12 October 2011
With the recent passing of a parent coinciding seemingly with all other things personal crashing into oblivion, it was nearly 10pm on a Saturday evening that my oldest and best friend chose the Promenade as the venue from which to initiate the resurrection of my sanity. Yes, many had said when it rains it pours, but this concurrence of personal events was completely off the scale for me, and so when we arrived at the Dorchester that evening, all manner of frills and niceties were gratefully received.
And so we were asked if we had booked and though we had not, were seated comfortably in one of the lush sofas which adorn many corners and niches of what really is a long promenade leading from the entrance lobby all the way to the back of the hotel. I had not been for at least a year or so, but recent renovations have come together quite well in that there is a rich lush ambience primarily due to the curtains, tapestry and central candelabra-like lighting, as well as large warm orange hue mirrors all the way along the room.
We were served by a courteous Italian waitress who took our orders for a light dinner, myself just a mushroom truffle soup and my friend a club sandwich. The soup was good though the club sandwich could have been crisper or more inspired. Music is live and really quite nice if that is how one could describe it. By that I mean that the relaxing mix of jazz and bossa nova resonated at the right volume throughout the evening, gently but surely reminding me of what its like back home in Asia, where music of this ilk is often played in the lounges, often by the sea. On this occasion given my situation, it was of course very nostalgic and even somewhat sad for me.
The clientele are extremely international, and so much so there were few that I could identify as purely English, though many were from the Continent, the US, from the Middle East and from Asia. Its well patronised in any case, and for most of the evening its a warm busy ambience, which certainly did its best to uplift me from what has been a very deep low.
All in all it is of course rather pricey but for what it is one would not expect any less. I will return for sure and hopefully in much less heavy a mood than was upon me that day.