Where To Eat, Stay And Play in September
1/10 Tap Into Tapas At The Renaissance Bangkok
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel promises to delight the senses with its R Thai Tapas Series II promotion featuring modern progressive Thai-inspired cuisine by multi-award-winning chef Prasertchai Trongvanichnam. His creative take on Thai food incorporates modern twists using molecular gastronomy techniques—food combined with science. The abundance of Thai ingredients and the possibilities they offer is what influenced this latest Thai tapas set, which is served at R Bar. Classic key ingredients include bird’s-eye chilli, tamarind, lemongrass, kaffir lime, mangosteen, fish sauce and homemade hot chilli sauce. The set menu prepared by chef Prasertchai perfectly combines classic and modern palate teasers that will wow taste buds and blow orthodox expectations away.
2/10 Sharing Plates At Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Front Room at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok introduces a new sharing concept featuring the most popular dishes from the signature restaurant’s various tasting menus. Now available a la carte in larger portions ideal for sharing, the Thai-Nordic creations of chef Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkol have been enthusiastically received by hotel guests and Bangkok foodies alike since the outlet opened in August 2018. The fresh ingredients used in the creation of each dish are locally sourced and prepared using various Nordic cooking techniques, including fermenting, curing, preserving and smoking. Prices range from 400++ to 1,500++ baht per portion. Diners will receive a complimentary set of amuse bouche to start their meal. Front Room is open daily
3/10 We Got Tsu Back
Tsu, the popular contemporary Japanese restaurant at JW Marriott Bangkok, has re-opened after a three-month hiatus for renovations following its first major interior reworking since the eatery debuted 15 years ago. Guests are invited to enjoy Tsu’s authentic specialities and famously fresh sushi delicacies in a sleek new modern setting located next to Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse.
4/10 SACICT Is Crafted For Art
The support arts and crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) is boosting the country’s position as a repository for Southeast Asian handicrafts knowledge by launching the SACICT Archive, an online search and information system on indigenous arts and crafts for enthusiasts across the region. Located in Ayutthaya, SACICT’s remit includes fostering ASEAN support for arts and crafts in the digital economy. Ampawan Pichalai, director of the centre, says that SACICT has a mission to preserve and promote the work of Thai artisans and support the sustainability of regional arts and crafts in order to keep up with the contemporary lifestyles of the 21st century. Very much a one-stop destination, SACICT’s facilities include an exhibition hall, shop, library and now the SACICT Archive.
5/10 Fancier Flights
If you are over 65, pregnant or a monk and planning to fly any time soon, no more worries about struggling to sit in a tight space for long because Nok Air is currently offering you a wider smile in the form of an upgrade to a Nok Premium seat—without any extra expenditure. Whereas a seat upgrade with the airline previously cost 300 baht, now passengers who are eligible for the promotion can fly in extra comfort for no additional cost. All they have to do is ask about an upgrade at the Nok Air counter when they check-in for their flight. It should be noted that upgrade seats are limited in number and will be assigned on a first come first served basis and that some flights may not provide this service.
6/10 GoAir, Good To Go
GoAir, India’s fastest growing airline, has announced plans to introduce daily non-stop flights from Bangkok to New Delhi and Mumbai. Flights from Bangkok to New Delhi are priced at 4,127 baht, from New Delhi to Bangkok at 3,590 baht, from Bangkok to Mumbai 3,799 baht and from Mumbai to Bangkok at 3,182 baht. The two new routes respond to the growing numbers of Thai tourists travelling to India, including those wanting to do the Buddhist circuit of famous shrines and temples, and an increase in Indian travellers visiting Thailand for business and leisure. All four flights are all-inclusive and scheduled with business and leisure travellers in mind.
7/10 A Picture Perfect Package At The Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is offering a Picture Perfect with Leica room package specially designed for photography enthusiasts. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the famous hotel—a by-word for style, comfort and service excellence—and historic camera company Leica, which is renowned for its innovative cameras and lenses, are offering visits by limousine to the Leica Galley for personal viewings and tutorials with a camera specialist before joining Kristian Dowling, internationally celebrated photographer and senior instructor at Leica Akadmie, on a walk through old town Bangkok. Valid until December 15 and subject to availability, the Picture Perfect with Leica package is priced from 33,000++ baht based on a double occupancy for a minimum stay of two nights. A 14-day advance booking is required.
8/10 Gourmet Festival
In a first for its annual world Gourmet Festival, which takes place from September 2-8, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best destination in the world for street food with a mouth-watering range of snacks, soups, main courses and desserts from popular street vendors at the hotel’s Parichart open-air garden courtyard. Of the nine participants showcasing the iconic signature dish that have made them a local institution, four have made it to the Michelin Guide: Ann Guay Tiew Kua Gai (chicken fried noodles), Sawang Bami Kam Pu (noodles with crab), Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam (chicken rice) and Elvis Suki (sukiyaki). The Gourmet Street Food Fair takes place on September 5 at Anantara Siam Bangkok from 6–8pm priced at 650++ baht per person, including free-flow beer.
9/10 Rossini's Definitely Delizioso
Executive chef Gaetano Palumbo has introduced a new menu of seasonal sun-drenched Italian cuisine to Rossini’s at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Available in three-, four- or five-course combinations, the dishes include an outstanding choice of antipasti; Hokkaido scallops with green apple, sweet pea coulis and late summer flowers, or tuna and sword fish with beetroot in basil seaweed essence oil, or white wine Manila clams and black mussel fregula with n’duja, cherry tomatoes and herbs, plus a toothsome choice of pasta and mains including home-made tortelli carbonara and risotto made with lemon carnaroli rice, Sicilian red prawns, capers, burrata cheese and cherry tomatoes. Prices range from 2,400 to 3,500 baht.
10/10 Thai Taste Sensations
The talented chefs at Akyra Thonglor Bangkok have unveiled a new menu at the hotel’s vibrant Som Tam & Chardonnay eatery that transforms Thailand’s popular som tam street food dish into a luxurious offering. The celebrated spicy salad made with shredded green papaya, beans and tomatoes blended in a pestle and mortar with fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic and chilii, has been enhanced by combining it with succulent Canadian lobster and oscietra caviar, one of the world’s most prized varieties of black caviar. The new menu also features other avant-garde dishes that fuse the finest flavours of Thailand with cutting-edge international cooking techniques. For example, flash-seared beef carpaccio dressed with lemongrass and dried chilli, and a tuna tartare that blends fresh raw tuna with Thai herbs and a fish sauce dressing. Adding to the refinement, guests can accompany these offerings with a glass or bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV champagne.