Paste was always going to be on my agenda for this trip, having heard good feedback from both the Great One
I preferred to be "under the radar" on my first visit to a restaurant, so I turned down the Hungry Tourist's offer to join him for lunch the day I arrived. Instead, I had Hello Kitty reserve a table in her name, and tried not to be too public about when I would be dining here. Alas, I slipped up and failed to keep things under wraps.
Our original booking for 4 eventually turned to 7, and as I called the restaurant to ask for a bigger table, the person answering the phone immediately asked me whether the Great One was coming (she was not), and proceeded to ask whether I was still coming. So we had been outed... probably by my friend the Hungry Tourist, who was obviously trying to help one of his favorite restaurants make a good impression on us.
With 7 of us - and most of us visiting for the first time - we decided to forgo the challenge of ordering from the menu, and asked for the chef to arrange everything for us - omakase (お任せ). Effectively, we did a "I'll have what he's having"... and in this case we were having what my friend was having on his visits just days before. We found out afterwards that the kitchen had been told to dial down the heat, knowing that I don't like my food really spicy.
The only issue I had with our meal today had nothing to do with the food but with logistics. There were too many of us sharing the same dishes, and as everyone wanted to snap pictures of the beautifully presented food, it took a little time for everyone to have their turn. As a consequence, the temperature of the food wasn't ideal. It was also a little frantic and at times confusing as to who has or has not taken a photo or tasted the dish. I would imagine that a smaller party with fewer dishes would have delivered a calmer, more relaxed experience in the serene dining room.
I'll try that next time I visit Bangkok.