You get only one chance to make a good first impression. So if you’re planning a perfect date, go that extra mile and make it memorable. Start off by planning a meal that includes top tables with views of the river; a private chat with celebrity chefs; or romantic stroll along a picturesque hill. For Mastercard cardholders, you’ll be receiving special privileges at certain establishments. Here are some of the best places to set the perfect mood for your date.
Araksa Tea Garden
Where: Chiang Mai
If he or she is your cup of tea, you can bond over your shared love for the hot drink at Araksa Tea Garden. You’ll have plenty to do together, and we know how partaking in a shared activity binds like no other. Stroll through the lush tea plantations – it’s the perfect, picturesque setting to learn more about each other, as well as how tea leaves are picked and processed using traditional methods. Then, take a break sampling different types of teas and a Thai snack, before you try your hand at creating your very own blend which you can take home as a gift. The date rounds off nicely with a three-course Thai lunch in the Tea House.
Priceless moment: Get a guided tour of the plantations, learn how to pluck tea from experienced growers and whip up your very tea blend.
Blue by Alain Ducasse
Reservations to this one-Michelin-starred restaurant are no longer a chore thanks to the priority reservation Mastercard cardholders can enjoy. The world-famous French chef, Alain Ducasse, first launched Blue at ICONSIAM to much fanfare in 2019. Don’t let its mall location deter you, as one of the privileges cardholders can indulge in includes access to the best seats in the house. Get welcomed with champagne in the lounge, before diving into the nine-course contemporary French dinner. It’s a stunning treat for both the stomach and eyes with dishes like golden caviar and pomelo.
Priceless moment: Gorgeous views of the Chao Phraya river because you’re in the best seats in the house, plus a private tour of the kitchen where you get to meet the talents behind your dishes.
This latest brainchild of chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn, Nusara, serves up “colorful Thai cuisine” that is a unique blend of traditional recipes with modern appeal. The food takes after recipe books that came from King Rama V’s royal kitchens. Feast on their 12-course Thai tasting menu, which comprises of small, creative dishes, before moving onto larger dishes meant for sharing. Delicious standouts include the wok-fried Wagyu beef with basil, as well as the chef’s signature crab curry served on a crispy betel leaf and topped with horseshoe crab roe.
Priceless moment: Indulging in creative 12-course Thai tasting menu that strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modernity. Set in a sophisticated shophouse right around the Ta Tien area, guests can head to the balcony before or after dinner for lovely views of Wat Pho.