Guru By Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and hotel deals to indulge in.
M Pup Capsule Collection / MCM
Looking for a stylish bag that might get other dog people green-eyed with envy? MCM introduces an M Pup capsule collection that captures the playfulness of Maxi the French Bulldog, one of the brand's animalistic mascots, through the design. Appearing in the offering are classic leather handbags and accessories, such as mini bucket bags and card cases, showcasing the German luxury label’s signature Visetos monogram print in bold, bright colourways of black/hot pink and pastel purple/lilac. The pup charm, or the three-dimensional portrait of Maxi, makes a design statement for the collection. Go to th.mcmworldwide.com.
Vivobook S Bape Edition / Asus
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, A Bathing Ape (Bape) has linked up with Asus for a collab starring the high-performance Vivobook S. The laptop has been given an aesthetic upgrade that bears the signature of the Japanese streetwear brand. Catching all eyes is Bape’s signature camouflage pattern wrapped around the outer case, the design of which is also available as a customisable sticker for a mouse. "B", "A", "P" and "E" keycaps have been replaced with the monkey head logo and other motifs related to the fashion label. The official release date has been confirmed. Stay tuned via asus.com/event/vivobook-bape.
Golf Collection / Maison Kitsuné
Maison Kitsuné is expanding its fashion catalogue by introducing its first-ever golf-themed collection. The French/Japanese fashion label takes a design note from a preppy 90s aesthetic for its sports wardrobe while colouring it in pastel and neutral colours for the spring and summer seasons. Taking centre stage is an array of logo designs that have been reinterpreted, including a fox crossed with golf clubs and a fox head wearing a golf hat. Polo shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts and bucket hats are among the garments and accessories that sport the revamped fox logos, while a windbreaker presents a cartoonish illustration of Maison Kitsuné fox swinging its club across the blue sky. Visit maisonkitsune.com.
9th Anniversary Party / Smalls / May 27
Join Suan Plu's favourite jazz club Smalls in celebrating its 9th anniversary on Saturday. Get ready for an evening packed with excitement with a two-part shindig. First, the beloved One Man Standing Band will take the stage at 9pm, captivating the crowd with their electrifying performance in the main room; then, Charlie Mcskallywag will bring his reggae rock to the rooftop till last night, where you can also enjoy a juicy smashed burger from Little Market's rooftop pop-up. Stay for a lucky draw and keep the celebration going with an epic karaoke after-party. Visit FB.com/smallsbkk.
Mega Art Journey 2023: Art & Craft Workshops / Megabangna / May 27-28
Megabangna bursts into life with Mega Art Journey 2023 as four immensely talented artists transform the shopping complex into an artistic wonderland, presented with the theme "The Meeting Place". Discover captivating artworks and sculptures by Thitipoom "Golf" Phetsangkhat or AnOfficerDies, Kasemwit "Ton" Chaweewat or Poorboy, Paphakorn "New Year" Srikanlayakorn and Kreangkrai "Max" Kimsawat or kreangkim_max spread across four areas, including an Ikea drop off, Stream Valley, FoodWalk Plaza and Mega Plaza. As an exclusive treat for Mega Smile Reward members, the shopping complex beckons you to make the most of your weekend with a series of activities, such as a craft coffee class and a leather customisation lesson. A world of artistic expression also awaits little ones as they can tap their creative side through a bag painting class, a clay art workshop or a cupcake decorating class. Check out fb.com/megabangnashoppingcenter.
2023 Wedding Open House / The Authors’ Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok / May 27
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is welcoming future brides and grooms to the “2023 Wedding Open House”. On May 27 from 10am-5pm at The Authors' Lounge the hotel’s team of wedding specialists will present an array of classic and sophisticated wedding setups, enchanting floral designs and innovative catering options, including magnificent wedding cakes. This showcase will provide couples with fresh inspiration and ideas to create a tailor-made wedding. Book your engagement or wedding ceremony at the event and receive exclusive privileges such as a complimentary stay at any Mandarin Oriental Hotel worldwide. To register to attend MO Wedding Open House, call 02-659-9000 or email email@example.com.
A Night To Remember / Aksra Theatre / June 3
Back for a second consecutive year, “A Night To Remember” Charity Concert And Silent Auction will be held at Aksra Theatre on June 3, from 7pm. Doors open at 6pm and refreshments will be available at Kalaprapreuk’s pop-up café. This year’s fund-raising event promises to be another spectacular evening of passion and purpose featuring Harvard University’s oldest acappella group, the Harvard Krokodiloes, Thai Youth Orchestra, cross-over band VieTrio, Thai dancers and musicians from the Mercy Centre, and a 22-year-old self-taught, blind pianist, Somsak “First” Chaima.
Apart from the rousing and inspiring performances, the event will showcase more than 30 pieces of artwork created by students from five renowned international schools namely, KIS International School, Astra Academy International School, International School Bangkok, RIS International School (Ratchapreuk Campus) and Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (Riverside Campus), for the silent auction. The artworks can also be viewed at anighttoremember.net from May 31. All proceeds raised will be donated to The Bangkok Post Foundation and the Mercy Center’s Human Development Foundation. Both foundations have dedicated decades to supporting thousands of disadvantaged and marginalised children and youths in Thailand. Ticket prices range from B3,888 to B5,888 per person, depending on seating area. VIP tickets, which include an all-you-can-eat and free flow special cocktail reception at the Pullman King Power hotel’s Glen Bar and a special commemorative gift, cost B8,888 per pax, and are on sale at megatix.in.th/events/AN2RCharityConcert?source=home. Call 084-356-9633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Signature Experience / Sala Bang Pa-in & Sala Khaoyai / Until June 30
“The Signature Experience” is perfect for family or friend getaways as it offers a luxurious Sala Signature Villa One accommodating up to six guests at exclusive rates. Sala Hospitality Group invites guests to spend quality time at its two properties in Nakhon Ratchasima and Ayutthaya, which come with different benefits. Enjoying being pampered by a private butler and a private barbecue night with a personal chef is how Sala Khaoyai tops off your stay, while the rivercation at Sala Bang Pa-in offers a joy ride on a river cruise and a B2,000 resort credit daily. Book your river escape at Sala Bang Pa-in via salahospitality.com/bang-pa-in or visit salahospitality.com/khaoyai for a mountain getaway at Sala Khaoyai.
Work or Chill / Asai Bangkok Chinatown / Until Dec 31
Unlock a world of productivity and relaxation by booking a daycation package, "Work or Chill", offered by Asai Bangkok Chinatown. Priced at B850 for checking in between Sunday and Thursday and B950 for making a reservation on Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy up to six hours working uninterruptedly in a comfy room starting from 10am. They can also opt to set up their workstations at the hotel's serene courtyard next to Jam Jam Eatery & Bar, where they can snag a 10% discount on food and drinks. Parking is available at an additional B200 per car. Go to asaihotels.com/bangkok-chinatown.
Your Way Spa / Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa / Until Dec 31
Treat yourself and a loved one to a seaside getaway at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa with a pampering package. As the name suggests, "Your Way Spa" includes a night stay with a complimentary 60-minute Thai or aroma massage at Quan Spa for two guests. The rate starts at B7,000 per night for a guest room, which is inclusive of daily breakfast and a 20% discount on a spa treatment. Visit bit.ly/3MPKRjG.
Runner's Massage / Spa Cenvaree
Take the weight of your feet with the Runner's Massage at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at CentralWorld where a rejuvenating experience is tailored for athletes and sports enthusiasts. The restorative massage actively alleviates soreness, enhances recovery and improves overall performance by focusing on the unique needs of runners and active individuals. The Runner's Massage artfully combines European and Thai massage techniques with nourishing oils to deliver a deeply satisfying experience, priced at B2,200++ per person. Call 02-100-1234 ext. 6511/6516 or email email@example.com.
The 4th Anniversary Menu / Ba Hao Tian Mi
Over the past four years, Ba Hao Tian Mi has blossomed into a delightful dessert haven with seven branches scattered across Bangkok. Yet, amidst the growth, one thing remains unchanged: the comforting softness of its modern Chinese puddings that wraps you in its embrace, just like in the old days. Born right in the heart of Bangkok's China Town, the dessert bar marks its fourth birthday by rolling out four flavours of puddings. Adding to its signature menu list is "Pam sugar pudding", which showcases the local ingredients. Once featured as an exclusive delight on the Pudding of the Month selection, now "Chocolate Nama pudding", " Banoffee pudding" and "Sangkaya pandan pudding" have secured a permanent spot on the menu, enchanting your taste buds all year round. Visit fb.com/bahaotianmi.
Four-hand dinner / Le Normandie By Alain Roux / May 31 and June 1
Le Normandie By Alain Roux will host chef Alex Dilling from the two Michelin-starred Alex Dilling restaurant at Hotel Café Royal in London. Chef Dilling will collaborate with chef Phil Hickman of Le Normandie By Alain Roux to create an extraordinary four-hand French fine dining experience, available on May 31 and June 1 for lunch and dinner. Each dish served will shine with the brilliance of four stars, as orchestrated by chefs Hickman and Dilling. Priced at B12,500++ per person, the six-course lunch and dinner experience will be paired with wine at B6,500++ per person. Call 02-659-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal menu / Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant / Until June 30
When springtime rolls around, it’s time for the seasonal best — French asparagus. Classic combinations include Asparagus & Parmesan (B320++) and Asparagus mousseline (B590++). The former sees the asparagus oven-baked until crisp, then garnished with nutty Parmesan cheese, while the latter highlights the elegant sweetness of white asparagus with a dreamy mousseline sauce. Of course, no asparagus menu can be complete without the traditional Asparagus à la Flamande (B590++), where white asparagus gets topped off with soft boiled eggs, lemon, and fresh parsley. From the grill, Charcoal-grilled white asparagus (B590++) gets the smokey treatment, paired with a velvety herb aioli. For a more modern take, Asparagus espuma & salmon (B690++) features an unctuous poached egg topped a cloud of asparagus and roses of smoked salmon. The Asparagus & hummus salad (B690++) gets a hint of Asian influence, with white asparagus and romaine lettuce served up with refreshing yoghurt and an aromatic black sesame hummus. Chicken truffle supreme & asparagus (B890++), is a medley of asparagus and juicy chicken breast. Combined with Paris mushrooms, the duo is draped with a velvety truffle supreme sauce. Scarlett’s Spring L’Amour menu is available from until June 30. Call 096-860-7990 or Line: bitly.ws/zaVd.
The sweet life / Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok / Until Aug 31
Executive chef Carlo Valenziano takes you on a delectable sensation journey of "La Dolce Vita”, the latest offering at Alati, the Mediterranean restaurant at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Chef Valenziano’s inspiration comes from the rich heritage of Italian cuisine combined with his experiences from and exciting trips along the Italian Peninsula — Sicily, Venice, Piedmont, Parma, Capri, Rome, Verona, Milan, Portofino and Veneto to Central and southern Italy. Begin with Sicilian red prawn carpaccio, shaved fennel, orange segments, Avola almond and lemon cream) or Poached Mediterranean octopus, potatoes, celery, taggiasca olives, lemon and parsley, tossed in Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. A selection of cold cuts composed of 20-month Galloni Parma ham, capocollo from Martina Franca, salami from Felino and ’nduja from Spilinga is served with Bella di Cerignola olives and bread sticks. The Parmigiano-Reggiano has been shaped into cheese fritters made with a 24-month Vacche Brune Parmesan, served with black truffle, honey and grapes, and it is also another dish which cannot be missed. Main-course selections include Breaded veal cutlet cooked in clarified butter, lemon, salt flakes and rocket leaves and Oven-baked turbot roasted with white wine, cherry tomatoes, taggiasca olives, fresh thyme, pine nuts and potatoes. Enjoy Crema fritta from Venice or Sicilian cannoli for dessert. The "La Dolce Vita” dishes are priced from B290++ and a three-course dining set menu is priced from B1,250++ per person. Meanwhile, the “Sunday Riviera Brunch” is priced at B3,200++ per person with drinking water, coffee and tea. Call 02-162-9000 or email email@example.com.
Surf & Turf Tower / Red Sky, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Red Sky's extravagant Surf & Turf Tower features the finest selection of premium produce sourced from all over the world, including rib-eye Wagyu beef, Australian lamb rack, grilled Maine lobster, Andaman shrimp, Alaskan crab and Hokkaido scallops, served with fresh seasonal veggies, mashed potato and selected sauces and dips. Located 55 floors above the city at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Red Sky offers impressive views, a cooling breeze and an informal yet stylish rooftop venue. Along with the tower, guests can also choose from a full a la carte menu of international and French-inspired starters, mains, desserts, and dishes from the chef's special monthly tasting menu. The Surf & Turf Tower is priced at B7,555++. Call 02-100-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revamped a la carte / Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
On the 55th floor of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, the Bull & Bear, has launched its revamped à la carte menu. Curated by chef de cuisine Hathairat “Jeiw” Urapanthamat, the menu captures the essence of classic grilled dishes with a fresh, contemporary twist. Diners will discover Charred kale salad with eggplant, salsa verde and black garlic tahini; Tuna carpaccio with smoked horseradish, pickled watermelon and shallot; and Charred BBQ octopus with popcorn chili butter, sautéed white corn, and jalapeno, arugula romesco sauce. The a la carte menu prices range from B450- 5,600++. Call 02-846-8888 or email email@example.com.
New menu / Uno Mas, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
New signature dishes at Uno Mas, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, celebrate authentic Spanish flavours, masterfully combining the best-imported ingredients. Indulge in a culinary journey crafted by chef de cuisine Roberto Gonzalez Alonso that's best shared with your loved ones in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. The new additions include: Creamy rice, scampi and pig trotters; Pan-seared snow fish, lemon and parsley sauce; Pan-seared scallops, mashed peas and crispy chorizo; Artichokes and cockles in a white wine sauce; Hake with saffron sauce, clams, asparagus and quail egg; Strawberry, tomato and beetroot salad, smoked sardine tartare; Salted anchovies and boquerónes on a roasted red capsicum salad; Mussels in marinara sauce and Kokotxa, hake jowls, soft boiled egg, bone marrow, caviar. Call 02-100-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anniversary dining / The District Grill Room & Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit / June 1-2
Celebrate the hotel’s 10th anniversary and Italy’s National Day with special guest chef Daniele Sperindio on June 1-2. Diners are invited to embark on a memorable eight-course "conversational cuisine” gastronomic journey from the chef who is from Art di Daniele Sperindio in Singapore. Italian-born chef Daniele’s culinary experiences and trainings includes working closely with chefs Gianni Malagoli in Genoa, Grant Achatz in Chicago and Yoshihiro Narisawa in Tokyo. One of the highlights is the Sardinian seabass served with Mozambique scampi, baby artichoke and beluga caviar. The special dinners will be served from 6.45pm at B4,900++ per person. A beverage pairing option featuring seven tastings is available for B2,100++ per person. Call 02-797-0000 or email email@example.com.
The Little Mermaid in cinemas
Directed by Rob Marshall.
Who's in it?
Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King and Melissa McCarthy.
What’s it about?
The youngest of King Triton's daughters, Ariel is a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land.
Why watch it?
To see if all the drama surrounding the race of The Little Mermaid is justified.
Platonic on Apple TV+
Premieres on May 24
A platonic pair of former best friends approaching midlife (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne), who reconnect after a long rift. The duo’s friendship becomes all consuming — and destabilises their lives in a hilarious way.