Erawan's Tables Grill Gets A New Chef De Cuisine

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Grand hyatt erawan has welcomed Hans Zahner to its operations as Tables Grill’s new chef de cuisine. Zahner learned his craft in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and around the world. Trained in Dijon, he has worked at renowned restaurants such as Sir Elly’s at the Peninsula Shanghai in China and Les 3 Dômes at Sofitel Lyon Bellecour. In addition, he worked with celebrated chef Alain Ducasse at Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée in Paris before becoming the sous chef de cuisine at Le 39V Paris. At Tables Grill chef Zahner will reimagine rustic French-European dishes in a modern way, combining local ingredients and French culinary techniques. The new six-course degustation menu priced at 2,900++ baht per person.

tablesgrill.com; 0-2254-6250

Peninsula Bangkok Welcomes Guest Chef Yau

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The Peninsula Bangkok invites guests to experience the exquisite Cantonese cooking of its new Chinese executive chef Ball Yau at Mei Jiang. During a career spanning almost 25 years, chef Yau has gained impeccable experience at stellar Chinese restaurants and five-star hotels in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China, including Lei Garden Mongkok, Lei Garden Shatin, 1949 Jin Bao Street and The Langham Shenzhen. He has managed Michelin-starred kitchens and is the holder of a coveted Golden Chef Award. Born and bred in Hong Kong, chef Yau took his first job in a restaurant kitchen at the age of 17 and has been cooking professionally ever since.

diningpbk@peninsula.com; 0-2020-2888

Chef Roa Is Okura's New Executive Chef

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Luxury hotel The Okura Prestige Bangkok has appointed Spaniard Alvaro Roa as its new executive chef. Roa is brimming with experience and arrives from The Peninsula Bangkok where he was executive sous chef. His impressive career began in Europe and he has spent almost 16 years honing his culinary skills at leading establishments in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Mexico, Chile, the UAE and China. His culinary journey has included stints at Park Hyatt Villa Magna Madrid, Spain, Grand Hyatt Santiago, Chile and Kempinski Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, prior to his move to the Far East as chef de cuisine at Calypso Shangri-la Jing-An, Shanghai. Chef Roa’s impressive background and extensive experience promises to bring a new dimension to the hotel’s food and beverage offerings.

0-2687-9000

Private Indulgence

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Sala Chaweng Beach Resort has unveiled its oceanfront two-bedroom Presidential Pool Villa, a 286 sqm private beachfront masterpiece. The luxury villa also features a 52 sqm private pool just steps from the sandy shores of north Chaweng beach, making it one of the largest private pools on offer within a resort on Koh Samui. Part of the first phase of SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, the Oceanfront Wing comprises 52 pool villas and pool suites. A beach bar will open at the resort in July to complement The Tent beachfront restaurant. The second phase, which will be completed in 2019, will comprise 83 rooms as well as the SALA Spa and SALA Gym. Rates for the Oceanfront Presidential Pool Villa start at 28,000 baht net per night.

salahospitality.com

Swiss Summer Fun

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Every summer from July 1 to the first week of August, Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande offers summer camps to students aged nine to 18 from all over the world. The camp location is the recently renovated, four-star Hotel Suisse with ensuite bathrooms in Champery, a beautiful village surrounded by mountains in Valais, Switzerland with the world famous Swiss Alps as backdrop. It is also the largest mountain bike domain in Europe. Situated in Switzerland’s French-speaking region near Geneva, Ecole Nouvelle is renowned for its quality of education and benefits from over 60 years of experience in organising summer camps. The two-week camp is 2,000 Swiss francs inclusive of full board and insurance, with 22 French and English lessons per week and a host of healthy outdoor activities.

08-9161-1029

Birthday Benefits

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Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers turns 35 this month and for a limited period it is offering 35 per cent discounts on select services by way of celebration. At the spa guests will be eligible for a 35 per cent discount on the Balinese-inspired massage. They can also apply for annual membership of the health and fitness centre at a special rate discounted by 35 per cent. Corporate conferences are also included with the availability of triple Starpoints for meetings booked during the four weeks for arrival by September 30, 2018. Special privileges and treats through the dining experience are available at the hotel’s renowned riverside restaurants from July 1 - 31. For all buffets at Feast, one adult pays the normal price while a second accompanying adult pays only 35 baht. Riverside Grill, Giorgio’s and Thara Thong will also be charging just 35 baht for every second main course ordered.

royalorchidsheraton.com

Screening History

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Originally built in 1912 as a state betting house, Prince Rama Theatre has stood the test of time and stories of its rich history in the surrounding ethnic Cantonese community are many. Under the Montara Hospitality Group, the cinema has been renovated into the Prince Theatre Heritage Stay hotel with four private rooms redecorated in period themes to reflect the cinema’s different phases in its history. The preservation efforts made to restore the original identity of the cinema is reflected in the giant movie screen and the rare Art Deco coloured glass windows at the entrance, as well as the design of the entrace and exit, which have to be navigated via the narrow Charoenkrung and Sriwiang roads like in the olden days.

princeheritage.com; 0-2090-2858

Taste Sensations

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Set around a verdant central garden with a waterfall, Lelawadee restaurant at Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok is offering a new selection of Mediterranean dishes on its Western menu, with standouts such as hummus, a mixed grill and succulent beef kebabs available alongside the popular Thai and other Asian choices on its Eastern menu. The relaxed eatery is also going one step further with the launch of a one-of-a-kind chocolate bar at which master mixologists will be creating chocolate-themed cocktails and mocktails in homage to Mövenpick’s Swiss roots, the mountainous country famous for the production of fine chocolate.

hotel.sukhumvit15@movenpick.com; 0-2119-3100.

Family Feasts

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Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro has launched its first Sunday brunch, offering a weekend culinary escapade for couples and families alike. Children will be delighted (as will their parents) with the interactive backyard brunch party that includes board games, piñatas, a swimming pool and a cinema room all overseen by stand-by nannies. Diners can feast on an array of cheese and cold cuts, roasted meats and grilled cuts from the barbecue, a huge pan of paella and indulgent homemade desserts. The fresh seafood bar is also sure to be a popular choice with fine de cancales oysters, succulent fresh prawns and crab on ice and a range of fish carpaccio. Available every Sunday from 11am-4pm, the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch is priced at 1,490++ baht with free flow soft drinks and 2,900++ baht with free flow alcoholic drinks including sangria, gin and tonic and red, white, rosé and sparkling wine. The brunch is free of charge for children under eight years for age.

pesca-bangkok.com; 06-3267-7778

Layers Of Flavours

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Calling all foodies with a taste for tonkatsu, Japanese pork cutlet. Kimukatsu restaurant has finally come to town and is ready to serve its famous original mille-feuille katsu at its outlet at CentralPlaza Rama III. Diners can choose from the six classic katsu flavours—original, cheddar cheese, garlic, black pepper, negi shio (Japanese spring onion) and yuzu kosho. Made with quality free-range pork loin pounded into thin slices, the pork is wrapped into a 25-layer mille-feuille katsu before being coated with flour, egg and breadcrumbs and fried in canola oil for the signature crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside texture. The katsu goes perfectly with imported tonkatsu sauce or a special ponzu sauce. Scrumptious side dishes include spicy ebimayo, negishio tofu and potato salad.

fb.com/kimukatsu; 08-1535-8666

Hale And Hearty

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Born out of a desire to promote a healthy society in Thailand through the latest breakthroughs in the field of anti-ageing medicine, BDMS Wellness Clinic is a leading preventative clinic with seven divisions that focus on different aspects of regenerative, neuroscience, musculoskeletal and sports, cardioscience, digestion, dental and fertility health issues. BDMS Wellness Clinic offers preventative medicine and individualised treatment plans that examine the levels of antioxidants, vitamins and micronutrients in the body to verify that they are sufficient to protect it from deterioration and the effects of free radicals. The programmes also include consultations on stress elimination, customised supplements based on blood tests and other diagnostics, and proper diet and exercise protocols.

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Diet And Beauty

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Our busy, modern lifestyles make it difficult for us to eat a balanced diet every day. For many, food supplementation helps to ensure a balanced intake. From a blood sample, Vitaboost provides an analysis of the existing level of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant in the body. Vitaboost’s proprietary algorithm then calculates the supplementation and dosages required based on anti-ageing medical science. The pharmaceutical-grade supplements are produced in the state-of-the-art facility and can be delivered to your doorstep or picked up at Lollana Clinic, where Vitaboost co-founder Dr Ploylada Thanapaisarnvorakul also offers beauty treatments. One of these is HIFU, or the non-invasive high-intensity focused ultrasound device that is used to lift and tighten the skin while protecting skin surface and the surrounding areas.

lollanaclinic.com; 0-2261-7237 (vitaboost.me; 0-2381-7691)

Thai Airways Going Live

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Thai Airways International (THAI) has received approval from the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to broadcast live TV onboard its aircraft, which will allow the airline to stream television programmes at 35,000 feet. Usanee Sangsingkeo, acting president of THAI, explained that in the digital era THAI is fully aware that its passengers want to be kept informed of the latest news and sport while travelling. The service will enable passengers to watch news channels including CNN, BBC, NHK and Sport 24 in real time, just as they do at home.

thaiaiways.com; 0-2356-1111

Your Space At JustCo

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JustCo, Southeast Asia’s largest premium co-working space provider, is set to make waves in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district with the opening of its inaugural centre at AIA Sathorn Tower. The centre boasts vibrant interiors along with quirky and playful elements. The space design encompasses the use of industrial furnishing, communal tables and swing chairs, together with various cosy corners. Additional highlights include an in-house café, a football and golf corner, quiet pods designed for personal space, as well as meeting studios, event spaces and more. Conveniently located in the central business district, AIA Sathorn Tower is easily accessible and within walking distance of BTS Surasak with future connections to BTS Suksa Witthaya station (expected to be completed by 2019).

justcoglobal.com/th/aia-sathorn