By Peter L.
When R-Haan first opened its doors, the founders knew it was something special. The recognition from Michelin elevated the brand and the team.
A year later, a second star was awarded and R-Haan cemented its position in the global culinary scene. It was a proud moment for Thai cuisine as a whole.
As a burgeoning brand with a stellar track record, one can onlyimagine the culinary odyssey in the planning. Yet, price has not climbed - a testament to their commitment to diners, friends and gourmands alike. Our strength and success lies with our people, enthused Chef Chumpol Jangprai, the chef extraordinaire in the driver's seat. Going forward, R-Haan will build on their people and grow further. Forging ahead together, is their motto. To deliver a consistent and eye opening dining experience and a culinary journey to every guest.
R-Haan will also invest in international marketing and will participate in more road shows. To be given this opportunity to promote the wisdom of Thai cuisine, is one of the highest honour in my life, says Khun Piti (Todd) Bhirom Bhakdi, Director & Executive Vice President at Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd. Khun Piti is an investor and co-founder of R-Haan. R-Haan will remind you of the amazing range of taste that Thai food has to offer. It can be a nostalgic walk down memory lane for some, or a journey of discovery for the rest of us. Plus, as Michelin puts it: Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
SO/ Bangkok welcomed 22 diners shedding post-New Year blues to Park Society for the first B&B lunch of 2020. We were rewarded with the great views of Lumpini Park and an innovative meal prepared by personable Chef Ryan Lee and his team.
We started with an Amuse Bouche shrouded in mist featuring Coconut, Lime, Galangal, Kaffir lime leaf and Lemongrass accompanied by a refreshingly different sparkler, Claus Preisinger St Laurent Ancestral 2017 (Burgenland, Austria), which was much appreciated and which I found to be very creamy on the palate.
Dining in earnest began with Nori Cold Pasta, a tasty mélange of Amberjack Tartare, Seaweed Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta which was well matched with Weingut Ziereisen Grauer Burgunder 2016 (Baden, Germany). For once, our Wine Master Thomas Boedinger was entrusted with the task of critiquing the food and complimented Chef Ryan for the delicious explosion of flavours he had unlocked.
Wine spokesman Stan Gierlasynski limited himself to saying he found all the wines excellent to drink having always believed that “tannin” was something one did on the beach.
Guest review by Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy
2019 has been a great year for the Club, and it ended in the same way it began – with a visit to Belga Rooftop Bar and Brasserie on the 32nd floor of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, where we were warmly greeted by friends GM Oliver Schnatz, Chef Nicolas Bassett, and Manager (Master of Beer & Ceremony) Peter Laird.
Images conjured up by Belga include excellent beers, moules marinière, pommes frites, and waffles, but Chef Nico ignored these staples and instead laid on an innovative five-course menu that still paid homage to the Belgian theme.
Some who arrived early took the opportunity to sample the fine draft beers on offer, but our lunch officially began with tasty seared tuna and cheese croquet canapés accompanied by NV Alma Cuvee Franciacorta Bellavista (Lombardy, Italy), a refreshing and crisp Italian sparkler that all enjoyed.
Moving to the dining table, we were served Poached Canadian Lobster with Cauliflower Textures, Caviar, and Vanilla Dressing. The lobster was perfectly cooked, making it a colourful starter that was also surprisingly light tasting, as noted by Food Spokesman Mark Guthrie, who complimented Chef Nico on his use of a cauliflower puree blended with whipping cream (one of the “textures”) as the base.
This was matched with 2014 Tongue in Groove Waipara Riesling (South Island, NZ), which the wine maker said ‘offers a palate both rich and long yet perfectly balanced by the acid’. Wine Spokesman Jim Morrison (egged on by neighbours) was unimpressed, but all agreed it was better with food.
The appetizer platter consists of 3 sublime bites of charcoal grilled pheasant, catfish roll with sweet virgin fish sauce and angus beef salad sourced from the province of Buriram. The next dish was a duck egg-yolk confit, with a side of riceberry sponge cake. The accompanying paloh sauce was a huge hit and the Chef commented that it took 8 hours and the finest Kurobuta pork was deployed in the making of this heavenly sauce. Cubes of egg whites were like sprinkles of magic on this decadent plate. What a masterpiece indeed.
Winter Samrub Menu is available from 5 December 2019
Price: 2,912 ++ baht per person
Daily from 18.00 – 23.00 hrs.
+ 66 (0) 95 141 5524
Beautiful Italian restaurant at Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok
There’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in Bangkok, so the challenge for food lovers is to pinpoint one with all the right credentials –convenient location, great décor and agreeable ambiance, friendly and efficient service, and a chef from Italy who really understands his art and knows how to please his guests with outstanding cuisine.
Frankly, Attico at Radisson Blu Plaza is a great choice. It ticks all the boxes. Well located on the 28th floor of this five-star Sukhumvit hotel, a short walk from the Asoke BTS station, award-winning Attico is the only rooftop Italian restaurant in Bangkok.
Views of the city from the elegant main dining room and two alfresco lounge terraces are spectacular.
Designed in the style of a Tuscan villa, the restaurant makes the most of high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling picture windows with warm dark woods, exposed brickwork and decorative wine barrels.
Front and centre is a semi-open kitchen and butcher counter with a display of Italian charcuterie, giving the place with an inviting and relaxed mood. The wood furniture and a semi-private room for family style dining add a feeling of comfort while the floor to ceiling windows frame the dramatic city skyline.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Bangkok’s largest luxury hotel, kicks off the celebration with the lighting of 6-meters tall Christmas tree, at the Lobby Lounge on December 2, 2019 at 6PM. Mark your calendar for a meaningful evening with gourmet bites, Christmas carols and bright Christmas lights!
By CK Lee
When you think Italian, the classics come to mind; spaghetti bolognese, carbonara, and thin-crust pizzas. At iO Italian Osteria, they’ve brought the all Italy regions onto the plate so expect to find your classic or special Italian dishes flavored out of the ordinary!
In the chaos of Bangkok, an osteria-style Italian restaurant begs to be the difference when it comes to a unique Italian dining experience. iO’s interiors boasts rustic wooded, copper brass and ceramic-tiled décor sets a homely ambiance. Conceptualized on the powerful history of an Italian ‘osteria’, iO Italian Osteria replicated its designs around it, proudly continuing the Italian tradition with a modern twist.
The aromas of freshly-baked bread and spices linger invitingly when we enter. Chef Anna Borrasi, Partner and Group Executive Chef, welcomed us with such hospitality and journeyed us through her own culinary journey with iO. She had sought out special ingredients from Italy to Thailand to create a variety of dishes beyond what we’ve ever tried. Every menu in iO Italian Osteria was inspired by Chef Anna who proudly presents signature dishes from all parts of Italy.
Our aperitif started with the Crispy Golden Seafood (260 THB) consists of prawns, fishes and squids, served with garlic sauce and spicy sauce. The seafood combination was so fresh that it reminds us of scents of the sea.
Unlike any other pizza experience, we tasted Chef Anna’s signature large size of pizza (720 THB). The pizza was a mixed 5 different toppings full of robust flavors served on a huge plate.
Café heaven is back on the lips and taste buds of Bangkok food lovers with the reopening of the newly refurbished Mocha & Muffins at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
The return of this perennially elegant venue is being enthusiastically welcomed by old and new patrons who just love its cool ambiance and heavenly homemade cakes, bakes and other delights.
Mocha & Muffins’ new-look design concept cleverly dips into the past by recreating the feel of a traditional Thai dessert shop, complete with marble counter and shelves loaded with all kinds of goodies – and the glorious smell of freshly baked treats.
Designed by Chef AJ, the new menu features a range of hearty and healthy options including rotisserie chicken, soups, all kinds of wholesome sandwiches, build-your own salads and quiches, as well as the café’s signature French onion soup.