Where To Eat, Stay And Play in January
1/14 Grill Thrill
Yanagiya, the famed restaurant from Mizunami, Japan, has come to Thailand in the form of Shun, an intimate omakase sumiyaki restaurant. Specialising in premium ingredients that are grilled to perfection over charcoal, Shun by Yanigaya aims to deliver a dining experience that varies throughout the year based on high quality local and imported produce inspired by the four seasons. The current menu offers a selection of delicate savoury Japanese dishes, the highlight being the unadon signature dish that features Anguilla Japonica eel basted in a special 50-year-old sauce that infuses the meat with a unique character and depth of flavour. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Old World wines, creative cocktails and rare sake, including the Suigei Daito Junmai Daiginjo 2017 vintage. Shun by Yanagiya is located at the Donki Mall in Thonglor and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.
For reservations or more information, call 09-7854-2222.
2/14 Jamie Oliver Kitchen
Jamie Oliver’s international restaurant business is launching a brand new all-day dining concept called Jamie Oliver Kitchen. The new venture celebrates Oliver’s history and culinary journey over the past 20 years. The restaurant has a relaxed and contemporary feel with an open kitchen and flexible seating options. Diners can expect culinary treats using local inspiration in a selection of dishes that range from salad appetisers for a light lunch to pizzas for enjoying as a group. The beverage menu includes a range of craft beers, cold press juices, roasted coffee and a wine list with Old World classics, New World favourites and a few quirky labels. To celebrate the opening, a promotion lasting until January 31 offers guests a free special drink after liking, sharing, or following the Jamie Oliver Kitchen on social media. The new restaurant replaces Jamie’s Italian at Siam Discovery.
For more visit jamieoliverkitchen-th.com.
3/14 Number Crunching
Chef Ball Yau at Mei Jiang Chinese restaurant at the Peninsula Bangkok incorporates the auspicious number eight into culinary delights in a new degustation menu called 8 Elements. For this modern interpretation of Cantonese cuisine, eight carefully selected ingredients are transformed into delicious and luck-inducing dishes. The tasting menu includes delectable selections such as raw red grouper presented in a sashimi style and crispy beef flavoured with eight different spices. To end the meal, chef Yau offers a special dessert called Sweet Thailand made with eight signature tropical fruits of the country. A unique tea pairing option is available featuring rare Chinese teas that complement each dish. Priced at 5,888 baht, the 8 Elements menu is available at Mei Jiang daily for lunch and dinner. Drop by for your Chinese New Year feast.
Call 0-2020-2888 for reservations.
4/14 The Perfect Wanderlust
Rosewood hotels & resorts reveals the Rosewood Limited Edition, a collection of one-of-a-kind travel experiences. Comprising 12 inspired excursions ideal for experiencing with friends and family, the limited edition programme offers privileged access to the often unreachable elements of today’s most desirable destinations. Some of the highlights include: sleeping under the stars in the Arabian desert in a tailor-made domed tent with a personal butler service; a visit to the most exclusive corners of Martell Cognac, one of the world’s top cognac houses, to curate a personal collection of cognacs from a private reserve, which are then stored in a customised trunk designed by leading Chinese artist Li Yong Fei; and an opportunity to design an entirely customised outfit to go with a luxurious timepiece co-created by Vatanika Patamasingh Na Ayudhya and Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller.
Full details of the collection are available at rosewoodhotels.com/limitededition.
5/14 Idol Hands
n the increasingly digitised world, board game cafes have become a popular sanctuary for those seeking face-to-face interaction. So much so that board game cafes are popping up all over town. The latest on the scene is Idol Live Cafe, a modern, open-plan venue providing an ideal space for friends to gather and have board game fun. A large selection of games ranges from classics like Monopoly, chess and backgammon to more contemporary games such as Ticket to Ride and Spyfall 2. Located in the heart of Rama IX at Show DC mall, Idol Live Cafe also offers delicious drinks and tasty waffles among a good selection of snacks and meals that complement the gaming experience. The first board game cafe of its kind in the area, Idol Live Cafe is open from 11am to 10pm on weekdays, and 10am to 10pm on weekends.
For more, go to showdc.co.th.
6/14 A Boutique Retreat
Unicorn Hospitality’s latest upscale property, Villa de Pranakorn, is preparing to open its doors with the new year. Located in the fascinating heart of Bangkok’s historic Sam Yot neighbourhood, the boutique outlet has 47 rooms and suites and exceptional amenities for discerning guests, offering a new era of upscale comfort in an exquisite part of the Thai capital. The location in Bangkok’s old town presents guests and visitors with fantastic access to nearby major city highlights, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the serried delights of Chinatown. Transportation is made even more convenient with the newly-opened Sam Yot MRT station, allowing easy access to the rest of the city. The Villa de Pranakorn opens in mid-January.
7/14 All Aboard The Saffron Cruise
Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel has launched the Saffron Cruise, a new riverboat service for discerning diners and culture aficionados with an appreciation for Thailand’s artistic heritage and the timeless splendour of the Chao Phraya River. The waterborne dining experience features a show-kitchen, restaurant and bar on the open-air main deck for alfresco daytime and evening dining. The rooftop Moon Deck also has a bar and lounge from which to view the rippling waters and sunsets. The menu is prepared by the hotel’s Thai restaurant Saffron and comprises signature dishes to feast on while gliding past popular cultural sites and modern attractions such as the Grand Palace and Asiatique. The Saffron Cruise also hosts MICE gatherings and offers special packages including cooking classes, spa experiences, weddings and more. Cruise options start at 550 baht inclusive of one drink and from 3,200 baht for dinner.
8/14 Flying Solo
From the lofty peaks of Bhutan to the legendary reefs surrounding Indonesia’s fabled Spice Islands, Aman is renowned for making such destinations accessible to its guests in consummate privacy and comfort. The finest service available has now taken to the skies with the launch of the Aman private jet—an airborne extension of the Aman resort philosophy. Journeys can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of its guests, with each booking fully customisable and every itinerary flexible. Services on-board include access to luggage as well as constant high-speed WiFi and even a tea ceremony during trips. To celebrate the launch of the jet service, Aman has curated four new journeys including The Secrets of China, which combines stays at Amanfayun, Amandayan and Amanyangyun to create a personalised private tour of the country’s hidden wonders; and From the Himalayas to the Sea, a seven-night journey where guests can enjoy traditional Bhutanese blessings and the wonders of the centuries-old culture, followed by secluded beach views.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and more.
9/14 VIE x Organika
VIE Hotel Bangkok, part of the MGallery Hotel Collection, has launched VIE Spa by Organika offering unique natural spa experiences developed by luxury Thai spa brand Organika. With Sirita Jensen at the helm of the brand, Organika’s products have been widely acclaimed for offering holistic care with all-natural ingredients based on the belief that nature is fundamentally linked with an inner spiritually that heals the human mind. With an emphasis on the positive benefits of aromatherapy, signature calming and energising scents have been carefully created to help rejuvenate the body, mind and soul, combining the traditional art of healing with the very best of contemporary spa practice. VIE Spa by Organika is located at the 10th floor of the hotel and offers six private treatment rooms, a spa suite with a jacuzzi and more.
For bookings please call 0-2309-3939.
10/14 Manga-Styled Sports Centre
Besides Sports, a brand new lifestyle activity hub for health lovers, has opened on Srinakarin Road. Boasting modern gym equipment, the new venue occupies a four-storey building with separate zones for different sports and exercise preferences. Adopting the style of Japanese comic books, or manga, the zones include the BS Baseball Academy, Batter Box, Once Golf Academy and the BS Fitness and Innings club. Using an ancient Japanese motto on teaching and discipline, Besides Sports hopes to encourage particularly children to be active and to develop teamwork skills. Also looking to foster interest in baseball in Thailand—already a popular sport in Japan—a training institute and a simulated baseball field is available in the baseball zone. The golf zones and fitness zones also use advanced technology in order to add excitement to the workout.
Visit besidesports.co.th for more information.
11/14 Trunk Road
The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort in Northern Thailand is pleased to announce the introduction of guided tours on its newest hotel transportation—Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorbikes and sidecars. The Royal Enfield brand is one of the oldest motorcycle marques in the world still in production. The Classic 500’s old school, post-war design built around a reliable workhorse engine guarantees guests exciting trips around all 650,000 square metres of the Anantara Golden Triangle and adventures in northern Thailand’s jungles and mountainous terrain. This is a great way to see elephants grazing in their natural habitat and to visit the mystical mountains of Doi Tung. Guests and visitors can reserve the Royal Enfield sidecars with a driver from 3,000 baht per hour.
For more information visit goldentriangle.anantara.com.
12/14 Local Hero
Karmakamet Conveyance’s new tasting menu is a reflection of chef Jutamas Theantae’s culinary philosophy and experience gained over many years. One of Thailand’s most esteemed female chefs, her tasting menu is an invitation to embark on a unique gastronomic journey designed to stimulate introspective thoughts and memories. Each course is a sophisticated patchwork of fresh and transformed ingredients and chef Jutamas’ complex culinary techniques and style allow flavours to shine in what can be considered local comfort food. With the menu giving very little away—displaying only one-word names for each course—diners are encouraged to set aside any preconceived notions and discover the story of the flavours hidden within. Prices start at 2,500 baht for the tasting menu, with an additional 2,500 baht for champagne pairing.
Reservations can be made by calling 0-2004-3997.
13/14 An Alain Roux Takeover
Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has announced highly decorated chef Alain Roux of The Waterside Inn, an award-winning restaurant in the United Kingdom, as guest chef for a series of exclusive lunches and dinners to be held from January 20 to 25. Chef Roux is also a master patissier in the International Association Relais Desserts, making him one of the best pastry chefs on the planet. As a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Roux is also recognised as one of the top chefs in the UK. His culinary creations at Le Normandie will include delights such as foie gras parfait with chocolate and pistachio nuts, pan-roasted beef tournedos zingara style and his not-to-be-missed warm raspberry soufflé. Advance reservations are required with prices starting at 4,900 baht for lunch and 8,900 baht for dinner, with an additional 4,100 baht for wine pairing.
Please contact 0-2659-9000 for reservations.
14/14 Legendary Cuisine
Hua Chang Heritage Hotel’s Miss Siam restaurant presents the Miss Siam Legend menu highlighting the legacy of Thai cuisine through authentic sweet and savoury dishes. Miss Siam takes its name from a species of Thai lotus flower with layered vibrant pink petals that also represents the beauty of Thai ladies and their knack for great cooking. Leading the team is chef Pairos Prapairak, who has meticulously prepared a traditional Thai menu and guarantees to cook each dish to perfection. With the principle of passing on local culinary wisdoms down the generations, each ingredient used harkens back to the traditional recipes of old, helping to keep them alive and unforgotten. Miss Siam is located at the first floor of Hua Change Heritage Hotel and opens daily from 11:30am to 11pm.
For more, please call 0-2217-0777.