Portugal at Parkview
To celebrate 500 years of Thai-Portuguese relations, the Parkview Restaurant at the Imperial Queen's Park Hotel held a "Portugal at Parkview" food festival.
The event was presided over by Dr. Jorge Torres-Pereira, the Portuguese Ambassador to Thailand (left), who introduced Chef Martinho Moniz who flew in from Portugal to prepare a range of specialty dishes.
Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.
Portuguese wines were served at the event, which opened on Friday July 8th and ran until Sunday July 10th. These complemented a range of Portuguese meat and cheese dishes that included Queijo da Serra da Estrela, Queijo de S. Jorge, Chourica de Carne, Alheira, Farinheira, Entradas Frias Ovas de peixe assadas and Bacalhau lascado com grao-de-bico e pimentos.
Chef Martinho's cuisine was paired with the regular Parkview buffet favourites such as Alaskan King Crab, Australian beef, foie gras, chilled seafood and over a dozen cheeses.
Portugal's connections to Thailand are deep rooted; the country was, in fact, the first European nation to establish diplomatic relations with the Thais, and went on to provide western technology and navigational skills as well as introducing Catholicism.
Pictured on stage with Chef Martinho Moniz (above right) is Imperial Queen's Park Hotel General Manager Michal Zitek.
The evening was rounded off by a display of traditional Portuguese dancing performed by local schoolchildren.