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The spirit of old Hanoi will sweep through the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi this month, as the hotel celebrates Tet with a traditional Old Quarter-style market from Jan. 17-19. The festivities continue with special culinary offerings beginning Jan. 24. At the Tet market, food vendors on the hotel’s patio will sell authentic Vietnamese favourites, while children will be given traditional toys known as to he, edible figurines made from glutinous rice powder shaped to look like flowers and animals. Market-goers can also learn the art of classic Vietnamese calligraphy. Wine, craft beer and other refreshments will also be on offer, as will souvenirs that visitors can take home as memories of the Vietnamese lunar new year. Traditional-style Vietnamese houses will also be erected in the hotel’s walkway outside La Boutique du Metropole, adding to the “Old Quarter” ambiance. The Tet market at Metropole Hanoi is open to the public daily, and kicks off Friday, Jan. 17 at 4pm with an opening ceremony featuring a traditional dragon dance. The market continues on Jan. 18 and 19 from 11am to 8pm. More than 15 vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar. Special Metropole Tet hampers with luxury and gourmet items will be available for sale at the market and at L’Epicerie du Metropole from Jan. 6 onwards. The hotel will host a cooking competition at the market at 5pm each day. On Jan. 17, contestants will vie to see who can create the most delicious “Chung cake” (a traditional Vietnamese rice cake) while Jan. 18 will witness a battle of banh cuon, and Jan. 19 will determine who is able to produce the tastiest spring rolls. Winners will receive a voucher for a complimentary homemade cake from L’Epicerie du Metropole. A Vietnamese floral specialist from local boutique Liti Florist will host a flower workshop from 2pm to 4pm on Jan. 18. An exclusive six-course Tet 2020 Gala Dinner at Spices Garden will be served on Jan. 24 featuring grilled oysters with shallots and roasted peanuts; blue prawn in a mild coconut soup; fresh yellow bamboo and beef salad; braised chinh fish with green banana; grilled pigeon and foie gras; and banana fritter, traditional Tet candied fruits and vanilla ice cream. The gala dinner is priced at 2.5 million VND.

With the opening of Age, Anantara Layan Phuket aspires to accommodate the best grill restaurant in Phuket, if not Thailand. Serving up dishes both proven and experimental, Age is nothing short of a gastronomic sanctuary guarded by the hands of time. Age takes you on a culinary journey along the most exquisite meats and the finest locally caught seafood, paired with the very best wines from around the world. To dine here is to commemorate life’s defining moments. And as every era and milestone has its own unique tastes, a night out at Age is catered entirely to your wishes. Hand pick from the finest cuts of meat. Choose from one of sixty premium vintage and new world wines or entrust our award-winning sommelier to tailor your selection.  If it’s a view of the spectacular Phuket sunset sinking into the Andaman Sea that you’re after, you’re more than welcome to take a seat on the Age terrace boasting panoramic scenery and sample our extensive menu of classic and contemporary craft cocktails made from the most astonishing mix of ingredients.  The boldness of Age’s cuisine is matched only by its interior. Dominated by dark woods, rusted steel and raw leather, its industrial look is more akin to a warehouse restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side than a tropical island location.  Situated on Phuket’s serene northwest coast and surrounded by national park forest, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort features 30 guest rooms and suites and 47 one- and two-bedroom pool villas. In this luxurious hideaway, both resort guests and day visitors can enjoy the timeless taste of authentic quality.  For more information or to make a reservation visit https://www.agerestaurant.com/ .

The recently refurbished Grand Shanghai is proud to announce their exclusive collaboration with two-Michelin-starred restaurant Canton 8 from Shanghai. Diners can experience three extravagant nights of gastronomical heaven from 24 – 26 December with an eight- course menu comprising of Shanghainese and Cantonese inspired culinary delights priced at $148++ per person. Masterchef Kan Chit Ming of Canton 8 will helm the kitchen of Grand Shanghai as a part of this exclusive collaboration. The unique dinner menu will be a combined reflection of both the restaurant’s signature cooking style and star creations. While the Grand Shanghai team are celebrated for their distinct talent of using innovative new techniques to tease out authentic Shanghainese flavours, Canton 8 offers one of the best Cantonese cuisines in Shanghai with a focus on the original mix of flavours. The three-night special menu curated by the two restaurants, promises an unforgettable gastronomical Michelin-star dining experience to the diners. A definite feast for senses, the sumptuous eight-course menu features a bevy of premium ingredients from around the world. The highlights from the extensive multi-course menu include Chef Kan’s Signature Fried Rice, Boston lobster claw dipped in Chinese wine and served with steamed egg white, and slow-cooked wagyu beef rib in black pepper. For a full list of set menu available, refer to the appendix. For reservations, please visit www.grandshanghai.com.sg or call 6836 6866 .Reservations made before 19 December can avail the early bird discount of 15%. Grand Shanghai 390 Havelock Rd, Level 1 King's Centre, Singapore Tuesday to Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm for lunch 6:00pm - 10:00pm for dinner Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm for lunch 6:00pm - 10.00pm for dinner

Savour the flavours of the holiday season with a line-up of epicurean celebrations at Silavadee Pool Spa Resort Koh Samui. Starting with the opening ceremony on December 20th to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st there will be activities for each taste and age available to not miss the festive spirit . CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP CELEBRATION AND COCKTIAL RECEPTION Resident Guests at Silavadee are invited to open the festive season on December 20th from 06:00 pm onwards with a complimentary Cocktail Reception, live music and a joined “lighting ceremony” to set the mood for this year’s festive season. MOET CHANDON CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA Enjoy a slow Afternoon over our Christmas inspired three-tiered Afternoon Tea presented with a glass of Moet Chandon Champagne. Silavadee’ s Pastry Chef will have some wonderful sweet, festive treats prepared along with delicate, classic tea Sandwiches. A signature Tea with a blend of aromas and spices will add the extra touch to bring back memories of cinnamon, cardamom and Vanilla which are all reminiscent of the Christmas season. Afternoon Tea is available daily starting on December 21st between 2:00-05:00 pm at Moon or Sun Lounge and is priced at 1899 THB net per set for two guest including one glass of Moet Chandon per person and at 899 THB net per set without Champagne. ONCE IN A LIFETIME DOM PERIGNON EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE DINNER The festive season is a perfect opportunity to create special, lifetime moments. A team of professionals will create exactly this for only one couple per evening at the resorts most iconic spot “Sundeck”. Meet the Khun Pamon, Executive Chef at Silavadee and Khun Vee, Food and Beverage Manager to customize your Menu, music and set up for a 6 course, crafted menu. A bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, one of the most prestigious Champagne of the world will await you during dinner time. A private Chef and personal host will cater to your every need during your dinner.  This sophisticated dinner is available only with 24 hrs advanced notification between 21st and 30th December and only for one couple per evening and is priced at 25.000THB net per couple including 1 bottle of Dom Perignon. CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET DINNER Gather friends and family and enjoy a festive Buffet Dinner full of flavors from East and West with a special appearance of Santa Claus and live Christmas Carols by the “Silavadee Elves” Starting at 06:30 pm onwards on December 24th at Moon Restaurant priced at 1,890 THB net including soft drinks. Children aged 4-11 years pay half price. OPERA MEETS POP & CHRISTMAS CAROLS “A 6 COURSE OPERA DINNER UNDER THE STARS” The Highlight at Silavadee and the Highlight on Samui Island for this festive season will be an unforgettable Opera dinner at STAR Rooftop Restaurant. Enhance Christmas Day and be enchanted by “HOMMALI” a Quartet form Bangkok who will perform the finest of seasonal Opera, Pop and Christmas Carols along a six course dinner menu crafted by Chef Pamon and his culinary team. “Hommali”, are four talented and professional Opera Singers who will engage

For those not planning to cook on Christmas Day, here's a list of restaurants to celebrate the festive season. Let's approach the beginning of New Year with a selection of festive treats at one or two of these places with your family and friends. Eat, drink, and be merry!!! 57th Street at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Soak in all the jolly vibe with your loved ones. The Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch buffet at 57th Street provide a wide selection of local and international fare. Indulge in luxurious freshest seafood highlights such as king crabs, oysters, and lobsters. Guests may sample exceptional menus from carving stations and many more premium selections from the kitchen. Roasted Turkey is a special highlight for Christmas Eve and Roasted beef is available for Christmas Day. End the perfect meal and spoil yourself with enticing Yule Log cake and mouth-watering Christmas dessert specialties. 24 December 2019 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm THB 2,800 net per person for Christmas Eve dinner buffet THB 3,900 net per person for Christmas Eve dinner buffet with free-flowing wine, local beers and soft drinks 25 December 2019 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm THB 1,950 net per person for Christmas Day lunch buffet Reservation: 02-797-0000 The Allium Bangkok at The Athenee Hotel Chef Roxanne Lange at The Allium Bangkok is preparing an eight-course Modern French degustation menu for an elegant occasion during the evening of both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A choir will stop by and sing traditional Christmas carols, while Santa will also make an appearance with goodie giveaways. 24-25 December 2019 THB 4,988++ per person. Premium free-flow select beverages are available with additional charge. Reservation: 02-650-8800 Mia (Sukhumvit 26) Mia is presenting a special set menu with highlights from the festive season a la carte menu as well as traditional European Christmas foods. Stand-out dishes include Pan-seared scallop with winter roots purée, black pudding, crispy potato and black truffle as well as a Christmas favourite: Roasted turkey with parsnip purée, chestnuts, cranberry gel and pancetta. 24-25 December 2019 THB2,250 ++ per person for minimum two persons. The set is served on 24 December from 6pm until late, and on 25 December from 12-6pm as Mia opens for lunch for the first time. Reservation: reservation@miarestaurantbkk.com Yamazato at The Okura Prestige Bangkok Celebrates Christmas with exquisite Japanese Gozen lunch, Kaiseki dinner and Teppanyaki menus. the special dishes include simmered scallop, dried fig, shrimp with cream cheese sauce, seafood soup with eel, salmon, clam and shrimp with hint of pepper, Spanish mackerel and snow crab with white miso Hollandaise sauce, wagyu sukini with eggplant, shitake mushroom, and young Japanese pepper with starchy soy milk sauce and much more created by Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara. 24 - 25 December 2019 THB 1,700++ per person for Gozen lunch THB 4,700++ per person for Kaiseki dinner Christmas Teppanyaki served at the Teppanyaki counter is THB 7,600++ for 2 persons. Reservation: 02-687-9000 Up & Above at The Okura Prestige Bangkok Enjoy the Sparkling Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet at Up & Above Restaurant with fine food, live music and a visit from Santa Claus with presents for the children. The decadent buffet includes

Soneva Kiri is set to welcome back the 3* Chef Kenji Gyoten from February 1-7, 2020. Lucky diners will get the chance to skip the young sushi master’s 12-month long waiting list at his restaurant, Sushi Gyoten, in Fukuoka, and dine with only four other guests for an intimate Chef’s Table experience. After Soneva Kiri, he will be at Soneva Fushi, Maldives from February 8-15, 2020. Chef Kenji was born in 1982 in the Yamaguchi Prefecture and was influenced by his grandfather, a sushi chef, into becoming a sushi chef himself. After working underneath his mentors in Tokyo, the chef opened Sushi Gyoten in Fukuoka at the age of 26, and has received three Michelin stars in three consecutive years since 2014. Chef Kenji is known for using the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Endomae nigiri to prepare his bite-sized sushi - a technique that is rarely seen these days. At Sushi Gyoten the chef uses rice that has been sourced from a region in Kyushu, where there are extreme temperature differences between night and day for its unique flavour. He sources his seafood both locally and from the renowned Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo to ensure he only serves the very best. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

The iconic riverfront bar at Anantara Riverside Bangkok has reopened on 31 October 2019 with a revamped décor and an inventive all-new menu. Named after traditional longtail boats that chug up and down the mighty Chao Praya, Longtail by the River pays homage to the city’s main water artery and its storied history.  Bangkok’s riverfront heritage is experiencing an unprecedented revival as evidenced by a spate of development projects ranging from hip art centers to mega malls. What is now a time warp of abandoned World War II-era warehouses, labyrinthine alleyways and tumbledown shophouses is being integrated into the sprawling metropolis at a formidable speed. Longtail guests are well-placed to contemplate the passage of time from the bar’s plush outdoor sofas overlooking the Chao Praya and the futuristic city skyline. At sunset, when the river traffic peaks, the contrast between Bangkok’s entrepot heritage and unbridled modernity is particularly striking.  This evocative confluence of old and new was masterfully captured by Bangkok-based design firm greymatters tasked with redesigning the venue. At this modern, al fresco space overlooking the river, natural materials such as wood, metal and stone interact in intricate, symmetrical patterns. While the imposing circular bar acts as a centerpiece, quieter-looking Italian-style communal table and a swing daybed for two ensure that guests’ undivided attention remains on the main attraction—the river.  Mixologists busy at work at the imposing sala at water’s edge will shake up adventurous-sounding sunset cocktails, premium gin and tonics served with pomegranate seeds, lime and lemongrass and signature build-your-own ginny beverages.  Playful Liquid Mango Sticky Rice cocktail features kai coconut pandan vodka, mango, rice water and coconut cream, while the signature Silent Monk libation is made with durian-infused gin, Maraschino Luxardo, hibiscus tonic water and is served with durian chips. There is also an array of chilled local craft beers, premium champagne and imported and local wines.  Diving deep into the local culinary tradition, the Longtail’s new menu brings together regional cuisines from across the kingdom: from northern sai oua sausages to Isaan som tum with grilled pork neck to southern green curry with roti. Some other menu highlights include poo nim tod kra-tiam—fried soft-shell crab with garlic and Sriracha sauce, massamun kae—creamy lamb shank curry and pad cha nor mai ta lay—briny sea asparagus with green peppercorn and holy basil. Arguably the best way to experience Longtail is by arriving by river shuttle departing from BTS Saphan Taksin and offering complimentary rides to Anantara Riverside. The bar is open daily from 1.00 pm to 1.00 am and is ideal for afternoon beers, sunset cocktails, dinner and a nightcap with live music.  For more information or to make reservation, please contact +66 2 476 0022

As a fast-growing city, the number of multinational enterprises escalates, so does the number of expatriates from around the world. The more the city flourishes, the more it attracts tourists. Apparently, Phnom Penh is now a multicultural modern town where people can have fine, edible comforts as in other major cities around the world, plus one-of-a-kind charms of authentic Cambodian cuisine. THE FRENCH INFLUENCE One of the most recognisable features of Phnom Penh city is the trace of Colonial influences intermingling with Cambodian ambience and young skyscrapers. The French influence that lives on from Cambodia’s so-far-gone history is so palpable in Phnom Penh, especially in its dining scene. In Phnom Penh, a multitude of French diners are at hand if you want to try some, and many of them serves authentic French taste. On the Okha Ket Street, Bouchon Wine Bar is a colonial house with homemade French cuisine in the cosiest setting, serving different dishes from day to night. Apart from choices of wines, its home-made Rose Sangria is a must-try. There are a lot more places to have it the French way, but Bouchon Wine Bar is one of the best ones downtown. Another unmissable stop is Brasserie Louis at Rosewood Phnom Penh, where top-notch French tastes and authentic Cambodian dishes are feasted in the midst of marvellous panoramas of Phnom Penh city. Also at Rosewood Phnom Penh, Patisserie is the place to delight in fine pastries and desserts crafted with real French technique. HAVE IT HEALTHY Vegans and health aficionados are going to love it in Phnom Penh, as the city is bustling with scrumptious vegan-friendly dishes and healthy bowls. To grab some, Eleven One BKK1 is a house in a verdant garden with a myriad of health- and environmentally-friendly choices made from local produces and with zero MSG. Popular is the one-off Amok Burger and Khmer Beef Steak. There is an out-of-the-ordinary alley hidden in the city, and it is the Street 240 ½. The alley is home to artsy venues and fascinating street art, as well as the fantastic ARTillery Café. On the menu for this easy-going café are creative healthy choices, which can be the ideal breakfast to have on a regular basis. Its Poke Bowl fills up the stomach so well and tastes great. Its smoothies and superfood dishes are also worth loving. Aside from the aforementioned spots, vegan and healthy options are available at many restaurants and cafés, so don’t worry about your health plan once you are in Phnom Penh. DRINK THE DRINKS As previously stated, with the Western influences, wines and cocktails can be commonly found at most restaurants. For the ultimate drinkable experience, recommended is Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh. Even though it is famous for its unbeatable views from the 37th floor, especially during sunset, its drinks are indeed second to none. With highly-skilled bartenders, whether you want to sip classics, signatures, or tailor-made glasses, you are sure to be elated. Rare whiskies are also its strong suit. In Phnom Penh, with big and microbreweries on site, the

Inside the lofty wooden house, you can now enjoy the finest seafood dishes both for lunch and dinner. A multitude of mouthwatering fares ensures you will enjoy the table par excellence. Hoy Lord Pad Sauce XO (THB 520) is French razor clams covered in homemade XO sauce and flambéed with Mekhong, resulting in a dish with a sophisticated aroma. For a more chewy sensation, try Larb Nhuad Pla Mhuek Yak Yang (THB 1,200), soft charcoal-grilled Spanish octopus with wonderful “larb” flavour, to be savoured with sour-and-spicy dipping. If you come in a group, never miss having Khao Pad Poo (THB 2,200), which can be shared with four persons or more. This giant crab fried rice comprises 500 grams of palatable crabmeat, so be ready to be amazed. Choo-Chee Goong Mae Nam (THB 1,950) is another must, as head butter of the giant river prawns is an exceptional match with “choo chee” curry sauce, and the succulently grilled prawns themselves are nonpareil. On every table is the tempting huge Poo Ob Klone (THB 3,600), one kilogramme of giant mud crab aptly baked in natural clay and Thai aromatic herbs. The freshness of crab meat and earthy scents are an astonishing duet. Apart from seafood, a beef dish like Nuea Yang Suea Rong Hai (THB 1,200) is also greatly recommended. It is a tender, juicy grill with heavenly tastes of Thai herbs, served with spicy sauce. It may sound simple, but your tongue wouldn’t say so once you give it a chance. Sweet treats here combine Thai-ness with a Western way of making desserts, and it’s fantastic. Lemongrass Panna Cotta (THB 400), with sago, mango, and a bit of lemograss, is completely refreshing. Sweetsmelling Thai Tea–ramisu (THB 450) has lively layers of the scents of cacao and Thai milk tea inside the fluffy tiramisu. There are still lot more surprises here to make your meal one of the most special ones. PAII The House on Sathorn 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 T. +66 (0) 2 344 4025 IG. @paii.bangkok W. www.paiibangkok.com Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit | Photos by Rachapant Sukrattanachaikul