn order a salmon and spinach appetizer that is simply out of this world. I order duck breast as my entrée’ and it, like all of our meals is very good. (Not “Best in the World” good, but very good – especially for the price.) Because we are celebrating David’s birthday when we get back to the hotel, only Lane orders one of the scrumptious looking desserts. He shares it with the rest of us. Yum, yum.
Back at the hotel, David and the others are waiting for us in the dining room.
Carolyn asks the staff produce the birthday cake.
Now this may not sound like a big deal, but procuring a birthday cake without 24 hours advance notice is quite a challenge in Thailand. In the end, Carolyn ended up arranging for the hotel’s staff to find a bakery with a cake that we could use. The cake they found for us is decorated in the overly cute style so popular in Asia (think Hello Kitty). When David cuts into it, we discover it is bright green.
It tastes pretty good though.
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