Maybe it’s the standard in this hotel, and this would be my first encounter of this kind — chilled champagne bottle on the first table of the buffet – breakfast buffet.
The trip to Siem Reap happened when Veron and Googie extended an invitation to join them and bunk in with them in Raffles Hotel. I haven’t stayed in any Raffles property so I grabbed the chance. It would list as another first along with my first time to see Angkor Wat, the structure I have been dreaming to see since college.
Dreams were sweet on the first night, especially on a bed in a villa (thanks for the room upgrade folks!). Breakfast was even sweeter with the pleasant welcome of everyone as I entered the Angkor Café.
I immediately made a friend. This nice lady at the egg station who offered her specialties until I was able to say yes to one- her salmon omelet. It was fantastic. She kept letting me have it every morning until I declined. When I requested for sunny side up, it came with salmon and capers on the side, and a plate of creatively sliced ripe mangoes followed. She reminded me of my mom who made sure I have a nice hearty breakfast at the start of each day.
The other thing I loved about the spread was the freshly made juices, concoctions of fresh fruits served in shot glasses. That, and the “juice of the day” offered by the waiters to each diner at their table.