A Mighty Mix

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At The District Grill Room & Bar at Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit, Michelin-star chef Nicolas Inard, co-owner of Auberge de la Charme restaurant in France, will be providing an exclusive taste of his southern French cuisine, coupled with Italian and Mediterranean influences. Chef Inard’s cuisine combines tradition and innovation resulting in a creative mix of flavours. From March 15 to 18, Bangkokians will be able to enjoy an a la carte French extravaganza that promises creative ingredients of the finest quality to be paired with fine wines. Chef Inard’s most famous dishes include oyster vichyssoise with Sturia caviar, carbonara 2017 and large gamberoni with peanut sauce. For more information and reservations, call 0-2797-0400.

Breakfast Has Its Day

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After much anticipation, you will finally get to try New York’s much praised, award-winning Clinton Street Baking Company restaurant, and without having to wait in line for hours—for now anyway. Whether it be pancakes, burgers, biscuits, fried chicken, chicken and waffle, you’ll find all of the restaurant’s signature dishes at the newly opened Siam Paragon branch. And while known for exceptional breakfasts, its offerings are delectable at any time of the day. Expect no less of the interiors, as Chanintr Sirisant, CEO of Chanintr Living, is one of the driving forces behind this establishment. Clinton Street Baking Company is open from 8am to 11pm daily. For more information, visit clintonstreetbangkok.com or call 0-2129-4861.

Designs On Brunch

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W Does Brunch happens every first and third Saturday of the month and brings together unique elements including fashion, gastronomy, music and cocktail culture. With the concept of Designer of the Quarter, the Kitchen Table’s appearance now transforms every few months—everything from invitations, placemats and backdrops to even the food presentation will change according to a new theme by a Thai designer. First up is Q Design and Play’s First Love From Childhood theme, which includes a paper doll workshop where you can dress up your own dolls and take them home as a souvenir. The brunch costs 2,500++ baht per person with soft drinks and juices, or add a little more for The Experience package, at 3,100++ baht per person, to complement your food with cocktails, wines, sparkling wine and beer. For more information, call 0-2344-4000 or email bf.wbangkok@whotels.com.

Sourcing It

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Business partners Frederic Meyer and chef Ian Pongtawat Chalermkittichai, owners of Issaya Siamese Club and Pizza Massilia, have launched a bespoke food supply service. Avril Foods specialises in the distribution of the finest high quality premium products. All of its items are freshly imported from France and Europe, with quality being a top priority. Avril Foods has now taken on Monsoon Tea, made from leaves grown in the wild in the north of Thailand and said to provide its own distinct taste that many prefer when compared to plantation teas. The company currently delivers exclusively to customers in Bangkok, although other cities will not have to wait long to share in this bounty of fresh produce. Contact olivier@avrilfoods.com or call 0-2235-9800.

Mind Matters

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Do you seek to improve your mental health with a personalised, integrative medical approach? Amatara Wellness Resort, together with Bangkok Hospital Phuket’s Brain Health Institute, presents the world’s first integrative brain health enhancement programme, which combines the highest level of preventative healthcare with a luxury wellness vacation. As its main focus is on Alzheimer’s prevention, the programme is perfect for those with a family history of the disease, anyone wishing to improve or maintain their brain health and cognitive function and individuals whose daily life includes stressful or long working hours.

After a series of tests and medical treatments performed by medical professionals at the Brain Health Institute for three days and two nights, you will enjoy the majestic views of the Andaman Sea for five nights at the Amatara Wellness Resort while participating in a rejuvenating exercise programme, mindfulness practice, tailored nutrition and luxury spa treatments. Prices start from 376,200 baht for a single person and from 324,300 baht per person for couples for the complete programme. Call 0-7631-8888.

Canvases and Cigars

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Duke Contemporary Art Space is an art gallery with a bar, dining facilities and private rooms set up by the artists behind Fine Art magazine. Aside from hosting exclusive events catering to the art and design scene, it can also be used as a venue for product launches and other similar events. Live performances can also be arranged as part of the experience. With food and drinks coming courtesy of a partnership with the well-known Water Library group, Duke is a relaxing and highend venue offering regular wine, whisky and cigar events in addition to art exhibitions featuring the work of some of Thailand’s leading established and emerging artists. Duke Contemporary Art Space is located on the first floor of Gaysorn. For reservations, contact 0-2656-1149.

Choco Chic

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The Siam Kempinski Hotel presents a new and magnificent change to its afternoon tea. Chocolate lovers be prepared, for during every afternoon for the whole of March, chocoholics will be able to indulge in the Chocolate Confession afternoon tea. Lovers of all things cacao can expect tasty macadamia-studded chocolate fudge pound cake, malt whisky and Guanaja chocolate petite pot, and delectable Valrhona chocolate pralines from France. For those looking for a more savoury afternoon, Chocolate Confession will also feature mouthwatering corned beef hash quiche and pulled lamb steamed rye roll, to name a few. Priced at 800++ baht per set, Chocolate Confession afternoon tea will be available at Hanuman Bar, Siam Kempinski Hotel. For more information and reservations, call the hotel at 0-2162-9000.

Start The Day Right

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Why not start the day with a great breakfast after a morning workout? Breakfast on the Park at So Sofitel’s Red Oven, which overlooks the 142-acre green Lumpini park, offers an international breakfast buffet comprising Asian favourites, including a noodle station. Guests will also find Western breakfast classics such as egg dishes at the live egg station, a selection of cheeses and breakfast meats as well as fresh out-of-the-oven breads and viennoiseries. A healthy corner, which includes three kinds of fresh smoothies, anti-ageing, detox, energy shots and fresh fruits are also offered for those who want to keep in shape. The buffet is 750++ baht per person, and is available daily from 6:30am to 10:30am. Call 0-2624-0000.

Thai High

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On top of The Continent Hotel sits Bangkok Heightz, an authentic Thai restaurant, where they strive to take traditional Thai street and vendor foods to a more refined and elevated level. Bangkok Heightz truly deserves its name by literally and figuratively elevating Thai cuisine by providing diners with a view of Bangkok’s Asoke- Sukhumvit area. Being a rooftop restaurant, Bangkok Heightz has also introduced cocktails with a Thai twist to pair seamlessly with the delectable Thai dishes; look out for the Chao Phraya Sling and Siam Libre. Popular Thai food favourites that should not be overlooked include Canadian lobster lad prik and stir fried soft shell crab with black pepper and salted egg. For more information and reservations, call 0-2686-7000.

Chocolate Pick-Me-Ups

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The lifestyle, design and living giant Sansiri presents an extraordinary bounty of Belgian dark chocolates under the banner, Dark Chocolate Napolitain. Members of the exclusive Sansiri Lounge will be able to taste three contrasting dark chocolates consisting of mint, orange and original, each with a cocoa content of 60 per cent. For the ultimate in relaxation, tea and coffee will be served with the choice of adding dark chocolate to the coffee and awakening your senses further. What could be more uplifting after a day of shopping? Drop by the Sansiri Lounge at Siam Paragon, open daily from 11am to 8pm.

Retail Therapy

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Shoppers at Central Festival Eastville Bangkok can now rejoice as Centara Hotels & Resorts has launched the Refresh Zone, which offers an innovative retail spa experience. The convenient and simple spa concept features modern Thai treatments that can be undertaken without advanced bookings or lengthy consultations and are all performed by highly trained therapists. The treatment menu maximises value and efficiency, including quick programmes such as foot massages performed while phones recharge and great-tasting Segafredo coffee or spa candy are consumed. Eastville shoppers will not be the only ones enjoying the service as Central plans to open the Refresh Zone also at Central Festival Chiang Mai, Central Festival Udon Thani, CentralWorld in Bangkok and Central Hat Yai. For more information about Refresh Zone, visit facebook.com/ refreshzonespa or myresfreshzone.com.

What A Beauty

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If you’re looking for a one-stop spot for all your exacting beauty needs, look no further than LINNA, a new hair, health and beauty centre in the Bangkapi area. The concept combines science and medicine with the finest natural products to provide optimum results. At LINNA treatments are delivered by specialised doctors and beauty experts using the most technologically-advanced equipment on the market. Services include salon, spa, hair clinic, anti-ageing clinic, beauty clinic and plastic surgery. For more information, contact 0-2030-0009 or visit linnaroyal.com

Smart Incentive

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The Shangri-La Hotel in Kowloon has a strategic location right at a metro station, with access to any part of Hong Kong and the China border. With spectacular views of Victoria Harbour through floorto- ceiling windows in all rooms and diverse facilities, it also has the added attraction of award-winning food and beverage concepts, including the two Michelin-starred Shang Palace Chinese restaurant. Now conference delegates have the opportunity to try for themselves with a special incentive for organisers. Those booking a group for MICE stays at the qualifying rate and meeting the requirements will get an iPhone 7 for every booking. So if you’re planning on booking a meeting in Hong Kong before March 31 (for stays until September 10), check it out. Email reservations.ksl@shangri-la.com.

 Larging It in Hua Hin

Hot Ticket March 08.jpgWith just only six rooms, Hua Hin’s newest retreat, Hotel Bocage, aims to  offer an exclusive luxury experience to guests. Think maxed-out room areas,  complete privacy, views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and sophisticated  interiors. Hotel management and building solutions company Louis T Collection, in collaboration with acclaimed Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag,  has created sleek, open-plan rooms and suites with a crisp colour palette  of white and grey. The rooms’ interiors are filled with luxury Italian designer  brands such as Porro, Living Divani and Antonio Lupi. There are no in-house  restaurants but guests can explore the range of restaurants and cafes located  below at lifestyle development Seenspace. Moreover, guests can access their  rooms using their own smart phones as part of the hotel’s efforts to introduce  the latest technology. For details call 09-1712-8822.

 

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