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 email@example.com.
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.
Built during the reign of King Rama V, Surawong Road is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant and historic business neighborhoods. Connecting to the first road ever built in Bangkok, The Charoen Krung Road, and also to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Surawong Road is revered as the Creative District. Thanks to its heritage, classic architecture, contemporary designs and authentic local food, this road is a cultural yet contemporary tourist destination. Here are 9 highlights of this area that you should not miss. The Neilson Hays Library the monument of love Amid the bustling business district, is a quaint neoclassical building called The Neilson Hays Library. Established in 1920, the library is a monument of love, by Dr. Thomas Heywood Hays, the former Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and the first medical professor of Siriraj Hospital, in loving memory of his wife, Jennie Neilson, an avid reader, who devoted herself to library work until her last days. The elegant structure was designed by Mario Tamagno, an Italian architect, responsible for numerous landmarks around Bangkok such as the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Hua Lamphong Train Station, Makkawan Rangsan Bridge, and Phayathai Palace. The construction was executed with the same meticulous approach as those used with the aforementioned landmarks, prompting the public to call it “a grand palace on a small scale”. The still functional library offers more than 20,000 books for keen booklovers, and a gallery and café that have played host for special events and functions. It was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1986. Bangkok Folk Museum Bangkokians’ treasured history Bangkok Folk Museum, also known as Bangkokian Museum, is originally home to Professor Waraporn Surawadee who donated to property to become a museum that offers an insight into the lifestyles of Bangkokians amid lush, green garden. Located in the heart of bustling Bang Rak District that is now filled with commercial buildings and skyscrapers, Bangkok Folk Museum is a rare sanctuary that is open to the public for free. Visitors can also learn about the history of the house as well as Bangkok from knowledgeable staff members who will show you around and share delightful and fun stories along the way. Bangkok Folk Museum offers an insight into the lifestyles of well-off Bangkokians during World War II and its aftermath (circa 1937 – 1957). The museum consists of three zones in three quarters with display many of the possessions of original family members in good condition as well as memorabilia from early Rattanakosin Era and art pieces. Bangkok General Post Office Bangkok’s design hub In 1885 Thailand joined the Universal Postal Union and used the former British Embassy of Charoen Krung as office, which was later known as Bangkok General Post Office. In 1940, the building went through a major renovation, led by Mew Jitsame Apaiwong and Phraya Sarote Rattaniman. Under the brutalist concept that tends to use geometric shapes and showcase original surface of the materials, Bangkok General Post Office looks like a giant box paved
Just only a few days before we bid farewell to 2018! What a year it has been. Now it’s time to celebrate the coming year with family and friends. Bangkok is one of the unique cities to celebrate this festive season. It’s truly the city of opportunities filled with good, fun, and wild times and sleepless nights like no other! If that’s what you’re yearning for all year long, here is the list of restaurants with special NYE menus & offers that you can rave up and wrap up the year 2018. Let’s toast to the end of the marvelous 2018 and cheers to the new adventures that 2019 has to offer! URBAN CULINARY ADVENTURE Sunday, December 31, 2018 from 18.30 hrs. at Lelawadee Restaurant A five course gala New Year’s dinner party in Lelawadee Restaurant and Rainforest Rooftop Bar. The luxurious dinner will be highlighted by menu options of Australian beef tenderloin in truffle oil and red wine or black Seafood Casimir with Alaskan Crab, Tiger Prawn, New Zealand Mussels and Seabass Fillet. Following the dinner, music by a live DJ will help count down the year’s end up on the rooftop bar, and dinner guests will also have access to the Rainforest Rooftop Bar. Price: Adult THB 1,599++ including soft drink. Blue Elephant Restaurants Bangkok and Phuket Home to a lavish selection of cuisine options not only influenced by Portuguese, Indian and Chinese traditions but also by epicurean cuisine of the West, French and Italian in particular. The New Year’s Eve menu features such delicacies as “Disco Scallops” from Patong Beach, and “Baba Yaya Andaman Lobster” inspired by the Phuketian Peranakan Heritage, the spicy “Hot Pot Tom Yum Roasted Duck” inspired by Yaowarat China Town, “Drunken Snow Fish” and the fiery “Phad Phong Alaska Crab Curry” will keep you awake and vibrant to ring in 2019 great energy and fanfare! For reservations, please call 02 673 9353 (Bangkok) or 076 354 355 (Phuket). ATTITUDE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Monday 31 December 2018 from 7.30 pm. until 3.00 am. Enjoy an exclusive 4-course set menu dinner of their fresh seafood menus and order your favorite from their wine station. Finish with a lavish dessert or a plate from the huge cheese station. The set menu dinner included a complimentary Billecart-Salmon Champagne for each patronage/couple. Live DJ’s and musicians will fulfill your happiness on this biggest night as the splendid firework light up the sky. Prices: THB 28,019 nett per couple includes a 750ml. bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne or THB 15,019 nett per person includes a 375ml. bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne. *Without attending the dinner, the price is THB 2,019 nett per person, including one glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne. La VIE – Creative French Cuisine Monday, 31st December 2018 New Year’s Eve Grand Buffet Dinner featuring a delectable feast of the finest treasures of the ocean, such as six kinds of imported oysters, local and fresh imported seafood, mainly from Japan, including lobsters, Hokkaido scallops, Japanese King Crabs, French crabs, Giant River Prawns and much more to completely tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy this convivial celebration along
Ho Ho Ho! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere as all stores and hotels have put up Christmas trees, lightings and glittering items. When it comes to this festive time of year, there is nothing more exciting than a festive dinner. And if you’re looking forward to really enjoying the season with your loved ones instead of finding yourself behind a kitchen table, here are 8 places to celebrate this festive season. Let the festive season begin! Ballroom 38 at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Celebrate the holiday season in 8-Bit style filled with childhood memories. Come and dine at their Christmas Eve Dinner on 24th December at Ballroom 38 as they present the freshest International Buffet Dinner and a stunning panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline. The buffet will include all your festive favourites such as roast turkey, pork chops, lamb leg, an array of seafood like rock lobsters, river prawns, New Zealand mussels, French oysters and salmon. While there’re many assorted cheeses and cold cuts, you can also enjoy the Japanese corner and seasonal desserts including Paris-Brest, Christmas pudding, chocolate fountain, grilled marshmallow, and more. Price: THB 1,499 net per person (food only). Feast (Food by EAST) Hong Kong To complement the eco-decorations, EAST’s bustling café, Feast (Food by EAST), will be offering festive feasts on 24 and 25 December with sittings from 5:45pm to 8pm and 8:30pm to 11:00pm. Designed to encourage social dining and evoke a celebratory atmosphere, the unlimited menu will be served semi-buffet style, with a variety of antipasti, such as freshly shucked oysters and king crab legs. Main course options include traditional favourites, such as Slow-Roasted Turkey with Sausage, Sage and Chestnut Stuffing and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon as well as Roasted grass-fed beef tenderloin with Roasted Bone Marrow, French Beans, Green Peas and Hand-cut Chips and more. Price: HK$728* per adult HK$364* for children under 12, who will all be treated to a surprise gift. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok) Indulge your loved ones with a mesmerising Christmas Day dinner on 25 December at the one-Michelin-star restaurant Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin – where every magical bite is full of surprises. The mesmerising dinner at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin begins with “street food” nibbles: lotus in lotus; pad krapow; and khanom kruk The eight-course set dinner menu includes beef carpaccio with tomato sorbet and lovage purée; sweet and sour lobster with tamarind and Thai orange-baked lobster head with red curry foam; buttered red cabbage with five spices and crispy pork; and lightly smoked chicken with creamy lemongrass foam. This romantic Christmas Day dinner ends in style with pineapple BBQ Mekong rum and coconut. Price: THB 6,000++ per person for the eight-course dinner THB 7,500++ per person for the eight-course dinner with wine pairings The World at Centara Grand at CentralWorld Promising a cozy Christmas setting with none of the fuss, The World will be laying out an enormous all-you-can-eat/drink buffet. Pick Christmas Eve Dinner (18.00 – 22.30 hrs., Monday 24th) or Christmas Day Lunch (11.30 – 14.30 hrs.,
Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo relaunches with an exquisite culinary journey through time. The cuisine at Praya Dining is curated to showcase the history, opulence of ingredients and culture of each Siamese era from the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai until today’s prosperous Rattanakosin. With the relaunch of Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo, Montara Hospitality stays true to its mission to re-imagine how lifestyle travelers encounter local heritage. Praya Dining has been reconceptualized to portray Praya Palazzo’s heritage as a century-old Palladian-style river mansion built in the reign of His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). Montara’s newest restaurant authentically presents Thai cuisines in manners that enable diners to appreciate the historical context of each dish. By doing so, Praya Dining builds upon the group’s momentum in other culinary destinations. In Phuket, Montara’s “PRU” restaurant at the luxurious resort Trisara won the the island’s first and only Michelin Star with its farm-to-table fine-dining vision. Montara’s “Seafood at Trisara” also won the Michelin Plate designation for its authentic southern Thai cuisine heirloom recipes. Praya Dining guides diners on a culinary journey through Thai history. Each dish highlights how Thai cuisine evolved during each era throughout history. The journey begins with the Thai relish “Lon” (หลน). Pronounced “lohn” (in Thai meaning to simmer), the relish became prominent during the Sukhothai era. As the first Thai Kingdom, Sukhothai was a time when Thailand was self-sufficient in terms of food, which was cooked at its most simplicity. Served with fresh vegetables, variations of Lon include ‘Salty Mackerel relish’ (หลนปลาเค็ม) or ‘Crab relish’ (หลนปู). The culinary journey at Praya Dining continues to Ayutthaya era when Thai cuisine was influenced by foreign traders. This era saw the arrival of chili, which has since become the heart of Thai Cuisine, and of exotic spices from which the first curries were born. In addition, during Ayutthaya era, new cooking techniques such as stir-frying, frying and deep frying emerged and are reflected in dishes such as “Koong Sarong” (กุ้งโสร่ง Deep fried prawns wrapped with vermicelli noodles), “Nam Prik Kapi” (น้ำพริกกะปิ Shrimp paste relish with condiments and fresh herbs), “Khanom Jeen Nam Ya Pla” (ขนมจีนน้ำยาปลา Thin rice noodles served with Snake Head fish sauce) or “Massaman Beef curry” (แกงมัสมั่น). Finally, diners at Praya Dining arrive to Rattanakosin era, the current kingdom which established Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand. This era marks the beginning of the Chakri dynasty leading to today’s modern metropolitan city. The period had great influence on Thai food today, from the emergence of street food which was initially influenced by Chinese settlers, to the creation of Thailand’s world-famous noodle dish, ‘Phad Thai’. Throughout the culinary journey at Praya Dining, diners will discover rarefied Thai dishes derived from storied Thai poems, and literatures. The culinary team has researched and prepared the dishes derived from the epic love poem, “Kap Heh Chom Khrueang Khao Wan” (กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน), composed by King Rama II, “Tam Ra Kub Khao” (ตำรากับเข้า) by Lady Somjeen, “Khuu Meuu Maae Kruaa” (คู่มือแม่ครัว) by Lor. Phaehtraarat and ‘Chivid nai wang’ (Life in the
Italian cuisine at its best; what does it taste like? In the heart of Bangkok, Attico is there to treat your evening with edible mastery pairing with witty wines. On the 28th floor of Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, Attico is a utopian urban place to relish in a dreamy candlelit dinner with a view through large glass windows, or on airy terraces overlooking Bangkok’s stunning sunset. By crafting first-rate traditional Italian tastes with a playful twist while using only well-selected ingredients, the restaurant relentlessly impresses food aficionados, as well as fine wine lovers. The Tuscan-inspired eatery serves the edible zest of nationwide Italy, and we can indulge in the rich flavours of Italian culture. Its design is one of the most attractive features. Stepping inside Attico, its elegantly rustic design with bricks and wooden barrels greets me with enigmatic warmth, while the high ceiling adds a sense of lighthearted luxury to the whole room. The semi-open kitchen alongside a butcher counter makes this place feels more like a home, together with photography of old-time suburban memories hanging on the walls. A pan of temperate pizza can say a lot about an Italian diner, and at Attico, the Rustica pizza (THB 490) tells a story of hearty cooking back in the kitchen, using charismatic Tuscan ham, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, head cheese, and sundried tomatoes that add subtle sweetness into this cheesy plate. Risotto (THB 460) is rather mild in flavours, but rich in creaminess and the charming aroma of pan-fried tiger prawns, sautéed zucchini, tomato confit and a bit of lemon zest. Appetising cold cuts (THB 820 for a portion for four) are a perfect pairing with red wines, and cured meats at Attico are of high quality that shows in every chew. Upon finishing the main dish, don’t miss trying tiramisu (THB 320) which is lusciously moist and is one of the most delightful tiramisus I’ve ever tried. This special year comes with mouth-watering festive cuisine to amplify the delights of the months-long feast. Ribiolina cheese mousse (THB 820) topped with black truffle is a comforting appetiser to try, with its unique texture of cream cheese that gives a faintly fluffy feeling, reminding me of a tender childhood. Homemade tagliolini with Boston lobster and sautéed jerusalem artichokes (THB 850) is led by an intense bounciness and charming flavour of the lobster, and followed by a merry seasoning in an Italian style. Attico opens only for dinner (17:00 - 23:00), which is the best time to enjoy the city lights. I remember leaving the restaurant with a big smile, being happily satiated and fascinated by the sight of the skyline. I remember others looked more than happy too. ATTICO Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok 489 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand T: +66 (0) 2 302 3333 E: firstname.lastname@example.org