Oriental’s Sala Rim Nam Restaurant Thailand Review

By Nicole Brewer

Greetings globetrotters! I’m still recovering from trotting to Thailand the other weekend, heading right back to work after landing at 4am on a Sunday then doing it all over again the following weekend heading to Dubai. TBEX Asia travel conference in Bangkok Thailand however was totally worth it. I gained a great deal of knowledge to help us take I Luv 2 Globe Trot to the next level, while managing to have some fun with fellow travel bloggers in the blogosphere.

One of the pre- TBEX tours that I signed up for allowed me dine at the exclusive Oriental’s Sala Rim Nam Restaurant, which is located right across from the waterfront of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. We rode a traditional boat from the Mandarin hotel side over to the Oriental’s Sala Rim Nam Restaurant. A few of my fellow blogger friends and I dined on authentic Thai cuisine, which included several courses and superb traditional Thai performers, dance and classical music.

View of the restaurant from the hotel side.
View of the restaurant from the hotel side.


The MC for the evening.
The MC for the evening.

I commenced my meal with a beverage but of course. The drink menu was massive, but my eyes perked up once I saw the champagne mojito option. I love mojitos and champagne, so I figured this would be a great combination and something new for me try in Thailand. It surely did not disappoint. We noticed that the meal included a set menu with numerous courses. The first course included steamed prawns with fresh salad, with chili lime sauce wrapped in rice noodle. It looked so delicate and cute that I didn’t want to dismantle it but I had to do it. The huge prawns were moist and delicious, along with the chili sauce it had just enough kick and flavor. Additional dishes of the first course included deep-fried herbed crabmeat with minced chicken and fresh pineapple topped with minced chicken and peanut. I would have never thought to put these items together, but I am sure glad that the Thai did because they were absolutely delicious!

Champagne mojito, can you say yum!
Champagne mojito, can you say yum!


An awesome group of blogging ladies enjoying fine dining. Thanks TBEX!
An awesome group of blogging ladies enjoying fine dining. Thanks TBEX!

For the next course, the main dishes were served. There were so many great, flavorful dishes to sample. We started with the herbed pomelo salad with huge grilled blue river prawns. This was an interesting combination, as I don’t think I ever had pomelo and it had a sweet taste that faired well with the prawns to my surprise and delight. Next I tried the baked sea bass, topped with delectable herbs and a side of jasmine rice. This was indeed my favorite of the evening, followed by herbed chicken with lemongrass and galangal soup. This was so sumptuous when I dipped my jasmine rice in it to pair together. One of the final pairings for the main course was a hearty bowl of stir-fried vegetables that came drenched in oyster sauce, mmm good.

herbed pomelo salad with grilled blue river prawns
baked seabass with jasmine rice, my favorite.
baked sea bass with jasmine rice, my favorite.
herbed chicken northern style with lemongrass soup.
herbed chicken northern style with lemongrass soup.
Stir-fried vegetables with oyster sauce.
Stir-fried vegetables with oyster sauce.

Last but certainly not least was the dessert. I barely had room left after this commanding meal, but I made a little room to sample the sweet treats of course :-). The dessert platter consisted of water chestnut rubies soaked in chilled coconut milk; assorted fresh fruit like watermelon; rambutan sorbet and Royal Thai petits fours. Let’s just say, that this meal was beyond incredible and I will remember the experience forever.


Royal Thai petit fours.
Royal Thai petit fours.

Throughout the final courses, we enjoyed various sets of Thai traditional dance by some gorgeous ladies and gents. The elaborate customs were spellbinding and I enjoyed the moves that they displayed, as well as the classical music. One of the final performances included a traditional Thai drum set and fight moves from the men. I want to thank the gracious people at Oriental’s Sala Rim Nam Restaurant for an unforgettable meal and experience!



Beautiful ladies and dance.
Beautiful ladies and dance.


***Disclaimer: I was offered an opportunity to review Oriental’s Sala Rim Nam Restaurant as part of a TBEX blogger day trip. All opinions expressed are my own.***


  1. Micamyx|Senyorita says

    I enjoyed watching the show! It was lovely to finally meet you there. Who would’ve thought I already commented on your blog months before because of your Detroit homecoming 😀

    1. Globe trot says

      Haha, I know right. Who knew!

  2. Stacie says

    Wow, your food looks very interesting and well plated! Beautiful performance too.

  3. Holly says

    That food looks delicious. I love the attire and I am sure it was great to watch the performance.

  4. Jonna says

    This food looks amazing! Nothing like Thai restaurants that I go to here in my area. Plus the entertainment sounds like the cherry on top.

  5. The food looks awesome as always! Loved the scenery too.

  6. Dr. Renee Matthews says

    When I grow up I want to be like you. Thailand one week and Dubai the next!!!! Thanks for taking us on your trip I can’t wait to visit Thailand

  7. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green says

    I need to get on your travel schedule. What an amazing time.

  8. Curvatude says

    Looks like a fun time and I love how creative the food looks.

  9. Katherine G says

    That food looks so amazing!looks like you really enjoyed yourself.

  10. Joanna says

    This looks so good! Definitely putting this on my list for when I visit next year.

  11. Chasing-joy.com says

    Wow! I am impressed with your weekend traveling and then making it to work.

    The food and entertainment looked great.

  12. Valerie Robinson says

    Great review! Thai food is one of my faces – the curry to be exact! Loved the photos and the outfits :).

  13. Kara says

    From the foodl to the performance, Looks like an awesome experience! The champagne and mojito mix still has me like I need to try that

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  15. Lesley Carter says

    This sounds like a fantastic, and delicious, night out. I’m getting more and more excited to visit Thailand next month.

  16. Traveling Rockhopper says

    I see you had a great evening! And food looks very nice, now I want to try make a rice pyramid 🙂

  17. Erica says

    I love dinner that’s accompanied by a cultural performance. I very much prefer that than live music– with the exception of jazz.

  18. Anne Sutherland-Smith says

    Wow, what an amazing looking feast and show! I love the idea of going to a restaurant and trying the best of what they have to offer.

  19. Jackie says

    What a delicious and fun night out! The traditional Thai show looks like such a nice touch!

  20. Carly says

    I think I’m gonna go have a mojito now….

  21. Meg Jerrard says

    So glad you had a spectacular time! I love resturants which turn dining into an experience. Have to admit though, you had me at champagne mojito!!

  22. Camesha | Mama Motivator says

    The food almost looks to pretty to eat. I would have been all over that champagne mojito too!

  23. melody pittman says

    The dinner and show look fun and fabulous! Champagne mojito, interesting! Glad you had a fun time!

  24. Jenna says

    Yum! The food looks amazing!! You just made me hungry, lol! I love the performers clothing as well–how beautiful. Looks like a wonderful evening!!

  25. LaQuisha Hall says

    This looks so relaxing and entertaining! My dad brought home several photo albums from this beautiful place when he once visited. ♡

  26. Himanshu says

    It seems you had a greta time during TBEX. Loving your various reviews. Thailand is awesome.

  27. Himanshu says

    It seems you had a great time during TBEX. Loving your various reviews. Thailand is awesome.

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