Biscotti Unveils New Creations By Chef Andrea Buson

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Trattoria-style eatery Biscotti at Anantara Siam Bangkok has served up contemporary Italian cuisine for almost two decades. Now, from grilled scallops with cream of buffalo mozzarella to cherry tomato confit and paté of Liguria olives, the latest creations by chef de cuisine Andrea Buson showcase his twists on the traditional. Trained at the IPSSAR Pietro d’Abano in Padova before honing his skills in establishments around Italy, Buson first moved to Asia in 2010 to work at luxury resorts before opening renowned Italian restaurants in Luang Prabang and Langkawi. Biscotti is open daily for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm and 6pm-10:30pm for dinner., 0-2126-8866 ext 1214.

Banyan Bites


Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has appointed Heshan Peiris as the new executive chef of Banyan Tree Bangkok. Raised by culinary professionals in Melbourne, Peiris’ career began with an apprenticeship at Melbourne Racing Club while pursuing a degree in culinary arts at William Angliss Institute. Over the last 16 years he has worked with Hilton hotels in Melbourne, Sydney and the Seychelles. Prior to joining Banyan Tree Bangkok, Peiris worked at the Laguna Lang Co resort in Vietnam. Peiris believes in bringing new dimensions to traditional food and modernising presentation while maintaining the essence of each dish. The hotel’s restaurants offer cuisines ranging from Thai street food at Saffron Sky Garden to Cantonese at Baiyun and the international favourites at iconic rooftop bar and restaurant Vertigo., 0-2679-1200.

iO Italian Osteria Joins The Gourmet Groove


Located on the first floor of Groove at Central World, iO Italian Osteria offers authentic Italian street food from all 20 regions of Italy. Led by executive chef Anna Borrasi, the signature dishes include traditional plain and stuffed Roman schiacciata made from Italian dough, crispy porchetta pork belly with pepper and wild fennel, orecchiette with pork sausage in saffron sauce, and homemade tagliolini with prawns and lemon breadcrumbs. Those who prefer smaller bites can opt for the bacon roll or the fried stuffed giant olive. The traditional Italian desserts at iO are not to be missed either., 0-2117-3826.


Sushi Cyu


Located at Central World, Sushi Cyu offers premium omakase at a wallet-friendly price. With airy, modern interiors, the restaurant consists of an omakase bar and dining area for those who prefer a la carte Japanese cuisine. Expect the freshest of ingredients imported straight from Japan three times a week and a menu of premium bites that change seasonally according to the freshest catch of the day. The ideal spot for those who crave the refined taste of high quality Japanese sushi, as well as those who are looking to venture into the wonders of omakase without committing to the higher price range.


A Pampering Experience In Blooms At The Okura Spa


In Japan, the sakura flower is associated with the ephemeral or transient nature of life, reminding us to seize our opportunities and to enjoy what nature has to offer. Nowhere is that better encapsulated than in the 90-minute Ritual of Sakura treatment at The Okura Spa of The Okura Prestige Bangkok. The treatment begins with a gentle 10-minute cleansing footbath using a sakura salt scrub to soften the skin. A 30-minute exfoliating sakura glowing body scrub to remove old, dry skin follows. Finally, a 50-minute exfoliating massage using antioxidant-rich sakura oil relaxes and revives tired muscles. Available daily, from 10am-10pm, April 1 - June 30, price 3,900 ++ baht., 0-2687-9000.

The Dawn Medical Rehab And Wellness Centre


A luxury facility for people seeking treatment for addictions, trauma and stress, The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai offers a holistic road to recovery for those battling drugs, alcohol, sex and gambling addictions. This rehabilitation centre pursues a twin-pillar approach—a proven combination of modern psychological services and holistic wellness therapies such as yoga, meditation and even Thai boxing. The centre also makes use of new transcranial magnetic stimulation technology. Under director Ohm Poolsawaddi, The Dawn maintains a roster of more than a dozen internationally qualified therapists, medical staff, counsellors and trainers and can host up to 20 clients at any one time.

Money Moves With KTC Scan


As we get ever closer to a cashless society, KTC has partnered with Visa to launch KTC Scan to Pay Cross Border, which allows international payments using credit cards via QR codes. Providing special privileges for worthwhile transactions through QR code scanning, KTC limits foreign-currency exchange fluctuation risks to less than two per cent, the lowest rate among credit card purveyors. Members can receive up to one-and-a-half per cent cash back for every transaction made using credit cards, which complies with Visa’s standards and can be safely used world wide. Tosapong Rangkawara, vice president of KTC Krungthai Card, also revealed that members will be able to use other financial institutions’ mobile applications to scan KTC’s QR codes when making transactions.

Stay Savvy At Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18


A Chatrium Collection hotel, Maitria is currently offering a high-tech stay with the Handy Phone smartphone for access to hotel services. Every Maitria room features its own free smartphone, which allows unlimited local calls and free international calls to 11 different countries and unlimited internet access both within the hotel’s premise and outside with interactive maps. The phone also offers on-the-go hotel concierge services,  exclusive brand promotions, Luxos travel finds, adaptive language options and a privacy assurance that guarantees all personal data will be erased on returning the Handy Phone.,, 0-2302-5777.

Sizzling Griddles Of Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse

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Created by talented head chef Yukio Takeda,  new offerings at Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse use the finest seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan. Takeda’s signature set menu begins with a moreish crispy prawn and corn creation with avocado-lime onion and is followed by a choice of salads and soup, paving the way for the main teppan action. Juicy and flavourful A5 Saga beef is cooked a la minute on an iron griddle in front of guests. Grilled home-made mochi and other delightful desserts offer a fine end to a meal. The a la carte menu at JW Marriott’s Nami has no shortage of highlights either, including a selection of premium Japanese and Australian beef cuts, lobsters and abalone. 


Khao Chae At The Sukhothai


Award-winning Celadon restaurant at The Sukhothai Bangkok invites diners to savour the traditional Thai summer dish of khao chae this April. The seasonal staple is a refreshing flower-scented rice dish topped with ice and typically enjoyed with an array of condiments. Served for lunch at 990++ baht per set or as a takeaway for 1,200++ baht, Sukhothai's khao chae sets are prepared by chef Rossarin Sriprathum and includes fried shrimp paste balls, steamed stuffed bell peppers with minced shrimp, sweetened shredded fish, fried stuffed shallots with minced catfish, crispy beef or pork floss, watermelon with sweet minced fish and home-made marian plums in syrup. Celadon is open daily for lunch from noon-3pm and 6:30pm-11pm for dinner accompanied by live Thai dancing., 0-2344-8888.

Afternoon Spa Treat At The Mandarin Oriental

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Treat yourself and someone special to a pampering day at Spa Studio at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Offering a unique escape from the demands of daily life, the Tea & Therapy package encompasses a 90-minute Endermologie face and body treatment in the luxurious setting of Mandarin Oriental’s Spa Studio, followed by afternoon tea. The body treatment aims to eliminate localised fat and reduce cellulite, while the face treatment boosts collagen production and improves blood circulation to provide anti-ageing results. Valid until May 31 from noon-6pm, the Tea & Therapy package is priced at 4,600 baht net per person., 0-2659-9000 ext 7433.

Verdant New Venue Opens For Grand Celebrations


The Botanical House, Bangkok’s all-new wedding and event venue offers a variety of botanically-inspired indoor and outdoor spaces which can be tailored to customer needs. Located on Rama IX Road, the elegant private home setting located just a few minutes from Thonglor can host up to 250 guests across three different zones. The Sun Room is a 126sqm glass house that can host up to 50 people while the Salon Botanica is decorated with botanical patterns and can hold up to 200 guests. Those looking for an outdoor site can opt for the Infinity Lawn, an 180sqm outdoor area with a dreamy gazebo and flowers such as begonia and orchids to signify different aspects of love. The Botanical House also offers event and wedding planners to help customers create truly memorable moments.


Cruise Control


Pioneering cruise company Pandaw is offering families and groups of friends the chance to be masters of their own ship on the rivers and coasts of Southeast Asia. Customers can charter their own vessel and carve out a bespoke itinerary in a choice of breathtaking destinations including Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China. Guests can also opt to follow one of Pandaw’s existing itineraries on their private charter with routes covering the Pagan and the upper Irrawaddy rivers, the Chindwin River in Burma, the Halong Bay and Red River route in Vietnam, the classic Mekong route in Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Mekong route through Laos to China.

A Mode Of Movement


Belmond has launched Art and Fashion in Motion 2018 aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express to celebrate 25 years of iconic rail journeys. With iconic green and gold carriages and elegant interiors, the Eastern & Oriental Express embodies the golden age of romantic rail travel by mixing old world glamour with new cutting-edge designs and modern artwork. Guest artist Somnuek Klangnok gave one of the carriages a makeover with his characteristic whimsical drawings inspired by the magical sensation of travelling in a fantasy world and his personal experience of journeying on the fabled train. Further celebrating the glamour of travel, Thai fashion designer Thattaworn Sugunnasil of fashion house Vvon Sugunnasil also introduced a new collection of uniforms featuring French tailoring, inspired by his time in Paris.

RAMS For An Eye For Style


Thailand’s suit and styling brand, RAMS has joined hands with The Bespoke Dudes, Italian eyewear brand by renowned blogger, Fabio Attanasio. Originally launched in 2015 in a blog focusing on Italian craftsmanship and suit tailoring, The Bespoke Dudes eyewear offers handcrafted Italian eyewear that features high quality frames and lens. With an array of classic and modern designs, the glasses are crafted to perfectly match different styles of suits for every occasion. Founded in 2014, RAMS offer bespoke suit tailoring for ladies and gentlemen in the heart of Thonglor. Sharing the same vision and attention to detail, Attanasio has chosen to launch his Mohair collection in Thailand at RAMS, where the apparel will also be exclusively sold.