Guru Weekly's Buzz: Nov 17-23
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Guru Weekly's Buzz: Nov 17-23

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Guru Weekly's Buzz: Nov 17-23

Guru by Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and travel to indulge in.

EAT

White truffle dinner / Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok / Nov 20-21

The “Urbani White Truffle Dinner” at Alati Mediterranean restaurant by Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok will be introducing four Italian culinary maestros featuring chefs Carlo Valenziano, executive chef of the hotel; Gianni Favro of Gianni Ristorante; Christian Martena of Clara; and Marco Avesani of La Bottega. The four Italian chefs will present a five-course dinner, featuring Urbani fresh white truffles paired with Gianni Gagliardo wine from Nov 20-21. Bartender Matteo Cadeddu of Opium Bar Bangkok will mix two special pre-cocktails in collaboration with Sabatini Gin on both nights. The dinner concludes with hotel executive pastry chef Franck Istel’s signature Hazelnut crème brûlée.  The dinner is priced at B8,000++ per person, including a welcome pre-cocktail, five glasses of Gianni Gagliardo wine pairing, Acqua Panna mineral water, Sanpellegrino sparkling water, coffee and tea. Call 02-162-9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, visit kempinski.com/en/siam-hotel/restaurants-bars/alati/urbani-white-truffle-dinner2 or Line: @Siamkempinskihotel.

Nazo mystery box / Akira Back

“Nazo” is a Japanese word that translates as mystery, enigma or puzzle — something that is not easily explained and carries an element of intrigue. The Nazo Mystery Box’s lid carries an artistic etching of chef Akira Back and a plume of smoke gently rises from within, offering the only clue to what lies inside. When the lid is lifted, diners are presented with a series of multi-sensory delights — nine colourful, bite-sized culinary creations, handcrafted by our talented chef using only the finest ingredients imported from Japan. These include premium cuts of tuna such as otoro, chutoro and akami, alongside other exquisite seafood like botan ebi, known for its succulent sweetness, king crab leg, caviar, abalone, and hirame, a high-quality fish famed for its distinctive flavour and firm texture. The Nazo Mystery Box is available daily for dinner at Akira Back Bangkok, priced at B3,200++ per box. Limited boxes are available. Call 02-059-5999, email restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or visit bit.ly/RSVNAkiraBackBKK.

New chef’s table / Bisou Bangkok / Nov 22-25, Nov 29-30, Dec 1-2

Chef Robin Schroeder, who has previously showcased his culinary prowess at the legendary Le Clarence Paris and the acclaimed Papillon Restaurant Paris, is set to offer a gastronomic experience at Bisou Bangkok on Nov 22-25 and from Nov 29-30 and Dec 1-2. Chef Schroeder brings his culinary expertise in a six-course menu priced at B3,900++ for an exclusive Chef's Table where seats are limited to 10 per night, starting at 7pm. Call 096-025-5858, Line: @bisoubangkok or visit bisoubangkok.com. 

New pastry collection / Ventisi Pasticceria

Ventisi Pasticceria, the newly-opened pasticceria, offers the finest Italian confectionery and is excited to launch its authentic Italian pastries. Designed to capture the essence of Italy's rich culinary legacy, each pastry is a masterpiece of taste and craftsmanship. From the lavish layers of Tartufo and the delicate creaminess of Pesca alla crema to the bold flavours of Monte negro and the airy sweetness of Mimosa, each pastry tells its own story. The collection also features the classic Sicilian cannoli, a perfect balance of crisp shell and creamy filling, and the Diplomatica, an ideal choice for a refined palate. Chocolate lovers will revel in Chocolate caramel and Gianduja orange pastries, while Nutella, Cream, and Apricot Italian croissants are set to become the new breakfast favourites. Prices begin at B105++. Call 02-100-6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th.

Stoke Residency / Chenin / Until Nov 26

The fiery yakitori-focused, Stoke Berlin, is making Bangkok its home at the 12-seat counter of Chenin Bangkok before its grand opening in Berlin. Until Nov 26, the pop-up will introduce a menu of 14 servings of various chicken parts grilled over binchotan served alongside vegetable and side dishes. The menu is an omakase that focuses on sumibiyaki and is priced at B4,500++ for dinner and B2,500++ for lunch. Leading the kitchen is co-founder Jeff Claudio, whose resume includes Belon Hong Kong, Yardbird and Burnt Ends Singapore. Drinks are aplenty with beers, highballs and a curated tea cocktail list by Stoke c0-founder Jessica Tan working with tea masters specialising in small batch handpicked teas from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and an extensive wine list provided by Chenin. Call 061-140-0444, Line: @chenin.bkk or visit cheninbkk.com.

Singles’ month / Dynasty Restaurant, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Until Nov 30

Embrace the spirit of Singles’ Day with an exclusive dining experience at Dynasty Restaurant at Centara Grand at CentralWorld until the end of the month. Traditionally a day for unmarried individuals in China to indulge in self-gifting on Nov 11, known as Singles’ Day or Double 11, has evolved into the globe’s grandest online shopping festival. For B1,111 nett per person, diners have two hours of unlimited access to an all-you-can-eat dim sum menu, complemented by a choice of one signature cocktail, Grand Plum or Golden Gate, or a refreshing mocktail such as Jungle Fever or Passion Refresher. Call 02-100-6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th. 

Kitchen takeover / Restaurant Gaa / Nov 25

Restaurant Gaa will welcome chef Rishi Naleendra and his team from Cloudstreet in Singapore on Nov 25. Cloudstreet is the culmination of chef Naleendra’s development as a chef and showcases the innovation of his kitchen. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and pairings will be available. Dinner will be open for 2 rounds at 5.30pm and 8.30pm and is priced at B6,400++ per person. Call 063-987-4747 or email reservation@gaabkk.com.

Four hands dinner / V Villas Phuket / Nov 25-26

V Villas Phuket will host two French chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in Bangkok at Yon Ocean House restaurant on Nov 25-26. The six-course dinner will be cooked by chefs Thierry Drapeau, executive chef at Signature Bangkok, and Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier owner and executive chef at Maison Dunand, who will showcase modern French recipes and ingredients inspired by their roots in different parts of France. While chef Drapeau hails from the Loire Valley, known for its farm-fresh produce, chef Dunand-Sauthier is from Savoie in the French Alps. The four-hand dining experience is priced at B4,800++. Limited seating is available and advanced reservations are required. Visit vvillasphuket.com/offers/michelin-four-hands.

Thanksgiving dinner buffet / Ventisi, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Nov 23

Ventisi restaurant at Centara Grand at Centralworld is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet dinner where the pièce de résistance is none other than the Roasted turkey. This succulent, herb-infused masterpiece is flawlessly carved and served alongside a tangy cranberry-orange relish and rich, savoury gravy and delicious buffet with International, Thai and Italian favourites. The buffet is priced at B1,590++ per person (excluding beverages), B795++ per child between the ages of five and 11, and B149++  with free-flow soft drinks, drinking water, coffee and tea. Call 02-100-6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th.

Thanksgiving dinner buffet / Goji Kitchen + Bar, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park / Nov 23

On Nov 23, Goji Kitchen + Bar will stage an all-American buffet dinner featuring all your Thanksgiving favourites, including roasted turkey with all the trimmings, honey-glazed ham, baked sweet potato, creamy seafood chowder and more, plus other delights such as baked whole salt-crusted salmon, roasted whole stuffed duck and beef bourguignon. A delectable selection of festive desserts will also be available, including four varieties of pie: pumpkin, pecan, apple and lemon meringue. The buffet is priced at B2,229++ per person. Visit sevn.ly/xleV3hkB. 

Thanksgiving dinner buffet / Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok / Nov 23

Strengthen your close-knit bond with loved ones through the stunning night of Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Flourish. Guests will be served a classic hearty Thanksgiving dinner buffet that includes a seafood tower, sushi and sashimi selection, charcuterie and artisan cheese display, salad and oriental station, a rich and creamy pumpkin soup, succulent roasted turkey with all the traditional sides, roasted prime rib, pan seared scallop station, authentic Thai food corner, and much more. The buffet is priced at B3,600++ per person, including non-alcoholic beverages, B1,800++ per person with a three-hour free-flow alcoholic beverages package and children between the ages of six and 12 dine at half-price. Call 02-095-9999 or email fb.sindhorn@kempinski.com.

Thanksgiving dinner buffet / The St. Regis Bangkok / Nov 23

Experience a heartwarming Thanksgiving celebration with your loved one. The one-of-a-kind feast, available exclusively for the day, features timeless classics like the Herbes de Provence roasted turkey with cranberry truffle sauce and a sumptuous Australian Wagyu beef Wellington. Complementing these are side dishes like Winter Brussels sprouts, the velvety Roasted butternut squash soup, and Silken whipped sweet potatoes. seasonal specialties not to miss include the Pumpkin risotto in Parmesan wheel, a refreshing Cranberry walnut salad, and the delightful creamy Spiced pumpkin cannoli. Guests can also enjoy seafood on ice, shrimp cocktails and a selection of sashimi. Each diner can also enjoy one whole Canadian lobster per person, served in a variety of preparations, such as grilled lobster Thermidor or Truffle mushroom risotto served with grilled lobster. The buffet is at Viu Restaurant and is priced at B3,000++ per person (B1,500++ for children between the ages of four and 12, including free-flow non-alcoholic beverages. Call 02-207-7777, email fb.bangkok@stregis.com or visit sevn.ly/xssZ1ouN.

Thanksgiving dinner buffet / JW Café, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok / Nov 23

The international buffet features a selection of delicious dishes, including roasted Butterball turkey, Australian ribeye beef with Yorkshire pudding, honey-baked ham, roasted New Zealand Lumina lamb and baked whole salmon in salt crust. Accompanying these main courses are authentic side dishes such as mac and cheese, roasted pumpkin, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and maple syrup glazed carrots. To conclude your celebration meal, savour classic thanksgiving desserts and seasonal fruits, such as pecan pie brownie, pumpkin choux cream, pumpkin and apple pies. The dinner is priced at B3,199 nett per person. Meanwhile, JW Marriott Bangkok will also offer Thanksgiving take-home offerings from Bangkok Baking Company. Call 02-656-7700.

Thanksgiving dinner / Capella Bangkok / Nov 23

At the riverside terrace of Phra Nakhon, Capella Bangkok’s Thai restaurant enjoy a scrumptious feast that embraces a Thai twist on the classics. A four-course Thanksgiving set dinner pairs the festive Thanksgiving spirit with sustainable local produce sourced from small-scale farmers and local fishing boats. Start off with a Thai king prawn cocktail and a creamy soup made with pumpkin from a local organic farm. Move on to the real star of the feast — a roasted turkey that’s flavoured with Thai spices and served with red curry sauce. The meal ends on a high note with a creative dessert made with chocolate from Chiang Mai and coconut pie. The dinner is priced at B2,100++ per person. Call 02-098-3817, 02-098-3888 or email phranakhon. bangkok@capellahotels.com.

Thanksgiving dinner / Trader Vic’s, Anantara Riverside Bangkok / Nov 23

Enjoy a festive buffet of seasonal favourites, followed by a choice of exquisite main courses and desserts, all served in a serene riverside setting at Trader Vic’s. The pre-dinner buffet will feature a selection of freshly chucked oyster with condiment, as well as assorted artisanal cheese, cold cuts and fresh Thai and western salads from the buffet. For the main course, guests can choose one of the three options and for the finale, the dessert trolley promises delightful surprises and tempting treats, such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie and more. Guests can pair their meal with one of Trader Vic’s signature Polynesian cocktails, such as the Kona Cooler, the Mango Tai or the Suffering Bastard. The dinner is priced at B3,299 nett per person for food only. Call 02-476-0022, ext. 1416.

Farm to plate / Taan restaurant, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok

A dedication to the Thai suppliers who have dedicated themselves to environmentally-friendly practices and exceptional ingredients, Taan's executive chef Monthep “Thep” Kamolsilp has showcased four outstanding suppliers, one specialising in chicken and eggs, one in beef, one in seafood and another in wine. Though producing different ingredients, they all share a passion for quality and innovation. Their produce takes centrestage at Taan's menu (nine courses priced at B2,990++), which celebrates local ingredients, putting them at the forefront of each dish. Taan aims to create a unique experience for food enthusiasts, promote access to alternative sources of ingredients and foster connections between producers and consumers. By exploring the local culinary wisdom in each region, chef Thep and the team hope to contribute to distributing income within communities, stimulating local economies and consistently supporting farmers. Using only local ingredients, chef Thep’s foundations in French cuisine gives him the confidence to push the boundaries of Thai food. On the 25th floor of Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, Taan offers dinner with a 180º views of the city. Call 065-328-7374, Line: @Taanbangkok or visit taanbangkok.com.


JOIN

Open House / Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School / Nov 21, Dec 7 

Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School is hosting two open house events at its campus on the 17th floor of the Central Tower Building at CentralwOrld for anyone who's interested in its French cuisine and pastry programmes. The open house includes an extensive tour of classrooms and kitchen labs, featuring live demonstrations of French cuisine and pastry techniques by expert chef instructors. Visitors will also receive personalised guidance on programmes that best suit their needs. Admission is free. On Nov 21, from 9am-11.30am, join the French Cuisine Open House. Discover the Diplôme de Cuisine programme, where students delve into cooking techniques ranging from basic to advanced levels, mastering the complete array of skills in the realm of traditional French cuisine. On Dec 7 during the same time, join the Pastry Open House to learn more about the Diplôme de Pâtisserie programmes. In addition to the exclusive tour and demonstration, participants will enjoy special privileges when applying for the programme on the day of the event such as a 5% scholarship when applying for the Diplôme de Pâtisserie or the Diplôme de Cuisine programmes at all three levels, a 10% scholarship for the Grand Diplôme programme or a scholarship of B10,000 Baht for The Professional Thai Cuisine programme. Call 02-237-8877 ext 1911-1919. Line: @lecordonbleudusit or email thailand@cordonbleu.edu.

Home.Help / Head High Second Floor / Nov 25-Dec 16

In this solo exhibition, controversial Thai artist Baphoboy, whose real name is Sippakorn Khiaosanthia, face his demons in an artistic way. Unvarnished, open and honest. This young artist knows the dark and knows already what existential crises are. Underneath his colourful paintings and sculptures lie tragedies upon closer inspection. The opening reception is on Nov 25 with a live performance by guest artist Memnon (Witchapohn Tangklangkulchorn) from 6–10 pm. Visit www.head-high-second-floor.com.

SILC Bazaar / Bangkok Patana School / Dec 8

Samutprakan International Ladies’ Club, one of Bangkok’s longest-serving women’s groups, brings back the annual Christmas bazaar on Dec 8 after a four-year hiatus. This year’s bazaar will be held at Bangkok Patana School, the proceeds of which will go towards various charitable enterprises and community projects. Be ready for a wide range of vendors from Christmas essentials, artisanal food, jewellery, clothing, toys and gifts. Visit www.silcbangkok.com.

Home Is A Way Of Life. Way Of Life Is Home / La Lanta Fine Art / Until Dec 14

This duo exhibition by Sitvut Prabripoo and Komsan Phetsit is presented in two parts, thus its two-sentence title. It explores ways of life in the natural world and in urban culture. Sitvut explores the first part through visuals of sceneries depicting animals in their natural habitat. He combines the Thai traditional craftsmanship of gradient-coloured glass with oil painting, resulting in atmospheric landscape depiction of forests, mountains, lotus ponds and ocean waves. On the other hand, Komsan presents a series of sculpture installations based on the scenes in the Thai-Chinese Charoenkrung area that are slowly changing through time. Collecting information from community maps, old photographs and shophouse materials, he manipulates the materials into a semi-abstract presentation. The interwoven nature of the installations signifies collective memories and records of events that happened in this Bangkok community which is ‘home’ to many of us. As part of the exhibition, La Lanta Fine Art offers “Coloured Glass Art Workshop” conducted by Sitvut. The participants get to learn how to create the artwork using the technique with a contemporary touch. It'll be held on Nov 18 from 2-4pm and Nov 25 from 2-4pm. Up to eight people per session. Fee is B3,800 and includes all materials. La Lanta Fine Art is located in Narathiwas Rajanakarin Road Soi 22. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am-7pm.

The Idea Box / CentralWorld / Until Nov 23

Central Pattana joins hands with TEDxBangkok 2023, inviting anyone to share creative ideas to create 'Space for Better Bangkok' until Nov 23. All voices will be heard at 'The Idea Box,' located on the 7th floor of CentralWorld. Come share ideas and take photos on the TEDx Stage at The Idea Box before artificial intelligence creates images of a better Bangkok.  


TRAVEL

Hat Yai and Singapore route / AirAsia / Until Dec 3

AirAsia is introducing its latest new route between Hat Yai and Singapore, flying three times a week every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Feb 1, 2024 onwards. Travellers from Hat Yai, Songkla and the Southern part of Thailand can now conveniently visit the island city of Singapore. On the other hand, AirAsia sees the route as a great opportunity for Hat Yai to welcome international visitors from Singapore. To celebrate the new route, AirAsia is offering promotional fares from B1,490 for a one-way trip. Book by Dec 3 for travel from Feb 1 – Mar 30, 2024, via AirAsia MOVE (formerly AirAsia Superapp) or www.airasia.com.

New Year Wellcation Celebration / Varana Hotel Krabi / Until Nov 30

Welcome 2024 in style at Varana Hotel Krabi where the New Year Wellcation Celebration package is on offer, complete with a gala dinner and a spa treatment. Located next to the ocean at Tubkaak Bay, Varana Hotel Krabi welcomes guests wishing to rebalance their lives with an unforgettable wellness experience. Its New Year package blends festivities with wellness and includes a New Year's Eve gala dinner and one-time 60-minute De-Stress or Gua Sha massage at FAA Spa. Available as a package for two persons with rates starting from B29,300 net per package for a Luxe Mountain room, the stay period is from Dec 30 to Jan 1, 2024, and can be booked by Nov 30. Call 02-821-6362 or email rsvn@varanahotel.com. 


STUFF

Featherlike fur / Fendi

Fendi’s creations combine the technical know-how of the maison’s in-house fur atelier with extraordinary materials and incomparable creativity. The Featherlike represents one of the Maison’s iconic fur lines and is emblematic of Fendi’s savoir-faire and persistent will to break boundaries. The Featherlike fur creations are acclaimed for their extreme lightness, obtained through an artisanal signature workmanship, known as fur stripes or Featherlike, which makes Fendi’s fur the most light, versatile and modern in the world. Featherlike pieces, in fact, were initially created for warmer countries and are considered furs that you can wear all year long. For the Women’s Autumn/Winter 2023 Collection, the Featherlike craftsmanship appears for the first time with the use of precious sable fur, used to reproduce the horizontal striped pattern, and combined with the mink fur to create the classic bicolour Chevron motif. From bomber jackets to coats, as well as go-to jackets and trenches, available in classic and more seasonal colour combinations. Available in Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com.

Luxury watch / Garmin 

Garmin, the leader in GPS smartwatches, has launched the Marq Carbon Editions, a luxurious and exclusive smartwatch collection crafted from 130 layers of fused carbon fibre. The Marq Carbon collection, comprised of the Marq Athlete and Marq Golfer, each equipped with a unique and impressive range of features. On top of being made of expertly crafted materials, it boasts a modern luxury design, durability, an easy-to-use vibrant AMOLED display, domed sapphire lens and up to 16 days of battery life. The two editions of Marq Carbon are available at all Garmin official distributors. Garmin Marq Carbon Athlete is priced at B109,990 and Garmin Marq Carbon Golfer is priced at B115,990. Visit gar.mn/WP8jOE6.

Children's book / Agoda

Ahead of World Children’s Day on Nov 20, digital travel platform Agoda has created a children’s book using Generative AI (Gen AI) technology. The book, "Maya And The Secret World Of Agoda", sparks the imagination and encourages children to explore and enjoy technology. It is available in multiple languages, including Thai and English, and can be downloaded for free on the Agoda platform. The book is centred around Maya, who embarks on an adventure while visiting her mother at Agoda’s Bangkok office. The book takes young readers on a journey, introducing them to technological concepts through charming characters that help capture their imaginations, making it an entertaining and educational choice for children and families interested in technology around the globe. Visit ago-da.co/aibook. 

Starbucks Rewards / Starbucks x Grab Thailand 

Starbucks Thailand has announced its partnership with Grab Thailand to allow customers to earn stars from the Starbucks Rewards program when purchasing through the Grab app. Customers simply need to link their Starbucks Rewards accounts with the Grab app. 1 Star is granted for every B50 spent through GrabFood. Stars will be added to your Starbucks Rewards account automatically once you have completed your order. Stars accumulated can be checked on the Starbucks TH app.


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