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As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences.   Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more.   Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town.   Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection.   Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you.   Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those.     Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit

MICHELIN-Starred restaurant Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu at The Okura Prestige Bangkok invites you to experience its new 'Autumn Guestronomic Dining Journey', featuring an array of autumn-inspired fares created by Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo and his team. As lush green leaves turn red, orange, and brown, the weather gets cooler, yet the ambience gets warmer and comforting. Chef Gerard's autumn offerings are, therefore, characterised by herbs, spices and hearty ingredients, at the side of lighter touches to classic French cuisine and exquisite premium seasonal produce from Japan. Always seeking to be playful and bold, he often uses tow sauces in a dish so as to provide complex flavour range and contrasts. Warm, tangy and full of a inspiring seasonal essence, highlights of the autumn menu includes succulent ‘chutoro’ with marbled Kombu, daikon and hijiki; ‘Hokkaido scallop’ with eryngii (oyster mushroom), sherry and scallop-bushi (cured, cold smoked and dried scallop); ‘canard en croute de sel – on the bone’ with togarashi (Japanese mixed chilli and spices), confit Cannellonis, and foie gras; ‘A5 Miyagi wagyu – Baba’ with Pommes Dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; and signature ‘binchotan’ with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate. The 'Autumn Guestronomic Set Journey' is available from 23 September 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30, with prices starting from THB 4,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

During 29 September – 3 October 2022, MICHELIN-Starred IGNIV Bangkok at The St. Regis Bangkok will welcome Chef Timo Fristche from Oz by Andreas Caminada, Sweitzerland's acclaimed vegetarian restaurant with state-of-the-art concept, who spent years working at three-MICHELIN-starred Schloss Schauenstein, for an exciting four-hands culinary collaboration with IGNIV's Head Chef David Harwig. During his visit, Chef Timo will work closely with Chef David and his network of farmers and local suppliers to source carefully grown herbs, plants, and vegetables. The menu will also showcase his signature fermentation techniques which transform and preserve the richness of plants. The 4-hands Vegetarian Fine Dining Sharing Experience at IGNIV Bangkok comprises vegetarian dishes from IGNIV Bangkok and Oz, from starters to desserts, as well as a choice of delights from IGNIV’s signature Candy Store to enjoy with coffee or tea, or to take home. The Vegetarian Fine Dining Sharing Experience at IGNIV Bangkok is available for lunch and dinner during 29 September – 3 October 2022, priced at THB 4,000++ per person. Reservations can be made by calling +66 (0) 2 207 7822 or email igniv.bangkok@stregis.com. Visit www.ignivbangkok.com for more information.

Available daily at Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok unveils its new afternoon tea set that pays homage to classic American dishes, featuring creatively crafted savouries and sweet treats by executive sous-chef Chalit (Toddi) Kobaukaew and executive pastry chef Andrea Noli. Highlights include Organic Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon; Waldorf Salad Tortilla Wrap topped with Walnut Tuiles; Crab Cake dipped with Thousand Island Dressing; and Green Zebra Tomato-Shaped Virgin Bloody Mary (New York’s beloved drink turned into a bite!); Modern Strawberry Red Velvet Cake; New York Sundae Choux; among others. The afternoon tea set is available from 13:00 to 17:00, priced at THB 2,500++ (or THB 2,943 net) for two and includes a selection of fine savory and sweet pastries, freshly-baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon cream and strawberry jam, and Mariage Frères tea or coffee. Reserve a table at +66 (0) 2 846 8888, bkkwa.fb@waldorfastoria.com or LINE: @WaldorfAstoriaBKK

An avid food enthusiast from an early age, Sahil Rattanaphas spent his childhood mesmerised by cooking shows rather than cartoons, and learned to read poring over cookbooks! It was perhaps inevitable that he would find his calling in merging his love of food with his other great passion: photography. The prolific food photographer specialises in producing stunning visual assets for hospitality businesses under his agency, 'The Turquoise Truck Creative'. Sahil has worked in 15 countries so far, photographing extensively in Asia and Europe.   Capturing Bangkok’s Finest Chefs in Action Sahil’s instinctive creative flair stands out in his dynamic movement shots—a unique skill he’s carefully honed over the years with careful diligence and dedication. Apart from his profound understanding of food, his ability to visualise and create breathtaking compositions on the fly is what makes him such a highly sought-after food photographer in the hospitality industry.  Currently based in Bangkok, Sahil Rattanaphas has worked with some of the city’s finest chefs, from iconic street food establishments to Michelin-starred restaurants. He shares his perspective on working with them through his captivating shots and personal impressions.     Jay Fai: Bangkok’s Michelin-Starred Street Food Legend Being contacted by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants during the middle of the pandemic for a photo shoot was thrilling enough for Sahil, having been a huge fan since he was a kid. But when he discovered that he would be taking photos of Jay Fai, he couldn’t believe his luck!  Supinya Junsuta, better known as Jay Fai, has been operating her humble street food stall since the 1980s. She received international fame when her roadside eatery became Bangkok's first street food stall to be awarded a Michelin star in 2018 and then again in 2019.   Photographing Jay Fai for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants: Icon Award 2021, Sahil found her an absolute inspiration up close. As a food lover, Sahil was initially sceptical about the feverish hype surrounding Jay Fai—how good can an omelette possibly be?  But when she forced him to stop shooting to eat, one bite of her signature crab omelette blew him away. He immediately understood her viral success. Jay Fai’s passion and dedication in transforming simple ingredients into masterpieces are, in his opinion, what makes her a true culinary artist.   Chef El Palanca: An Eccentric Force of Nature  Head Chef at Vaso When Sahil first met Chef El Palanca, he couldn’t help but feel slightly bewildered at the Madrid native’s outrageous eccentricity and flamboyant personality. Covered in tattoos from head to toe, with a forehead tattoo that reads “Can’t Lose”, Chef El Palanca is an absolute force of nature in (and out of) the kitchen. But despite their vastly different cultural backgrounds from different corners of the world, Sahil and Chef El Palanca quickly bonded over their passion for food (and beer). The chef’s quirky yet delicious Asian-influenced traditional Spanish cuisine at Vaso, Bangkok’s hottest new tapas bar, embodies his love of both cultures in his highly individualistic style.    Wilfrid Hocquet: A Classical Chef with an Urban Edge Executive Chef at Blue by Alain Ducasse When asked what he enjoyed most about

Set to excite the palate of fine dining aficionados, MICHELIN-Starred Armani/Ristorante at Armani Hotel Dubai invites you to indulge in its new 'Exclusive Journey' 8-course degustation menu – a signature tasting experience featuring top-notch Italian cuisines, paired with uniquely personalised service. At Armani/Ristorante, the essence of Italy is brought to life where a natural passion for the finest ingredients, exquisite flavour combinations, and contemporary presentation come together in an exclusive environment. The palatable journey will begin with Capesante Hokkaido, a delicious combination of pan-seared Hokkaido scallop, cauliflower emulsion, heirloom cauliflower, and Calvisius caviar. Guests will then sample the delicate Foie Gras, followed by Bottoni Ripieni, composed of button-shaped ravioli filled with braised lamb and artichoke, Castelmagno cheese fondue, and lamb ragout. A range of other delights, including Riso E Gamberi Rossi, Astice Blu, and Costoilette Di Wagyu – a wonderful treat composed of Wagyu braised short ribs, spinach mashed potatoes, spiced baby carrots, and gremolata are all also in store. To finish the experience, diners can enjoy a refreshing Frutti Di Bosco and La Sfera made from coconut foam, passion banana crème brulee, exotic fruit brunoises, and exotic sorbet. All these exquisite dishes can be washed down with the perfect grape pairings to take your fine dining experience to the next level. The restaurant’s expert sommeliers have tailored their choices to elevate the subtle nuances of each dish and bring out even more hidden flavours. The 'Exclusive Journey' is priced from AED 949. To reserve your spot, call +971 4888 3666, email restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com, or visit www.armanihoteldubai.com/dine/armani-ristorante

Celebrated in many countries in Asia, this year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 10 September. A huge part of the auspicious festival is, definitely, mooncake, to be given to the loved and important ones in your life as an expression of gratitude and wishing them prosperity. Here are places to get exquisite mooncakes in Bangkok:   Pagoda Chinese Restaurant Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park Highly-acclaimed Pagoda Chinese Restaurant invites you to celebrate the magic of the Mid-Autumn Festival with its rich-in-flavour handcrafted mooncakes, made with premium ingredients, wrapped inside an elegant box, making it an ideal gift for your loved ones. THE CLASSICS: Macadamia Nuts and White Lotus Seeds, Pork Bak-kwa and Assorted Nuts, White Lotus and Melon Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk, and Chantaburi Durian and White Lotus Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk THE SPECIALS: Mini Salted Egg Yolk Vanilla Custard, Malted Chocolate Rocher, and Araksa Earl Grey Macadamia Orange, developed in partnership with Araksa, the Chiang Mai-based sustainable tea producer PRICES: The Classic Box is priced from THB 999 / The Marquis Box is priced from THB 1,888 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Pagoda LINE SHOPPING / Megatix / restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com (for pre-ordering)   Dynasty Restaurant and ZING Bakery Centara Grand at CentralWorld Revel in the moon-shaped pastries loaded with indulgent fillings made with sweet beans, lotus seeds, and other delectable surprises, served in beautiful boxes in auspicious colours. THE CLASSICS: Monthong Durian with Salted Egg, Lotus Seeds Salted Egg, Jujube Salted Egg, Mixed Nuts Fruits Salted Egg, Black Bean Green Tea, and Purple Sweet Potatoes Salted Egg PRICES: Little Gold Moon Box (1 piece) is priced at THB 128 / Luxurious Red Moon Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 1,188 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Dynasty restaurant or Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Tops at CentralWorld, Central Chidlom and Central Bangna   Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse This year, the hotel offers a series of special mooncakes presented in a vivid-coloured luxury packaging under the 'Story of Mid-Autumn' theme, inspired by the auspicious symbol of rabbit in the moon to bless you and your important ones with good health. THE CLASSICS: Durian with Egg Yolk, Mixed Nuts with Egg Yolk, Jujube with Egg Yolk, and Lotus Seed PRICES: Premium Mooncake Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 999 / Yào Box (2 pieces) is priced at THB 599 / Individual mooncake is priced at THB 169 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: LINE: @@MarrottSurawongse / +66 (0) 2 088 5666   Dusit International Dusit International has unveiled its Jade Moon Signature Collection, featuring an array of meticulously handcrafted mooncakes made using finest ingredients, available in exquisite gift boxes. THE CLASSICS: Durian, Lotus Seed, Mixed Nut, Jujube, Black Sesame, and Custard THE SPECIALS: Macadamia Caramel and Mango with Coconut PRICES: THB 185 per piece for a classic filling / THB 222 per piece for a limited-edition filling AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Selected Dusit properties in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket, as well as Siam Paragon, EmQuartier, CentralWorld, Central Chidlom, and Central Rama 3 in Bangkok / Call +66 (0) 2 264 6464 for more details

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati