Take Well Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 20. This brand new property has been designed from the ground floor up to blend leisure with wellness in style. From the Executive Suites equipped with exercise bikes, to the excellent spa and well-equipped fitness centre, the hotel has everything a guest needs to keep their mind and body in tip-top condition while enjoying a vacation or staycation in the City of Angels.
This philosophy translates superbly to the hotel’s two signature restaurants, The Twist Bar & Bistro and Eat Well Cafe, whose menus have been developed in partnership with Dr. Somboon Roongphornchai (M.D., ABAAM, ACASP) to ensure each dish packs plenty of nutritional punch. And thanks to the expertise of talented French chef Gregory Caplot, each wholesome dish is loaded with lip-smacking flavours too. If only all healthy food could taste this good.
Both restaurants occupy the same light and airy, spacious dining room at the front of the hotel (where you can also sit on a terrace overlooking the street), which means you have the pleasure of being able to select from each of the restaurant’s extensive menus.
Twist Bar & Bistro takes its influences from European bistros and offers a range of soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, burgers, grilled meats and seafood, with highlights such as Parisienne witloof salad (B350++); Grilled Australian beef Brochettes (B720++); Countryside Sandwich (B330++); Pesto and sea prawn fettuccine (390++); and Oven baked New Zealand mussels (B290++).
Vegetables are crisp and full of flavour; the beef, seasoned to scrumptious effect, confirms its high quality in both texture and taste; the countryside sandwich, with its topping of bacon, fried egg and sautéed potatoes, is the culinary equivalent of a warm hug (proper comfort food); and we couldn't get enough ot the subtly spiced fettucine, which lingered lovingly on the palate.
The dishes available from Eat Well Café are just as tasty. Think innovative, healthy takes on Thai classics, with highlights such as Quinoa, mango and prawn salad (B280++), Tom yum goong citrus and Thai herb soup with prawns (B270++), and Chicken herbal rolls green curry served with roti or brown rice (B310++).
Each restaurant also offers a special ‘Food Therapy’ menu featuring tempting options like the Computer Vision Syndrome Set (recommended for anyone who spends long hours staring at a computer screen), which packs plenty of nutrients and vitamins in its serving of goji berry, carrot and tomato soup; followed by Beef steak salad with arugula, witloof, romaine leaves, broccoli, cherry tomato, walnuts, quinoa, and boiled egg, served with blue cheese cereal bread tartine and red wine herbal vinaigrette (B720++)
Daily happy hours at both restaurants (5pm-8pm) offer selected drinks at buy-one-get-one-free; every Mon-Sat a two-course lunch set with coffee or tea is priced B250; and every Sat-Sun from noon-close there’s 25 percent discount on all food and soft drinks. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Well Hotel Bangkok, 10 Sukhumvit 20 Rd. 02 127 5995. WellHotelBangkok.com