Where To Eat, Stay And Play In July
High Tea Treats: Siam Kempinski
Experience the essence of the season with the Summer Time afternoon tea at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Beginning with savoury bites such as egg and caviar tartlet, the tea encompasses the delicious pastries of chef Franck Istel paired with an extensive choice of freshly brewed Lavazza coffees or Ronnefeldt teas. Priced at 750 baht per person, the afternoon tea is served in the lobby lounge every weekend from 2pm to 5pm. Reservations can be made at 0-2162-9000.
Beefy Bites: Carl's Junior
Carl’s Junior, known for its premium super-thick American char-grilled beef burgers made to order, curates a special delivery menu featuring favourites and store signatures such as The Big Carl and the Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Special promotions available via Grab. More information at carlsjr.co.th.
Home Comforts: Lebua
Lebua launches the Hotel to Home concept bringing the luxury retreat experience to your residence. From a gourmet multi-course meal complete with wine pairings to floral arrangements, the services of a babysitter and a mood-setting turndown option, the experience harnesses the in-house expertise of award-winning lebua to treat home-bound patrons to a bit of what they have been missing. Designed for a minimum of five guests, the concept includes a champagne aperitif and wine-pairings to match the seven-course dinner prepared by Mezzaluna’s renowned chef Ryuki Kawasaki. The Hotel to Home package starts at 200,000 baht and can be tailored on request. Visit lebua.com/hotel-to-home for details.
Curtain Call: Mia Begets Rooms and The Curtain
Mia by chef-duo Pongcharn Russell and Michelle Goh reopens with new offerings: a dining space called Rooms featuring a seasonal eight-course tasting menu, and The Curtain, Mia’s new and improved cocktail bar and casual eatery. Diners can opt for the tasting menu with a wine pairing of either four or six glasses. Rooms’ eight-course menu is priced at 2,550 baht and wine pairing starts at 1,650 baht. In keeping with government social distancing regulations, Rooms offers staggered seating and guests can choose between 6-6:30pm or 7-7:30pm time slots to begin their meal.
Mia opens Tues-Sun from 6pm. Reservations at 0-2258-6745.
Just The Two Of Us: Anantara & Avani+ Riverside Bangkok
Maximising safety and physical distancing, Anantara and Avani+ Riverside Bangkok have come together to curate new dining experiences for guests, including private dining cruises on the Chao Phraya River complete with a personal chef, a magnificent Sunday brunch and tiki bar service served at the guest’s home by Trader Vic’s and intimate dining opportunities at The Riverside Tables, including the use of a garden sala, the pier, or a rooftop overlooking the Chao Phraya all to yourself.
Call 0-2476-0022 for details and reservations.
Mother Love: Up & Above
Up & Above restaurant at the Okura Prestige introduces a special Thai Mother’s Day table-served brunch. A cornucopia of international and local delights await, from fresh seafood with condiments to a selection of tantalising Thai- and Japanese-inspired desserts. Best of all, mothers dine for free in groups of three or more (limited to one mum per table) and the special lady receive a complimentary box of chocolate pralines. Priced at 1,500 baht per person and 750 baht per child aged under 12, the Mother’s Day brunch is on August 12 from 12pm-3pm.
Contact 0-2687-9000 for reservations.
Cater 2 U: The Cups
The Cups is a full catering service solutions provider of choice for coffee breaks, snack boxes, cocktails, buffets, set menus and food stalls. Each order is affordable and customisable according to the needs of the customer. An exclusive southern Thai food delivery collaboration with chef Wutthisak Wuttiamporn is available, featuring natural and fresh local ingredients and twists on iconic dishes such as southern spicy sour soup with salmon and crab curry with betel leaves and butterfly pea noodles.
Contact 09-8287-3356 for orders and more.
Meaningful Morsels: Grain
From Singapore, newcomer Grain is a company on a mission to create food experiences through boxed delivery meals and catering services. Currently the online restaurant offers two cuisine styles: Grain Originals with highlights such as charred red cabbage quinoa salad and cashew cream pumpkin gnocchi, and Thai Taste featuring twists on well-known dishes such as dried chilli kaprao on blue butterfly pea rice. It also provides for company meals via a corporate package. Grain takes the utmost care of the environment using biodegradable sugarcane bags and tableware and cornstarch cutlery.
Call 08-1925-5324 for more.
Gourmet Guide: Tatler Thailand Best Restaurants 2020
Blue Mango Publishing is delighted to announce the launch this month of the 2020 edition of Tatler Thailand’s Best Restaurants guide. As always, the trusted go-to dining companion comprises features and considered reviews of over 200 of the nation’s leading eateries, stellar outlets in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Phuket. Their inclusion is an accomplishment in itself but particular accolades go to the establishments that make up the 2020 Top 20 Restaurants list. The guide is a timely way to get the message out that Thailand’s restaurants are back in business where great food is concerned and they will need everyone’s support after the lockdown. Find the new edition of Tatler Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2020 at Asia Books or log on to thailandtatler.com to read reviews online.
Call 0-2270-6699 for more information.
Real Deal: Akyra Thonglor
Akyra Thonglor has announced a value deal offering a free night’s stay when a minimum of 3,000 baht is spent on restaurant outlets at the Akyra. Visitors can buy and reserve a voucher for food and beverage credit to spend at any of the hotel’s three restaurants or on room service during a stay. The promotion is not applicable for use with alcohol. Valid until July 31.
Visit theakyra.com for more.
Park Life: Park Hyatt Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok right next to upmarket shopping mall Central Embassy is offering a home-away-from-home staycation experience under ‘new normal’ conditions. The special packages are launched to celebrate the hotel’s third anniversary and start at 8,888 baht per night inclusive of breakfast, complimentary wi-fi and free use of the fitness centre, swimming pool and more. Premium staycation packages also include additional promotions such as a complimentary bottle of wine. The hotel’s staycation deals are available until October 31.
More information and reservations at 0-2012-1234.
Local Hero: Centara
Centara has launched a Help the Heroes campaign, inviting travellers to plan their next holiday through a charitable donation package. Aimed at supporting health workers and vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, those interested can buy a Centara cash voucher and the company will add a further 50 per cent value to the purchase with 25 per cent going to donations of choice and another 25 per cent going to the buyer to help them get more out of their next adventure.
Go to centarahotelresorts.com for further information.
Twice As Special: Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
The Ritz-Carlton at Koh Samui has unveiled two special promotions. The first offers the All-Inclusive package at 9,699 baht a night, which covers breakfast, lunch and dinner for two persons, and a Dining Inclusive package at 8,599 baht per night for breakfast and dinner only. In the second promotion Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui vouchers are available for purchase starting from 3,000 baht with 50 per cent added value to spend at the resort. The vouchers are available until July 31 and valid until December 22.
Information and reservations available at 0-7791-5777.
Safe Haven: Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts have launched an integrated health and well-being programme called SafeSanctuary. It incorporates certain protocols to assure guests and associates of the group’s enhanced health and safety measures throughout the hotel stay experience. Highlights of the programme include appropriate social distancing and providing contactless journeys, which entails replacing in-room directories and restaurant menus with digital options and allowing activities such as fitness classes, cooking sessions and more to be conducted in-room.
More information at angsana.com.
Island Retreat: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort features two new offerings, the first being the Retreat on Phi Phi Island vouchers for accommodation, breakfast and more, starting at 3,500 baht per night. Voucher purchases made by July 31 and valid until October 31 will receive a 20 per cent discount on food and beverage. The second is a buy-one-get-one-free deal for an extra night of stay. Book by July 31 and receive an additional free F&B offering or a discounted spa treatment.
Visit phiphiislandvillage.com for more.
Looking Up: King Power Mahanakhon
Thailand’s highest rooftop attraction, the observation deck at King Power Mahanakhon’s 78th floor, has reopened under new social distancing measures. With the panoramic views, food and drink are available including the Picnic in the Sky set from 4pm onwards. The observation deck opens daily from 10am to 8pm and entry fees start at 880 baht with special prices for juniors and seniors.