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Michelin Guide Thailand Expands to Isan Region

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Michelin Guide Thailand Expands to Isan Region - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 27, 2022 / The Michelin Guide Thailand 2023 will feature Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen as representative cities of the Isan Region. This expansion marks the sixth year of the Guide’s presence in Thailand. The Michelin Guide and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have announced the Michelin Guide Thailand’s expansion of its coverage to Thailand’s Northeastern region – widely known as “Isan” – in its sixth edition, to be released at the end of 2022. With 20 provinces in this largest region of Thailand, four provincial cities – namely Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen – are selected to represent the region’s distinctive and flavorful cuisine, as well as its remarkable natural and cultural heritage.

Northeastern Thai or “Isan” cuisine has an interesting background with cultural influences from ancient eras – including the Sukhothai Kingdom and Khmer empire – as well as from neighboring countries i.e. Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. The region has fields and forests on plateaus and mountains suitable for livestock farming. In addition, it is a significant area for quality rice cultivation – including the world-famous Jasmine rice and glutinous rice. Although Isan food does not contain any seafood ingredients due to its landlocked geographical location, the region has many rivers – notably, the Mekong River, where freshwater fish are in abundance.

According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, Michelin inspectors have been impressed with the flavorful and distinctive Isan cuisine, as it employs simple cooking methods yet delivers subtle and complex flavour profiles – such as boiling, grilling, steaming, slow-cooking, and – above all – the food preservation technique, which is considered a highlight of the cuisine, as it showcases local wisdom in keeping fish and seasonal vegetables for longer shelf life as food ingredients. Fermented fish [Pla Ra], made of local fish fermented in salt and rice, is the most famous and major preserved ingredient that has been used in many dishes and sauces, and has been registered as a heritage of national cultural wisdom since 2012.

“Apart from unique food and interesting culinary background, there are many Isan-born chefs with food knowledge and cooking experience from working in world-famous restaurants abroad, and have now opened their own restaurants in their homeland. They play a significant role in elevating Isan food to the next level – using local ingredients combined with their superior cooking skills, setting a new standard for more high-quality local food. This is a great sign that the Northeastern region of Thailand will soon be an interesting tourist destination for local gastronomy, contributing to a good economy among local communities and markets,” said Mr.Poullennec.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has regarded the existence of The Michelin Guide Thailand during the past 5 years as a valuable contribution to TAT’s mission to promote Thailand as an international gastronomic destination. The increasing number of Michelin-starred, Bib Gourmand-awarded, and selected dining establishments featured in each edition of the Michelin Guide Thailand – partially as a result of the Michelin Guide’s further exploration of new territories across the country’s different regions, and partially as a result of local restaurants striving to improve quality and service to live up to prestigious Michelin Guide standards – help drive awareness and set new trends for gastro-tourism among local and international travelers on a broader spectrum.

Comparing the Michelin Guide Thailand 2018 edition to the latest 2022 edition, the number of overall selected eateries is up from 126 to 361. Out of this, the number of Michelin-starred eateries has increased from 17 to 32, and Bib Gourmand-awarded from 35 to 133. The coverage has expanded from “Bangkok” in the 2018 edition, to now include “Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga” in the 2022 edition.

“Thailand’s Northeastern region has a vast potential – in terms of culinary culture and history, diverse tourist attractions, as well as charming local lifestyle. Apart from delicious and authentic Northeastern Thai or ‘Isan’ cuisine, people of all ages can enjoy visiting attractions like Khao Yai National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Udon Thani, Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen. Moreover, the Northeastern region has a lot of outstanding local food and handicraft products, with more than 34 registered Geographical Indication (GI) items, to look out for when shopping for souvenirs. With the launch of the upcoming 2023 Michelin Guide Thailand edition, we hope that not only will the entire world be aware of the vibrant culinary scene of the Northeastern region of Thailand, but also boost tourism and the local economy at the same time,” said Mr.Supasorn.

About Michelin
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 177 countries, has 124,760 employees and operates 68 tire production facilities which together produced around 173 million tires in 2021.

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Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Will Soon Open First Floating Zuma Restaurant

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Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Will Soon Open First Floating Zuma Restaurant - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25HOTELS.comIthaafushi Island, South Malé Atoll, Maldives, February 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi unveils the latest addition to its collection of 10 distinctive culinary experiences at the iconic resort paradise with the debut of the world-renowned Contemporary Japanese concept Zuma at the resort in the archipelago.

With breath-taking views of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean combined with Zuma’s unique style and elegance, the new restaurant, opening early this year, is set to deliver a truly unforgettable experience to its international clientele.

Founded in London in 2002 by creator and co-founder Rainer Becker, and now present across 17 locations worldwide, the globally acclaimed Zuma is inspired by the traditional Japanese izakaya. Zuma Maldives is inspired by the beauty of its stunning location, complementing its surroundings with the use of natural materials and local design techniques.

The restaurant features a dramatic entrance combining elements of timber, light and granite creating an immersive optical illusion leading guests into the vibrant restaurant space. The majestic island bar, robata and sushi counter take center stage in the middle of the venue and forms the focal point for diners.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Zuma’s international cuisine to the Maldives on the shores of such a breath-taking and iconic destination,” said Zuma creator and co- founder Rainer Becker. “We share Waldorf Astoria’s focus on exceptional attention to detail and look forward to delivering unmatched culinary experiences to guests with Zuma’s award-winning Japanese cuisine.” “With its legacy of global culinary excellence, Zuma is the perfect addition to Waldorf Astoria Maldives’s fine selection of specialty dining venues. This pristine setting surrounded by crystal blue waters combined with Zuma’s legendary elevated izakaya concept, will provide a dream to the senses for luxury leisure seekers around the world,” said Etienne Dalancon, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Zuma Maldives will serve its specialty dishes made famous in its international outposts, including thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe, roasted lobster, shiso ponzu butter and spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy, among others. The restaurant will also feature a dedicated lounge area where Zuma’s signature beverages can be enjoyed as the sun sets over the island and the stunning turquoise waters that surround it.

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WK Holding and C3 to Establish International Joint Venture

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WK Holding and C3 to Establish International Joint Venture - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25RESTAURANTSRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 31, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Creating Culinary Communities (C3), the leading global food tech platform founded by visionary Sam Nazarian, joins WK Holding, the leading Saudi Arabia based investment House to announce Ian Toal as CEO of C3 Arabia. Ian Toal’s new post encompasses more than 30 years of leadership experience in global hospitality, international supply chain management and quick service restaurants.

The news of Ian Toal’s appointment follows the recent announcement of the partnership between C3 and WK Holding to establish C3 Arabia, an international joint venture to manage and operate full service culinary markets featuring award-winning chef-driven restaurants, digital kitchens and mobile delivery. Launched in 2019 by Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO, C3 has pioneered the food tech space and is the fastest-growing food-tech platform today. C3 is re-imagining the food service industry by tapping into the power of exceptional culinary talent, digital brand IP, and bringing its portfolio of more than 40 culinary brands to established digital kitchens and mobile delivery with the next-gen Go by Citizens app.

Expanding into international markets, C3 Arabia is a joint venture funded by Smart Food Holding (SFH) , a division of WK Holding and C3 by sbe through its consortium of high-profile partners, including Layla Abuzaid, Tharawat Technology and Yasser Alobaidan. Abuzaid has embarked to assemble an operating team based in Riyadh, which CEO Ian Toal will now oversee, working to identify, mentor, and incubate local culinary talent and deliver best in-class execution across the C3 Arabia operating platform.

Commenting on the new appointment, C3’s Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian said, “This is an exciting time for C3 as we introduce our digital restaurant brands to Saudi Arabia. I am thrilled to have C3 Arabia’s CEO Ian Toal at the helm to ensure a success. His wealth of knowledge and experience are invaluable as we work to create renowned high-energy dining destinations for food and culture in the Middle East.”

Layla Abuzaid, Founder and CEO of WK Holding, said, “We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Ian Toal as CEO of C3 Arabia. Ian’s robust track record serving as former CEO of Alfa Corporation and President of Alshaya Group fueled by his pioneering outlook will prove invaluable as we transform the food and beverage industries in the region. Ian’s regional expertise combined with the visionary leadership of our partner Sam Nazarian will generate an unprecedented platform to unlock local culinary talent, celebrate Saudi’s vibrant culture and usher in a dynamic, holistic lifestyle model that positions the Kingdom as a global hub and an epicenter of innovation in line with Vision 2030.”

Ms Abuzaid continued, ” We’re in a privileged position. We’re able to instigate truly transformative change and embed world-class operations because of the vision and ambition of our government. It takes unwavering resilience and an enduring commitment to the future of our country and its people to break through barriers, and today our country has this leadership.”

C3 Arabia’s CEO, Ian Toal, has a career that has spanned from the USA, Europe, and the Gulf Cooperation Council – the economic union that consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Toal has led more than 40 brands across 600 restaurants in 10 countries. These successes have led to a global understanding of what it takes to make international business successful, as well as achieving targets both financial and personal for investors.

Most recently, Ian Toal helmed the Riyadh-based Alfa Co. which operates 10 restaurant and digital kitchen brands globally and holds almost 100 brick and mortar locations. Alfa Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary by Al Fasaliah Group, one of the top Saudi corporations led by its president HRH Prince Mohammed Al Faisal. During his time with Alfa Co., Toal led the expansion of award-winning restaurants such as Steak House, Piatto, FireGrill, City Fresh Kitchen and Steak House Burgers.

Prior to his work with Alfa Co., Ian Toal served as the President of Alshaya Group based in Kuwait. During his time with Alshaya Group he managed the expansion of global brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, Texas Roadhouse, Shake Shack, Blaze Pizza, Raising Cane’s, Pizza Express, Katsuya, Spontini, Dean & Deluca, Ihop and Pinkberry. He was voted “World’s Best Restaurant Partner” by the Global Restaurant leadership conference in 2017 /18.

Commenting on his new post, Ian Toal said, “I am honored to be working with visionaries Sam Nazarian and Layla Abuzaid. The sky is the limit as we aim to bring C3’s world renowned talent and global brands to Saudi Arabia. I look forward to leading this charge and identifying, mentoring and incubating local culinary talent, working to brand and export Saudi hospitality culture to the world.”

C3 Arabia is set to introduce 40 international brands to the region including C3’s popular global brands including Umami Burger, Sam’s Crispy Chicken, Krispy Rice, Sa’Moto, Cicci di Carne, El Pollo Verde, Kumi, EllaMia, Plant Nation, 12 Caviar and more. For C3, no other restaurant group has amassed such an influential collective of globally renowned culinary talents. Across C3 portfolio brands, Chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Dario Cecchini, Katsuya Uechi, Dani Garcia, Michael Israel, Vincenzo Rossy and Romain Fornell have made haute cuisine accessible, cultivating a global community of fans.

C3 has sold more than 2.3 million meals during the last twelve months. As of February 2021, C3 has over 800 digital brand locations across the U.S. with an expansion pipeline to well over 1,000. To date, C3 has hired more than 3,500 employees across the U.S. with plans to hire another 5,000 employees domestically and internationally with offices in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, London, United Arab Emirates and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

About C3
C3 (Creating Culinary Communities) is re-imagining the food service industry at a time when change is needed most. Founded and led by visionary Sam Nazarian with minority investors Simon, a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, and Accor, the world-leading augmented hospitality group, C3 is simultaneously, systematically and broadly bringing together technology, underutilized retail, hotel and kitchen spaces and world-class culinary talent. C3’s array of culinary brands co-exist to disrupt the food & beverage industry by capitalizing on rapidly evolving customer preferences through C3 established shared kitchens, Citizens food halls and mobile delivery with the next-gen Citizens GO app set to launch in 2021. Current C3 brands include Umami Burger, Krispy Rice, Sam’s Crispy Chicken, EllaMia, In a Bun, The Other Side and Dani Garcia’s El Pollo Verde, with many other brands in the pipeline. As of March 2021, C3 operates 250 digital kitchens across the U.S. To learn more, visit

About WK Holding
Founded in 2017 by Layla Issa Abuzaid, who currently serves as CEO, WK Holding is a contemporary investment House that generates mutually beneficial long-term partnerships and innovative value-creating opportunities between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world. Operating across five sectors, entertainment, food and beverage, trading, technology and lifestyle, WK Holdings invests in high quality differentiated assets through an entrepreneurial mindset and an institutional approach.

Today, the WK Holding portfolio includes RAFA/MFA Company, a joint venture between RAFA (Saudi Arabia) and MF Group (the most significant event production company in Russia), RUSSAD, a business hub between Saudi Arabia and Russia and the SAPEG PE FUND established to facilitate foreign investments in the Kingdom.

In 2021, WK Holding introduced Smart Food Holding as a subdivision dedicated to the funding, incubation and innovation of the most exciting brands operating within the food, beverage and lifestyle space. Smart Food Holding is the investment platform for C3 Arabia.

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Jiang Nan Restaurant Presents Authentic Jiangnan Cuisine at The Venetian Macao

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Jiang Nan Restaurant Presents Authentic Jiangnan Cuisine at The Venetian Macao - TRAVELINDEXMacao, Macao SAR, December 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Venetian Macao’s Jiang Nan by Jereme Leung restaurant in partnership with renowned celebrity master chef Jereme Leung features the very best of Jiangnan cuisine, showcasing the authentic flavours of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

A pioneer of modern Chinese cuisine and winner of multiple culinary awards, Chef Jereme is one of the most creative and inspiring chefs in the industry. Born in Hong Kong, he honed his craft in Singapore, and has been active on the Chinese culinary scene ever since. Chef Jereme was a judge on the Chinese edition of MasterChef for several years, and appeared in the popular food documentary ‘A Bite of China’. His revolutionary combination of contemporary techniques and presentation with traditional recipes has pushed the boundaries, taking the culinary world by storm and reigniting interest in Chinese cuisine.

“Jiang Nan by Jereme Leung at The Venetian Macao represents an unparalleled opportunity to share this superb yet underrepresented regional cuisine,” commented Chef Jereme Leung. “Through the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques, we will present an elevated dining experience. An evolving seasonal menu means there will always be new and surprising additions to delight customers.” While celebrating the essence of traditional Chinese gastronomy, Chef Jereme has made bold refinements that give it a modern and global dimension.

“My diverse background allows me to look at Chinese cuisine from a broader perspective. I am constantly bringing new things into the kitchen with the belief that I can better present traditional dishes, giving them a new twist,” he added.

A premium dining experience where contemporary chic meets timeless elegance, Jiang Nan by Jereme Leung is perfect for both special occasions and everyday meals. Designed around signature dishes specially created by Chef Jereme, the menu features classic Jiangnan cooking methods and specialities updated on a seasonal basis. The region’s rich climate offers a bounty of seasonal produce, crafted by time-honoured techniques to create outstanding cuisine. In addition to classic fare from the region, authenticity is further provided by the restaurant’s chefs, who are mainly Jiangnan natives.

An example of Chef Jereme’s ingenuity at Jiang Nan is the reimagining of traditional Jiangnan dishes to provide a Macao connection. ‘Fortune chicken’ is based on classic dish ‘Beggar’s chicken’, and resembles a gold ingot that is ceremonially cracked open at the table before serving. ‘Mahjong full house – Shanghai’s White Rabbit creamy candy’ consists of colourful mahjong tiles identical to the real thing in every way except they are created using the popular White Rabbit candy many will remember from their childhoods.

More traditional dishes are enhanced to deliver a superior taste and presentation experience. Chef Jereme’s take on boneless yellow croaker fish is to fill them with Suzhou-style crab paste and crab roe and smaller yellow croaker fish rather than the traditional broth with large fish, both enriching the flavour and aroma and giving diners an element of delightful surprise. Other signature dishes include ‘eight treasures’ braised duck, lotus-shaped fish dumplings in supreme consommé and drunken crab in Shao Xing Hua Diao wine.

Jiang Nan also offers special touches and details to guarantee a perfect meal. A beverage trolley serves daily specials directly to the table, while steaming hot rice is also provided as table service like a home meal to enhance the taste of dishes.

Diners will appreciate Jiang Nan’s striking interior design, based on the Shanghai Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Shikumen brickwork enhances the sense of space that artfully conveys both homeliness and Chinese style luxury, with sophisticated elements informed by bespoke furniture, lighting and artwork. A playful theme references birdcages throughout the restaurant, while the modern chinaware, custom-made by Hong Kong designer Monica Tsang, features bird motifs.

Jiang Nan by Jereme Leung
Opening Hours: Daily 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Location: Shop 1078, Level 1, The Venetian Macao

Sands Dining
Bringing the world to your plate, one dish at a time, Sands Dining highlights the diversity, quality, ingredients, chefs, creativity and ambience at Sands® Resorts Macao’s more than 150 restaurants. Offering a world of diverse cuisine prepared by some of the most innovative and skilled chefs, Sands Resorts Macao presents unique dining experiences at each of its distinctive restaurants and outlets. From authentic Chinese delicacies to Macanese favourites and global cuisine from France, Italy, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and more, there’s something special for every palate.

About The Venetian Macao
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 350 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

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Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 with 6 New One Michelin Star Restaurants

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Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 with 6 New One Michelin Star Restaurants - - SAVELBERG - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / In the official launch event of The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2022, Michelin announced awardees of the coveted Michelin Star, the Michelin Green Star, the Michelin Guide Young Chef Award, and the Michelin Guide Service Award. Featured in this fifth local edition are 361 dining establishments – with 6 two Michelin Star (all retained their status), 26 one Michelin Star, 133 Bib Gourmand, and other 196 selected entries. New additions to the Michelin Guide consist of 6 (all located in Bangkok) in the one Michelin Star, and 33 in the Bib Gourmand lists, together with another 51 in the Guide’s official selection.

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Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of Michelin Guides, revealed: “Due to lockdowns and dine-in restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in many countries, the restaurant business has been on its all-time lows. Nevertheless, Thailand sees the opening of new restaurants with interesting cuisine types – such as street-food-inspired stalls and authentic Thai food from ancient recipes. Local produce and ingredients have been incorporated in the menu, as diners are increasingly concerned about living healthy lifestyles and food sources. This not only ensures optimum freshness that elevates the cuisine, but also encourages sustainability in the agriculture and restaurant industries that help boost up the local economy.”

“This year’s Michelin Guide celebrates Ayutthaya as the latest city introduced into the guide – yet the oldest and with the richest heritage among all. In addition, this former capital city of Thailand boasts historical charm and retains among the greatest history in Thai cuisine. We are thus convinced that our local and international readers will enjoy exploring this extended coverage of Thailand’s culinary scene,” added Mr.Poullennec.

Six New Entrants Joining the one Michelin Star List, While the two Michelin Star Listing Remains the Same

In the 2022 Michelin Guide Thailand edition, two Michelin Star listing remains the same with 6 entries – namely, Chef’s Table, Le Normandie, Mezzaluna, R-Haan, Sorn, and Sühring. However, the one Michelin Star selection welcomes 6 new entrants, all located in Bangkok, namely: Aksorn, a Thai restaurant offering flavorsome dishes inspired by chef’s collected Thai cookbooks from the 1940s to the 1970s, with highlights including the coconut cupcakes with salted pork, and the fermented bean curd relish with minced pork and prawns;

Côte by Mauro Colagreco, a French contemporary restaurant with contemporary Riviera-inspired cuisine that serves lunch set menus, à la carte dishes, plus a special nine-course “Carte Blanche” dinner – an Omakase experience where every course is a surprise;

Gaa, an innovative restaurant offering an exquisite variety of Indian dishes transformed with modern techniques and presentation, plus a street-food-inspired tasting menu with a delightful balance of flavors, textures and aromas; IGNIV, a European contemporary restaurant serving up modern European cuisine – including its signature chicken nuggets and barbecue sauce – through a unique shared meal experience; Savelberg (new by relocation), a French contemporary restaurant offering à la carte and fixed menus that boast sophisticated modern French fare made from fine international ingredients; Yu Ting Yuan, a Chinese restaurant offering refined Cantonese dishes that emphasize nuance of flavor and strike the right balance of oil – with highlights including delectable Peking Duck and succulent Dim Sum.

Another 51 Eateries Included for the First Time in This Year’s Michelin Guide Selection
Apart from dining establishments awarded with the Michelin Star, the Bib Gourmand, and the Michelin Green Star; the official selection of the 2022 Michelin Guide Thailand edition also recognizes an additional 196 eateries that provide good meals, capably prepared with fresh ingredients and good cooking. Out of this number, 91 are located in Bangkok & Surrounding Provinces, 16 in Ayutthaya, 37 in Chiang Mai, and 52 in Phuket & Phang-Nga.

It is notable that 51 are first-time entrants (15 in Bangkok, 16 in Ayutthaya, 5 in Chiang Mai, and 15 in Phuket & Phang-Nga). Among them are Baan Suriyasai [Bangkok], a restaurant offering time-tested dishes drawn from royal recipes and bygone family favourites – including the savory 5-spice stew with boiled eggs; and the stir-fried crispy pork belly, fish flakes, and dried shrimp with seasoned paste; Phak Wan Noodles [Ayutthaya], the first and only restaurant in Ayutthaya where every dish is cooked using local greens called “Pak Wan” (Melientha), providing unique and pleasantly different flavors and aromas; Yangzi Jiang [Chiang Mai], a Chinese restaurant in a contemporary Lanna house, offering fresh, clean, and expertly cooked food – including the signature steamed scallop dumplings with black truffles; Juumpo [Phang-Nga], a restaurant offering many unique local “Baba” (Chinese-Thai) recipes – such as the Baba-style coconut milk soup with shrimps and Thai herbs, the chilli dip with shrimp, and the fried fish with sweet and sour sauce.

PRU Retains Its Michelin Green Star: The One and Only in Thailand
For the second year in a row, PRU – the one Michelin Star restaurant in Phuket – retains the Michelin Green Star for its sustainable gastronomy practices. As part of the restaurant’s initiatives, ‘Pru Jampa’ – PRU’s own farm that supplies vegetables, herbs and flowers – is where PRU puts the idea of permaculture into practice, while pursuing sustainability and supporting artisan producers. With seasonal, 100% locally sourced ingredients that determine its menu cycles, the restaurant offers a dining experience that combines culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitment, and stands as a source of inspiration both for foodies and the restaurant industry as a whole.

Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 Young Chef Award:
Ms. Garima Arora from Gaa
An Indian native, Garima was born on 9 November 1986 and is the first Indian woman to win one Michelin Star in November 2018. Her cuisine is focused on applying traditional Indian cooking techniques onto locally sourced ingredients. An alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu school in France, Chef Garima has worked alongside many world-renowned chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi, and Gaggan Anand.

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Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 Service Award:
Mr. Thibaud Charlemarty from Côte by Mauro Colagreco
According to the Michelin Guide inspector, the whole service team under the direction of Mr. Charlemarty is professional and very well-trained. All service sequences were perfectly executed without any flaws. Staff are very approachable and polite. Information of each dish, including inspirations and cooking method, were clearly explained. All elements (excellent food, service, and atmosphere) encourage another visit.

Key figures of the 2022 selection at a glance:

6 two Michelin Star entries
26 one Michelin Star entries (6 new)
1 Michelin Green Star entry
133 Bib Gourmand entries (33 new, 6 promoted)

6 restaurants with two Michelin Stars
– Chef’s Table
– Le Normandie
– Mezzaluna
– R-Haan
– Sorn
– Sühring

26 restaurants with one Michelin Star (6 new)
– 80/20
– Aksorn (New)
– Blue by Alain Ducasse
– Cadence by Dan Bark
– Canvas
– Côte by Mauro Colagreco (New)
– Chim by Siam Wisdom
– Elements
– Gaa (New – Relocated)
– Ginza Sushi Ichi
– IGNIV (New)
– J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
– Jay Fai
– Khao (Ekkamai)
– Le Du
– Methavalai Sorndaeng
– Nahm
– Paste
– Saawaan
– Saneh Jaan
Savelberg (New – Relocated)
– Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
– Suan Thip
– Sushi Masato
– Yu Ting Yuan (New)

1 Michelin Green Star restaurant

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Anantara Siam Introduces Glamorous Fashionista Afternoon Tea

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Anantara Siam Introduces Glamorous Fashionista Afternoon Tea

Bangkok, Thailand, December 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is marking the start of the holiday shopping season with a new afternoon tea experience that is fit for a fashionista and the perfect glamorous refreshment after a day of stylish shopping.

Served in the luxury hotel’s magnificent lobby and comprising couture cakes in eyepopping colours served on custom designed crockery in equally dazzling designs, the new House of Glamour afternoon tea set was conceptualised and designed by Tube Gallery by Phisit Jongnarangsin and Saxit Pisalasupongs, the Bangkok edgy Tube Gallery fashion house, collaboration with renowned pop art artist Christian Develter.

Anantara Siam’s Executive Pastry Chef, winner of the Eat List Star television show search for the next big culinary personality and co-presenter of the McDang television cooking show, Anupong Nualchawee, designed the sweet and savoury nibbles selection – highlights include chocolate chunk scone with caramel ginger spread; golden praline ganache infused with cinnamon; salmon mousse curry with nori cracker; and duck sous vide crispy sandwich.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s House of Glamour afternoon tea is served daily in the Lobby from 14h00 until 18h00 and costs THB 1,950++ per set for two people, including a selection of Mariage Frères teas and exotic mocktails.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on 02 126 8866.

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Accor Live Limitless Rewards Members for Dining Experiences

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Accor Live Limitless Rewards Members for Dining Experiences - TRAVELINDEXLuang Prabang, Laos PDR, December 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor Live Limitless is inviting its members to reunite with friends and loved ones over well-loved meals and beverages, with more rewards than ever. Residents of Laos can enjoy a range of gastronomic experiences at restaurants and bars under Accor’s Sofitel, MGallery, and Pullman brands. Members of Accor’s lifestyle loyalty programme will now earn triple ALL rewards points when dining at the hotels during December 2021, which can be used to redeem hotel stays and other select experiences.

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ALL members will earn triple loyalty points for a minimum of a EUR 10 spent in restaurants and bars at Accor’s hotels across Laos from 1st – 31st December 2021. ALL Members can also earn Loyalty points year round for a minimum spend of EUR 1.

Culinary highlights across Laos include Governor’s Grill at Sofitel Luang Prabang, featuring a Farm to Table concept with a Lao twist in its creations. All ingredients are locally sourced, such as the feta from the nearby Buffalo Dairy farm and vegetables from nearby organic farms. Diners can enjoy sumptuous dishes with excellent wines and cocktails in the unique dining atmosphere. Located in the 100-year-old UNESCO world heritage houses complex with a stunning blend of vintage French architecture and classic Lao design, 3 Nagas Restaurant at 3 Nagas Luang Prabang – MGallery serves up refined Lao cuisine in a cosy indoor bistro and al fresco courtyard. For one of the best dining experiences with idyllic views of rice paddies and majestic mountains in Luang Prabang, L’Atelier at Pullman Luang Prabang welcomes dinner throughout the day to its stylish dining room or on the covered terrace. Its private outdoor dining experience with a sumptuous 4-course set menu (30–45 USD net per couple) or 5-course set menu (60 USD net per couple) in the private cabana is perfect for a romantic dinner or small private events.

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Deepak Ohri Declines Invitation for lebua’s Dining Venues to be Included in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

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Bangkok, Thailand, March 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 was revealed at the first ever virtual announcement. The list includes seven new entries and one re-entry, from 10 countries. Two of the top fine dining venues in Asia are missing from the list, namely Mezzaluna and Chef’s Table at lebua luxury vertical destination in Bangkok, both restaurants have two…


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