Where To Eat, Stay And Play In February
1/14 Movenpick BDMS Welcomes Chef Pongtawat Chalermkittichai
The Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok announces a new era of Thai dining in collaboration with chef Pongtawat Chalermkittichai, also known as chef Ian, with a new restaurant called Khum Hom. Chef Ian aims to deliver a unique take on honest and authentic Thai cuisine by recreating original recipes from the four culinary corners of Thailand with a focus on nutritious and healthy eating. Diners can look forward to a delectable selection of wholesome dishes that are both fragrant and full of flavour, reflective of the restaurant’s name meaning ‘an aromatic bite’. Highlighting the origins of the ingredients and with responsibly sourced and organic produce, the culinary team demonstrates a deep respect for Thailand’s culinary heritage by crafting outstanding dining experiences dedicated to well-being. With a competitively priced casual yet fine-dining concept, Khum Hom aspires to be a venue that guests can return to time and again for heart-warming cuisine.
Contact 0-2666-3333 for more.
2/14 The Bold Bites Of Sala Lanna
Sala lanna Chiang Mai, the urban boutique retreat in northern Thailand, is elevating its culinary experiences to new heights by teaming up with Wanlamun, one of Chiang Mai’s most celebrated Thai restaurants. Replacing the hotel’s old riverside restaurant known as On the Ping, the vision for the new Wanlamun outlet is in alignment with the Sala Hospitality Group’s aim to deliver high-quality authentic cuisine using locally sourced sustainable seasonal produce. In-house guests are welcome to choose the rebranded restaurant as the place to go for Asian and Western breakfasts and a plethora of piquant Thai dishes served at lunch and dinner. Signature items include a vibrant pomelo salad and the restaurant’s famous fried rice with river prawns. Wanlamun at sala lanna is nestled in landscaped gardens next to the boutique hotel.
Reservations can be made at 053-242-588.
3/14 Kishin Satisfies Thonglor's Taste For Omakase
Kishin, the premium omakase restaurant led by chef Satoshi Tsuru, brings the flavours of Japan to Hotel Nikko Bangkok’s Ginza Thonglor. Boasting a more spacious dining room than other omakase restaurants, Kishin offers guests a comfortable space in which couples and groups can enjoy the sophisticated cuisine at the heart of buzzing Thonglor. The restaurant serves two options with ingredients constantly changing according to the availability of fresh fish and seasonal produce. The first is Sushi Craze, which consists of 13 pieces of sushi and two types of desserts priced at 4,900 baht. The second option is the omakase menu, which is priced at 6,900 baht and starts with a selection of soups and moving on to 15 pieces of sushi and two desserts. Find Kishin on the third floor of Hotel Nikko at Ginza Thonglor. Open from 6pm onwards.
4/14 Cape Fahn Presents Rich Flavour
Cape Fahn Hotel on Koh Samui, part of the Cape and Kantary group of properties, has teamed up with renowned chef David Thompson for the opening of new Thai restaurant Long Dtai. Meaning ‘heading south’ in Thai the restaurant, which sits on a crest overlooking the sea, offers the best of locally-grown produce prepared using the rich culinary traditions of southern Thailand. Thompson, who is known for his love affair with Thai flavours, presents sweet sensations such as sugar dumplings in coconut milk and savoury treats like a southern-style curry with minced pork, green peppercorns and grilled mussels. Long Dtai opens six nights a week from 6pm to 9:30pm (closed Weds).
Call 0-7760-2301 for more.
5/14 A Brand New Dressed
Local restaurant chain Dressed has rebranded to become GETFRESH. Transitioning to a lifestyle brand, it aims to go beyond the impression Dressed had in the market as simply a salad bar chain by providing customers interested in active living and healthy food with a wide range of high quality, great tasting dishes at a reasonable price. The menu at GETFRESH will include an abundance of healthy chef-designed items, as well as the flexibility for customers to create their own meals using organic and sustainable produce. With vegetables and produce coming from small and local producers and some grown at the brand’s own farm in Pranburi, GETFRESH widens the availability of sustainably sourced and healthy ingredients to meet the demands of today’s active, health and eco-conscious consumer. The first outlet is open at the ground floor of Samyan Mitrtown, with more to follow.
Visit getfresh.co.th for details.
6/14 Two New Restaurants Open In Millennia Tower
Two stylish restaurants have opened in the Langsuan neighbourhood. The first, a steak outlet simply called Sexy Cow, is so named because of the meticulous arrangement of the dishes and the satisfying flavours and textures of the prime meat it serves in a sophisticated rustic Western setting. Heading the restaurant is experienced executive chef John Cadiuex. Steaks and seafood ranging from Thai-style dishes to an imported tomahawk steak from Australia are on the menu. The second restaurant is Bonsai, which serves traditional Japanese cuisine. Reflecting the attention to detail needed in the art of growing miniature trees, an experienced culinary team provides service from kitchen to table, dishing up the finest and freshest of seasonal produce. Both located at Millennia Tower on Langsuan—Sexy Cow at the ground floor and Bonsai at M floor—the restaurants are open from 11am - 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm - 10pm for dinner.
Call 0-2118-2941 for Sexy Cow and 0-2117-3964 for Bonsai.
7/14 Culinary Craft
Thailand’s newest private river cruise experience sets sail along the River of King’s taking passengers on an adventure that begins in modern-day Bangkok and ends in the kingdom’s enigmatic ancient capital of Ayutthaya. With two state-of-the-art vessels—the Loy Dream and the Loy River Song—the four-day journey to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya is steeped in comfort against a changing backdrop of history. Guests get round-the-clock butler attention and can tap into in-depth local knowledge courtesy of a resident tour guide. The cruise includes educational stops at historically important sites such as Wat Arun and Bang Kachao before heading off to Ayutthaya. Back on the boat, award-winning chefs draw on local culture and take inspiration from the journey to present a daily-changing menu that ranges from royal Thai cuisine to contemporary European favourites.
Reservations can be made at 09-0880-8390.
8/14 Rest And Ruminate At Naka Island
Naka Island, a Luxury Collection resort and spa in Phuket, has announced the completion of its seven-month expansion. The lengthy project included building 10 additional units of deluxe rooms, the relocation of the gym with an upgraded space and facilities, as well as the opening of a trendy casual beachside restaurant called the Rum Chapel. The new outlet adds to the resort’s luxurious culinary offerings. Featuring an engaging in-door out-door ambience, guests can enjoy family style dining and delicious craft beers and cocktails made from the finest locally produced rum. Operating daily lunch and dinner services, the Rum Chapel also serves as an ideal location for corporate and private social events and dinners. With the update to the deluxe living units and the opening of the new seaside culinary highlight, guests are guaranteed enhanced satisfaction during stays at the resort.
Visit thenakaisland.com for more information.
9/14 Move Into The New InterContinental Residences
InterContinental Residence, an exclusive residential brand available only in selected cities throughout the world, is debuting in Hua Hin, its first and only luxury residential project in Thailand developed by Proud Real Estate. Designed in the colonial style with a modern twist, the residence is located in the centre of Hua Hin and connected to a seven-and-a-half rai beachfront. The project has been designed by an internationally acclaimed architect and includes facilities that offer multi-generation living, such as garden and pool areas of more than 7,000 sqm. The InterContenental Residences Hua Hin aims to be a precious legacy that can be passed on from generation to generation.
10/14 Sound The Retreat
Thailand’s homegrown luxury boutique hotel specialist Akaryn Hotel Group invites guests to start the new decade in style with a series of wellness retreats on the shores of the Andaman Sea. Five distinct programmes leave the stress and strains of city life behind and unwind tired bodies and minds in an ambience of serenity and spirituality overlooking the endless ocean. Highlights include the three-day Pause and Restore programme designed to reconnect guests with nature through yoga and meditation, massages, vegetarian meals and more; the four-day Mind Balance programme harnesses the ancient wisdoms of traditional Thai medicine to balance nature’s elements and the body’s chakras; while the seven-day Total Purifying package begins with a health check and element analysis before going on a curated personal journey involving yoga, spa, diet and more.
Visit akarynhotelgroup.com for details.
11/14 Accor's Double Comfort
Accor has announced the launch of a dual-branded Mercure and ibis hotel situated in Sukhumvit Soi 24. Located just 100 metres from Phrom Phong BTS station, guests can enjoy convenient access to a diverse range of restaurants, vibrant entertainment options and shopping, as well as easy access to downtown. The dual-branded hotel concept offers guests a superb choice between two renowned brands, whether their travels bring them for business or leisure. The Mercure, with 201 rooms and suites, offers an all-day dining restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting facilities with an executive lounge for guests staying on the executive floor. The ibis has 300 rooms and boasts a vibrant atmosphere with convenient amenities and services such as the famed ibis Mission 15 promise, which provides guests with prompt service and support within 15 minutes at any time.
More is available by calling 0-2659-2888.
12/14 Break A Sweat At Hado
Hado, a type of physical augmented reality technology originating in Japan, has been introduced to Thailand at Show DC in Rama 9. Also known as a techno sport, Hado utilises hybrid technology that combines augmented reality with motion sensor technology in a sports competition format. Different to other e-sports, Hado players are physically active, wearing head-mounted AR glasses and body sensors to compete. Currently available with two pricing categories, visitors can pay 150 baht for three games or 499 baht for the whole day. Located on the fourth floor of Show DC, Hado opens at 11am on weekdays and 10am on weekends and public holidays.
Check showdc.co.th for more.
13/14 Vivin Viands
Local gourmet and fine food product supplier Vivin has opened its first stand-alone grocery store in Ekamai Complex called Vivin Grocery. Its origins go back to a pop-up store at the Bangkok Farmers Market in 2014. Owners Nicolas Vivin and wife Samantha Proyrungtong have long believed in the application and promotion of local products as the more sustainable alternatives for finer food. Now Vivin has extended its range and offers a variety of local and artisanal products such as cow and goat cheeses and jams and chutneys. A butchery service produces cold cuts and stocks high-quality local seasonings and organic herbs to complement the meats. Conceived as the ideal one-stop-shop for gourmet ingredients, guests can also dine-in at Vivin Grocery.
14/14 Smooth Operator
JD Central has teamed with KBank to offer a new, frictionless shopping experience to customers via K PLUS, assuring customers of more than 30,000 genuine, high-quality goods that can be delivered to their doorstep within 24 hours. All products can be purchased with cash via an account linked to K PLUS, and notably, payment can also be made with KBank Reward Points in lieu of cash. The cooperation between KBank and JD Central will add another channel for online shopping, making the K+ Market a complete online market that offers a full array of products to fulfill the needs of any lifestyle. In addition to redeeming reward points in place of cash, customers shopping online from JD Central vendors via K+ Market will be entitled to privileges such as after-sales services that cover product delivery and returns.
Contact 0-2030-4599 for more.