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Located in the colorful Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan famous for its Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy, Six Senses Bhutan celebrates its highly-anticipated arrival with the opening of its first three lodges in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. The lodges seamlessly combine the brand’s commitment to wellness, sustainability and out-of-the-ordinary experiences with the country’s rich culture, warm hospitality and omni-present spirituality.

Comprised of five lodges spread over the west and central valleys of this remote Himalayan kingdom, Six Senses Bhutan offers guests a unique adventure with uplifting experiences at every turn. From sunrise meditations and holistic spa treatments to private astrology readings and butter lamp lighting ceremonies to incredible hikes and treks through pristine forests, the aim is to leave enriched and reconnected.

Each location has been thoughtfully designed to fully immerse travelers into the local culture. The lodges, which vary in style, showcase the diversity and special character of each valley. Offering sweeping views, the spacious interiors are framed by subtle references to Bhutanese architecture, seen in the simple lines of the natural timber furniture and the presence of locally-inspired touches, such as bukharis (traditional wood-burning stoves) and vegetable-dyed, antique-washed Himalayan rugs.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to Six Senses Bhutan in this beautiful Kingdom we call home. As we open our doors, guests can experience the transformative power of this magical destination through adventure, culture, serenity, cultural and enriching experiences,” said General Manager Sally Baughen. “Six Senses Bhutan offers endless options for every kind of traveler to explore: from architecture and art, to birdwatching, botany, history, meditation, spirituality, sports, wellness and more.”

Getting There: Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservation team at reservations-bhutan@sixsenses.com.

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SO Sofitel Bangkok announced this week the exciting program of activities that will take place at the hotel on 15–22 September 2019, when 8 Michelin-starred chefs and 8 chef maestros come together to cook during the 8-day program featuring 8 different activities, during the 8th edition of SO Amazing Chefs.

The event was launched around long tables covered in a fine selection of cheeses brought to Thailand by cheese mongers Patrice and Phillipe from Les Frères Marchand, one of the oldest food artisans in Eastern France. Among vintage comté, aged parmesan Reggiano, époisses de Bourgogne matured in white Burgundy wine, Normandy Camembert, and other, guests got a glimpse of what the hotel’s rooftop bar MIXO will offer on its new menu, as well as what cheese connoisseurs will get to enjoy on 20 September 2019.

“We started doing the cheese events in Bangkok at SO Sofitel and I’m very proud to be here and to come back as a SO Amazing Chef in September 2019, on the eight edition. Maybe they chose us because – we are the oldest cheese masters from France – my family started the company in 1880 (double eight),” said Patrice Marchand.

“Answering to all foodies, SO Amazing Chefs 2019 will be a perfect choice where all experiences included with finest chefs handily picked for each exclusive event hosted at SO Sofitel Bangkok. This year, with its 8th Edition, we spice up the fun with a new cooking class, weekend Michelin dinners, fusion Dim-Sum, traditional Kaiseki, and the two-day event of the Culinary Showdown. We hope you are SO ready to feel amazed and I cannot be more proud of the role SO Sofitel Bangkok has played in this city’s evolution,” said Jean-Francois Brun, SO GM of SO Sofitel Bangkok.

Begin the first day on Sunday 15 September 2019 at MIXO, THE LOVE OF OYSTER, with Oyster Shucker, Chef Jacques Cocollos from the world-famous oyster cultivation area Marennes-Oléron which is located on the coast of the French region. Sip & Shuck and enjoy the best Majestic oysters and pouring the bubbly in the glass.

New events this year include THE ART OF BAKING, on Monday 16 September 2019 at Gaggenau kitchen at MIXO, with the only female from Iron Chef Thailand, Chef Thananya Kaikaew joining hands with Chef Piti Saengmanee, the Hotel’s Executive Sweets & Savoury Chef teaching how-to-bake signature “Soufflé” from Michelin’s guide, Soufflé and Me restaurant, and Chocolate Lava cake with recipes to be made at home.

Follow by the return of Chef Nicolas Elalouf of Man Mo and THE HOUSE OF DIM SUM, with a one-night-only dining experience. Using the Gaggenau kitchen at MIXO, chef Nicolas will bring European ingredients into authentic Chinese creations. Over at Park Society restaurant, one Michelin-starred chef Takatomo Izumi and Jiki Miyazawa, will offer THE NIGHT OF KAISEKI for the first time ever in Thailand, with a series Japanese traditional dishes matched with wine or sake. Both events will be held on Tuesday 17 September 2019 from 7 p.m. onwards.

The Culinary Showdown will take place on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September 2019 at the Ballroom. A total of 16 highly-rated chefs will go knife-to-knife in a two-day competitor where 75 minutes will be given together with secret ingredients and, working as a team, all chefs will participate in creative cook-off showdown. Professional judges and industry shakers will select the winning chefs based on presentation and taste of their innovative creations.

From 20–22 September 2019, the eight culinary chefs will present a total of eight courses at Park Society restaurant, after a welcome reception with plenty of bubbly at HI-SO. The eight-course experience presents bespoke dishes made by every chef. Seats are limited, bookings highly recommended. Recap of the three nights with Michelin dinner experiences below:

  • Friday 20 September 2019, THE MICHELIN-STARRED SIGNATURE DISHES
  • Saturday 21 September 2019, THE CHEF’S TABLE, THE SO AMAZING CHEFS EDITION
  • Sunday 22 September 2019, THE FINAL ROUND, THE SO AMAZING CHEFS EDITION

Lastly, a revamped Drink ‘N’ Brunch will shake up Red Oven restaurant with a SUNDAY DRUNCH, letting a superstar chef take over the kitchen at Red Oven. With eight culinary heroes – Nicolas Elalouf, Rob Van Der Veeken, Thananya Kaikaew, Simon Scott, Maria Jose San Roman, Patrice and Phillipe Marchand, and Jacques Cocollos – the Sunday boozy brunch will take a different meaning.

Leading the event this year event is Head Culinary Designer, Chef Thomas Smith, together with chef de cuisine Nicolas Basset from Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie.

CHEFS & CULINARY EXPERTS PROFILES

  • Bastian Falkenroth* (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Ambitious and aspirational, chef Bastian Falkenroth made his way to the two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Moissonnier at the young age of 20. Named the favorite chef of the year by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, chef Bastian then took his culinary career to the limelight by opening his very own one Michelin-starred restaurant U. das Restaurant in Dusseldorf of Germany.

  • María José San Román* (Alicante, Spain)

An inspiring Spanish chef and restauranteur, Chef Maria Jose San Roman dotted the provinces of Alicante and Valencia on the culinary map for all-star foodies. Fusing authentic Mediterranean flavors with her own splash of imagination, chef Maria presents inventive dishes at her own Michelin-starred restaurant named Monastrell. As the proprietor of Grupo Gourmet Alicante, she also oversees a collection of six restaurants plus an artisan bakery workshop.

  • Nick Kim*** (New York, USA)

While Chef Nick Kim kick-started his culinary journey across Europe, he spent most of his formative years working alongside Masa Takayama at Ginza Sushi-Ko in Los Angeles. As one of the masterminds behind the success of Shuko in East Hampton and New York City, Chef Kim has been awarded numerous accolades including three Michelin stars and a four-star review from the New York Times.

  • Paul Liebrandt** (New York, USA)

Best known for its now-closed two Michelin-starred restaurant Corton in New York, Chef Paul Liebrandt was considered one of the important pillars of the Big Apple’s culinary scene. Watch the Emmy nominated documentary entitled A Matter of Taste — Serving Up Paul Liebrandt to learn why this genius was named the youngest three-star chef by The New York Times, the best and the brightest by Esquire and best new chef by Food and Wine.

  • Rob van der Veeken* (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

A culinary teacher with a lineup of up-and-coming protégés, Chef Rob Van Der Veeken is the head chef at the famed De Karpendonkse Hoeve. Situated in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, the restaurant is renowned for holding its Michelin star ever since 1979. Helmed by
Chef Rob, De Karpendonkse Hoeve continues to achieve new heights with his new culinary creativity.

  • Simon Scott* (Castres, France)

The chef-owner of 1 Michelin-starred Bistrot Saveurs is one of only two British Michelin-starred chefs in France, the other being chef personality Gordon Ramsay. Prior to relocating permanently to France, he was the executive chef at the Savory Grill and before that assistant chef at the Ritz Hotel in London.

  • Takatomo Izumi* (Kyoto, Japan)

A master in kappō-dining, Chef Takatomo Izumi is the owner of the one Michelin-starred restaurant Jiki Miyazawa in Kyoto of Japan. Dining at this single-counter restaurant is an unforgettable experience; dish after dish chef Izumi surprises you with simple, blissful flavor combinations. With the freshest ingredients and culinary precision, chef Izumi brings his A-game every single time.

  • Thierry Drapeau** (Saint-Sulpice-Le-Verdon, France)

For more than 15 years now, Chef Thierry Drapeau has been perfecting his craft in the culinary world. When challan ducks — his specialty go-to produce — fall into chef Thierry’s hands, he transforms this star ingredient into a magnificent masterpiece. Situated in the historic Logis de la Chabotterie, chef Thierry’s two Michelin-starred namesake restaurant has garnered much compliments and awards. Now a chef and restaurant owner, chef Thierry also has a new exciting establishment named L’escale by Thierry Drapeau in Saigon.

  • Thomas Smith (Bangkok, Thailand)

Over his 20-plus years of experience in the UK and France, SO Sofitel Bangkok’s Head Culinary Designer has worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants, including London’s Savoy Hotel and Les Saveurs in Toulouse, as well as a stint at a six-star hotel in Dubai. Over the years, he also had the pleasure to collaborate with legendary chefs including Heinz Winkler, Michel Roux, Gary Rhodes, and James Martin.

  • Thananya Kaikaew (Bangkok, Thailand)

Chef Thananya “Gai” Kaikaew is the only female chef from the Iron Chef Thailand TV show. Her specialization lies in sweets, so it’s no surprise that desserts star at her restaurant.
Her unique and strong skillfulness in dessert making was built since her early age where sweets are her personal preference. Today, her accomplishment is beyond her dream. Every sweet item that she made is full of imagination and creativity like an art masterpiece that is full of origination and determination.

  • Jacques Cocollos (Marennes-Oléron, France)

Born to restaurant owner parents, Jacques is no stranger to the world of good food. After obtaining a tourism degree, he worked his way up from commis waiter to F&B consultant before moving to Ireland where he cultivated oysters for 15 years. In 2011, he moved to the world-famous oyster cultivation area Marennes-Oléron in his native France, where he has been exporting top quality oysters from his oyster farm and packing center to Asia since 2009.

  • Nicolas Elalouf (Hong Kong)

Fusing European ingredients into authentic Chinese creations, Swiss chef Nicolas Elalouf of Man Mo offers a fresh take on dim sum and Asian recipes. Having worked for L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Hong Kong, Chef Nicolas boasts French cuisine’s precision and flair. Coupled with his experience at Ding Tai Fung, he combines the best of worlds by creating meticulously handcrafted dim sum and much more.

  • Patrice & Phillipe Marchand (Nancy, France)

The Les Frères Marchand brothers are maintaining their family’s long tradition in fresh dairy produce specializing in cheese, an involvement that dates back to 1880. Philippe, an active member of the Select Committee of the French Association of Cheesemakers-Affineurs and member of the International Cheese Guild, is in charge of the cheese business, while Patrice manages the kitchens of the ‘Lez’art’, ‘P’tit Cuny’ and ‘P’tit resto du marché couvert’ restaurants in Nancy, France.

AccorHotels Thailand Chefs

  • Joost Bijster, Chef de Cuisine of Park Society – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  • Kenny Karlsson, Chef de Cuisine of Red Oven – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  • Piti Saengmanee, Executive Sweet & Savory Chef – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  • Surasak Songsuk, Sous Chef of Park Society – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  • Sornnarin Thongkhaw, Japanese Sous Chef – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  • Nicolas Basset, Head Chef of Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

SO AMAZING CHEFS 2019 PROGRAM

  • SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM / THE LOVE OF OYSTER

PRICE: THB 1,900++ PER PERSON WITH SPARKLING WINES

THB 3,900++ PER PERSON WITH CHAMPAGNE

VENUE: MIXO BAR, 9TH FLOOR

BY: JACQUES COCOLLOS, OYSTER SHUCKER

  • MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM /  THE ART OF BAKING

PRICE: THB 2,400++ PER PERSON

VENUE: GAGGENAU KITCHEN, 9TH FLOOR

CHEFS: THANANYA KAIKAEW & PITI SAENGMANEE

  • TUESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2019

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM / THE HOUSE OF DIM SUM

PRICE: THB 2,500++ PER PERSON

THB 3,200++ PER PERSON WITH WINE PARING

VENUE: GAGGENAU KITCHEN, 9TH FLOOR

CHEF:  NICOLAS ELALOUF

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

THE NIGHT OF KAISEKI

PRICE: THB 7,288++ PER PERSON

THB 8,888++ PER PERSON WITH WINE AND PREMIUM SAKE PARING

VENUE: PARK SOCIETY RESTAURANT, 29TH FLOOR

CHEF:  TAKATOMO IZUMI

  • WEDNESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM / WELCOME RECEPTION + SO AMAZING CHEFS, THE CULINARY SHOWDOWN

PRICE: THB 4,500++ PER PERSON FOR 4-COURSE DINNER, WITH WINE PAIRING

VENUE: BALLROOM, 8TH FLOOR

CHEFS: 8 MICHELIN-STARRED CHEFS & 8 CHEF MAESTROS

  • THURSDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM /WELCOME RECEPTION + SO AMAZING CHEFS, THE CULINARY SHOWDOWN

PRICE: THB 4,500++ PER PERSON FOR 4-COURSE DINNER, WITH WINE PAIRING

VENUE: BALLROOM, 8TH FLOOR

CHEFS: 8 MICHELIN-STARRED CHEFS & 8 CHEF MAESTROS

  • FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

THE MICHELINSTARRED SIGNATURE DISHES  

6:00 PM 7:00 PM WELCOME COCKTAILS AT HISO BAR

7:00 PM DINNER STARTS

PRICE: THB 10,000++ PER PERSON FOR 8-COURSE DINNER

THB 12,500++ PER PERSON WITH WINE PARING

VENUE: PARK SOCIETY RESTAURANT, 29TH FLOOR

CHEFS: NICOLAS ELALOUF, THIERRY DRAPEAU, BASTIAN FALKENROTH,

MARIA JOSE SAN ROMAN, NICK KIM, PAUL LIEBRANDT, TAKATOMO IZUMI, JOOST BIJSTER

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  CHEESE @ SO, THE SO AMAZING CHEFS EDITION WITH LES FRÉRES MARCHAND

PRICE: THB 1,000++ PER PERSON

THB 1,400++ PER PERSON WITH WINE PAIRING

VENUE: MIXO BAR, 9TH FLOOR

CHEFS: PATRICE & PHILLIPE MARCHAND

  • SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2019

THE CHEF’S TABLE, THE SO AMAZING CHEFS EDITION

6:00 PM 7:00 PM WELCOME COCKTAILS AT HISO BAR

7:00 PM DINNER STARTS

PRICE: THB 7,288++ PER PERSON FOR 8-COURSE DINNER

THB 8,888++ PER PERSON WITH WINE PAIRING

VENUE: PARK SOCIETY RESTAURANT, 29TH FLOOR

CHEFS: PAUL LIEBRANDT, THIERRY DRAPEAU, TAKATOMO IZUMI, NICK KIM, BASTIAN FALKENROTH, ROB VAN DER VEEKEN, , SIMON SCOTT, JOOST BIJSTER

  • SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2019

12:00 PM – 3:30 PM / SUNDAY DRUNCH, THE SO AMAZING CHEF EDITION

PRICE: THB 1,950++ PER PERSON INCLUSIVE OF DRINKING WATER, COFFEE & TEA

THB 2,200++ PER PERSON WITH ABOVE, PLUS LOCAL BEERS, SIGNATURE COCKTAILS, UNLIMITED WHITE-RED-ROSÉ WINE.

VENUE: RED OVEN RESTAURANT, 7TH FLOOR

CHEFS: NICOLAS ELALOUF, ROB VAN DER VEEKEN, THANANYA KAIKAEW, SIMON SCOTT,

MARIA JOSE SAN ROMAN, LES FRÉRES MARCHAND, JACQUES COCOLLOS

THE FINAL ROUND, THE SO AMAZING CHEFS EDITION

6:00 PM 7:00 PM WELCOME COCKTAILS AT HISO BAR

7:00 PM DINNER STARTS

PRICE: THB 7,288++ PER PERSON FOR 8-COURSE DINNER

THB 8,888++ PER PERSON WITH WINE PAIRING

VENUE: PARK SOCIETY RESTAURANT, 29TH FLOOR

CHEFS:  PAUL LIEBRANDT, THIERRY DRAPEAU, SIMON SCOTT, BASTIAN FALKENROTH, ROB VAN DER VEEKEN, NICOLAS ELALOUF, MARIA JOSE SAN ROMAN, JOOST BIJSTER

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax. SO Sofitel Bangkok reserves all rights to update or modify this program at any time without prior notice.

Follow: #SOAMAZINGCHEFS2019

More information and reservations: +66 2 624 0000, h6835-FB3@sofitel.com

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Odette, Singapore, Lands the No.1 Spot 

The 2019 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at Wynn Palace, Macao. After holding the No.1 spot for four consecutive years, Gaggan in Bangkok moves to No.2, acceding to Odette in Singapore. Chef Julien Royer’s Odette claims the coveted titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Gaggan retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Thailand.

The 2019 list features 10 new restaurants, including two first-time entries from Thailand: Sorn (No.48) and Gaa, making its debut on the list at No.16.  Gaa has double reason to celebrate. As well as claiming the Highest New Entry Award, executive chef Garima Arora is named elit Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019.

Thailand is also represented by Sühring (No.4), Bo.Lan (No.19), Le Du (No.20), Nahm (No22) and Paste, the latter climbing three places to No.28.

The 2019 list reflects the diversity and vitality of the ever-evolving Asian gastronomic scene, featuring 10 new restaurants, including a first-time entry from Malaysia (Dewakan, No.46) and a new restaurant in the Philippines (Toyo Eatery, No.43), a country last represented in the list in 2017Host destination Macao counts two restaurants with Jade Dragon rising eight places to No.27 and Wing Lei Palace debuting at No.36.

William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Now in its seventh year, the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list continues to evolve, inspire and showcase emerging talent. The 2019 list welcomes 10 new restaurants, including a first-time entry from Malaysia, and celebrates the ongoing culinary innovation in the region.”

Individual Country Awards:

Singapore

Singapore claims seven entries on the list, including Odette. Housed in the iconic National Gallery Singapore, Odette serves Asian-inspired modern French cuisine, each dish presented with impeccable style and characteristic perfection. Taking its name from Royer’s maternal grandmother, Odette earned Asia’s Highest New Entry Award in 2017 before debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list last year at No.28.

Other Singapore entries include newcomer Nouri making a bow at No.39 and longtime favourites Burnt Ends and Jaan rising to No.10 and No.32 respectively. The remaining Singapore restaurants are Les Amis (No.33), Waku Ghin (No.40) and Corner House (No.49).

Japan

Japan leads the 2019 list with 12 entries. Fronting this group is Den (No.3), earning the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan for a second consecutive year. Den’s charismatic chef, Zaiyu Hasegawa, was also rewarded for his innovative approach and named the 2019 recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm, the only award voted for by the chefs of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list to recognise a peer making a positive impact on the restaurant scene. The top 10 also includes Japan restaurants Florilège (No.5), Narisawa (No.8) and Nihonryori RyuGin (No.9). Sazenka and Sugalabo, both in Tokyo, are newcomers to the list, landing at No.23 and No.47 respectively.

Hong Kong counts nine restaurants on the list, including The Chairman (rising from No.22 to No.11), 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (No.12), Amber (No.21), Neighborhood (No.37), Lung King Heen (No.38) and Ta Vie (No.50).  Soaring 25 places to No.15, modern French bistro Belon is crowned with this year’s Highest Climber Award.

Host destination Macao counts two restaurants with Jade Dragon rising eight places to No.27 and Wing Lei Palace debuting at No.36.

China

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (No.6) in Shanghai is named The Best Restaurant in China. Hong Kong counts nine restaurants on the list, including The Chairman (rising from No.22 to No.11) and first-time entries Vea (No.34) and Seventh Son (No.44). Soaring 25 places to No.15, modern French bistro Belon is crowned with this year’s Highest Climber Award.

Ascending 11 places to No.7, Mume in Taipei clinches the title of The Best Restaurant in Taiwan, besting two-time winner, Raw (No.30).

Regional

Locavore (No.42) in Bali earns dual honours. As well as holding the title of The Best Restaurant in Indonesia, Locavore wins the Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, as determined by audit partner Food Made Good.

Indian Accent, rising two places to No. 17, returns as The Best Restaurant in India for a fifth successive year. Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.35) is named The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka for a fourth time while Toyo Eatery, the 2018 recipient of the Miele One To Watch Award, enters the list at No.43, claiming the honour of The Best Restaurant in Philippines. Popular Seoul restaurant Mingles (No.13) retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Korea.

Other award winners announced include:

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona: Fabrizio Fiorani from Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo

Italian chef Fabrizio Fiorani developed his pastry skills in the kitchens of such acclaimed restaurants as La Pergola in his native Rome and Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. Expanding his horizons, he travelled to Dubai and Portugal before settling in Tokyo. His desserts seamlessly complement chef Luca Fantin’s contemporary Italian tasting menu and Fiorani’s first cookbook, Tra L’Onirico e Il Reale (Between Dreams and Reality), was published in 2018.

Art of Hospitality Award: 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Since 2008, Hong Kong’s 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana has been celebrating chef Umberto Bombana’s native cuisine, serving refined Italian food with the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. After debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013 at No.39, the restaurant has ranked within the top 20 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for seven consecutive years. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana’s outstanding hospitality, led by General Manager Marino Braccu, creates a highly refined but warm atmosphere in which diners can enjoy Chef Bombana’s creations.

Other individual award recipients include JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan, earning the Miele One To Watch Award for its modern interpretations of Singapore cuisine. Celebrated chef Seiji Yamamoto, of Nihonryori RyuGin in Japan, is the inaugural winner of the American Express Icon Award.

How the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.

For the 2019 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. The adjudication by Deloitte ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are protected. To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit

http://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/our-manifesto.html

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by Ben Hubbard

Every weekend until the end of March, Koi Lounge has an array of musicians entertaining night owls with a variety of music for all tastes.

Award-winning saxophonists and musicians give live performances in Koi’s intimate hidden lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. whilst a team of deep house DJ’s continue the party afterward into the night. We were lucky enough to experience the sounds of Latin percussionist, Camillo Diaz, who soothed our ears with different genres of music from House to folksy Champeta to sensual Latin Jazz.

All this was taken in whilst sipping on one (or three!) of Koi’s new signature sensation cocktails – Hiyokuna (rosemary, pineapple, strawberry), Bushido (old fashioned style with strong taste), and Roses Fall (sweet and flowery). All original, fruity concoctions with a strong taste to leave us more mellow than the lounge music itself.

As the DJs were getting the party started inside, we strolled outside onto the veranda for a quick timeout and marveled at the stunning view in front of them. Perched on top of Sathorn Square building the stunning Bangkok city skyline sprawls out beneath you and basking in its panoramic view left us with a sense of contentment and a warm glow. Or maybe it was the Bushido cocktail kicking in…

A great night to be had at Koi Lounge – Live music runs until March 29th – don’t miss out!

What: Live music nights

When: March, Friday 29, 2019

Where: Koi Lounge, 39th Floor, Sathorn Square Building

How much: Free entrance

More info: www.koirestaurantbkk.com, +66 80 353 5197, 66 2 108 2005, hostess@koirestaurantbkk.com

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by Parul Mathur

Old New York – Modern Bangkok: A Limited Edition Afternoon Tea Ritual at The St. Regis Bangkok

The St. Regis Bangkok launched on March 15 a limited edition afternoon tea named “Old New York – Modern Bangkok,” an interesting fusion curated by the hotel’s executive chef Christopher Miller and the celebrated Thai Fashion designer Tawn “C” Chatchavalvong. The complete afternoon tea experience has been inspired by the glamorous legacy of the first St. Regis in old New York, and an elegant modern Bangkok.

Afternoon tea is served at the Drawing Room on the 12th floor, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Royal Bangkok Sports Club while sipping your perfectly brewed cup of TWG tea or coffee, indulging in delightful delicacies from Thailand and the world.

All the items served in the spread speak of the efforts put in by the chef and designer in curating an amazing tea set. To begin, sparkling tomato essence is served with caprese on a stick, accompanied with caviar, sour cream, and chives in a waffle cone. While some of the items were authentic dishes from American cuisine—like smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and the delicious New York cheesecake, which was one of the best I’ve ever had!—some of the treats were given an exciting angle by fusing traditional Thai with American cuisine.

A few treats worth mentioning from the menu are:

  • Kaffir lime flavored kanom, served as a macaron
  • Thai custard served like crème brûlée, topped with fried onions – a fascinating combination
  • Petite pie with a filling of Massaman curry chicken
  • Mini burger with quality pastrami and cheese
  • Kaffir lime flavored mini cheesecakes served with beautiful chocolate coated gooseberry
  • Shrimp with Thai paste served on rye bread.

But no afternoon tea tradition is complete without scones. We were served some with clotted cream and yummy jams to accompany a perfectly brewed cup of TWG tea.

What makes this afternoon tea experience different, in a good way, is that the savory delicacies are given as much attention as the sweet treats, and both are as good in number.

Considerations were given not just to the food but also to its plating. Inspired by skylines of old Manhattan and the Thai capital, Tawn C himself designed a special tower-shaped tea stand to serve the scrumptious spread.

Go check it out before it’s too late.

What: “Old New York – Modern Bangkok” Afternoon Tea
Where: The St. Regis Bangkok (BTS Rachadamri road)
When: From now until May 31, 2019
How much: THB 1,900++ per set for two people, including tea and coffee; THB 2,100++ per set for two people, including two cocktails additionally.
Bookings: +66 2207 7777, fb.bangkok@stregis.com
More info: www.stregisbangkok.com

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Sukhumvit’s newest “up-cycling market” provides the perfect template for a fantastic sustainable night out.

by Zipporah Gene

I’ll wager you now that the words “up-cycling,” “great vibes,” and “night out” have probably never gone together in a sentence before now. Because let’s face it, Bangkok has yet to truly catch on the sustainability train. This city races on at a breathtaking pace but how much longer can we all ignore the environmental sacrifices we make for the sake of good banter?

What if I told you that there was a place where you could find the likes of Peppina, Iron Fairies, Fat Gut’z Salon, Nitro Lab, Mengkee Hong Kong Roast, Koryo Buffet, and many more pop-up stalls and trucks in one area? And what if I told you that they all came together and worked in a way where wasteful environmental practices were verboten? Well, you’re in luck, because the unstoppable savant behind Maggie Choo and Iron Fairies, Johan Persimon Davidsson, did just that.

This once abandoned urban space has been decorated with up-cycled furnishing from all over town. For any seasoned local to the Bangkok dining scene, you’ll definitely recognize the iconic bullets from Bangkok Betty – which seamlessly integrates itself in the funky, easy-going decor of this space.

You won’t find plastic straws or wasteful products here – even the parking system has gone paperless – but expect to have a great chilled out evening underscored by either DJs on the weekdays or fantastic live music on the weekends.

For anyone tired of the tasteless pomposity of the majority of urban spaces nowadays, this might just be the perfect recipe for you. They’ve managed to congregate quite a number of much-loved vendors, drizzled ounces of great vibes, on a bed of environmentalism, and stirred in a generous serving of community spirit – and it isn’t just for the evenings. It’s all pet-friendly and I’m told they’ll be adding a weekly farmers’ market. And watch out for the upcoming workshops in the up-cycled leather goods shop, The ReMaker.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m now addicted to the cocktails at Tropic City? If, like me, Chareon Krung is too far off the beaten track, then this is the perfect time to get to know them. What are you waiting for?

What: Model Market BKK; directions here.

Where: Sukhumvit Soi 53, Thonglor, Bangkok. The venue is accessible via BTS Thonglor, while parking and valet service is available.

When: Monday to Fri from 5 p.m. until midnight; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until midnight

How much: Entry is free, and pets are welcome.

More info: For more information head to their Facebook page and these are the websites and Facebook accounts of restaurants, bars, and shops inside Model Market: Tropic City, PeppinaNitro LabFat Gut’z Saloon, The Iron FairiesCloudsThe Remaker.

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NokScoot, the joint venture low-cost carrier of Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot, celebrated its first flight to Shanghai when it touched down early on February 26, 2019, at Pudong International Airport after departing from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.

Passengers on flight XW858 were warmly welcomed in Bangkok upon check-in with colorful paper lantern and a mock-up of Shanghai’s skyline where passengers could take photos.

NokScoot is initially operating four weekly flights from Bangkok to Shanghai, with flight frequency becoming daily from March 4, 2019. This new service is part of NokScoot’s commitment to growing its footprint in China.

Shanghai is China’s commercial capital that never sleeps. It grew in the 19th century and flourished to become a center of commerce and global finance during its heyday in the 1930s. It is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, museums and historic colonial architecture. The Bund is Shanghai’s most famous attraction and home the city’s most respected businesses, loved restaurants, and famous clubs. Nearby is the bustling shopping enclave on Nanjing Road, plus the City God Temple, Yu Garden, and the landmark Oriental Pearl Tower across the in Pudong.

NokScoot uses Boeing 777-200 wide-bodied twin-aisle jets, configured with a total of 415 seats, on all flights to and from its hub at Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport. The aircraft is bigger than those traditionally used by low-cost carriers and offers an unprecedented level of comfort, with 24 seats in Business Class and 391 seats in Economy, supported by great fares for its customers.

NokScoot also operates regular flights to Nanjing, Qingdao, Shenyang, Tianjin and, X’ian in China, Narita and Osaka in Japan, New Delhi in India and Taipei. Flights to India, Japan, and South Korea are more likely to follow in the future.

To celebrate its new Bangkok to Shanghai flights, NokScoot is offering promotional one-way Economy FLY fares starting from THB 999, inclusive of tax and fuel surcharge, from Bangkok to Shanghai for travel from now to March 30, 2019. The promotion can be purchased on www.nokscoot.com from February25–28, 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

The flights’ schedule is as follows:

  • From 25 February to 2 March 2019
Flight From To Departure Time Arrival Time Day
XW858 Bangkok

(DMK)

Shanghai

(PVG)

21:20 hrs 02:20 hrs(+1) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
XW857 Shanghai

(PVG)

Bangkok

(DMK)

3:35 hrs 07:35 hrs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • From 4 March 2019 onwards
Flight From To Departure Time Arrival Time Day
XW858 Bangkok

(DMK)

Shanghai

(PVG)

21:20 hrs 02:20 hrs(+1) Daily
XW857 Shanghai

(PVG)

Bangkok

(DMK)

3:35 hrs 07:35 hrs Daily

*All times are local.

More info: NokScoot.com, Facebook.com/NokScootInstagram.com/NokScoot

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With open and active clubs in Lumphini, K Village, Pakkred, Nanglinchee Market Place Mall, and their most recent opening at Amarin Plaza (watch a video here), Anytime Fitness is on the rise to expand quickly in Thailand, starting in Bangkok.

The fitness chain’s business model for their gyms offers a no-frills experience to its members: all the necessary equipment and assistance, as well as free group classes, are offered in a 24/7 format at affordable prices.

“We want to be accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime,” said Anytime Fitness affiliate, Billy Pech. “The fitness industry in Thailand is leveled in a way where all fitness brands look and offer the same thing. Anytime Fitness is here to offer a different kind of experience with our surprisingly personable people,” he added.

While Bangkok is on steady growth, expansion outside the city is also likely in the future. Like the neighboring countries under Anytime Fitness Asia, it is a goal to expand all throughout the country especially in places most big-box gyms are not expected to open, they ascertain.

Founded in 2002, it took Anytime Fitness just 16 years to reach 4,000 gyms around the world. According to FRANData, the chain is just one of 15 franchisors located in 30 or more countries.

The first Anytime Fitness in Thailand opened in Bangkok in 2017, with a view to expanding its Asian footprint. Since then, over 500 gyms have opened throughout the region, which is expected to double in number by 2020.

A new design was launched in Amarin Plaza, and all future clubs in Thailand will carry the new design to usher in a new era for the brand.

Join in Barcelona and workout in Bangkok… or vice-versa

One of the benefits of an Anytime Fitness membership is the franchise’s “Anywhere Access” policy: Join one Anytime Fitness gym and you can use any of the chain’s more than 4,000 gyms worldwide at no additional cost. This gives members the option of exercising not only whenever they choose (Anytime Fitness gyms are open 24/7/365), but virtually wherever they like. And with gyms in all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 30 countries and regions, the “Anywhere Access” policy can be a real cost-saver – especially for frequent travelers.

Special offer: Get a free 3-day trial pass here

More info: www.anytimefitness.co.th

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On December 13–16,2018, Wonderfruit, Thailand’s carbon-neutral four-day celebration of arts, music, and ideas, is set to give creative inspiration for the zenith of sustainable and cross-cultural living. This year’s Wonderers can expect to explore and be enthralled with Wonderfruit’s six pillars: the primary theme is Art & Architecture, together with Music, Farm to Feasts, Talks & Workshops, Wellness and Family. Showcasing the festival’s sustainable ethos is the eco-design of its architectural structures, camps, and installations, whilst enjoying a handpicked selection of world-class artists sharing their talents at #Wonderfruit2018

MUSIC LINEUP PACKED WITH TOP NAMES

In addition to previously announced artists including Goldie and the Ensemble, Nightmares on Wax, Huun Huur Tu, Craig Richards, Margaret Dygas, Job2do, Sirintip, Mathew Jonson (Live), Young Marco, Nicolas Lutz, Sóley, Costlywood and Knower, the final phase is further expanded with more unique and cross-cultural artists spanning the music spectrum. Prepare to experience different techno rhythms by the marching band MEUTE and experimental artist Kangding Ray while embarking on a new electronic adventure with Boy Bjorn, Crussen (Live) and Stavroz (Live). Witness a variety of cross-cultural music by Alena Murang, DuOuD and Mammal Hands. Added to this extensive list, more music styles prepared for Wonderers to discover are those from Alligatorz, Two Pills After Meal, and Weep Show with Borgar & Howie B.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPERIMENT IN EMPATHY ENGINEERING

In a first-time collaboration with the Waldorf Project, a well-known group of artists who offer a radical immersive experience through all senses, an experiment in empathy engineering will be attempted. Following an impressive FUTURO performance in London, where, on a small scale, they proved that empathy can be engineered through a creative transformation of senses, this time around they will attempt it with a festival-wide audience. The performance includes 250 dancers from the Bangkok Dance Academy, alongside the UK’s core team. Artificial Intelligence will also take a fundamental role as the ‘third choreographer’ passing empathy through body movements and making the impossible possible. The masterminds behind the Waldorf Project, including artist Sean Rogg, have been working closely with the Wonderfruit team for over six months on “FUTURO-X”. This is a truly revolutionary concept, both for the Waldorf Project itself and Wonderfruit.

WONDER FEASTS ON SALE NOW

The Theatre of Feasts returns this year with a range of Feasts (prior reservation required) created by prestigious and innovative chefs from different parts of the world. Among them are one-starred Michelin restaurant Bo.lan by Chef Bo — Duangporn Songivsava and Chef Dylan Jones, serving well-balanced and unique Thai dishes, as well as Chef Chalee Kader (100 Mahaseth), Chef Prin Polsuk (Samrub for Thai) and Chef Num Triyasenawat (Samuay & Sons) who will showcase Thai street food with an array of grilled meat-on-sticks dishes to dip in Nam phrik (or Thai relishes), while Chef Garima Arora of Gaa will let Wonderers explore her extraordinary and innovative dinner feast. Chef Paolo Vitaletti (Appia and Peppina), Chef Jarrett Wrisley (Appia and Soul Food Mahanakorn) & The Guest List will also be in The Fields, allowing Wonderers to experience their dishes, created with a sustainable approach, for Sunday’s late lunch.

INTRODUCING WONDER KITCHEN

Offering an interactive culinary experience that goes beyond a meal, Wonder Kitchen debuts this year by giving Wonderers an opportunity to closely witness a chef’s kitchen theatrics as they prepare their dishes. They have the option to learn even more by joining their master classes and cooking workshops. The Wonder Kitchen will see feasts prepared by Chef Black — Phanuphon Bulsuwan, who will showcase Eastern Thai cuisine with locally sourced products. Chef Ik – Bunn Boriboon will team up with Takashi Hirasawa, founder of Lacto-Life, to host a probiotic workshop, where participants will learn more about the healthy bacteria, and how to include them in their daily meals. Thailand’s Top Chef Chef Tam — Chudaree Debhakam will also host a workshop and a dinner at Wonder Kitchen. Mark Lloyd, who holds two Guinness Book of World Records awards, will introduce a zero-waste bar and workshops on making cocktails from food scraps.

EXPERIENCING CAMPS, THE WORLDS WITHIN WONDERFRUIT

Launched for the first time in Asia, Polygon Live features underground house and techno DJs and live performers amidst the polygonal bamboo structure using 3D virtual-reality sound technology from L-Acoustics. One of the most sought-after destinations for dance music lovers will be filled with an immersive lineup, including Santi & Tuğçe (Live), JPatterson (Live), David Dorad, Viken Arman (Live), Martha Van Straaten and Xique-Xique.

This year, Wonderfruit will bring SOT back to The Fields. Running 24 hours a day, the urban venue will be flooded with Bangkok’s top curators in music, food, and drinks. Prepare to indulge in an eclectic mix of music by international DJs from 4-time DMC champions Pfel & Greem (C2C) to Chicago rapper Kweku Collins, joined by many more local established acts. A newcomer to The Fields, The Hamlet is a cozy theatre-in-the-round, packed with entertainment, food and drink among comfy cushions and a collage of tie-dyed fabrics.

REALIGN YOUR ENERGY AT WONDER GARDEN

Wonderfruit’s perfect sanctuary to restore your mind, body and soul, Wonder Garden, returns this year with the theme of Axis Mundi, or ‘the world’s center’. It aims to create  powerful experiences and allow Wonderers to connect with the universal power through an array of activities, ranging from Chakra Kitchen, a dining experience for those searching for self-rearrangement through Ayurveda, to self-mastery sessions, The Art of Soul Gazing, an ice bath detox with Cryotherapy, a mat-free, laughter-filled Yoga session called Laughter Yoga, the return of gong baths, plus Amazonian Medicine Healing, sacred water ceremonies, 5 Masters: Crystal Bowl Meditative Ceremony and much more.

INSPIRING CHANGE THROUGH SCRATCH TALKS

This year Scratch Talks returns, under its new home of the Eco Pavilion, with a lineup of diverse speakers aimed at encouraging innovation and collaboration. The program will feature a series of thought-provoking conversations on topics such as Radical Healthspan Extension by Dr. Molly Maloof, The Sampran Model Organic Farmers Project in Thailand by Arrut Navaraj, Zero Waste Solutions, and Plastic Pollution by Sonia S. Mendoza, Nice Ad, Shame about the Planet by Naresh Ramchandani and many more.

Additionally, Wonderers can expect a range of experiences that encourage exploration, creativity, and sustainable initiatives. Starting with the Thai Pavilion by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), where they can explore snippets of authentic Thai culture and local destinations, to the Tuk Tuk Bar, a modification of the landmark bus, which offers a varied choice of world-class cocktails from bartenders handpicked by Johnnie Walker. The Moon Shack by Sangsom brings back the golden days of vinyl records, while those looking to chill out can lounge in The Ziggurat – a multilevel sanctuary for beer enthusiasts by Singha.

What: Wonderfruit 2018

When: December 13–16, 2018

Where: The Fields, at Siam Country Club, Pattaya

ßHow much: 4-day passes can be purchased for USD 197 (THB 6,500)

More info: Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets, travel, and accommodation.

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With the consolidation of Hotel 81, Value Hotel, Venue Hotel, V Hotel, Hotel Boss, and Hotel Mi under one umbrella, Worldwide Hotels announced it became Singapore’s largest homegrown tourist class hotel group.

In Singapore, Worldwide Hotels owns and manages all of its properties there spanning 38 properties and over 6,500 rooms, across the six brands. Beyond its home ground, Worldwide Hotels continues to expand its presence and has acquired properties around the world.

Carolyn Choo, Managing Director of Worldwide Hotels Group said, “The consolidation of our brands under Worldwide Hotels marks a transition for us as we celebrate our 25th year.  This sets our intention to expand worldwide, in line with the next phase of the group’s long-term growth. Worldwide Hotels strives to be a significant player in the global hospitality scene.”

With the first hotel established in 1993 by Group Chairman Choo Chong Ngen, Worldwide Hotels has been steadily growing its portfolio and is rapidly expanding overseas with over eight properties around Asia-Pacific. More developments are in the pipeline as the Group continues to grow its footprint at home and beyond.

Worldwide Hotels celebrated its launch in conjunction with the group’s 25th anniversary in October 2018.

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