Guru by Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and travel to indulge in.
Zegna x The Elder Statesman / Zegna
Following the official unveiling of the collection in Feb with an exclusive event in Paris, Zegna and The Elder Statesman have unveiled their new campaign, starring Spanish-German actor Daniel Brühl. Based on a mutual devotion to craft, material excellence and master craftspeople, as well as synchronisation with nature, Zegna x The Elder Statesman is a collection that expands horizons and represents a merging of two worlds. The Italian luxury fashion brand is reimagined in vibrant colours, off-kilter patterns, rich textures and relaxed cuts. The announcement of Brühl as the official face of the campaign sees him as the latest to join Zegna’s 232 Community of global creatives, which includes Global Ambassadors Mads Mikkelsen, Leo Wu and Kieran Culkin. The collection is available this month in key Zegna stores globally, The Elder Statesman retail channels and in selected wholesale partners.
The 9th LifeWear Magazine / Uniqlo / Sept 11
The ninth edition of LifeWear magazine with the theme of “Modern Layering” will be available for free at all Uniqlo stores from Sept 11, as an early reminder that we’re entering winter (elsewhere but here). The magazine will capture the Autumn/Winter vibe and showcase how can you layer yourself up to stay warm yet remain stylish. The 116-page bilingual magazines will be available as hard copies at Uniqlo stores but its online version will have exclusive content. Visit uniqlo.com/lifewearmagazine.
Film series / Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel / Sept 16
The third film in the hotel film series will be Turkish movie Nadide Hayat (A Unique Life) and will be screened on Sept 16 at 5.30pm. The film is being sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkiye and centres on Nadide, who wonders what to do with her life, when she loses her husband. Her family suggest many alternatives, which mostly centre on her being home-bound. That’s when the energetic Nadide decides to re-join college. Turkish Ambassador Serap Ersoy will introduce the film and Turkish snacks will be served, along with the hotel’s sustainability-sourced eats and drinks before the screening. Email email@example.com for reservations. Call 02-653-9000.
Wedding showcase / The Authors’ Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok / Sept 16-17
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is welcoming all brides- and grooms-to-be to the “MO Wedding September Showcase”, which will be held on Sept 16-17 at The Authors’ Lounge from 10am to 5pm. Wedding specialists will be on hand, as well as catering teams to showcase an array of classic and sophisticated wedding setups, enchanting floral designs and innovative catering options, including wedding cakes. Call 02-659-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hops harvest / Woobar, W Koh Samui / Until Oct 3
W Koh Samui is hosting the “Hops Harvest At Woobar” beer festival extravaganza that promises to delight the senses and ignite the spirit. With a blend of craft beer excellence, sumptuous cuisine, live entertainment and engaging games, this event is poised to be the highlight of the season. Commencing the festivities, a month-long craft beer promotion will treat beer enthusiasts to an exclusive selection of beers such as Love at Sundown IPL and MuayThai ChokDee Pilsner. On Sept 30 from 5pm to midnight, Woobar will transform into a haven for beer aficionados and entertainment seekers. Indulge in an array of mouthwatering dishes, each thoughtfully curated to complement the diverse range of craft beers. From Weisswurst hot dogs to Marzen-style BBQ Pork spare ribs, the culinary offerings will leave taste buds dancing in delight. The entertainment line-up will be DJ Dede from 5-7pm, followed by the captivating tunes of the Free Peace Band, performing three lively sets from 7-10pm. At 8.30pm, there will be a fire show to light up the night and DJ Tape will keep the energy high from 10pm to midnight. The event will also have games like Beer Pong, Beer Ring Toss and Basket Beer Pong. Call 077-915-999 or email email@example.com.
SF+ Unlimited / SF Cinemas / Until Sept 24
Like a prelude to Halloween, this month sees a slew of horror releases for those who love to be spooked. The Nun II, the new addition to The Conjuring universe, and Talk To Me, A24’s highest-grossing horror pic, hit Thai cinemas yesterday. While Sleep, a South Korean black comedy horror, will be released on Sept 14. On Sept 21, three horror films from three countries will be out. They are Gary Shore’s Haunting Of The Queen Mary, Ju-On director Takashi Shimizu’s Immersion and Thitipan Raksasat’s Kumarn. Khong-Kaek, a horror about Jinn in the southern provinces of Thailand, will cap off the spooking train on Sept 28. If you’re brave enough to watch them all, you can opt for an unlimited pass to see all-you-can-watch movies for 30 days. First, you’ll have to sign up for SF+ membership, which is free, then you can choose either the “SF+ Unlimited” package for B249 or the “SF+ Unlimited Extra” package for B299. The latter comes with four 44oz drinks. This offer is valid until Sept 24.
“Soil And Water: A Source Of Life” photo competition / Until Oct 16
Unleash your creativity and put your expensive cameras to good use. The Department of Land Development is the public to submit photographs that capture how soil and water can enrich life for a chance to win cash prizes and plagues. The photo competition is held to commemorate World Soil Day, which falls on Dec 5. The more you know. Scan the QR code for more info.
Sofar Sounds Bangkok / Somewhere near Khlong Toei / Sept 16
The Thai chapter of the secret-gigs-in-the-intimacy-of-someone’s-home global movement recently announced their return. It’s about time since their last event was on Aug 24, 2019, very likely thanks to Covid-19. As usual, they keep the venue vague, only hinting that their next gig will be somewhere near Khlong Toei. The venue’s address will be revealed 36 hours before the showtime. Go to sofarsounds.com/events/52103 to learn how to get a ticket. Look up Sofar Sounds Bangkok on Facebook.
Au Soleil – Seasonal Brand Programme by Le Méridien / Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
The Au Soleil, or “in the sun” in English, programme lets you embrace the sunny side of life while staying at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort. Enjoy a picnic, golden hour or a stay at the riverside resort. The “Au Soleil Premium Camping Picnic” by the magnificent Kok River comes with four dishes, picnic-camping props, pizza and one bottle of premium drink for B2,999, available daily from 3-5pm. Must be booked one day in advance. The “Golden Hour With Au Soleil” option includes sipping crafted drinks by Kok River along with a 50% discount on selected items available on Sun-Thu from 5.30-6.30pm and Fri-Sat from 5.30-8pm at Favola. Lastly, the “Au Soleil Room Offer” include a stay in Deluxe Garden View Room for two with daily breakfast, one scoop of gelato or serbet per person and stay, B500 resort credit per night and Marriott Bonvoy 1,000 bonus points per night (2,000 bonus points per night if stay in Grande Deluxe or Grande Suite Room). The starting price is B4,900 nett per night. Book and stay until Oct 31. Visit bit.ly/AuSoleilCEIMDENG.
New Hotel / Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara
The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 31 hotel brands, announced the opening of Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara. The new property is nestled on the western edge of Nara Park and beautifully combines Japanese architecture with the lush greenery of a traditional Japanese temple garden, which forms part of the hotel grounds. The name “Shisui” was inspired by the purple trunks and green leaves or “Shikan Suiyou” of Nara’s scenic vistas, cherished since ancient times. The hotel embodies the destination’s history, culture and traditions, offering guests unique and authentic experiences. It is located a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara train station, which offers direct connections to Kyoto and Osaka in 35 minutes and 45 minutes respectively. Osaka Itami International Airport is approximately 48km, or about a 45-minute drive away from the hotel. Shisui’s 43 guest rooms and suites are amply lit with natural daylight, and immerse guests in the beauty of the historic gardens and greenery. The exceptional interiors feature Nara’s indigenous crafts, honouring the renowned traditional artisans of the region. Select guest rooms also feature captivating views of nearby Mount Wakakusa and for relaxation in unparalleled luxury and tranquillity, deluxe rooms and suites offer private in-room hot springs or open-air baths. Visit tinyurl.com/mr3wc4b4.
New menu / The St. Regis Bar
The St. Regis Bar of The St. Regis Bangkok has launched a new highball cocktail menu, inspired by two centuries of mixology and created by Ivan Zabolotnyi, beverage manager. The inspiration of his creations draws from classic whisky cocktails in different periods, including The Victorian (Dewar’s White Label, aquavit, Islay Malt, spiced honey, homemade ginger soda); The Golden Age (tonka-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon, Southern Comfort, Peychaud’s bitters, homemade lemon soda); Shibaraku (Suntory Kakubin, elderflower, yuzu, grapefruit, homemade jasmine soda); and Siam (Mekhong Thai spirit, lemongrass, coconut, longan, homemade pandan soda). A highball cocktail starts from B490++. Call 02-207-7777, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit stregisbangkok.com or bit.ly/theStRegisBarAndDrawingRoom.
Sunday brunch returns / InterContinental Bangkok / Sept 10 and Sept 24
The much-anticipated return of the lavish Sunday Brunch at Espresso, InterContinental Bangkok, will take place on Sept 10 and Sept 24. Amidst a warm familial ambiance and live musical accompaniment, diners can savour a wide selection of international cuisines. Begin with Iberico ham along with premium imported cold cuts and cheeses. For an authentic exploration of Asian flavours, indulge in the signature Thai noodle soup with braised Wagyu beef or Kurobuta pork. There’s also a sophisticated selection of Japanese sushi and sashimi, as well as Cantonese dim sum. A collection of live stations delivers hot carving of roast prime rib, Australian leg of lamb and salmon. The live tartare station offers classic beef tartare, while the pasta station presents Espresso’s signature ravioli with truffle cream sauce. Unlimited pan-fried foie gras is also a highlight. The heart of the experience is Espresso’s grill, where succulent meats are readily available. Look forward to grilled salmon, snow fish, rack of lamb, grilled chicken and Wagyu beef steak. There will also be seafood-on-ice selection, with delights such as Canadian lobster tail, Alaskan king crab, imported oysters, New Zealand mussels and river prawns. The Sunday Brunch is from noon to 3pm and is priced at B2,900++ per person, with an additional B160++ for unlimited soft drinks. Call 02-656-0444 or email email@example.com.
Four hands dinner / The District Grill Room & Bar / Sept 15
The District Grill Room & Bar will host a “Four Hands Dinner” featuring executive chef Frederik Farina and Lady Butcher on Sept 15. The five-course menu will showcase the skills and creativity of both chefs and is priced at B3,500++ per person with an additional wine pairing option at B700++ per person. The highlight is the chef Farina’s Braised Wagyu oxtail, served with Chiang Mai bitter chocolate. Adding to the masterpiece is Lady Butcher’s Wagyu sirloin MB 4/5, grilled on tamarind charcoal and paired with Berry Port Wine. Marriott Bonvoy members are entitled to 10% discount. Pre-purchase online before Sept 8 and enjoy 50% off the wine pairing menu. Call 02-797-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flavours from the Alps / Ventisi, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Every Friday
Ventisi unveils a gastronomic journey every Friday night. Guided by the masterful touch of executive chef Andrea Montella, Ventisi’s Friday Night Buffet transforms the heart of Bangkok into a portal to the enchanting world of the Italian Alps with its Flavours from the Alps and International buffet dinner. From hearty stews that evoke the warmth of mountain hearths to the irresistible allure of traditional fondues, Ventisi’s buffet pays homage to the rich tapestry of Italian Alpine cuisine. Amidst the vibrant pulse of Bangkok, patrons embark on a culinary voyage that captures the very essence of mountain life. The evening’s highlights feature a delectable array of Alpine delights, including Tirolean meatloaf, crispy pork knuckle, pork cordon bleu, cheese fondue Val D’Aosta style, Spätzle, veal sausage, bratwurst sausage, cheese sausage, Frankfurter and bombette pugliesi. The buffet is priced at B1,390++ per person and B695++ per child, between the ages of six and 11. Additional drink packages start at B149++. Call 02-100-6255 or email email@example.com.
New restaurant / Yue Restaurant & Bar, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
Yue Restaurant & Bar, a captivating Chinese culinary destination has opened its doors at Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town. Yue, which means “happiness” in Mandarin, pays homage to the island’s rich Chinese influence by bringing authentic Chinese dining to the heart of Phuket’s old town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Yue’s signature will be Yue Andaman sea king, Yue Sichuan lobster, Yue roasted duck and Golden peach gum longan jelly. The dragon, a symbol of fortune in Chinese folklore, takes centrestage in Yue’s design. Inspired by the dynamic dragon dance seen at Phuket’s festivals, the restaurant’s interiors feature captivating elements, including striking round seating that winds through the restaurant and an artistically designed ceiling. The decoration also pays homage to Phuket’s industrial heritage, incorporating elements made from rock and tin. Choose from a variety of seating arrangements, from intimate tables to social booth-style settings, all harmonising with Yue’s ambiance and aesthetics. For special occasions, three private dining rooms offer an exclusive experience, reflecting the island’s unique history and contemporary Cantonese sophistication. Yue’s breakfast operations begin Oct 1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit courtyardphukettown.com.
New frontiers in Chiang Mai / Anantara Chiang Mai Resort / Sept 15-16
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will host chef Peter Gast on Sept 15-16 for a special dinner The Service 1981. Discerning food enthusiasts are invited to embark on a sensory journey, savouring the same exceptional flavours that merited a Michelin star for his renowned speakeasy-style restaurant, Graphite, in Amsterdam. Chef Gast presents his mesmerising five-course opus, meticulously crafted to captivate both palate and imagination. Priced at B5,500++ per person (exclusive of beverages), testament to his passion, with each dish narrating a story of artistry and dedication. Call 02-126-8866, ext. World Gourmet Festival Desk, email email@example.com or WorldGourmetFestival.asia.
Seasonal shift / RedSky, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Until Sept 30
As nature dons her autumn hues, RedSky at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has launched an ode to the transitional beauty of the seasons. Crafted by chef de cuisine Luca Russo, the “Figs And Prickly Pear Seasonal Menu” pairs the lush sweetness of figs with the exuberant tang of prickly pear. This limited time offering includes San Daniele ham with fresh Mediterranean figs (B1,15 ++), Pan-seared foie gras with figs and port wine where foie gras is heightened by the natural sweetness of figs and the depth of port wine (B1,455++), Red Mazara prawn tartar with prickly pear fragrant jus, frisée, carasau crunchy bread (B1,45 ++), Risotto with prickly pear and Hokkaido scallops (B1,350++) and Roasted Ora king salmon with prickly pear, crunchy fennel taggiasca olive powder, which marries the succulent taste of Ora king salmon with the zest of prickly pear and a crunchy fennel olive finish (B1,750++). The menu is available until Sept 30. Call 02-100-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes / Zing Bakery and Dynasty Restaurant / Until Sept 29
The Mid-Autumn Festival symbolises gratitude for abundant harvests, togetherness and unity underneath the full moonlight and, at the heart of this tradition, lies the indulgent mooncakes. Two eateries at Centara Grand at CentralWorld — Zing Bakery and Dynasty Restaurant — are celebrating the festival with mooncakes in various flavours from the traditional ones like monthong durian salted yolk, lotus seeds salted yolk and jujube salted yolk but you can also try unconventional stuffing such as purple sweet potatoes salted yolk and Thai Tea salted yolk. They are available in individual packages for B138 nett per piece or as a box set of four for B1,288 nett. They are available until Sept 29 at Zing on the ground floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld. Pick up daily from 7am-7pm. You can also find them at Tops on CentralWorld’s 7th floor, Central Chidlom’s G Floor and Central Bangna’s 1st floor until Sept 29. Email email@example.com or call 02-100-6255.