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  1. The Okura Prestige Bangkok Recognised With Michelin Guide Comfort & Quality Rating The hotel’s facilities and services earn it a place in the inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide Bangkok The management of The Okura Prestige Bangkok is pleased to announce that the luxurious 5-star hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok has been recognised in the inaugural Michelin Guide Bangkok as a hotel of comfort and quality. In addition to the famous stars awarded to restaurants around the globe, the Michelin Guide also assesses top hotels for comfort levels and gives ratings ranging from ‘quite comfortable’ to ‘luxury in the traditional style’. In its first edition to be published in Thailand, the Michelin Guide Bangkok 2017 rated The Okura Prestige Bangkok as ‘Top Class Comfort’. Commenting on the accolade, Mr. Edward E. Snoeks, General Manager of The Okura Prestige Bangkok, said, “Receiving praise from an internationally-recognised publication of the stature of the famous Michelin Guide is a great honour. At The Okura Prestige Bangkok we care greatly about our facilities and our services to guests. To be rated prominently in Michelin’s new guide demonstrates the consistent high quality of our offerings—everything from our various types of accommodation to our housekeeping, business centre and concierge services. Our teams can be rightly proud of this recognition. It is an affirmation of the hard work they put in every day and a spur to continually try to improve.” Located in the heart of downtown Bangkok on Wireless Road, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, which opened in May 2012, encompasses 240 rooms and suites that offer impressive views across the city’s skyline through triple-glazed e-coated panoramic windows. The rooms combine comfort and luxury with the very latest technological developments designed to impress business and leisure travellers; from the finest Egyptian cotton sheets to environmentally friendly bathroom amenities, digital bedside control panels and flat-screen internet-enabled TVs. Club Level rooms offer an exclusive level of privacy with bespoke services available at the Okura Club Lounge. The hotel also boasts a spectacular 25-metre cantilevered infinity swimming pool at the 25th floor, where a state-of-the-art fitness centre and the luxurious Okura Spa can also be found. In addition, The Okura Prestige Bangkok is known for its award-winning dining outlets. These include The Michelin Starred Elements restaurant where fine French cuisine with a Japanese influence is served, and an award winning Yamazato restaurant offering authentic Japanese cuisine including traditional Kaiseki Ryōri set menu dishes, outstanding teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi and an extensive à la carte menu. Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2687 9000 Fax: +66 (0) 2687 9001 www.okurabangkok.com OKURA HOTELS & RESORTS ****
  2. Wow! I've never experienced in other Kempinski. Must have a try! Oh! There was no strawberries when I was there. There were quite general kind but hope they'll add strawberry in winter - to complete as seasonal fruits line. Haha I got some more pictures from www.thegreatgastro.com for the a la carte here ; )
  3. Hi all, Here’s my second review for ‘Food Review by Dining Guru’. Once again, I’d love to share my fine dining experience to make your appetites whetted. Hope it works. Last time you guys shared comments about the price versus buffet items. I really appreciate those feedbacks. This time, I come back with, again, a hotel buffet restaurant which I personally think the price is not to bad. Feel free to share your comment. :) At Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok (just behind Siam Paragon), they present a new concept of their international buffet service for dinner (6:30 – 10:30 PM every day!) called ‘Earth and Sea’. Prices are B1,800++ per person and B900++ for children (I’m not sure about condition. You’d better check), including mineral water, coffee and tea. Now let me walk you around… Starting from my favourite seafood on ice, served with a variety of condiments, I tried the Fin de Claire Oyster, New Zealand mussels, snow crab, tiger prawns and white prawns, presented in wood buckets. Next to this ice town, there’s a Japanese section providing fresh sashimi and sushi like salmon, tuna, octopus and shrimp. Coming to a highlight of this buffet, you can order one of the a la carte menu of the day (included in the price). I chose the seared Tuna served with tomatoes, capers, and salsa verde. Tuna was very firm. While my friend went for the tender and juicy Beef Tenderloin with green pepper polenta and red wine jus. These a la carte dishes also come with one pasta dish. These were choices for Monday. But for other days, there are, to name a few, Lamb cutlet, Wagyu Beef, Lobster and Foie Gras. You can check the menu of the day first, so you can easily pick the day based on your preferences. As people would usually expect, a salad bar comes with a full set of healthy delicacies from quality green vegetables, colourful carrots and tomatoes to cheeses and dressings. It also comes with some protein treats like smoked duck and beef pastrami to choose from. The quality cheeses sit next to baked bread and an array of cold cuts. But what interested me the most was a composed salad of smoked duck which was deliciously wonderful. Step further inside and you will be greeted by a daily selection of cooked dishes and soups like Pork Tenderloin Steak, Teriyaki Salmon, Chicken Scaloppine, Pumpkin soup and Spicy Tom Yum soup. Also, chefs are always there to serve you BBQ Roasted Pork Ribs with sauces and potatoes. Finally, I came across the sweet section! I would say these seductive bites were coming like a parade. There were, to name a few, again, cherry profiteroles, pistachio baklava, chocolate lollipop, vanilla panna cotta with a variety of dressing, even macaron, cookies, Thai desserts, ice cream and much more. Chocolate fountain is also right there for your favourite marshmallows and fruits. This place offers a full range of tempting choices which is impossible to try them all at once. So, I will come back for sure! Oh! almost forgot, this dinner buffet is in the restaurant called ‘Brasserie Europa’. You can ask easily anyone how to get there. They provide both indoor and outdoor (beside the hotel’s swimming pool). It would be nice to sit outside in winter, if Thailand has one! This restaurant is quite big, so I think you can easily walk in. But if you want to make a reservation, call 02-162-9000 or contact https://www.facebook.com/SiamKempinskiHotelBangkok/ You can also check out thegreatgastro.com to find out more about fine dining restaurants in Bangkok.
  4. Thank you all for the comments. I'm very happy to read and will improve my review further : ) As many of you said, the price is quite high and cannot be regular Sunday brunch. Normally I take it for special occasion or sometime when I really need to indulge myself with very special imported items... like the Maine lobster in this case. To me, any branch provides its different speciality and I love to try. I'm going to find more branches and will share you more variety soon. Perhaps I can do comparison from my view plus your opinions here when I have enough information in the future.
  5. Hello guys, Introducing you the 'Food Review by Dining Guru'. I am dining lover especially the fine dining and love to share my experience to make you guys starving : ) Anything you want to know about fine dining, just ask! I will seek the best answer for you.. and welcome to my first review here. Last Sunday, I got a chance to try out the Sunday brunch at The Sukhothai Bangkok hotel and found that it’s one of the best brunches in town. I just couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. Prices are B3,000++ for food only and B4,500++ for food and free flow wine and champagne. Without a second thought, I chose to the first package because I felt more like eating not drinking during the day. The brunch itself is located at the restaurant called Colonnade. I would skip the decoration and welcome part. It’s in the hotel, so you know, it’s great! First, I started with my favorite section, seafood on ice. There is huge selection of seafood items to choose from, including Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, snow crab leg, black mussel, river prawns, and many more. But what I liked most about this corner was that they also served Fine De Clair Oyster No.2, together with other excellent European oysters. Then, I moved on to the salad bar just to check if there’s anything that I wanted (I personally don’t fancy much because I’m more of a carnivore). It was just like any other typical salad bar with fresh vegetables, cold appetizers, and deli meats. But then I decided to try the grilled raclette cheese with boiled potato and pickle and it was quite delicious though. At the tempting pasta station, where they allowed you to customize your own version of pasta, there were so many options on offer. I stood there for a while to carefully choose what I really wanted because it was impossible for me to try everything out. And finally, I ended up with the squid ink vermicelli with garlic sauce, because why not? As I was at the live cooking station, I had a little chitchat with a chef and he suggested me to try the lobster bisque. Without hesitation, I ordered this French style smooth, creamy broth, together with the roasted wagyu prime rib, grilled seafood platter, and the pan-fried foie gras (why order just one when you can do as many as you wish). Like OMG the lobster bisque is so succulent, and so does the foie gras. But the wagyu was a little bit overcooked for me. Afterwards, I continued with the Japanese section. A huge selection of sushi and sashimi really amazed me (you wouldn’t find these many elsewhere). But the highlight of the show was the Thai food section. Here, I fell for the lobster coconut dip with crispy rice crackers and the banana blossom salad with crispy duck and lychee, which I kept coming back for more. With a little room left in my stomach, I bypassed a few cheeses, cakes, tarts, and macarons, before moving on to the sticky toffee pudding with fudge sauce and ice cream. Only thing I did not like was that the dessert area was in the Zuk Bar, another restaurant next to Colonnade. You just have to walk a little bit. There are still so many things I did not try. I thought I could try more, but I really couldn’t. Maybe on my next visit. It costed me B3,531 in total—more expensive than many Sunday brunch restaurants in town but it’s worth satisfying your hunger. Trust me! Reservations are strongly advised. Call 02 344 8888 or email to [email protected] Simply follow their Facebook page for the latest promotions at www.facebook.com/thesukhothai. You can also check out thegreatgastro.com to find out more about fine dining restaurants in Bangkok.