Celebrated chef and former holder of three Michelin stars hosts an exquisite epicurean evening on the shores of Koh Lanta, as Pimalai continues to enhance its culinary reputation Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Koh Lanta, has further elevated its culinary reputation by welcoming celebrated French chef Bruno Menard back to the resort for his second annual “Gastronomic Journey”. Hosted on the evening of Sunday 31st March 2019, this exclusive epicurean evening saw Chef Bruno create an extraordinary four-course dinner for guests at Seven Seas Wine Bar and Restaurant, Pimalai’s stunning fine dining destination which overlooks the Andaman Sea. This year’s Gastronomic Journey took place almost exactly a year after Chef Bruno hosted his inaugural culinary event at Pimalai. This will now become an annual occasion, as the luxury resort strives to become a world-renowned gastronomic destination and put the island of Koh Lanta on the global culinary map. A former holder of three Michelin stars and a judge on the Asian edition of MasterChef, Chef Bruno is a culinary genius whose stellar 35-year career has taken him to some of the world’s leading restaurants. He is currently the Food Director at JUNON, the acclaimed French restaurant in Hong Kong, and Executive Chef at Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which owns a collection of vineyards, including many in the Champagne region of France. “Thailand’s food culture has been famous for many years, but we are now seeing the country’s culinary influence spreading across the globe. Many of the world’s leading chefs are now being attracted to Thailand’s shores, and Bruno Menard certainly fits into that category - he is one of the few chefs to have achieved three Michelin stars, the holy grail of fine dining. We were delighted to welcome Chef Bruno back to Pimalai and our guests were dazzled by his cuisine. This is another important step in establishing our resort as an exceptional gastronomic destination,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager. Chef Bruno’s refined four-course menu at Pimalai focused on light, vibrant flavours, with dishes that blended exquisite French cooking techniques with Asian influences. To ensure a deep connection with Koh Lanta, many ingredients were sourced from the resort’s own herb garden. The evening commenced with an amuse-bouche of borscht emulsion with marinated mushroom, followed by an appetiser of confit salmon with caviar, asparagus and Chantilly sauce. The main course showcased lightly poached turbot with white wine and extra virgin olive oil emulsion, ikura and condiments, before the menu concluded with a dessert of textured red fruit with espuma de crème Catalane. Pimalai’s second annual Gastronomic Journey was attended by in-house guests and outside diners, plus local and international media from Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE and Singapore. Publications represented at the event included the Bangkok Post, Robb Report Thailand, World Travel Magazine, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, South China Morning Post, and Destinations of the World. Guests were also treated to an exclusive itinerary at Pimalai, including sunset cocktails, a wildlife tour to a mangrove forest, a sunset cruise to Koh Haa,
Escape the summer heat and experience the Thai New Year Songkran festival with traditional celebrations and a feast of Thai. Here are 4 places to celebrate the Songkran festival. Amari Koh Samui Beach Wing Pool from 14:00 to 16:00 Join the parade around our Beach Wing Pool where the celebration begins, with traditional water-pouring and then a fun all-out splash fest with friends and family. Amaya Food Gallery from 19:00 to 22:00 Come to enjoy live entertainment and traditional Thai dancing performances while feasting on a delicious Thai and barbeque buffet. The Songkran buffet dinner is at 950 THB net per person including your choice of a glass of wine or local beer. Children under six dine free of charge and kids from age 6 to 11 enjoy half price. For reservations, www.amari.com/koh-samui/ Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square International Buffet Lunch 12:00 to 14:30 Enjoy the traditional taste of Songkran with ‘Khao Chae’ during lunch at The Square, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square., ‘Khao Chae’ is a refreshing must-try dish during the Songkran period. Along with ‘Khao Chae’, enjoy western and eastern dishes along with an assortment of desserts, fresh fruit and free flow soft drinks. International Buffet Lunch is available during April 6 – 16 on Monday – Saturday from 12.00 - 14.30 hrs. For reservations, http://www.novotelbkk.com/special-offers/ Siam Songkran Music Festival The newest four-day Songkran music festival is set to be held on 12 – 15 April, 2019 at the SHOW DC Arena. Siam Songkran is set to blend Thai and Western cultures with a packed music and entertainment programme and the largest water fight in Bangkok. Held over four days with four outdoor zones and two huge stages showcasing live music from top Thai performers, as well as talent from around Asia. Tickets can be purchased online at www.siamsongkran.com and range from 1,500THB for a single day pass, to 6,400THB for a VIP 4 Day Pass. VVIP Packages range from 100,000THB (for 6 pax) to 385,000THB, the first festival pack with pool suite. Mandarin Oriental Sala Rim Naam Restaurant 12:00 to 14:30 From 1 – 30 April 2019 - come and stay cool with this Thai specialty at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Enjoy the delicious sweetness of the jasmine scented water on the palette, coupled by the sharp flavours of fried sweet peppers, battered salted eggs, stuffed shallots, fried shrimp paste, sweet fish, salty beef and pickled vegetables and fruits. For reservations, www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok
Usually when I travel, I spare a maximum of one meal to dine at the hotel’s outlet and go out to hunt for authentic scrumptious local food elsewhere. It, however, was not the norm here at Le Bristol Paris, as I made an effort to return to the hotel, just to savour its delectable dishes repeatedly. Le Bristol Paris stands bold in the heart of Paris, just off the prominent Champs-Elysees which is home to notable eateries such as Epicure Restaurant, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie, Café Antonia and Le Bar. All of these are under the close supervision of Eric Frechon, the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, who quoted: “I make the food I like to prepare, that I like to eat and love to share.” His dedication is vivid and he’s not ready to compromise things that are not executed to perfection, resulting in the journey of the “Living Bread”, in which he travelled to seek the authentic substances, processes and mediums to bake the perfect bread to serve to his food aficionados. After extensive tests, hands-on sessions and researches, Le Bristol Paris’s basement is now the hub of a mill to grind flour that Frechon specifically chose, for immediate use. The outcome is the list of lipsmacking breads and pastries that make a visit to Le Bristol Paris totally worth it. Epicure Restaurant Dining at Epicure Restaurant is a truly exquisite experience with the crystal chandeliers, finest tableware, shiny cutlery and attentive staff, as well as the delectable menu. The grandiose windows overlook the French garden and allow daylight to shed the stiffness from the atmosphere. Frechon aims to create Epicure to be ‘a restaurant in a palace’ rather than ‘a palace restaurant’, and his attempt was paid off when Epicure Restaurant received three Michelin Stars for ten consecutive years. Breakfast 7-10.30am Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 7-10pm A jacket is required for gentlemen. The 114 Faubourg Brasserie Decorated in a warm palate of orange and red with paintings on the wall, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie sits in the new wing of the hotel and features French dishes with a twist via the creativity of Frechon and his team. The restaurant received one Michelin Star and is operating up to its prestigious standard. Duck pâté en croûte with pickled vegetables, Artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle emulsion and Beef tar tare with Oléron Marennes oyster cream and yuzu are amongst the not-to-be-missed menu. Lunch (Mon-Fri) 12-2.30pm Dinner (daily) 7-10.30pm Café Antonia With the interior focused on the French 18th-century style, and the flamboyant paintings displayed around – including the prominent one of Queen Marie Antoinette – Café Antonia provides cosy spaces to lure with a variety of seating to choose from, including an elegant sofa, armchairs and the list goes on. Here is where you would witness Parisian chic personas flooding in with their peers for a drink and something to nibble on a casual day. Café Antonia serves light and creative dishes which, of course, are crafted by Frechon. Breakfast 8-10am Lunch 12-3pm Tea time 3-6pm Dinner 6-10pm Le Bar du Bristol End your culinary exploration at Le Bar du Bristol
Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its newest rooftop destination, SEEN Restaurant & Bar with picturesque views overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya River at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. The city’s newest hot spot is the culinary brainchild of Portuguese chefpreneur, Olivier da Costa, following its success from the first two SEEN locations in Sao Paolo and Lisbon. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is a rooftop restaurant, lounge and garden designed by M&J London that incorporates a series of indoor and outdoor spaces on the rooftop of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Respecting the SEEN brand’s 1980’s-meets-Art Deco vibe, a sense of place is imbued through local materials such as bamboo, along with the use of fluid flowing forms and furniture inspired by the curves of the Chao Phraya River. Upon entering, guests will be immersed in the trendy yet relaxing atmosphere, with catchy beats from a lineup of jet-setting DJs brought in by Music Director Scotty B. In terms of food, the floor-to-ceiling windows-wrapped restaurant on the rooftop offers a mix of international delights, synonymous with the SEEN experience. The regionally inspired cuisine designed by Chef Olivier da Costa is a rendition of locally sourced, fresh and bold flavours, presented with a flair that is best to be shared. Guests will be able to enjoy an array of culinary delights in the fluid ‘S’ shaped dining room that takes form from the SEEN logo, at the formal dining room or at the sushi bar. After dining, guests can ascend to the exclusive skybar for daybed seating overlooking the skyline, accompanied by surreal cocktails from award-winning Head Mixologist, Mochammad Fadli. Well-known for his whimsical creations, the cocktails at SEEN are a concoction of Asian, American and European flavours, with the use of fresh ingredients and local products. There is also the addition of a specially curated list of wine and champagne available at the bar that plays well with the rooftops’ iconic abstract wall, and starry surface underfoot that reflects the night sky. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is open daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am.
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort is now offering an all-inclusive dining Kids Pass for children under 12. This provides an all-inclusive dining option where children can enjoy food off the children’s menu and join the daily buffets, for just THB 490 per day, when accompanied by a parent. The Kids Pass covers all food and beverages including soft drinks, chilled juices and local mineral water in all outlets where kids’ menus are offered,. This includes Limoncello Mangosteen and Malati restaurants, as well as hotel buffets as shown in the monthly promotion brochure, subject to the opening times of participating venues. It excludes items for purchase in the minibar and in-room dining services. To learn more about Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort please visit www.dusit.com or call 6675 628 000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
X2 Chiang Mai Riverside is an exquisite urban resort nestled on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural heart and the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Perfectly positioned on the tranquil east bank of the river, just outside the ancient city walls, its elegant low-rise resort balances romantic seclusion with close proximity to the city’s main attractions. The resort’s Oxygen Dining Room is overseen by Michelin-starred French chef Nicolas Isnard together with an Executive Chef Oxygen dining room, chef Alexandre Demard, creating an acclaimed new dining experience in Chiang Mai. Let's get to know both of them with this exclusive interview. Where did you train to cook and how long have you been cooking professionally? Nicolas: 25 years. I trained in Paris and worked in different restaurants around there for over 10 years. I opened my own restaurant in 2008 in Paris, France. Alexandre: Not the same as Nicholas, but I started at the age of 13 years old and I used to work with my father who was a pastry chef in France. I had more than 10 years of experience working in a pastry then later I started to learn on how to cook in a kitchen. So I have been cooking professionally for about 17 years. How would you describe the style of your cooking? Alexandre: Fresh! A lot of color and flavoury. Nicolas: One thing I always do is that I put my passion into every single dish I cook. I make sure that it’s delicious, if it’s not then I won’t serve my guest that dish. Is there a secret for a successful restaurant? Nicolas: Again, it’s all about pleasure, if you can put your pleasure into your work then the food will be delicious. And of course the guests come to your restaurant because of yummy food and that should indicate a success of your restaurant. It’s that simple. Over 25 years being behind the kitchen, I often ask myself these questions; What can I do to give to a restaurant and to my guests? When you make your job so special and enjoyable then people can sense it. What is your funniest experience in a restaurant? Alexandre: The first two years when I started to cook were the funniest time because I started to learn something new everyday in the kitchen and the organization I was part of at that time. Nicolas: For me, the funniest time is now! Because when I remember how difficult it was for me during the first year. But with my current job position now, I get to travel a lot. As a matter of fact, I’m flying to China and Vietnam next week. So it’s very fun to meet new people and get to know them. Is there any other chef that you admire now? Alexandre: My favourite chef at the moment is Nicolas. (laugh) Nicolas: Many of them around the world but as of right now are the German twin chefs of Suehring restaurant who just received their 2nd Michellin star for Bangkok eatery last November.
No matter how many times you have been in Singapore, there is still a lot more to explore. This time with Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel, I went on a half-day “Live Like A Local” excursion, designed for international tourists and local staycationers, happening every Saturday. There I found a magnetic neighbourhood, which is not frequently heard among international tourists – Tiong Bahru. Located a few minutes away from the hotel, cosy Tiong Bahru is a magnificent heritage of Singapore, which has flourished with artsy coolness while keeping its admirable traditional appeal. From authentically local dishes, to Peranakan cuisine and chic cafés, a day strolling around colourful lowrise houses of Tiong Bahru is joyously slow-paced. Make sure that your stomach is ready to roll! LOCAL DISHES AT THE MARKET At Tiong Bahru Market, there is no fancy food, but only what the locals actually have on a daily basis. Besides, those are the heritage foods at feasible prices. Must-tries are coffee with raw egg that makes the coffee surprisingly creamier; Jian Bo Shui Kueh with a long queuing line, guaranteeing the yumminess of chewy dough with special pickled topping; local dish Lor Mee; and Fried Kway Teow. QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE Located just around the corner, this temple has been established since 1920, before being rebuilt in the present-time location. It is known as the temple of well-respected monkey god “Sun Wu Kong” who is invincible, brave, intelligent, agile, and helps the poor and needy. Most people, especially businessmen, come to pray for booming business and gaining wealth. PERANAKAN CULTURE Singapore has long had a close relationship with Peranakan culture that is inherited from Straits-born ancestors. The term “Peranakan” derives from the unique culture emerging from marriages between foreign traders and local women, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. Even though Tiong Bahru is not the main district of such culture, you can also try their unique combination at Galicier Pastry, especially Kueh Dah Dah (pandan pancakes with coconut fillings) and Putu Ayu (sponge cake topped with coconut and palm sugar), as well as one-off Peranakan cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit. PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS Along the narrow streets, you can find some elaborate murals by local artist Yip Yiew Chong, illustrating the easeful lives back then. Apart from perking up the whole district, the beauty of them is how they can trigger the memories of good old days to the locals, and narrate the bygone stories to the visitors. Try to spend time speculating their details, and you will understand more about life in Singapore. EXPLORE THE CAFÉS A chic scene wouldn’t be complete without a bit of café hopping, and the neighbourhood is undoubtedly ideal for doing so. From shiny tarts at Drips, creative cakes at Cream & Custard, famous Tiong Bahru Bakery, to everything French in bohemian chic atmosphere at Merci Marcel – too many places are worth visiting around here! Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel arranges the complimentary “Live Like A Local” programme every Saturday, as well as monthly in-house hotel activities in accordance with festivals celebrated in Singapore. For more
Serene days with good foods. Where to? Chanthaburi might be an unexpected answer, but this quiet province is indeed the real deal for foodies. The myriad of idiosyncratic eatables of Chanthaburi make sure your peaceful days are perfectly satiated, and you can then joyously tell your friends, “I’ve had such a food time!” What makes the dishes here stand out from the crowd is Chanthaburi’s unique seasoning. Thanks to the tradition of having “Prik Gluar” (seafood dipping in Chanthaburi’s style made with chilli, sour calamodin juice, salt, and garlic) on the table, the seasoning invigorates every simple food and makes it wondrously special. Unmissable is “Prik Gluar” stir-fried rice topped with mantis shrimp and other seafood at the cosy Kluk Klik Noodle Shop, which owns the original recipe. The place is also famous for its yummy noodle soups. Moo Liang (pork) or Nua Liang (beef) noodles are Chanthaburi’s impressionable signature dishes. With the local herb that could only be found in the East of Thailand, and again unique seasoning, the menu is worth trying especially at Pa Teed Noodle Shop, which has been operating for over 90 years already. Situated by the Gulf of Thailand, not a doubt Chantaburi has the freshest seafood all the time. The best of the best goes to Napha Restaurant, serving tempting grilled seafood to be dipped with Prik Gluar, stir-fried squid with salted eggs, and many more delicious dishes. For fresh, unusually huge and juicy oysters, go straight to Pa Louise Loong Thom Oyster Farm at Tha Chalaeb Community. If you are up for trying as many various savouries as you can, visit Chanthaboon Riverfront Community. Having been the vital commercial centre since ancient days, this old town is filled traditional treats that could only be found in Chanthaburi. The area is also adorned with modern creativity, making a walk around here extraordinarily charming. Riverside guesthouses are also available for guests to fully experience life as a local. Travelling further back to the older times, easeful Toob Moh Market looks just like a market from centuries ago. Over 20 stalls at this market offer a variety of yummy bites, nostalgic snacks and toys. Yai Lung’s special stir-fried noodles with her secret sauce is a must! With jolly traditional music playing and the nearby ancient temples, the ambience of this market is quaintly delightful like nowhere else. Previously mentioned are just a few of what Chanthaburi has to offer. If you are fond of food, you will definitely fall for charming Chanthaburi.