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contents Fine Dining, to us, is a passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living. Each and every restaurant has been selected according to its particular character and brings its own, unique element to our list. Take your time as you peruse through our vast selection of restaurants, read the stories and choose the restaurants that appeal to you. We hope that you will enjoy this experience as much as we enjoyed the process to enable us to share it with you.

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A complete guide to the best restaurants for the finest dining experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tokyo.

Chang Jiang

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A Journey Along the Yangtze River in China, a wonderful fairy tale or a moving legend which will kindle your meditation on the remote past.

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A Day Trip to Lamphun, visit the historic site in the 'Slow City' of Haripunchai.

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Canada's Epic Rocky Mountains Adventure through the unspoiled, unparalleled and unforgettable Canadian’s Rocky Mountains.

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Hotel Reviews, the

most valuable hotel information for your next stay in Thailand and Hong Kong.

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Patuxay‌Victory Gate of Vientiane

Travel to the attraction in the capital of Laos.

Spa Guide:

comprehensive guide to Asia spas, therapies and treatments

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editor’s talk Dining with Passion

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o my mind, the greatest reward of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

This special issue, NOW Travel Asia bring you an entire section dedicated to food which has always been an important part of our culture. We take you to the best restaurants for the finest dining experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tokyo. Every city has a few famous restaurants where the tables are always booked and the chefs are superstars. These restaurants are hot for one reason, they ensure your dining experience will be unforgettable. For the travel section, we start our journey by traversing China’s the mighty Yangtze River by cruise. A lot of the life here in china is based around this river. And the routes go all the way to the ancient cities age old secrets. We head out in search of mountain adventure in Rocky Mountains, before indulging in a taste of life’s simple pleasures in Lamphun, a slow city near Chiang Mai in Thailand. After all, there’s nothing quite like a nice meal and a good bottle of wine to finish the day. Enjoy your travels, Supote Sithiwong Editor-in-Chief

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owner lime asia media inc. publisher kenneth s. wong editorial director suwalee siriphan editor-in-chief supote sitthiwong secretary to editor-in-chief sirirat kampichai editorial officer komsun ay-jaroen art director ketsaraporn inthana photographer thanaphon saothong marketing department katt pangsiri haruthai pathompongphan kamonthip wacharaamornsak tanwarat pratheepthong accounting department nattamon sitthiwong contributor jakkrapong aorpradit chathorn chokpatara panisa prarom

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A Complete Guide to the Best Restaurants for the Finest Dining Experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tokyo.

Every city has a few famous restaurants where the tables are always booked and the chefs are superstars. These restaurants are hot for one reason, they ensure your dining experience will be unforgettable.

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THAILAND BEST Restaurants

Vanilla Brasseries Western Cuisine Ground Floor, Sial Paragon Tel.0-26109383 nahm Thai Cusine metropolitan Bangkok Cy’an fresh seafood and Mediterranean Metropolitan Hotel, 27 Sathorn Road Tel.+66 (0)2 625 3333 Fax:+66 (0)2 625 3300 info.bkk@metropolitan.como.bz Hyde & Seek Bangkok’s first gastro bar 65/1 Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok Tel.+66 (0) 2168 5152 www.hydeandseek.com Nara upscale Thai eatery Erawan Bangkok Mall, 494 Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok Tel.+66 (0) 22 50 7707 Bed Supperclub enjoy gourmet cuisine in bed 26 Sukhumvit Road 11 Tel.+66 (0)2 651 3537 Long Table Asian Fusion and soaring views of Bangkok Column Tower, 48 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 25th floor, Bangkok Tel.+66 (0)2 302 2557 Rib Room & Bar Stylish and sexy, a steakhouse 31/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Tel.+66 2254 0404 ext. 3100 landmarkbangkok.com/dining.html Iron Fairies top-grade Aussie beef burgers 394 Thonglor Road (Sukhumvit Soi 55), Bangkok Tel.+66 84 425 8080 Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin Thai Cusine Siamkempinski Hotel G CHIANI Tel +66 2 162 9000 Fax: +66 2 162 9009 A M sales.siambangkok@kempinski.com Le Beaulieu haute French cuisine Ground floor of the Sofitel Residence on Sukhumvit Soi 19, BTS: Asoke, Bangkok +66 (0)2 204 2004 www.mercure.com Prime top views steak house Millennium Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Road Tel +66 2 442 2000 www1.hilton.com Bo.lan Tradition-Fusioned Thai Cusine 42 Soi Pichai Ronnarong Sukhumvit 26 Road Klong teoy Bangkok 10110 Tel. +66 02 260 2962-3

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Contrazi Italian Restaurant 19 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok 10100 Tel.0-2254-5995 Fax: 0-2254-5998 Minibar Royale Fashionable eats breakfast Citadines Bangkok, 37/7 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok Tel. +66 (0) 22 61 5533 The Dome Restaurants: Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Breeze Lebua Hotel & Resorts The Dome at lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500 Tel.+66 2624 9555 Sala Rim Naam Oriental Bangkok Tel +66 (2) 437 6211 +66 (2) 437 3080, +66 (2) 659 9000 Ext. 7330 or 7333 mobkk-restaurants@mohg.com Q Café by Q Concept Store European cuisine / Largest selection of Vodka Groud floor, Thong Lor Mid Town Building, Sukhumvit 55 Tel. +66 2 7149722 www.qbarbangkok.com Maya Restaurant Thai menu served tapas-style, Millennium Hilton 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Thailand 10600 Tel.+66 2 442 2000 Fax: 66 2 442 2020 Bangkok@hilton.com Auberge French & Steak Restaurant 122 Palm Spring Hotel, Mahidol Rd., Nonghoi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 53 308 388 www.aubergerestaurantchiangmai.com Favola Italian 02nd floor, Le Méridien Chiang Mai Chang Klan Road, Tambol Chang Klan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand Tel. +66 5325 3299 favola.chiangmai@lemeridien.com Fujian Chinese Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai 51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd., Moo 1, Tasala, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 53 888 888, Fax: +66 53 888 999 www.mandarinoriental.com Le Coq d’Or French 11 Soi2, Koh Klang Rd., Nong Hoi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 5314 4555, +66 5380 1501 lecoqdor@lecoqdorchiangmai.com www.lecoqdorchiangmai.com

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CAFE &

Bakery

Big Knit Café cakes and crafts café 88 The Natural Park Building, Sukhumvit Soi 49, BTS: Phrom Phong or Thonglor +66 (0)2 260 5050 www.bigknit49.com Greenhouse Café round-the-clock café G/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Road, BTS Nana, Bangkok Tel.+66 2 254 0404 ext. 4105. www.landmarkbangkok.com Sparkles merican-style cupcakes 2/6 Sukhumvit 53, (Soi Paidee-Madee), Bangkok Tel. +66 81 136 3367 Secret Garden famous crepe cake 117/1 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok Tel. +66 2 286 2464 Coffee Beans by Dao best carrot cake 20/12-15 Ruamrudee Vilage. Soi Ruam Rudee Tel.+66 2 254 7780 www.coffeebeans.co.th

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TIP Always eat your food with rice. In Thailand, rice is the base of the meal, much like bread elsewhere. And since the flavours of Thai cooking are so strong, you’re going to want something to tone it down a bit anyway. Jasmine rice has a delicate fragrance and fluffy texture when cooked. The new harvest of jasmine rice contains more moisture than older rice and needs to be cooked in less water. Limit dishes with coconut milk, which is high in saturated fat. Avoid soy and other sauces if you are watching your sodium intake, and ask that MSG be left out. Dishes are shared. This is one concept that foreigners seem to have a particularly difficult time with. Thai food is usually eaten with a fork and spoon. Meat will be cut into bite sized pieces during the preparation process, so there is no need for a knife. The fork is only used to push food onto the spoon. At most places, Pad Thai will be served with a lime on the side. Squeeze the lime juice evenly over the Pad Thai. Tipping is not necessary or even expected in Thailand, but it sure is nice.

Bars

BeerVault English pub at Four Points by Sheraton, 40 different types of bottled beer Sukhumvit Soi 15. Tel. +66 2 309 3000 The Horse Says Moooo lounge-restaurant 8/1 Nuam Complex, Sukhumvit soi 33, (opposite to Novotel Lotus). Tel. +66 2 662 0402 To Die For outdoor patio H1 Place Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55. Tel: +66 (0)2 381 4714 Heap bar Phaya Thai Road, between Soi Sena Kit and Petchaburi Road. BTS: Phaya Thai Tel.+66 2 612 6944 Bombay Blues Chao Fa Road, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon. Tel. +66 2 629 3590

NATIONAL Dishes Tom Yum Goong (Hot and Sour Thai Prawn Soup) Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles) Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)

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COOKING School Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School 946 The Dusit Thani Building 1st floor, Rama IV Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500 Thailand Tel.+66 2237 8877 Fax:+66 2237 8878 lecordonbleu@dusit.com www.cordonbleudusit.com Blue Elephant Cooking School Blue Elephant Building 233 South Sathorn Road, Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand Tel.+66 2673 9353 Fax:+66 2673 9355 cooking.school@blueelephant.com www.blueelephant.com The Oriental Thai Cooking School 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel. +66 2659 9000 www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok Baipai Thai Cooking School Tel. +66 2561 1404 Fax. +66 2941 0929 info@baipai.com Khao Hom Cooking School 180/1 Chiang Mai-Mae Rim Rd., Moo1, Donkaew, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 Tel.+66 0 5386 2967 Fax: +66 0 5386 2968 kanchana@kaohom.com www.kaohom.com

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HONG KONG BEST Restaurants

The Dynasty Club Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 7/F, South West Tower, Convention Plaza 1, Harbour Road, Hong Kong www.dynastyclub.com.hk dchkexe@ dynastyclub.com.hk Petrus Island Shangri-La Hotel Level 56 Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd., Central, Hong Kong Tel. (852) 2820 8590 E-mail: petrus.isl@shangri-la.com watermark Central Pier No.7 Hong Kong 21677251 www.igors.com Verandah The Peninsular Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR Horseshoe Grill The Hong Kong Jockey Club Tel. 2966 1945 www.hkjc.com banquet.rc@hkjc.org.hk Tai Ping Koon Chinese 40, Granville Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Tel. (852) 2721 3559 www.taipingkoon.com Se Wong Yee Classic Chinese Sausage 24 Percival St., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

TIP Most restaurants add 10% to the bill. However, some tea cafes do not impose service charge. Please check with the waiter about the charges before being seated. You can trust restaurants displaying the QTS sign because they must pass stringent annual quality assessments showing that they; provide quality food in clean and hygienic premises; provide clear and precise menu with prices for food and beverages; and ensure superb customer service. While in Hong Kong, take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) around the city. Be sure to buy an Octopus card; a refillable smart pass available at 7-11 that allows you to make purchases at participating convenience stores, supermarkets, and vending machines. When dining in company, fill others' teacups before your own. When being served, tap the table lightly with the tips or knuckles of your forefinger and middle finger to wordlessly indicate both ‘thanks’ and ‘that's enough.’ Leave your cup more than half full if you don't want it refilled constantly. With chopsticks, more formal restaurants have separate resting places for them; don't rest them on your plate. Avoid spearing food with your chopsticks or pointing them at someone. It is wise to look around at the various stores to compare prices before buying anything. The best part of all is that sales tax is exempted on everything in Hong Kong.

Michelin Guide Amber French, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong 15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark, Central, Hong KongMap Tel.+852 2132 0188 www.amberhongkong.com lmhkg-amber@mohg.com Bo Innovation X-Treme Chinese Shop 13, 2F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong dine@boinnovation.com www.boinnovation.com Caprice Contemporary French cuisine, Four Seasons, Hong Kong 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, China Tel.+852 3196-8888 www.fourseasons.com/hongkong L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon French Fusion, The Landmark, Hong Kong Shop 401, 4/F, The Landmark, Hong Kong www.robuchon.hk Shang Palace Cantonese 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Shangri-La Hong Kong NOW TRAVEL ASIA

Lung King Heen Lung King Heen, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, Tel. 00 852 3196 8888 Kin's Kitchen Traditional Cantonese cuisine 2/F 9 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, HK Tel. 2571 0913 Da Ping Huo Restaurant Sichuan L/G 49 Hollywood Rd, Central, HK Tel. 2559 1317 Xi Yan Chinese and Asian 83 Wanchai Road, Wanchai, HK Tel. 2575 6966 The French Table Private dining à la francaise Flat A, 9/F, 1 Lock Road, TST, Kowloon Tel. 6372 3242 Mum Chau's Sichuan Kitchen 5B, 37 D'Aguilar Street, Central, HK Tel. 8108 8550 Casa Lisboa Portuguese 8/F, LKF Tower, 55 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel.+852 2905-1168 Hutong Chinese 28th floor, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Tel.+852 3428 8342 www.aqua.com.hk

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BEST Restaurants Aurora 10/F, Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa Tel.+853 8803 6622 www.altiramacau.com Robuchon a Galera 3/F, Lisboa Tower, Hotel Lisboa, 2-4 Avenida de Lisboa, Macau Tel.+853 8803 7878, +853 2888 3888 www.hotelisboa.com 8 Cantonese and Huiyang 2/F, Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau Tel.+853 8803 7788+853 2828 3838 www.grandlisboahotel.com reservation@grandlisboa.com Golden Flower Tan cuisine, Sichuan Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau Tel.+853 8986 3663, +853 8986 3689 www.wynnmacau.com reddy.leong@wynnmacau.com Kitchen Steak 3/F, Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau Tel.+853 8803 7777+853 2828 3838 www.grandlisboa.com Wing Lei Chinese Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau Tel.+853 8986 3688+853 8986 3663 www.wynnmacau.com Zi Yat Heen Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, S/N, Cotai Tel.+853 2881 8818 Horizons Fresh seafood and steaks Level 3, Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Estrada Do Istmo, Macau Tel.+853 8868 6681 www.cityofdreamsmacau.com Il Teatro Southern Italian Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau Tel.+853 8986 3663+853 8986 3648 www.wynnmacau.com Vida Rica Cantonese, Japanese and European 2/F Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape, Macau Tel.+853 8805 8918 www.mandarinoriental.com/macau Aux Beaux Arts brasserie-style Lobby Level, MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Nape, Macau Tel.+853 8802 8888 www.mgmmacau.com/auxbeauxarts

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Canton Cantonese Shop 1018, Casino Level, The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, The Cotai Strip, Taipa Tel.+853 8118 9930+853 8118 9862 www.venetianmacao.com Whisk 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel.+852 2315 5999 www.themirahotel.com Miyabi Japanese L18, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tel.+852 2724 6222+852 2724 6333 www.miyabi.hk Morton's of Chicago Alaskan king crab Shop 1016, The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel , Cotai Tel.+852 8117 5000+852 8117 5004 www.mortons.com

NATIONAL Dishes Caldo Verde (Potato and kale soup) Minchi (Beef and potato sauté) Porco Balichao Tamarino (Tamarind Pork) Galinha à Africana (Baked whole chicken) Stir-Fried Duck with Lychees

TIP Pickpockets can be a problem in Macau, particularly in areas where tourists congregate. Some casinos have strict dress codes and visitors who dress informally may not be allowed to enter. Tipping is not common practice in Macau as a 10% service charge is included in the price of most goods.

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SINGAPORE BEST Restaurants

True Blue Cuisine Peranakan 47/49 Armenian St., Singapore www.truebluecuisine.com Iggy’s modern Singaporean (Asia’s Second best by Miele Guide) The Regent Singapore, Level 3, 1Cuscaden Rd., Singapore www.iggys.com.sg Ming Kee Live Seafood seafood 556 Macpherson Rd., Singapore Kunio Tokuoka Wagyu Beef Crockfords Tower, 26 Sentosa Gateway Sky On 57 Asian cuisine 57th Floor, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Restaurant Guy Savoy Nouvelle cuisine, Chef Guy Savoy Casino Level 2 Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tel.+65 6688 8513 guy.savoy@marinabaysands.com Melt the World Cafe 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Tel.+65 6338 0066 eM by the River all day breakfast 1 Nanson Road #01-05 of Gallery Hotel Singapore 238909 Tel. 6836 9691 Fax: 3125 7127 www.em-n-em.com Red House Seafood Restaurant Blk 1204, #01-05 East Coast Seafood Centre, East Coast Parkway Singapore 449 882 Tel. +65 6442 3112 Fax: +65 6444 1332 eastcoast@redhouseseafood.com redhouseseafood.com Tampopo Japanese Restaurant Japanese 391 Orchard Rd., B2-33 Takashimaya Shopping Centre Tel.+65 6235 2318 www.cfc.com.sg Lei Gardens Restaurant 01-24 Chijmes Centre, 30 Victoria Street Singapore 187996 Table 66 Modern European Cuisine 66 Tras Street, Singapore 079005 Tel.+65 6225 6690 www.table66.com.sg Flutes at the Fort International 23B Coleman St., Fort Canning Park Singapore 179290 www.flutes.com.sg Ristorante Da Valentino Italian 11 Jalan Bingka, Mayfair Park, Singapore 588908 www.valentino.sg

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IndoChine Waterfront Nutriceutical Cuisine 1 Empress Pl, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore 179555 www.indochine.com.sg Il Lido Italian 27 Bukit Manis Rd., Sentosa Golf Club, Sentosa Island 099892 www.il-lido.com Graze Modern Australian 4 Rochester Park Singapore 139215 www.graze.com.sg Samy's Curry Restaurant Indian 25 Dempsey Rd., Singapore 249670 www.samyscurry.com Yan Ting Restaurant Dim Sum The St. Regis Singapore, Level 1U, 29, Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911 Tel.+65 6506 6866 Fax:+65 6506 6708 Infuzi Modern European 10 Biopolis Rd., 01-01 Chromos Block Singapore www.infuzi.com.sg

TIP Do not bring chewing gum to Singapore. Singapore has a strict enforcement for bringing in chewing gum. Smuggling chewing gum into Singapore however, may result in a one year jail, and a $10,000 fine, it's taken that seriously! Left-handers beware! Eating with the left hand is considered unclean. It's one of the cleanest cities in the world and it's perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap. Sharing a table with strangers is a common practice. If you manage to be in Singapore during April, you sure have good timing! This is a month full of feasting with the Singapore Food Festival. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore. It is prohibited at the airport and discouraged at hotels and restaurants where a 10% service charge is included in the bill. A tip should only be exercised when the bill does not include a service charge.

NATIONAL Dishes Mee Goreng (Spicy Noodles) Chili Crab Hainanese Chicken Rice Laksa (Coconut Curry Noodles)

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TOKYO BEST Restaurants

Bird Land Yakitori (Chicken Skewers) B1F Tsukamoto Sozen Building, 4-2 15 Ginza, Chou-ku www.ginza-birdland.sakura.ne.jp Nihonryori RyuGin Japanese 7-17-24 Roppongi, Minat, Tokyo Little Okinawa Japanese-Chinese fushion 8-7-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku Salt Modern Australian Cuisine 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 6F, Chiyoda-ku Sushi Araki 5-14-14 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Michelin Guide Ishikawa Japanese Takamura Bldg., 1F, 5-37 KagurazakaShinjuku-ku, Japan 162-0825 Tel.03-5225-0173 www.kagurazaka-ishikawa.co.jp Usukifugu Yamada-ya Fugu Fleg Nishi-Azabu, 4-11-14 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japanese Esaki Nouveau Japanese B1 Hills Aoyama Bldg, 3-39-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Tel. (03)3408 5056 www.aoyamaesaki.net Rokukakutei Kushiage restaurant 4F Kojun Bldg, 6-8-7 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo Tel.(03)5537 6008 www.midcity.jp/kojun/shop/detail/kj402.html Kanda 1F Ka-mu Moto-Azabu Building, Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku

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French Quintessence Modern French 5-4-7 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku www.quintessence.jp Koju Traditional Japanese 8-5-25, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo www.kojyu.jp JoĂŤl Robuchon Modern French Ebisu Garden Place 1-13-1 Mita Meguro-Ku Tokyo www.robuchon.jp Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten Sushi Sushi Saito Sushi 1-9-15 Akasaka, Minato-ku http://r.tabelog.com/ tokyo/A1308/A130802/13015251 Sushi Mizutani Sushi Nihon Jitensha Kaikan 1F, 1-9-15 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 7chome Kyoboshi Tempura Ozio Bldg 6F, 5-9-9 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo Hamada-ya Japanese 9-chome,Akasaka,Minato-ku,Tokyo info@hamadaya-midtown.com www.hamadaya.info Yukimura Kyoto-style cuisine Takayanagi bldg 3F, 1-5-5 Azabu-juban, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

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Belle Villa Resort Chiangmai

Welcome to Belle Villa Resorts Thailand With two locations in the neighboring northern Thai provinces of Chiangmai and Pai, Mae Hong Son, new location nique formula to experience this beautiful region of Thailand. An Khaoyai, Nakornratchsima. Belle Villa Resort offers a unique important part of the concept p p p of these boutique q resort is too be close to nature and to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Both resorts accomplish this goal by virtue of their beautifully scenic loca ationss and the design of the accommodations, which strives to be in locations perfect harmony th heir n natural environment. their

Belle Villa Resort Pai, Mae Hong Son

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Fujian serving authentic regional Chinese cuisine in an elegant 1930s Shanghai mansion.

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f you're looking for a classy Chinese Restaurant in Chiang Mai, it's hard to go past Fujian, a Cantonese style restaurant located in the shopping arcade of one of Chiang Mai's most spectacular resorts, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. This charming restaurant is modeled after a 1930s Shanghai style mansion, and has a great ambience. You almost feel like you're transported back in time to a bygone era. The waiting staff are very professional and friendly, and the food is always high quality prepared by exclusive chef Yim Man Wai from Hong Kong. Throughout Chiang Mai Fujian is renowned for its lunchtime dim sum, fragrant delicacies presented in bamboo steamers. The evening menu lists a variety of Chinese regional cooking styles from classic Cantonese to the more spicy cuisine from Sichuan province with many contemporary innovations.

Wok-fried prawns and vegetables with crab meat sauce.

In keeping with the Chinese ‘family style’ meal, portions are served individually on the finest bone china. Fujian takes its name from the prosperous Chinese province which is famous for its black tea. Fujian’s diners are invited to enjoy a ‘tea tasting’ during the meal, comprised of some of the best teas from Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s extensive tea collection. Lunch: 11.30-14.30 Dinner: 18.30-22.30

Fujian Address Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai 51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd., Moo 1, Tasala, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 53 888 888, Fax: +66 53 888 999 www.mandarinoriental.com

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FAVOLA

DISCOVER THE NEW FLAVOURS of ITALIAN

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he Favola restaurant at Le Méridien Chiang Mai is the Thailand Tatler Dining’s ultimate list of the best fine-dining restaurants in Thailand, offers a tantalizing selection of Italian cuisine. Led by Executive Chef Peter Zimmermann, and using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Chef Peter and his team practice their art in the stunning open kitchen, drawing guests into the dining experience. Specialties include medley of fresh seafood with tuna, mussels, scallops, slow cooked cherry truss tomato, beetroot oil and balsamic glace. Simply reading Favola’s menu with its creative and innovative take on basic combinations is a mouthwatering gastronomic treat in itself. The strategic addition of exotic spices and citrus fruits allied with artistic presentation creates gourmet delights with subtle Asian accents making it a culinary dream for the connoisseur.

Medley of fresh seafood with tuna, mussels, scallops, slow cooked cherry truss tomato, beetroot oil and balsamic glace.

The wine lounge is one of Favola’s most prominent features and is among the largest collections in Chiang Mai, storing over 1,000 bottles to match any dishes on the menu. Favola’s Wine Fridge sits in the middle of the restaurant for easy viewing and selection. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in irresistible creations at the communal dessert table and enjoy the sight of chefs preparing dishes in the open kitchen. Service is impeccably top-notch, there are no flaws in making the customers feel right at home. Open: 17.00 -23.00 Favola Address 2nd floor, Le Meridien Chiang Mai Chang Klan Road, Tambol Chang Klan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand Tel. +66 5325 3299 Email: favola.chiangmai@lemeridien.com

“I am excited and looking forward to welcome you to Latest Recipe or Favola at Le Meridien Chiang Mai, where you will discover new flavours and dishes to enhance your dining experience.” Peter Zimmermann

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Peter Zimmermann Executive Chef of Favola Born in Switzerland, Chef Zimmermann acquired immerse knowledge on fruits, vegetables, meat produce and making preserves. His passion for cooking was developed at home where he learned from his mother to cook for the family. Chef Zimmermann started his exciting career in the famous ski resort destination, St. Moritz, Celerina, and since, he has accumulated years of experience working in numerous luxurious 5 star hotels. He was also featured in the book named “Great Chefs of Australia, Cooking with Wine, Beer & Spirits”.

10 Questions with Peter Zimmermann

Tell us a bit about your menu. What recipes have you chosen to share and why? Medley of fresh seafood with tuna, mussels, scallops, slow cooked cherry truss tomato, beetroot oil and balsamic glace. Seafood is very popular everywhere in Asia Pacific, and you can be very creative with it. I choose to make a little more Italian style as it is for Favola.

Where do you get your inspiration? From food competition ‘Fine Food Show’ in Singapore.

What got you into the kitchen? I learned from my mother to cook for the family.

What’s your favourite restaurant? Aria in Sydney. By chef Matt Moran.

What are your favourite ingredients and how do you like to use them? I love potato. It’s a simple yet comes in numerous varieties and shapes and is one of the most versatile ingredients; you can prepare a thousand dishes from it.

What’s your favourite dish on your menu? My favourite dish is Pork Tenderloin wrapped in Pancetta with Semi Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Mash.

What three kitchen tools couldn’t you live without? Knife, whisk, garlic press.

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What’s your top cooking tip? Only use fresh ingredients. How would you describe your style in the kitchen? Innovative authentic Italian cuisine.

Have you served many well-known customers?  Prince and Princess of Denmark, King of Spain and his family, President Bill Clinton and the Prime Minister of Australia.

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Green House; Vodka, apple juice, apple syrup, lime juice

Tom Yum Kung, Salmon Chae Nam Pla, Moo Nam Tok

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SILAPA THAI DISCOVER THE JOY

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ilapa Thai on the first level at Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai, a lounge and entertainment venue blending the Thai and culinary arts to a mix and match atmosphere, featuring innovative ‘Thaipas’, Thai food served tapas-style, extensive cocktail menu and DJ performances.

atmosphere. More than 50 exotic Silapa Thai signature cocktails and mocktails have been created by popular Italian bar guru Mr. Mirko Cattini in attractive and colourful ways. All drinks use only the freshest ingredients and are served by entertaining awardwinning bartenders. Guests are recommended to try the signatures ‘Just for Girl’ and ‘Green House’.

The rich beauty of Thai decorative and elaborate brass artworks enhances Silapa Thai’s contemporary warm earthy décor. Colourful sofas and cushions, and wooden furniture pieces create a casual ‘mix and match’ lounging ambience.

The restaurant also offers a generous selection of wines and champagnes, local favourites as well as ‘trend’ labels at attractive prices, for guests to choose from.

The large selection of Thaipas available for guests includes Silapa Thai’s signature Tom Yum Kung, Salmon Chae Nam Pla, Thai Fondue, Deep Fried Chicken Drumsticks, Lanna Style appetisers, Silapa Thai’s signature Deep Fried Crab and Minced Shrimp, Steamed Curried Seafood ‘Mousse’ in Banana Leaves, and Pan Fried Prawn with Tamarind Sauce on Taro, as well as soup, vegetarian dishes and desserts. Silapa Thai Lounge & Bar is a lifestyle venue where guests can relax in a comfortably chic yet sophisticated

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Silapa Thai is an ideal place for guests who visit only for drinks or relaxing meals alfresco and indoors, group gatherings as well as fun evening parties or casual lounging in the restaurant’s private room and cigar lounge. Open Mondays to Saturdays 18.00-01.00 (Close on Sundays) Silapa Thai Address 1F, Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai 89/8 Chang Klan Rd., Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand Tel.+66 53 253 888 ext.6437 E-mail: silapathai@shangri-la.com www.shangri-la.com

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AUBERGE

CLASSIC FRENCH & STEAK

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ew kid on the block, Auberge French Restaurant has just located to Chiang Mai's Palm Spring Hotel.

It is the place specially architectures to capture classic French fine dinning in classical and magical atmosphere of Paris. Grandeur and yet warm and private dinning room accompanied with Auberge Chiang Mai’s fine selected menus that excite palate of anyone who experience it makes an unforgettable evening.

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Auberge Restaurant holds itself up rather well, professional and friendly waiting staff, and most important of all, good food. The steak is excellent, and there was even a choice of mustards and condiments to choose from to go with the steak. Lunch: 11.30-14.00 Dinner: 18.00-22.30 Auberge French & Steak Restaurant Address 122 Palm Spring Hotel, Mahidol Rd., Nonghoi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 53 308 388 www.aubergerestaurantchiangmai.com

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SAHARA

TANTALIZING AROMAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

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iddle Eastern food is part of a dynamic and immersive cultural experience. Sahara offers Middle East cuisine along with Western and Thai. Located on the busy Nimmanahaeminda road in the heart of Chiang Mai city, the restaurant is an emerging hotspot, where taste surpasses expectation.

share in an impassioned life. It is in this spirit that Sahara welcomes you to a great meal enjoyed with family and friends. Marinated chicken breast Kabob

Sahara decorates in the Moroccan style along with the Iran music, and there are also some outdoor tables on a terrace and upstairs outdoor dining area. The aromas of the Middle East are rich in its variety and an exotic blend of flavours that will delight your senses. Sahara’s signature dish is the Marinated chicken breast Kabob, chicken marinated in special herbs and spices, broiled over charcoal and served on a skewer that made of sward! Open Daily 11.00-01.00

There are also Western and Asian cuisines such as pizza or Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai, with an emphasis on freshness and seasonally available produce. Wines, champagnes beer and spirits are all available at the bar. For Arab and other cultures of the Middle East cuisine is an opportunity to give to others, make friends and NOW TRAVEL ASIA

Sahara Address 59/5 Nimmanahaeminda Rd. (Opposite Warm Up Cafe), Muang Chiang Mai Thailand Tel. +66 5322 2076 Email: saharathai@hotmail.co.th www.saharathai.com

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W BY WANLAMUN

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AN EXTENSIVE MENU OF FRAGRANT AND FLAVORFUL THAI CUISINE

or more than thirty years, Wanlamun has captured the hearts of Chiang Mai people with their royal desserts; but now it's time for the next generation. After years of studying and living in France, W by Wanlamun is now open in a vintage, luxuriously decorated building with a lovely garden. W will bring into play French techniques applied to the finest ingredients. Various kinds of food are offered here, authentic Central Thai(Bangkok), Thai fusion, European, and irresistible French pastry. The ingredients, which are of the finest quality, the heavenly taste of food, and the dainty atmosphere, all makes the prices seem undeniably reasonable The room is furnished in a French style, with well upholstered chairs at decent sized tables. The walls have reproductions of well known paintings and the inevitable copies of famous ads for posh fragrances. Teas and coffees are beautifully served and the tarts and other delights are of top quality.

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Our recommended is simply sublime Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad), a sweet and sour dish with combination of pomelo, prawns, pork, deep fried chopped garlic & shallots and toasted coconut. It was amazing how every ingredient complimented each other so well, there was just the right balance of sweetness, tartness and spiciness giving a high tone and the earthiness. The toasted coconut gives the dish a whole different dimension, and somehow every ingredients work together to become a kind of symphony in your mouth. The service is perfectly suited to the venue; attentive, though mildly impersonal. The overall feeling of the restaurant is one of great care in the presentation of the food and the overall setting. Open Daily 11.30-22.00

W by Wanlamun Address 1, Changmoi Rd., Soi 2 (near the TMB Bank), Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand Tel. +66 5323 2328 Email: info@wanlamun.com www.wanlamun.com

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Le Coq d’Or has been selected as ‘Best Restaurant’ by Thailand Tatler 2010 for the 8th consecutive year.

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WHERE ONLY THE BEST IS SERVED

he Le Coq d'Or restaurant can be described as a pleasant and charming European country restaurant. For over thirty-first years the restaurant has retained its envied position as Chiang Mai's most stylish, fine and classy restaurant.

French fare, such as, Seafood bouillabaisse, escargots, chateaubriand, and frog legs. It is advised to have prior reservation, as the place remains crowded most of the time. Premium Set Menu “Roll-Royce” dining from March 1-31, 2011. Invest in unforgettable evening of luxury at Le Coq d’Or and being your romantic dining with its Rolls-Royce which will correct you and return you in style to your hotel or residence. The restaurant staff will welcome you with charm and elegance as they usher you and your sweetheart into a private dining room with your personal butler on call.

Set in a stunning colonial style white painted teak house, Le Coq d'Or's understated, yet elegant interior is complimented by its surrounding lush garden. Le Coq d'or offers innovative French dishes that are faultless and executed with elegant presentation, such as; the golden Osetra caviar and Maine lobster, or the irresistible roasted rack of Australian lamb. Fish lovers will be hard-pressed to beat the locally caught mountain trout with capers while other favorites include peppered fillet of ostrich, kobe beef, and classic

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Lunch: Noon-14.00 Dinner: 18.00-22.00 Live music on everyday except Sundays from 19.00-22.00

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Le Coq d’Or Address 11 Soi2, Koh Klang Rd., Nong Hoi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand Tel. +66 5314 4555, +66 5380 1501 E-mail: lecoqdor@lecoqdorchiangmai.com www.lecoqdorchiangmai.com


THE RESTAURANT DINING ALONG THE RIVER PING

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he Restaurant situated in a free standing, colonial wooden building dated circa 1913 which once housed the British Consulate, The restaurant offers a choice of Thai, Indian and International cuisine. The restaurant, which has both indoor and outdoor dining facilities, allows the choice of air-conditioned dining rooms with traditional or contemporary style setting. The display kitchen located in the contemporary section, allows guests to view our chefs in action. Outdoors dining facilities consists of terrace or veranda seating with scenic views over the Mae Ping River and the mountains beyond. The restaurant also offers a VIP boardroom dining room, private and semi-private dining rooms for special occasions. Traditional Afternoon Tea is also served daily. Breakfast: 7.00-11.30 Lunch: 12.00-14.30 Afternoon Tea: 15.00-18.00 Dinner: 18.00-22.30

The Restaurant AddressTHE CHEDI Chiang Mai, 123 Charoen Prathet Rd., Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand Tel. +66 53 253 333 E-mail: chedichiangmai@ghmhotels.com www.ghmhotels.com

Carbonara filled ravioli with parmesan gelato

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Angelini’s signature: LINGUINE ALL' ARAGOSTA Linguine pasta in Canadian lobster and spicy tomato sauce

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ANGELINI Restaurant & Bar AUTHENTIC ITALIAN with CASUAL CHARM

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its along the magnificent Chao Phraya river, Angelini is regarded as a premium restaurant within Shangri-La Bangkok yet perceived also as a stand alone dining venue. Authentic Italian cuisine is behind the food concept, a world class cocktails list and an exclusive wine list compliment the rest of the experience in this multi-awards wining restaurant. A contemporary and vibrant interior in shooting silky cream-coloured with two different zones on three levels which can be accessed by staircases. The restaurant features a variety of dining selections, including semiprivate nooks with window views at the first level, and a private room on lower level for all dining occasions. The menu at Angelini is innovative and simple, healthy and light. Highlights are on the authentic ingredients and the effort to preserve their natural look and taste on the plate. An open kitchen and multi-purpose oven for roasting, grilling, pizza and bread baking, play a vital role in providing the creative Italian cuicine with a modern presentation, which is freshly prepared or baked to order by the chefs. If you are an admirer of Italian wines, you will enjoy the selection. There is a good listing of super Tuscans and an equally good choice of grappas.

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Angelini Restaurant & Bar ADDRESS Lobby and 1F Shangri-La Wing, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel. +66 2 206 8677-8 Fax: +66 2 237 3688 www.angelinibangkok.com


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CELADON

THAI CUISINE THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE

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avor your favorite Thai cuisine in one of the countless award-winning restaurants. Celadon is glassed in a traditional Thai Pavilion in the grounds of the elegant Sukhothai Bangkok, surrounded by lotus ponds creating a dining experience unmatched in Bangkok. The Celadon serves an extensive menu of Thai regional delicacies and offers a comprehensive menu, well explained in English. Celadon is a favourite place among foreigners, any orders taken from Thai natives at Celadon will tacitly be made hotter with more chilli in the dish than ones ordered by westerners. Our recommended dished first up is Khong Waang Celadon, the Celadon appetizer selection, provides diners five samplers of exotic Thai delicacies. Next was Phad Thai Nuepoo Goong Maenaam Yaang,

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traditional fried rice noodles with tamarind, bean sprouts, garlic chives, crab meat and fried prawn. This plate of Pad Thai is packed with home-made tamarind dressing, crab meat and grilled river prawns and served with fresh banana blossom and bean sprouts making it a truly wonderful dish with just the right taste. Another must try dish includes Sator Phad Moo Goong Sod, wok-fried petai beans with pork belly & tiger prawns, kaffir lime leaves. If you are a curry person, try Dry Red Curry of Slow-cooked Duck, Lychees. Leave some space for Khaomao Thod Ice Cream Kati, deep-fried banana wrapped with young green rice and coconut ice cream, the best dessert to end a Thai meal. The Celadon has 108 seats indoor and 68 outside on the terrace. There's an extensive wine list and service is efficient yet not obtrusive. Lunch: 12.00-15.00 Dinner: 18.30-23.00

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The Sukhothai Bangkok Address 13/3 South Sathorn Rd., Bangkok 10120 Thailand Tel: +66 2344 8888


Spring Dining Room and Summer Chocolate House Five Star at Home

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Thai herb marinated pork loin & wild rocket in sesame & soy wraps. Another must try dish is Japanese-Inspired fried rice with Avocado & seared salmon.

pring Dining Room and Summer Chocolate House first opened in 2004 and is the creation of a well known Thai celebrity chef, Phol Tantasathien. They are sister concerns, located in two renovated buildings overlooking a verdant green lawn, occupy 1.5 Rai(over half an acre) on Sukhumvit Street in the centre of Bangkok.

There are also Asian cuisines, with an emphasis on freshness and seasonally available produce. Wines, champagnes beer and spirits are all available at the bar. Don’t forget to drop by Summer Chocolate House next door, decorate in a retro styled interior, and a relaxing outlook over the lawn towards the Spring Dining Room. Try their particularly tempting desserts like the decadent chocolate called BTS or Better than Sex.

The Spring Dining Room is the dining spot, interior is on two levels with private rooms available on the upper level- accessed via a wide timber staircase. The main dining room features a modernistic and contemporary artwork pieces featured on the walls. A feature chandelier hangs over the front reception areaadjacent is a separate alcove with a private long table, and there are also some outdoor tables on a timber terrace.

The Winter Bar opens every evening on the main lawn, for guest to sipping cocktails or other drinks in the open air ambience, it has become very popular and draws a good crowd every night.

The Spring derives its name from freshness, constant evolution and change and Spring Cuisine really Thai, not fusion but an innovative and unique combination of ingredients that aim to tempt, enthrall, captivate and entertain the senses. Spring’s signature includes, grilled

Spring House Lunch: 11.30-14.30 Dinner: 18.00-23.00 Summer Chocolate House Open: Noon-Midnight Winter Bar Open: 19.00-Midnight

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Spring House Spring Dining Room and Summer Chocolate House Address 199 Soi Sukhumvit 49 (Promsri), Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Spring Tel. +66 2 392 2747-8, Summer Tel. +66 2 392 2757 www.springnsummer.com


MINIBAR ROYALE

NEW YORK-STYLE FRENCH EATERIES

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inibar Royale is a brasserie where tasty delicacies meet luscious drinks within a cozy yet chic ambience. Reminiscent of the good old days and the things three sisters missed the most from the 'Big Apple,' they decided to transport the individual tastes, the practice of brunch and the comfy feel of traditional New York styled French brasseries to Bangkok.

Frites will leave you with just enough room for the heavenly desserts, 'Earl Grey Creme Brule' and the fluffy 'Banana Pudding.’

Minibar Royale’s large garden patio with dark rattan chairs embodies a Parisian Cafe while the indoor area is airy, roomy and warmly lit merging meticulous furnishings, red velvet and old stylish seats.

Order Mulberry Tea Mojito sans rum or Elder Flower with sparkling mineral water to discover our distinctive mocktail taste. For a kick, ask for the tangy Minibar Royale or honey & lime-based Bumble Bee. Cheers!

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The huge aluminum topped bar is well stocked with new and old world wines and other unique delights. Discover a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments from its drink list, some of which cannot be found elsewhere.

Open: 11.00 – Midnight

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Minibar Royale 37/7 Citadines Bangkok, Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok 10110 Tel. 02 261 5533 E-mail: dining@minibarroyale.com www.minibarroyale.com


SAMBAL

A SIZZLING ASIAN GRILL AND ASIAN INFLUENCED CUISINE

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ambal is a chili paste, and a basic ingredient for much of South East Asian cooking. The name is also a fitting metaphor for the Royal Orchid Sheraton's newest riverside escape. Exciting, passionate, yet traditionally confident, Sambal Bar & Grill combines the most alluring features of Bali, Southern Thailand, and all the culinary treasures in between. Sambal is divided into three main sections: the outdoor stage and bar, the river-view dining zone, and the indoor dining area. At its heart are the finest and freshest ingredients representing South East Asia's best. The freshest fish, the finest seafood and the most exotic fruits and produce are all displayed ‘centre stage’ for dinners to choose from personally and then watch them sizzle away on a custom made, open-fired charcoal grill while they select their accompaniments; sambal chutney, wasabi cream to name a few. The menu is designed for grazing across courses with a wide variety of a la carte appetizers, salads and sides. Mix that with sultry live music, a laidback atmosphere, and exotic menu items, and you have one of Bangkok's latest sizzling hotspots.

Dinner 18.00-22.30 Sam Bar: Open 16.00-01.00 Sambal Address Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers 2 Charoen Krung Rd., Soi 30 (Captain Bush Lane), Siphaya, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel. +66 2266 9214 www.sheraton.com/bangkok

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RANG MAHAL

Rang Mahal’s Awards *CNNGo’s 2010 Best Eats *Thailand Tatler Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2003-2009 *Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 1998-2005 and 2007

EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLES of INDIAN MAHARAJAHS

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oted constantly as the city's best Indian restaurant, this rooftop restaurant not only offers exquisite food, but also breathtaking views over the Bangkok Skyline.

Traditionally, ‘Rang Mahal’ was the pleasure house and banqueting room specially decorated by Indian Kings with intricate mirror work, interspersed with intricate Zharonkas or windows. Rang Mahal, the Indian restaurant at Rembrandt Hotel & Towers has taken inspiration from tradition not only in decor but also in the epicurean delights that it serves. At the Rang Mahal a tantalizing mix of ethnic culinary styles has been recreated for food connoisseurs by Chefs flown in from India. Cuisines raging from Mughlai, Nawabi to the fiery frontier, cooked with the choicest herbs and spices ensure that every morsel is redolent with a heavy aroma and flavor. Rang Mahal’s signature dishes include; Tandoori Prawns, jumbo prawns marinated in exotic Indian spices, finished in the charcoal oven and MurghMakhanwala, succulent chicken simmered in creamy fenugreek flavored tomato gravy. This truly exceptional Indian restaurant offers exquisite cuisine in an elegant sophisticated setting. Live music, candle light reflecting the warm ambiance of the room, mixed with the luscious colors of India make this a unique experience of fine dining. Here at Rang Mahal, there's an India in every bite!

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Lunch: 11.30-14.30 Dinner: 18.30-23.00 Sunday brunch: 11.00-14.30

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Rang Mahal Address Rembrandt Hotel & Towers Bangkok 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Rd., Klong Toei, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel. +66 2261 7100 Fax: +66 2261 7017 www.rembrandtbkk.com


Breeze CLASSICALLY MODERN “It's a pleasure and an honor for me to bring my ideas and inspirations to the table at Breeze,” said Chef James Ho. “I am looking forward to introducing new dishes that will entice and delight diners at Breeze as they share and taste the unique creations we have planned for the menu.” Chef James Ho Executive Chef, Breeze

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reeze at lebua at state tower is a unique high-end restaurant offering an elegant dining experience. Located on the 51st and 52nd floors of Tower Club at lebua, the restaurant's chic, elegant surroundings and unrivalled hospitality are complemented by stunning views of Bangkok and the River of Kings. Innovative designs offer a choice of indoor and outdoor dining spaces, accessible by a 25 meter neon lit Sky Bridge. The relaxed, exclusive ambience and attentive but unobtrusive service ensures each element of the journey combines to create an unforgettable gourmet adventure. Food has always played an integral part in history, and at Breeze the past ascends to the present with a sumptuous menu of contemporary Asian cuisine that focuses on fine aesthetics and the healthiest, most flavorsome and fresh ingredients.

Chef James Ho

Drawing on years of culinary excellence, but adding their own interpretations, celebrity Consultant Chef Sam Leong and Executive Chef James Ho have created a unique selection of dishes that represent classics of modern gastronomy. Through a combination of global influence and professional expertise, Chef Sam and Chef James take the world's most prolific cuisine to new levels of international sophistication. By introducing fresh new concepts and refined global tastes, lebua continues to revolutionize the high-end dining scene in Bangkok. With a commitment to invent and challenge, Breeze pushes the boundaries of contemporary Asian cuisine while at the same time remaining true in taste and tradition to the methods passed down through the generations. Dinner: 18.00 -1.00

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Breeze 51F-52F, State Tower 1055, Silom Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel. +66 2 624 9555 Fax: +66 2 624 9554


THE SQUARE

A RELAXING MEAL IN FRIENDLY STYLISH SETTING

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rom breakfast to lunch, dinner or a tasty little snack, Novotel provides balanced choices and à la carte service 24/7 at The Square.

The Square is located on the 6 floor, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and all day snacks in between. This stylish, bright 122-seat all-day dining is divided into different dining cuisine zones for guests’ convenience. Discover the Square’s wide range of international dishes, prepared fresh and hot from thr theater-style open kitchen in the warm and timeless ambience. The living grill station offers fresh seafood and meats flown in from Australia and New Zealand. See the restaurant chefs live at Wok station preparing some mouth-watering Asian specialties and at the authentic Tandoor station roasting up fine meats and vegetarian delights in traditional Indian style served with fresh crisp Naan bread. From breakfast to lunch, dinner or a tasty little snack, The Square provides balanced choices and à la carte service. You can count on enjoying a relaxing meal in a friendly, stylish setting.

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The Square Address 6F, Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom 320 Silom Rd., Suriwong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel. +66 2206 9100, Fax: +66 2206 9200 www.novotelbangkoksilom.com

All day dining: 11.00-22.00 Buffet Breakfast: 6.00-10.30 Buffet Lunch: Noon-14.30 Buffet Dinner 18.30-22.30

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Lamb Chop

Q CAFE A TASTY ITALIAN CUISINE WITH MODERN VINTAGE ATMOSPHERE

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et’s head straight into the heart of the city to Q Café and dining with a style. Q Cafe is the fulfillment of a dream for the people behind the quirky multi brand Q Concept gift stores. Like their products, this café/restaurant has a strong Western influence in both the food and décor. Quirky and nostalgic, featuring a mix of styles from the bold wallpaper and stripy chairs to the bright modern cushions and elaborate Victoriana-style chandeliers. Q café offers Italian dishes with a touch of modern vintage setting. This is the perfect place for a first date or an afternoon chat session.

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Q Café is where chicness is guaranteed. And the desserts taste just as good as they look. Props galore decorate your dish of vibrant coloured desserts all the way through to hearty meats like the New Zealand lamb chops. Service is impeccably top-notch, there are no flaws in making the customers feel right at home. Open: 10.00-22.00 Friday and Saturday, from 10.00-23.00 (Closed on Mondays) Q Cafe Address Thonglor Midtown, 818 Sukhumvit 55 Rd., Thonglor, Klongtannua, Vaddhana, Bangkok 10110 Tel. +66 2714 9722

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hong kong Ming Court profiles a sophisticated contemporary menu crafted by the esteemed executive chef Tsang Chiu King. With the extensive of over 30 years of working experience, Chef Tsang’s talents justly tantalize lovers of traditional Cantonese cuisine. He has also won the highest honour “Gold with Distinction Award” at the 2005 Best of the Best Culinary Awards and Gold Award at the 2003 Best of the Best Culinary Awards organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

MING COURT

EXCELLENT COOKING, WORTH A DETOUR

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Deep-fried lobster with cheese and simmered abalone with vinegar, accompanied with angel hair

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llustrating Cantonese culinary mastery at its finest, Ming Court was awarded two stars by the world’s most prestigious restaurant guide – Michelin. Two stars indicate: ‘ Excellent cuisine, worth a detour…Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding

Ming Court is styled after the Ming Dynasty, serves up exquisite Cantonese cuisine, which occasionally drifts into Canto-European fusion. The executive Chef, Tsang Chiu-King, says “The achievement of two Michelin stars is actually a bonus to me. Regardless of whether the Michelin star is awarded, we will continue to try our best to keep our standard and seek improvement.” His first recommendation is the deep-fried lobster with cheese and simmered abalone with vinegar, accompanied with angel hair, creation that picked up the Gold with Distinction award at the prestigious Best of the Best Culinary Awards in 2005. NOW TRAVEL ASIA

Another must dine dish is stir-fried sliced garoupa with assorted mushrooms and dried shrimp roe, which won Gold Award at the 2003 Best of the Best Culinary Awards organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Chef Tsang nominates stir-fried fresh shrimp with egg white as one of his favourite dishes. It's so incredibly delicate, the fluffy egg folds in several layers over the freshly fried shrimp and provides texture contrast, heavenly light egg with strong shrimp prawn flavour and texture. The cuisine is matched with the environment, perfected by the modern décor profiling a fascinating collection of replica Ming Dynasty pottery as well as ink landscape paintings by leading contemporary Chinese artists. Service is impeccably top-notch, there are no flaws in making the customers feel right at home. Lunch: 11.00-14:30pm Dinner: 18.00-22.30

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Ming Court Address Level 6, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel. +852 3552 3300


GUO FU LOU PRIVATE CANTONESE DINING ASCENDS TO NEW HEIGHTS The stunning interiors of Guo Fu Lou reflect the restaurant’s refined and luxurious ambience. A contemporary Chinese design with low-lit lamps, wooden screens, streamlined furnishings and a touch of art deco glamour offers guests a resplendent setting for enjoying fine Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong.

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uo Fu Lou(Source of Luck) takes premium Cantonese banqueting to dazzling new heights. Hong Kong’s most exclusive address occupies the 31stfloor penthouse of the new iSQUARE shopping and entertainment destination in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Guests enjoy panoramic views over Victoria Harbour from both the intimate dining room and nine private suites, each seating between six to 12 people. Guo Fu Lou is tailored to impress, from its premier location and stylish design to its highly experienced staff and menu of premium Cantonese delicacies. Ten set menu selections are offered, each tailored for VIP, Executive, Business or Personal banqueting. In addition, an extensive a la carte menu contains a selection of Cantonese delicacies, such as Shark’s Fin, Abalone, Bird’s Nest, Fish Maw and Live Seafood, not to mention the whole suckling pig.

Braised Whole Yoshihama Abalone with Goose Web and Vegetables

Prepared to perfection Guo Fu Lou’s signature dishes include Braised Exquisite Shark’s Fin with Fresh Cream of Crab Roe; Braised Whole Yoshihama Abalone with Goose Web and Vegetables; Sweetened Double-boiled Bird’s Nest in Whole Fresh Coconut; Steamed Pacific Garoupa; and Traditional Baked Chicken in Rock Salt. There’s also an alluring selection of finely crafted Dim Sum treats. A private cellar inside Guo Fu Lou is used to store millions of dollars worth of dried seafood and vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. Regular patrons can also use this professional facility to preserve their own dried seafood supplies and vintage wines. Dinner: 19.00-21.00 (dinner only, reservation only) Guo Fu Lou Address 31F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel. +852 2487 3788 E-mail: gfl@elite-concepts.com www. elite-concepts.com

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n intimate restaurant tucked-away in an unassuming building on Hollywood Road, in the heart of Hong Kong. The name TBLS is an abbreviation for tablespoon, a common measurement of volume in cooking and one tablespoon equates to three teaspoons or 15ml. With TBLS, the Chef Que Vinh Dang offers diners refined comfort cuisine crafted from fresh, local, market-driven ingredients. He takes a modern approach to classic flavor combinations, updating favorite comfort food with new and seasonal flavors, and original preparation techniques. Chef Que Vinh Dang's philosophy is to take the honesty of great comfort food and refining it with haute-quality ingredients, preparation, and presentation

so that guests can enjoy their most familiar dishes in an exciting new way. TBLS combines sleek, elegant, modern design with a relaxed ambiance. It has an open kitchen and Chef Dang wants dining at TBLS to feel like a dinner party thrown by a new friend, who happens to be an innovative professional chef. The menu is a set 6-course menu, changing seasonally or whenever the Chef sees fit. Some of the examples of the innovation are the Soup & Sandwich course where Chef Dang recreated the classic Croque Monsieur (Ham & Cheese Sandwich) and French Onion Soup. He turned the Croque Monsieur into a smoked ham and emmental cheese soup and French Onion Soup into a French Onion and Short Rib sandwich. Continue on if you would like a glimpse of each course. If you like surprises, just head on over to TBLS for your own experience. Dinner: 19.00-21.00 (dinner only, reservation only)

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TBLS Address 7F, 31 Hollywood Rd, Central District, Hong Kong Tel. +852 2544 3433 www.tbls-kitchenstudio.com


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AURORA, Altira Macau’s signature Italian restaurant hasbeen honored with a Michelin Star for the second consecutive year in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2011.

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rom the dynamism of the kitchen to the excitement of the bar, the ambience of Aurora is tied together by a warm and elegant design throughout.

Complementing the utensils in the kitchen, the entire space is given a soothing glow by the extensive use of copper paneling and the interplay of natural and artificial light. Metallic shimmer is softened with Italian marble, sumptuous fabrics and delicate tracery with a grace that encourages guests to linger. Aurora’s masterful chefs infuse the finest imported seasonal produce with contemporary flair. Offering the very best of traditional Italian cuisine, from simple home-made pastas, wood flavored pizza and freshly ‘a la minute’ baked Grissini bread sticks to gourmet menus of eight courses exquisitely paired with the finest wines, Aurora offers a feast for the eyes and palate.

Pan-roasted Cod Fish with Semi Dried Cherry Tomatoes, Cannellini Beans and Taggiasca Olive Oil.

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in irresistible creations at the communal dessert table and enjoy the sight of chefs preparing dishes in the open kitchen. The wine lounge is one of Aurora’s most prominent features and is among the largest collections in Macau. With over 600 wines listed, which include the most coveted vintages including the vertical collection of Chateau Latour 1945-2005. In the evening, you will be tempted by freshly created cocktails whilst looking out onto a 700 square metre terrace with its contemporary furniture set amongst bamboo groves and beyond this to the stunning views of the Macau Peninsula. Breakfast: 7.00-11.00 Brunch: 11.30-16.00 every Sunday Lunch: (Mon-Sat) Noon-14.30 Dinner: 18.00-22.30

Aurora Level 10, Altira Macau Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa, Macau Tel. +853 2886 8868 www.altiramacau.com

“Aurora’s menu is based in authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on southern Italian dishes combining concept, technique and the very highest quality products within dining settings that are as attractive and diverse as the dishes we prepare.” Mr. Michele dell’ Aquila, Chef de Cuisine

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VIDA RICA RESTAURANT AND BAR A CROSS OVER BETWEEN EASTERN & WESTERN CUISINE

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reatness began with the arrival of renowned chef Dirk Haltenhof, and it's now considered one of the best places for an elegant dining experience in Macau.

The Vida Rica restaurant offers a tantalizing selection of Chinese and contemporary Western cuisine. Led by Executive Chef Dirk Haltenhof, and using only the freshest and finest ingredients. The dining experience at Vida Rica is enhanced by distinctive design and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing a lively yet sophisticated ambience perfect for a relaxing meal with friends, special celebrations or a romantic rendezvous.

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The dinner menu features a range of food and wine pairing options, and for wine lovers there will be 16 wine-by- glass choices, as well as a superb listing of premium international wines and champagnes. Some of the must-try dishes include Aroma pepper seared tuna and Grass fed New Zealand lamb. Another stunning feature of Vida Rica is the exciting Bar, which features sleek, contemporary elements of marble and chrome, together with impressive double-height ceilings and windows, offering fantastic views of Macau’s vibrant evening skyline. Lunch: Noon-15.00 Dinner: 18.00-23.00

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Vida Rica Address 2F, Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau Tel. +853 8805 8888


Chef Dirk has more than a decade of experience working with some of the finest chefs in leading hotels in Europe, including Michelinstarred restaurants. He now brings his passion and exuberance for classic yet innovative cuisine to the kitchen of Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar.

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CUT

by WOLFGANG PUCK STEAK TO DIE FOR CUT at Marina Bay Sands is Puck’s first venture into Asia and offers an elaborate menu featuring the finest cuts of beef, more than 500 selections of wines as well as impeccable service.

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ut restaurant in Singapore is the third location for master chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s critically acclaimed, award-winning Beverly Hills steakhouse in the Beverly Wilshire. Esteemed hospitality designed Tony Chi crafted the space with a modern aesthetic to complement the contemporary menu. A sleek bar & lounge welcomes guests and offers the perfect vantage point to people-watch while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails and small bites. Baked oak, bronze and leather materials lend a warm feel to the space. A spectacular private dining room is surrounded by glittering mirror glass walls, floor-to-ceiling wine displays and leather and bronze swiveling panels that close off the space. CUT presents a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse menu, exclusively featuring Snake River Farms American “Kobe Style”, U.S.D.A. Prime Illinois Corn Fed and 300-day grain fed Australian Angus from Rangers Valley, CUT caters to true steak connoisseurs. Guests can also enjoy a wide array of signature entrees such as the Kobe Beef Short Ribs “Indian Spiced” and PanRoasted Maine Lobster with black truffle sabayon, together with a large selection of house-made sauces including CUT’s signature Steak Sauce and Argentinean Chimichurri. CUT also features an exclusive menu of handcrafted cocktails at the bar & lounge, accompanied by light bites such as Mini Kobe “Sliders” and Maine Lobster “Louis” Rolls.

Main Dining Room Monday - Thursday 17.30 – 22.00 Friday - Saturday 17.30 – 23.00 CUT Bar & Lounge Monday - Thursday 17.00 – 23.00 Friday - Saturday 17.00 – Midnight

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck Address Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore Tel. 6688 8517 E-mail: cutreservations @marinabaysands.com


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he cuisine and philosophy of one of France’s most celebrated chefs Chef Savoy arrived in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, winning accolades for its refined cuisine and impeccable service.

For Chef Guy Savoy, fine dining is all about the senses. It is through his cuisine that this revered French chef expresses his sensitivity and passion for food. Selecting only the finest ingredients, prepared and served with an uncompromising awareness of what makes a dining experience truly exceptional, is what earned the prestigious Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris three Michelin stars. Chef Savoy’s unerring attention to detail and profound respect for his carefully selected ingredients are replicated in the Singapore restaurant. Guests can dine in

TASTE & STYLE its modernist dining room or choose to have a pre-dinner aperitif at the champagne bar. At the main restaurant, Guy Savoy has also added a new five-course set menu called ‘Menu Elegance’ for dinner. The menu will have classic signature dishes like the Steam-Grilled Atlantic Black Cod and its famous Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup and rounds off the meal with the indulgent Chocolate Fondant. The best wines from the Guy Savoy cellar have been assembled for this wine and food pairing experience. Champagnes and wines from regions like Bordeaux, Roussillon and Côtes du Rhône will be available on the bar menu from 15.00 to 18.00 daily. Sommeliers at Guy Savoy will be on hand to help guests choose their preferred wine or champagne, explain the food pairing and lead the tastings.

Bar dining: 15.00–22.45 Dinner: 18.00–22.45 Reservations are needed.

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Guy Savoy Address Casino Level, Marina Bay Sands Resort 20 Bayfront Avenue Tel. +65 6688 8513 E-mail guy. savoy@marinabaysands.com


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DB BISTRO MODERNE

TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL FRENCH BISTRO in PARIS

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Daniel Boulud has been named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. Restaurant DANIEL has been cited as “one of the ten best restaurants in the world” by the International Herald Tribune, has earned three Michelin stars, a coveted four star rating from The New York Times, Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” and is ranked eighth among Restaurant Magazine’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” The Chef’s culinary style is reflected in his six cookbooks and his television series “After Hours with Daniel.”

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he original db bistro conceived in New York City celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The award winning restaurant, just steps from Times Square is noted for its exciting urban energy.

It is most famous for the “db Burger”, a mouth watering masterpiece of freshly ground beef surrounding a center of red wine braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle all perched upon a house baked parmesan bun. Yet there’s so much more to the French menu that takes a contemporary approach to traditional bistro cooking. Signature dishes include an “Assiette Lyonnaise” featuring a delicious assortment of cured meats and Daniel Boulud’s renowned house made pâtés and terrines. Another signature dish is “Escargots with Chicken Oysters” (a tasty nugget of meat found near the chicken’s back) in a flavorful Parsley Sauce. French tradition is best reflected in classics like “Coq au Vin”, a rustic dish of chicken gently braised for hours in red wine and served with Spaetzle, irresistible homemade Alsatian style dumplings. From the sea there is Barramundi with Cauliflower Florets, an Australian fish delectably garnished with a traditional Grenobloise sauce of raisins, lemon, butter and garlic. NOW TRAVEL ASIA

The décor is contemporary and stylish but particularly inviting given the handful of details evoking traditional bistro style: hanging globe lights, red leather banquettes and a colorful tiled floor in the relaxed front dining area. The restaurant is separated into three distinct yet harmonious areas designed by Jeffrey Beers. The dining room has both an upper and lower section with a view through decorative glass into the active kitchen. The clever effect allows guests to observe the excitement of the kitchen’s activity from a comfortable distance. The horseshoe shaped bar is enveloped in reflective subway tiles evocative of the Paris metro with several inviting booths and a communal table. The adjacent café is more casual than the dining room. Its rich wood floors and warm glow from light boxes that surround the space set it apart with a look of its own. There is also a private room accommodating up to 20 guests with a view into the wine cellar. Currently available for dinner from 17.30 until late Weekend brunch is also available.

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db Bistro Moderne Address 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972 Tel. +65 6688 8525 E-mail daniel. boulud@marinabaysands.com


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Mario BataliOsteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza is Mario Batali’s first venture into Asia, marking another milestone for the chef who has 14 restaurants, eight cookbooks and a host of television shows under his name.

OSTERIA MOZZA AND PIZZERIA MOZZA

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conceived by Mario and Nancy. The wine list will feature over 700 selections from all over Italy. On the opposite side of the restaurant is a more casual setup of Pizzeria Mozza, a bustling, urban burst of flavor and color. This energetic and lively section of the restaurant will see chefs at work as they prepare fresh pizzas from two wood burning pizza ovens.

In the heart of Osteria Mozza rests a free standing mozzarella bar, where a wide array of fresh items from mozzarella, burrata, bocconcini and stracciatella are prepared. Osteria Mozza’s menu is based on the chefs’ culinary adventures in New York, Bologna, and the entire Italian boot. Widely imaginative and in touch with traditional roots, the menu features artisanal salumi and handmade pasta along with seafood and meat dishes

Osteria Mozza: 17.00 - 23.00 (Closed on Mondays) Pizzeria Mozza: Noon - Midnight (Closed on Mondays)

oth Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza will be almost exactly as they are in California, with the delicious addition of local seafood and vegetables. Pizzeria Mozza is a bustling, urban, burst of flavor and color. The wine bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling a selection of wines, but don’t forget about the ample offerings of salumi and pizza.

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Besides its world famous pizzas, other signature menu items include crispy Duck legs with lentils, Lasagna al forno, and the legendary Chopped Salad. Diners will enjoy a relaxing meal amidst the bustling lunch and dinner crowd and light hearted music at the restaurant.

Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza Address Galleria Level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1- 42 to 46 Tel. +65 6688 8522 www.mozza-la.com

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Regina Santamaria and Santi Santamaria

Santi Santamaria Totally self-taught in the art of cooking, Santi Santamaria is the first Catalan chef to receive the 3 Michelin star accolade. His awardwinning restaurant, Can Fabes, was established in 1981 and has evolved from an informal bistro to one of the greatest restaurants in Spain, consistently earning 3 Michelin stars since 1994.

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DIVERSE INGREDIENTS AND FRESH FLAVORS OF MEDITERRANEAN WITH CATALAN ROOTS

odeled after the world renowned Can Fabes, Santi combines Mediterranean culture and taste with Santi Santamaria’s Catalan roots. This modern restaurant serves culinary masterpieces with the influence of different Asian cultures and at the same time maintains Chef Santamaria’s quest for excellence and intricacy. The cuisine is both basic and sophisticated, guided by a respect for seasonal ingredients and meticulous attention to the preparation of the food. Chef Santamaria’s first foray into Asia has been warmly received by diners, Santi earned the coveted award of Best New Restau-

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rant in the prestigious Singapore Tatler Best Restaurants Guide 2011. Dressed in rustic dark woods and accented by custom artwork ‘graffiti’ overlaying modern glass enclosures, Santi’s décor reflects the warmth of Can Fabes, which is also the chef 's family home for the past two centuries. The restaurant comprises of a cozy tapas bar and lounge at the entrance and an 80-seat fine-dining section that offers a truly exquisite gastronomic experience. Dinner: 19.00 – 22.30 The tapas bar and lounge: 18.30- 23.00 SANTI Address Casino Level 2, Marina Bay Sands Singapore Tel. + 65 6688 8501 Email: santi@marinabaysands.com

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here are many places in Singapore to get good southern Indian banana leaf, but none quite so unique as Samy's out on Dempsey Road.

Samy's is situated in a huge, highceilinged, open-air hall, with shutters thrown back and fans whirring above. Wash your hands at the back and have a seat, and soon someone will slap a banana-leaf place mat in front of you. A blob of white rice will be placed in the center, and then buckets of vegetables, chicken, mutton, fish, prawn, and you-name-it will be brought out, swimming in the richest and spiciest curries to ever pass your lips. Take a peek in each bucket, nod your head yes when you see one you like, and a scoop will be dumped on your banana leaf. Eat with your right hand or with a

fork and spoon. When you're done, wipe the sweat from your brow, fold the banana leaf away from you, and place your tableware on top. Signature dishes include the legendary Masala Chicken, Fish Cutlet, Fish Head Curry and Mysore Mutton made from a secret recipe and blend of spices. For more than four decades now, Samy’s Curry has become an institution in itself. With its quaint setting and a taste for tradition, Samy’s Curry is the perfect getaway for those looking to take a trip back in time. Samy's serves no alcohol, but the fresh lime juice is nice and cooling, and lassi, the flavored yogurt drink, helps to counteract the spiciness. Lunch: 11.00-15.00 Dinner: 18.00-22.00 (Closed on Tuesdays)

SAMY’S CURRY

Samy’s Curry Address Blk 25 Dempsey Road Singapore 249670 Tel : +65 6472 2080 Email: info@samyscurry.com www.samyscurry.com

INDIAN DISHES ON A BANANA LEAF IN A TURE SOUTH INDIAN TRADITION Fish Head Curry

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The 12,000 sq ft restaurant contains a bar and lounge that greets guests upon arrival, a main dining area with four private corners for power lunches and private dinners, and outdoor terraces that offer amazing ocean and city views – till late into the night.

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MODERN ASIAN CUISINE in A SPECTACULAR SETTING

elmed by Singaporean chef Justin Quek, Sky on 57 presents a modern take on traditional Asian and local cuisine, using premium ingredients, refined techniques and served with a hearty dose of

Located at the highest point of Marina Bay Sands on the stunning Sands SkyPark, Sky on 57 offers guests an unparalleled vista while they dine in a relaxed and sophisticated setting that transforms from morning to night. With this restaurant, the classically-trained Quek returns to his Asian roots, where his palate was awakened at an early age to the hot, sour, salty, sweet hallmarks of the local cuisine. At Sky on 57, Quek will present Modern Asian cuisine at its best as he gives new interpretations to traditional favorites, resulting in Nordic Crab Vermicelli, Maine Lobster Hokkien Mee and Wagyu Beef “Cheek” Rendang. NOW TRAVEL ASIA

The acclaimed chef, who was responsible for putting Singapore on the jet-setting gourmand’s map will display his usual finesse and creativity at his latest venue, showcasing the best of Singapore and Asia to the world. Other must-tries include the Lobster “Marco Polo”, created using fresh egg pasta and lobster in a slightly spicy, home-made XO sauce; and JQ’s signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, which infuses the favorite Asian dumpling with the silky-smooth goose liver. The restaurant’s signature macaroons, made with Pandan and Gula Java (coconut blossom sugar from Java, Indonesia), are a must-try. Open: 7.00-2.00 daily

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Sky on 57 Address Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore Bayfront Avenue, Singapore Tel. +65 6688 8857 E-mail:skyon57@marinabaysands.com


WAKU GHIN SOPHISTICATED SIMPLICITY

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aku Ghin showcases the brilliance of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda in his only establishment outside of his worldfamous Sydney restaurant.

From the restaurant name, which reflects the use of silver in the kitchen, to the small wall niches that hold his works of art, the chef ’s personal imprint is found throughout Waku Ghin. The restaurant’s dining concept is based upon a multifaceted use of space, where diners can move from room to room, luxuriating over the dining experience. The restaurant features an intimate lounge at the entrance for pre-dinner drinks. Four unique dining rooms offer private enclosures for small parties to experience the art of skilled chefs preparing food for each group personally.

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Diners then move on to the main dining room or drawing room to relax over desserts, coffee and digestifs, while soaking in the sensational floor-to-ceiling view of the Singapore skyline. Waku Ghin’s European based yet Japanese influenced menu boasts new creations sourced from the freshest ingredients from the region and beyond. Signature items include Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Cavia and the Australian Wagyu with Wasabi and Citrus Soy. And that pretty much sums up the essence of Waku Ghin and Tetsuya Wakuda, he makes simplicity an art form. We all know that the simplest dishes are the hardest to do, which is why Wakuda will always be the maestro of it. Dinner: 18.30-22.30 Waku Ghin Address Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave Tel. +65 6688 8507 E-mail: wakughinreservation@marinabaysands.com

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New York Grill, attached to New York Bar, where they filmed scenes of ‘Lost in Translation’.

A Dramatic SETTING

n the 52nd floor of one of Tokyo's most exclusive hotels, the New York Grill has remained the place to dine ever since its 1994 opening, some swear it's the most sophisticated restaurant in

New York Grill surrounded on four sides by glass, it features stunning views (especially at night), artwork by Valerio Adami, live jazz in the evenings, and a 1,600-bottle wine cellar-in-the-sky contains the largest selection of U.S. wines in Japan. Chef de Cuisine Stefan Resch and his team practice their art in the stunning open kitchen, drawing guests into the dining experience. Specialties include mega portions of duck from the rotisserie, fresh seafood, and prime quality Japanese beef.

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Both the set lunch and the weekend and holiday brunches are among the city's best and most sumptuous (be sure to book early). Two set dinner menus, ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Central Park’ also change monthly. New York Grill has three semiprivate spaces, offering the perfect venue for intimate parties. And in case everything looks familiar, the adjacent New York Grill & Bar was where Bill Murray drank glass upon glass of Suntory whiskey in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. New York Grill Address 52F, Park Hyatt Tokyo 3-7-1-2, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1055 Japan Tel. +81 3 5322 1234 www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com

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Foie gras and apple: steamed served with dry fruits, pan fried with sour puree, cardamom-fragranced sauce  

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okyo, as Japan’s capital, may be one of the most food-crazed cities on earth, introducing new trends and flavours at an alarming pace. Signature at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is one of the 150 restaurants to be awarded a star in Michelin's first guide to the Japanese capital. With soaring views from the 37th floor across Tokyo City and Mt Fuji, Signature makes a heart stopping impression the moment you enter. The iconic design steals the scene in Tokyo. This is high class dining at the top of the metropolis. French-inspired cuisine is prepared a-la-minute in an open kitchen, where the lighter-than-classical, Mediterranean-influenced creations of Chef Olivier Rodriguez are prepared with sometimes bold and sometimes subtle flavours.

as head chef was to create a menu that would impress the food-obsessed Japanese, who make up the vast majority of Signature's diners. Rodriguez intends that every dish sings of its individual ingredients, without being masked by any extraneous flavours. The Menu Signature includes; Toasted scallops, the sweet seafood perfectly partnered with stewed vanilla turnip and a lemon and walnut condiment, and Foie gras and apple, steamed served with dry fruits, pan fried with sour puree, cardamom-fragranced sauce An extensive wine list including the sommelier’s choice of bio-dynamic and organic wines is available. The restaurant's sommelier always welcomes the opportunity to recommend food and wine pairings. Lunch: 11.30-14.30 Dinner: 17.30-22.00

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Signature Address 37F, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-8328 Japan Tel. +81 (3) 3270 8188


Olivier Rodriguez, Chef de Cuisine As a Frenchman who has worked in two two-Michelin-starred restaurants in France - Le Chantecler at the H么tel Negresco in Nice and Les Jardins de l'Op茅ra in Toulouse - as well as the threeMichelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, Rodriguez's background is classical French and European.

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Tsukemen Hashiage

WHAT’S IN A NOODLE?

The anatomy of a giant cup of instant ramen.

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SHIN - YOKOHAMA A JAPANESE CULINARY RAMEN MUSEUM STAPLE GETS ITS OWN MUSEUM IN YOKOHAMA

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amen first flourished in major ports like Yokohama, so the city was a natural home for the first museum dedicated to the dish. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum features Japanese-language displays detailing the history of noodles and a full-scale diorama of Tokyo circa 1958. Once you're past the entrance turnstiles, the first floor is devoted to numerous museum exhibits and a wellstocked souvenir shop. Clearly the museum's organizers racked their brains to come up with every imaginable ramen-related display they could think of, and the results are here to see; ramen-making utensils, ramen bowls, ramen shop matchbooks, chopstick wrappers, curtains and aprons. The historical development of instant ramen is painstakingly chronicled, and the invention of cup ramen (the kind where you pour boiling water directly into a Styrofoam cup) is celebrated as the dramatic technological achievement it most certainly was. Instant ramen packets from around the world adorn the walls, and overhead TV monitors broadcast a continuous stream of ramen commercials from the past 25 years. Ramen history buffs will be delighted (and the rest of us merely mystified) by a replica of the first ramen dish ever eaten by a 17th-century samurai named Mito Komon. However, the main draw is the food area, which corals together nine famous ramen shops from around the country. Think of it as a ‘Ramen Mall’ where you can eat your way along the length of Japan without paying a fortune in air fares.

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This is ramen for serious connoisseurs, with the eight shops chosen carefully from among the tens of thousands of stores throughout the country. The major ramen capitals; Sapporo, Hakata, Kumamoto and Kitakata are all represented, along with four legendary shops from the Tokyo and Yokohama area. The two Kyushu shops (Hakata and Kumamoto) serve their noodles in a salty whitish broth, made by slowcooking pork and chicken bones. The Sapporo shop serves its ramen in a miso-flavored soup, a Hokkaido specialty, while the rest of the shops feature soy sauce-based soups made with various combinations of pork and chicken bones and seafood. Each shop has its own distinctive noodles and its own selection of toppings, ranging from the standard Chaashuu (roast pork) and bean sprouts to Kikurage (wood ear mushroom) and garlic chips. After you've had your fill of ramen, sake, and numbingly sweet old-fashioned candies, you're ready for the souvenir shop back on the ground floor. Take-out packages of noodles from each of the shops are available, along with goods sporting the Ramen Museum's logo. Logo merchandise includes plates, pencil holders, tote bags and much more; there are also postcards, cookbooks, and a full range of chopsticks for sale. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku–ku Open 11.00-23.00 Closed Tuesdays, except for national holidays Admission 300 (adults), 100 (ages 6-12, seniors), free (children under 5 years old). Ramen prices average 800 - 1,000 Tel. +045 471 0503 www.raumen.co.jp

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Uma Thurman takes revenge on Yakuza at the Japanese restaurant House of Blue Leaves, modeled on Gonpachi in Nishi-Azabu.

Kushiyaki: Grilled skewers

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ou might be wondering what so special about Gonpachi, even the ex-President Bush dined there while in Tokyo. This is the restaurant that inspired the set in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill Vol.1 where Uma Thurman and the Crazy’s 88 triads carnage showdown. Housed in a re-created Kura (Traditional Japanese Warehouse), there’s a cavernous interior courtyard with two-story-high ceiling. The first two floors are a rustic village where a matsuri(festival) is constantly underway. A separate 3rd floor specializes in sushi. Strings of round white party lights hang above the main floor. Taiko drum and Shakuhachi music drifts overhead. The open kitchen is a festival shed where cooks turn skewers of meat over a long barbecue grill. This is one of Tokyo's most imaginative inexpensive Japanese restaurants. NOW TRAVEL ASIA

The menu is the Izakaya style food and drinks, a wide variety of dishes, including Ebi Shinjyo (fried shrimp dumpling with sweet chili sauce), Kushiyaki (grilled skewers), Zaru Tofu (special tofu in a bamboo basket), Tsukune (ground chicken stick), Tanuki (stuffed shiitake mushroom), Wasabigamo (duck breast in wasabi), Gonpachi house salad, Sushi, Tempura, and also Soba, which is one of their specialties. Gonpachi at Nishi-Azabu, Roppongi is what you should be looking for while in Tokyo. It is one of those restaurants that worth a visit and then tell your friends back home, “I’ve been to the restaurant that inspired Kill Bill movie!” Gonpachi 1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031 Tel. 03/5771 0170 www.gonpachi.jp

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Chang Jiang A Journey Along the Yangtze River in China Story & Photos by Chatorn Chokpatara

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hina has been shaped by the Yangtze River in much more than any physical way. This place has banks which are so rich that they which have been fought over by the beautiful upper regions. The landscape here is made of pointed Karst formations. The swirling mists here have been plundered and admired. A lot of the life here in china is based around this river. And the routes go all the way to the ancient cities age old secrets. The mighty Yangtze River or Chang Jiang in Chinese, meaning ‘Long River’, is the longest river in China and Asia and the third longest in the world after the Amazon in South America and the Nile in Africa. Also called the Yangtze River, it is a cradle of the ancient Chinese people.

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The Western name ‘Yangtze’ comes from the stretch of the river from Yangzhou to Zhenjiang, called the Yangzi in Chinese. This was the name first heard by Western missionaries and traders, particularly by the British, and it has stuck. Technically it is named in honor of the former emperor Yang. Most Chinese will not understand what you mean if you don't use the proper Mandarin title of ‘Chang Jiang’ unless they are familiar with English. The Yangtze, arising in Tibet in the glaciers and snow-covered mountains of the ‘Roof of the World’, the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and fed by hundreds of tributaries, wanders eastward across the mainland of China. It makes an incessant rush to Shanghai and empities into the East China Sea. Passing many of the large and important cities of China, the river has been an important trade and transportation route since ancient times. The major cities through which the Yangtze River flows are (east

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to west): Jiangjin, Chongqing, Peiling, Zigui, Jiangling, Yueyang, Wuhan, Anqing, Wuhu, Nanjing, Zhenjiang, and Shanghai. In addition, along the River, one feels merged with nature and will have a chance to explore the mysterious ancient country of China in the Orient and to learn the life of country people. Natural secenery and landscapes along the River are beautiful with many historical and cultural cities and towns, including Suzhou and Hangzhou. Other places the river goes through are: Tai Lake; Naning, once the ancient capitals of China as well as the political and cultural center in the Southeast; Mount Lu, a summer resort; and Wuhan. The most famous part of this route is the sensational cruise ships through the Three Gorges area between Chongqing and Yichang. The Yangtze Gorges presents a scene of boundless variety with the magnificence of Qutang Gorge, the elegance of Wu Gorge, the

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perilousness of Xiling Gorge, from west to east, with each of them boasting a distinctive flavor. With the recent enormous Three Gorges Dam project, this route has changed considerably but it is still definitely worth doing. The whole landscape is so kaleidoscopic. It is picturesque everywhere, and what more, each scene is related to a wonderful fairy tale or a moving legend which will kindle your meditation on the remote past. Traveling on a Chinese tourist boat in 'first class' may not be your idea of first class. If you really want the good experience on the Yangtze, you'd better choose a luxury yangtze cruise in 4 or 5 star rating. These luxury cruises fare include all the shore excursions with English speaking guides and all meals on-board except the dinner on the check-in day. Almost all the tourists travelling on those cruises are very satisfied with the journey. The Three Gorges region is a scenic area along the Yangtze River spanning Hubei Province and the Chongqing Municipality with a total length of approximately 200 kilometres. The Three Gorges region attracted attention globally due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which is changing the scenery of the region. It was constructed in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. The reservoir was completed in the summer of 2006, and the water level in the Qutang, Wuxia, and the western portion of the Xiling Gorges has already begun to rise. The dam itself is projected to be completed in 2009. In addition to the impacts of the dam on the ecology and people of the region, the dam will also change the scenery of the Three Gorges. Because the water level will be higher, the river will be wider and the mountains will appear lower. Proponents of the dam point out that because the mountains reach several thousand feet above the river, the gorges are still likely to offer spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs, and most riverboat companies that operate in the Three Gorges intend to continue to offer tours of the region. The increase in width of the Gorges will also allow larger

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ships through the gorges, and it is anticipated that river traffic of all kinds will increase. Three Gorges Dam Scenic Area is mainly composed of Tanzi Mountain, 185 Platform, Dam Viewing Point and Memorial Garden. It fully displays to visitors the culture of the water conservancy project. Climbing on the Viewing Platform, visitors will have a panoramic view of the Three Gorges Dam. 185 Platform got the name from its height 185 meters, equivalent to the height of the dam crest. Standing on the Dam Viewing Point, visitors will see the huge dam body at close range. The Memorial Garden is a large open air museum where exhibits a large number of machines that have been used in the dam construction, such as mechanical excavators and cranes. Besides, visitors can also go to Huangling Temple, the largest ancient building in the Three Gorges area. This is a beautiful way to get a glimpse of the amazing Karst scenery.

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When To Go In the Summer during March to November How To Get There Thai Airways offers return flights to Kunming via Bangkok. www.thaiairways.com, China Eastern Airlines flies in twice a day from Kunming. www.ce-air.com Currency The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or China Yuan-CNY), 1 USD= 6.6 RMB. Tour Agent China Changjiang Cruise Oversea www.ccotc.com Tips Research the route before traveling so that you have some idea about the sites your boat will stop at and their significance *Keep a ‘ay bag’packed for those unexpected times when the boat stops for a site (rather than having to look for your camera, etc. and possibly missing the trip with your fellow boat travelers) NOW TRAVEL ASIA NOW TRAVEL ASIA

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Day Trip to LAMPHUN Take It Easy in the 'Slow City' of Haripunchai Story by Barry

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he team and I took at day trip to Lamphun by car, it is about 45 minutes from Chiang Mai city, we drove through quiet country roads and farmlands and experience the Lanna way of life. Being so close to Chiang Mai, it is a nice place to retreat. Lampun was once the center of the Haripunchai Kingdom that was ruled by Queen Chama Thewi and founded in 680 AD, it claims to be the oldest existing city in Thailand. The Chamdhevi dynasty was able to maintain independence from outside rule until 1932 when Thailand began a democratic country. Today, Lamphun still retains the enchanting ambience of a small and old community, remains a fairly quiet provincial capital. The day that our team went was beautiful, blue skies and a cool breeze. Our first stop in Lampun was Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai. This temple was built on the site of Queen Jamadevi's palace in 1044 AD. Khrubaa Siwichai, one of Northern Thailand's most famous monks.

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Two large lions guard the gate of the temple, which opens to a beautiful Wihara that is a replica of the original. To the right of the main Wihara is the world's largest bronze gong, which was cast in 1860 and hangs in a red pavilion. The main chedi, Chedi Suwan is dated differently by many sources, but it stands 46 meters in height. It is surmounted by a nine-tiered, 6.49875 kilogram pure gold umbrella, which brings the height to over 50 meters. Towards the back of the temple complex there are a number of other structures: smaller wihans, a resting house, and two older chedis that were built during the Haripunchai period. Across the street at the entrance of Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai is a river. A bridge extends over the river, and stalls there sell a variety of food, clothing, crafts, and other local products. Our next stop was a monument for Queen Jamadevi, which is located next to the market in the main city. A number of Thai people, dressed in white, were seated before the monument. They took turns offering incense, candles, and flowers. NOW TRAVEL ASIA

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Legend handed down for more than 1,400 years refer to this ancient town as Hariphunchai. Today, Our next stop was the Haripunchai National Museum on Inthayongyot road opposite Wat Phra That Haripunchai has an extensive collection of important artifacts conveniently gathered together. Although it is a museum in a small town, it is a small town with a tremendous wealth of history, and the museum has a great deal to excite those with a passion for history and archeology.

Lamphun still retain its enchanting ambience of a small but old community.

It is some 670 kilometres from Bangkok and only 26 kilometres from Chiang Mai. Located on the bank of the Kuang River, its attractions include ancient sites and relics as well as forests and mountains and delightful lakes.

The Haripuchai National Museum is the national museum with the largest collection of stone tablets under its care in the country. Ancient artifacts on display in the museum include not only finely sculpted Buddha heads dating back to the Haripunchai and Lanna eras and rare Haripunchai Buddhist talismans, but also 23 stone tablets dating from the 19th - 20 th centuries BE through to the Lanna period. These, together with hundreds more pieces of ancient and exquisite art, bring 1,300 years of glorious history to life. For lunch we enjoy a tasty, lunch of delicious food at the noodle restaurant, the most famous in Lamphun. That is the “Braised pork longan noodle restaurant" at Ban Wiang Yong. (Lamphun is the most famous producer of longans) and an opportunity to explore more of Lamphun’s lively markets. Beyond the valuable sites already mentioned, Lamphun has many more ancient monuments and artifacts, such as Community Museum Lamphun Municipality, located behind The Haripuchai National Museum, and Gu

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Chang Gu Ma in the city which both have interesting legends associated with them. The next stop we headed to the delightful village of Pasang, around 20 kilometers South of Lamphun, is renowned for its local cotton weaving industry and wood-carving products. As we pass through small rural villages, we encounter smiling faces and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and stop often to sample the local delights on offer at road-side stalls and markets. Attraction in Pasang district include Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha, this temple is constructed on 2 levels separated by a long steep stairway. The stairway is lined by two 5 headed Nagas and is a steep climb although there is also access by road. The view from the upper level is spectacular. Legend has it that The Lord Buddha visited here and left his footprint. His saffron robe was laid out on the rocks to dry and it is said that the imprint can still be seen, hence the name of the Temple. (Tak Pha means to hang out to dry). Both the footprint and the image of the robe are located on the lower level of the Temple. Also, on the lowere level of Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha is a small cave containing images of worship. After making a merit we drove back to Chiang Mai, this one day trip was so amazing and unforgettable. Next time, I'm going to spend less time in Chiang Mai and take more day trips like this out of town.

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Driving from the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado to the high plains of southeastern Wyoming is an immersion in a world of snowcapped peaks, scenic lakes, geological curiosities, and cowboys on horseback riding the endless range.

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Mountains Just like Heaven, Only Better Story by Chatorn Chokpatara, photos by Suriya Nantasukon

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nter heaven simply by staying a week in the Canadian Rockies, where still, blue lakes reflect glacial peaks and high meadows are gilded with larch trees turning their leaves for autumn.

Straddling the border of British Columbia and Alberta, the Canadian Rockies have unique appeal for hikers, climbers, and bikers. A century-old railroad infrastructure and the region's rich history of mountaineering mean a standing network of roads and trails and established backcountry hostelries that springboard you easily into the most remote wild country.

The waterfall, which is fed by the Daly Glacier, rages during the spring melt and is a spectacular scene. The Takakkaw Falls plunge over a sheer rocky escarpment and the waters join the Yoho River which is fringed by lush forest.

Rocky Mountains are a major mountain system of western North America extending more than 4,827 km from northwest Alaska to the Mexican border. The system includes numerous ranges and forms the Continental Divide. Its highest elevation is Mount Elbert, 4,402 meters, in central Colorado. In Canada the Rockies rise to 3,956 meters at Mount Robson in eastern British Columbia.

The drive from Takakkaw Falls to Banff National Park leads along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Along this divide all water flows either east or west, and the huge glaciers of the Columbia icefield provide an unforgettable sight near the halfway point.

We are driving west on the Trans Canada Highway (#1) from the Calgary International Airport to Highway 93 or the Icefields Parkway North. Our destinations was seven national parks and two provincial parks; started from Mount Revelstoke National Park, then to Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Mt. Robson Park, Wells Gray Provincial Park, and down south to Waterton Lakes National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve next to the America’s border. As the journey continues northward up the Icefields Parkway, the Saskatchewan River Valley looms in the distance, along with all the mountains that surround it. The Icefields Parkway North is one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

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Revelstoke was our first overnight stop in a log cabin. Next morning we continued to Glacier National Park, primarily famous for its jagged glacial landscape. As we continued along the trail, passed the Rogers Pass and went to the Yoho National Park, there is a popular tourist attraction called Takakkaw Falls, a thundering waterfall which plunges a total of 384 metres to the Yoho River below, the Takakkaw Falls are the second highest waterfall in Canada. Takakkaw is a Cree Indian word that means “It is wonderful”.

Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park with 6,641 km2 of spectacular scenery, historic sites and cultural treasures. Inside the Banff National Park there is the Lake Louise, one of the Canadian Rockies’ most beloved destinations, with turquoise waters sparkling underneath the towering Victoria Glacier.

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ther attraction inside this national park is a road called the Bow Valley Parkway Road, it’s definitely a stop-andsmell-the-roses kind of slower driving route with incomparable views and the majority of wildlife and provides critical habitat for large carnivores, including wolves, cougars and grizzly bears. The journey continues through the road connecting the Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway. This road is one of the most scenic drives in the world. The actual

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parkway itself runs for 230 km. It is one of the most interesting and incredibly beautiful drives we’ve ever done.

Destination at the north-end of the Icefield Parkway Road is Jasper National Park the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km2.

Attractions along the route are Cowfoot Glacier, Bow Pass and Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, Mistaya Canyon and Saskatchewan, where the three rivers of the Saskatchewan, Mistaya and Howse meet to form the North Saskatchewan River.

Inside Jasper National Park there is the Whistlers Mountain, a mountain retreat with all the modern amenities of a city surrounded by breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Two hours drive from Lake Louise we reached the Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. The Columbia Icefields Center stands across from the glacier. It is used as a lodge and for ticket sales for sightseeing on the glacier. Standard buses transport tourists to the glacier edge, where they board specially designed snow coaches for transport over the steep grades, snow and ice part way up the glacier.

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Whistler also boasts a collection of crystal clear mountain lakes such as Valley of the Five Lakes, Jasper Lake, Pyramid Lake, Medicine Lake etc., make you feel it’s just like heaven. After explored Jasper National Park, we drove down south to Mount Robson Park, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, this is one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains.

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The spectacular wilderness of the CANADIAN ROCKIES is filled with glacial lakes, silent forests and the occasional grizzly bear. The mountains rear straight up to the sky from the flat brown ocean of the prairie, overwhelmingly huge and majestic.

There is an on site Tourism Information Center, it is also the best spot for sightseeing. Nearby is a bear warning sign, Mount Robson also known for bears, so beware of wild life and take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence. Despite the sound of the nature and the scenic drives, which precluded really good photography, our Rocky

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Mountains experience was so exhilarating. The following morning, before driving back to the airport, we swung back to the spot for a second brief look. The early fog was just beginning to lift in the morning sun and the scene was so powerfully described in words that further elucidation was unnecessary, a fitting end to a splendid trip and a sight none of us will soon forget.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES TRAVEL FACTS

Getting Around Hire a car to get around. There are a number of hire car companies at the airport. www.carehire3000.com How To Get There Fly to Calgary International Airport in Alberta. www.singaporeair.com, Thai Airways www.thaiair.com

Where to Stay For camping information, please see the official Rocky Mountain NPS website; www.nps.gov, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts www. crmr.com, Samesun Lodge www.samesun. com , Holiday Inn www.holidayinn.com, Hostel International www.hihostels.ca When To Go Spring and autumn are the best times to visit. Mid-summer can be pleasant on the coast, but viciously hot in the interior. Travel Information Visas: Most visitors from Western countries don't need visas. However, travellers from South Africa, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Eastern European countries outside the EU and developing countries do require visas. Visas for less than six months are free. Good Buys Maple syrup, Canada is one of the largest producers.

Typical Food The food in Canada is varied. Fish and seafood are often on the menu in coastal regions and is usually good and affordable. French cuisine predominates in Quebec. Traditional dishes include French pea soup, tourtières (meat pies) and poutine (French fries covered with gravy and cheese curds). In the Northern territories, Arctic char, grayling, musk ox and caribou are specialities.

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whose shows have been seen by over 65 million spectators worldwide. For this production, Mr. Dragone has exceeded anything he’s done to date; a love story combined with physical and technological spectacle. The show will be housed in a purpose-built theater designed with many breakthroughs including a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This state-of-the-art theater will provide the setting for the birth of an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects and record breaking acts never seen before in a theater.

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The show is a must-see experience you'll want to relive over and over again. Be sure to catch it, only at City of Dreams, Macau. Ticket price starts from 380 to 1,280 HK Dollars. The House of Dancing Water At City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau www.thehouseofdancingwater.com

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Nearby Attraction Vientiane is known for amazing sites like Talat Sao Shopping Mall, located in the centre of Vientiane, at the corner of Lane Xang and Khu Vieng Road. The mall consists of many shops and restaurants. You can buy anything there such as clothes, electronics, jewellery and souvenirs.

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ientiane, the city of santal or of the moon whose crescent evokes the curve of the Mekong River on which the town is built.

The capital Vientiane, by contrast, is neither dramatic nor anything like a capital city. Vientiane was the old French colonial capital. Many of its old French colonial buildings still remain intact, dusty streets free of traffic it has a certain quiet, seedy charm.

was started in 1962 and was finally completed in 1968. Resembling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris from a distance, one sees the Lao architectural style upon closer inspection. This arch has a four sided gateway and the overall height of the arch is seven stories high. The top of the arch is accessible and you can view the surrounding area from there. Getting up the Paruxay is fairly simple as there is a staircase leading up. As you make your way to the top, you will also see some small souvenir shops. Once at the top, you get a good bird’s eye view of the area. It dominates the scenery from all directions.

At the northeastern end of Lane Xang Avenue arises a hugh structure the Patuxay, one of the top spots to see while visiting the capitol of Laos. The Patuxay Arch was built using American funds. The US government had given Laos money to build a new airport, however the Laotian government of the day used the money to build the monument instead. As a consequence it is sometimes referred to as the "vertical runway". The Patuxay project NOW TRAVEL ASIA

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One thing for sure is that you will see a lot of the locals come here in the evenings to enjoy the beautiful musical fountain that is synchronized with the beat of local music being played.

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X2 Samui Villas by Design, Centara Boutique Collection

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Stylish Resort for Stylish Traveller Facilities include air-conditions, bathrobe, desk, hair-dryer, wireless internet, 24 hour room service, shops, lifts, and coffee shop.

2 (pronounced ‘Cross-To’) is a truly designed property within the Centara Boutique Collection, catering to a cosmopolitan group of creative and stylish guests that enjoy living life and want a first class private holiday accommodation without the usually restrictive environment of luxury hotels & resorts. X2 located on the idyllic and secluded beach of Hua Thanon, the South East coast of Koh Samui, X2 Samui Villas by Design, Centara Boutique Collection occupies 5 rai of land and features 27 unique designed style villas, with their own private pools or outside garden areas.

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The resort has a unique spa, and impressive outdoor massage pavilion. The Pavilion houses only two beds and is situated, featuring 30 meters of beachfront. This extravagant use of prime land provides an unbelievable sense of space and freedom so typical of X2. X2 Samui Villas by Design, Centara Boutique Collection Address 442 Moo 1, Hua Thanon, Maret , Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310 Thailand Tel. +66 2 101 1234 ext.1 E-mail: X2KS@chr.co.th www.centara.co.th

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BANGKOK, THAIL AND NOVOTEL BANGKOK FENIX SILOM Specifically Designed for the Sophisticate

Close to the business district, in the heart of the city. The Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom exemplifies contemporary grandeur in Thailand’s capital. The hotel features 216 of Novotel’s newly-designed guestrooms and suites, boasting serene comfort with spacious contemporary design, practical amenities and stunning views of the Bangkok skyline. For recreation, there is an outdoor pool, fitness center and relaxation area. For those who enjoy a variety of tasty, healthy-balanced food, The Square, Novotel’s signature all-day and buffet dining is on offer at Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, along with Gems sidewalk café, Blue Sapphire Lobby Lounge and Splash Pool Bar. At Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, guests can experience the same friendliness and efficient services as in any Novotel throughout the world. (Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom 320 Silom Rd., Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel. +66 2 206 9100 Fax: +66 2 206 9200 www.novotelbangkoksilom.com)

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