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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

Le Bristol Paris, pearl of Oetker Collection, invites all bon vivants to discover superb wines presented by their passionate wine masters, over a four-course dinner from Eric Frechon’s Michelin starred kitchens. The 2019 series of Wine Mondays begins on October 7th. France has long been known as the country of good taste, fine fare and gastronomy. At the heart of this prestigious heritage, there is the noble grape which transforms into a treasure of infinite colours and flavours. At Le Bristol Paris, there are no less than twelve sommeliers each equally determined to seek out the finest wines for the pleasure of the Palace guests. Twelve Wine Masters Under the guidance of Bernard Neveu, Sommelier Director, twelve sommeliers assiduously explore great vintages and seek out the finest newcomers. This elite team of sommeliers discover new wines that will eventually become part of the French gastronomic experience, earning the privilege to be paired with the Michelin starred cuisine of this Parisian Palace. They are masters in creating sublime food and wine pairings, committed connoisseurs, they elevate the profession to an art. A century and half of oenology Le Bristol’s cellars are a hallowed place where some of the rarest wines age with around 100,000 bottles, 60,000 are literally beneath the Palace. There are some legendary vintages such as a Riversaltes 1875, or a Petrus 1961, both on Epicure’s wine list, an historic tome with 2,500 references, cataloguing a century and a half of oenology.  “One of the greatest in the world” proclaims the American magazine Wine Spectator, who gave Epicure’s list their highest accolade, the Wine Spectator Grand Award, for the 4th year in a row. The treasure hunt At Le Bristol Paris wine and the wine makers are held in utmost reverence, and Wine Mondays are dedicated to them. These shared evenings of discovery begin months earlier when you find Bernard Neveu and his team striding along the most beautiful domains across the countryside, from the Côte d’Or to Bordeaux, Alsace’s plains to the Loire valley’s hillsides, seeking the most precious bottles. Their treasure hunt culminates at brasserie de luxe 114 Faubourg where they share their greatest finds and best encounters in their Wine Mondays. Wines are paired with a four course dinner created for the evening by three Michelin starred Chef Eric Frechon. Wine Mondays At these evenings the sommeliers reveal remarkable wines, private domains and passionate wine-growers but above all, give meaning to the word pleasure. The evening takes place in the stylish floral surrounds of 114 Faubourg, over a four-course gastronomic dinner. Price €140 per guest. Continuing the degustation, the wine which is given pride of place will be included in the 114 Faubourg wine list for the upcoming month. Price: €140 per guest Programme 2019-2020 7th October 2019 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret / Bourgogne Côte de Nuits Family-owned since 1620 in the heart of the prestigious village of Vosne Romanée, the Mongeard-Mugneret estate has some 30 hectares of vineyards divided into 35 appellations, including the magnificent grands crus such as Echezeaux, Grands-Echezeaux, Clos de Vougeot and Richebourg. Wines offer the velvety texture and delicacy typical of great Burgundy wines,

Leading culinary stars from around the world, boasting a total of 8 Michelin stars among them, will join the second edition of “Metropole Culinary Stars” from Oct. 6-13 at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The eight-day culinary extravaganza, which follows last year’s highly successful inaugural event, will feature 18 internationally renowned chefs who will collaborate on a series of extraordinary and memorable meals at the Metropole Hanoi. Michelin-starred chefs participating in this year’s event include: Jacques Pourcel (3-Michelin-star chef at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, France), David Rathgeber (the chef-owner of Michelin-starred L’Assiette, one of Paris’ most sought-after bistros), Hervé Rodriguez (chef-owner of Michelin-starred MaSa restaurant in Paris), Jean-Baptiste Natali (youngest chef in France to earn a Michelin star when he was awarded one in 2002 at age 27), Raoul Meuwese (Chef de Cuisine of Michelin-starred Bridges at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam) and Michael Dyllong (head chef of Michelin-starred Palmgarden in Dortmund, Germany). The event will also spotlight other global culinary luminaries, including Dutch celebrities’ private chef (René van Empelen), a former winner of MasterChef of France (Didier Corlou), a scion of a cheese-making family that’s been in the business since 1880 (Patrice Marchand), the maître-chocolatier of the world’s longest-established chocolatier (Stéphane Bonnat), an author of 14 renowned cookbooks (Alain Caron), one of Asia’s top female chefs, according to the Michelin Guide (Vanessa Huang), the Master Baker of France (Bruno Dinel), and pastry master (Fabrice Danniel). Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s Executive Chef Paul Smart and his culinary team Aurélien Houguet, Nguyen Thanh Van and Raphael Kinimo will also bring their expertise to this much-anticipated event. “Metropole Culinary Stars 2019 promises to be a truly remarkable event, as we bring together some of the world’s most celebrated chefs in a city whose culinary tradition is undisputed,” said William Haandrikman, the Metropole Hanoi’s General Manager. Over eight days, starting on October 6, the event will include the following unique dining experiences: Oct. 6: An all-you-can eat “angelina Sunday Brunch with the Stars” featuring delicious culinary creations, live chef stations, free-flow drinks and lively music provided by a DJ. Oct. 7: A six-course “Exotic World of Spice” dinner in which each course is elevated by a different spice and paired with spice wines. Oct. 8: A seven-course “Dinner to Remember from the Farm & the Sea” sourced with the freshest and finest ingredients from the fields and oceans. Oct. 9: A six-course “Most Exclusive Wine Dinner” featuring luxurious ingredients and world-class Champagne and Grand Crus from five different wineries. Oct. 10: There will be two main events this evening. First, is the “Trump-Kim Summit Four-Hands Dinner,” a special gastronomical journey with the two Metropole chefs who prepared the historic four-course menu. The second is an “Extravagant Cheese & Wine Evening with Artisanal Bread” featuring more than 30 selections of Les Frères Marchand cheese served with artisanal bread. Oct. 11: A “Metropole Culinary Showdown Dinner” in which 14 chefs go head-to-head in a 60-minute live cook-off, while guests savor a special four-course dinner menu. Oct. 12: An “All Star Dinner” including an exquisite 9-course dinner menu from 10 of the top participating chefs. Oct. 13: A “Magnifique Sunday Brunch” featuring nine live stations, as well as an opportunity to interact directly with the chefs. All of

Eating is a significant part of any travel experience, and whether it’s enjoying a lamb and pear tajine in Morocco, some spicy jerk chicken in Jamaica or a selection of tapas in Spain, there’s nothing better than savouring a dish in its country of origin, plus it’s a great way to meet the locals. MOROCCAN It is said that in order for a nation to develop a great cuisine, it must have four prerequisites. A rich land from which to draw upon an abundant range of ingredients, a variety of foreign cultural influences, a great civilisation and lastly, a refined palace with royal kitchens to inspire the nation’s cooks. Morocco has it all, and is home to some of the most delicious food imaginable. From robust roasts to rich aromatic stews, spiced or sweetened salads to savoury pastries, fragrant mounds of couscous to bastilla, an exquisite blend of shredded pigeon, a spiced onion sauce with saffron and herbs encased in a flaky, filo-like pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar – an intricate dish that epitomises everything that is grand and extravagant in Moroccan cooking. One of the most interesting ways to absorb the delights of Moroccan cuisine is to wander through the souks (markets) of the towns and cities, sampling the food on offer. It’s early morning in old Fés and sunlight streams in slanted rays through the woven bamboo shades covering the narrow alleyways, catching the steam rising from the many cookers. Close to the city gate of Bab Bou Jaloud, one stallholder is busy cooking and serving a typical Moroccan breakfast, miklee – flaky pancakes with butter and honey. In a nearby fruit and vegetable souk, produce of every kind lines the street – juicy oranges from the sun-drenched groves of Agadir, vine-ripened tomatoes, plump mounds of grapes and preserved fruits and nuts. Entire shops are jam-packed with olives of all types; others display hanging baskets bulging with fresh mint, used to make mint tea that is traditionally served before and after a meal. At a spice souk, bright red paprika, rich yellow turmeric, dusty sticks of cinnamon, seeds of cumin, aniseed and caraway are heaped in tubs waiting to be measured into twisted envelopes of paper. These are some of the spices that form the soul of Moroccan cooking, transforming simple dishes to exotic heights. One of Morocco’s most famous dishes is the tajine or tagine. The name refers to the conical-lidded pot in which it is prepared, as well as the intricately spiced stew of meat and vegetables, sometimes with dried fruits and nuts, cooked very slowly over a charcoal fire. Typical tajine combinations include: lamb with pears and chicken with green olives and preserved lemons – simple yet delicious dishes that are often accompanied by thick wedges of crusty Moroccan flat bread, perfect for soaking up the sauce. JAMAICAN From fiery seasoned meat and inventive seafood dishes to oak-aged rums and hearty stouts, Jamaican cuisine is an eclectic mix of African, European and Indian influences – and is surprisingly healthy and varied. Although many

Inspired by beautiful ingredients from the eight regencies of Bali, The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu presents “8 Regencies Journey”, featuring four epic nights of gastronomy crafted by four esteemed guest chefs.  Consistently delighting diners with its wholesome authentic Indonesian cuisine, The Warung is a must-visit destination for local and international foodies and tourists, as well as acclaimed chefs who share a passion for Indonesia’s culinary heritage. In its latest culinary extravaganza, each chef will transform ingredients from two regencies into sensational dining experiences that celebrate the best of Bali. Embark on a culinary journey from coast to coast, including Tabanan, the ‘rice bowl’ of Bali; Badung, home to the tourist hot spots of Uluwatu and Seminyak; and less visited regions such as Buleleng in the north and Negara in the far west.     14 June 2019 Buleleng and Karangasem by Chef Kieran Morland Chef Kieran has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry and at some of the world’s most renowned venues, including Momofuku in NYC, Wapping Project in London, Syracuse in Melbourne, and Ku De Ta in Bali. Currently Executive Chef of Merah Putih and Sangsaka Indonesian restaurants in Seminyak, Kieran is a chef who not only understands the basic elements of a great dish, but also the finer details that make an exceptional meal. Representing Buleleng and Karangasem regencies, Kieran will present some dishes that are based from Boni (Balinese berries), cassava, kluwek, andaliman and many more. 9 August 2019 Badung and Bangli by Chef Nic Philip Chef Nic is Executive Chef of Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, whose signature restaurant, Salon Bali, combines authentic Indonesian flavours and spices with contemporary techniques and presentation. Stints in Michelin-starred establishments in Europe coupled with his love of travel and passion for Asian flavours imbue Nic’s culinary style with plenty of inventiveness and enticement for the senses. Nic will transform Bali’s most favourite fruits Salak (snake fruits) and Plaga Pinneaples into some sensational dishes. 25 September 2019 Negara and Klungkung by Chef Wayan Kresnayasa Hailing from Nusa Penida in the Kelungkung regency, Wayan Kresnayasa is Executive Chef of Potato Head Beach Club and Kaum Global, where he plays an instrumental role in putting Indonesian cuisine on the map. With a Culinary Arts degree from Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, Chef Wayan honed his skills in the acclaimed kitchens of two-Michelin-starred Acadia and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York. He was named Chef of the Year at Bali’s Best Eats 2018. On this event, Chef Wayan will recreate some local delights into world-class dishes that are based on Kaffir lime, Corriander, and Turmeric as they are known as the local products from Negara and Klungkung regencies. 10 October 2019 Tabanan and Gianyar by Chef Putu Dodik The final stop on the journey will be created by Putu Dodik, Chef de Cuisine of Nusantara by Locavore, and part of the original Locavore team. As an Indonesian, Chef Putu is proud to show what can be achieved with local ingredients and regularly invents new dishes that challenge traditional cuisine without losing the original ingredients and flavours. Chef Dodik will show his

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