Angsana Laguna Phuket announces appointment of Executive Chef Jens Heier

Phuket, Thailand, July 2017 — Angsana Laguna Phuket is delighted to announce the arrival of Executive Chef Jens Heier to the beachfront resort. With over 30 years experience in the hospitality and dining industry, Chef Jens brings his global knowledge and culinary expertise to all four restaurants in Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Chef Jens was born in 1969 Heidelberg, Germany. Inspired by his mother, his passion for cooking and curiosity to see the world motivated him to start his career when he was only 13 years old becoming the youngest chef with a diploma at 20 after his graduation in 1989. During his career, he has received many honors including cooking for Queen Silvia of Sweden, Thai royalty as well as Hollywood celebrities such as Jamiroqua, Lionel Ritchie, Madonna, Kate Moss and others.

Prior to his career at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Chef Jens had been working in luxury hotels in Samui and Pattaya in Thailand and has 15 years of experience working in Asia under the Onyx Hospitality Group as Culinary Director in charge of corporate operations for all Onyx Group properties in Asia. He had also been voted twice for chef of the year in 2 different continents, Berlin Germany and Seoul South Korea. He has also been a part of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Eastern Seaboard as a Conseiller Culinaire which offers profound insights on gastronomic dining.

Believing in fresh and honest cuisine, Chef Jens said simplicity in creating dishes is the ultimate challenge. “Listening to our guests is very important as they are good indicators. I always prefer to tailor make a menu in order to achieve the goal of ultimate satisfaction. Nowadays, we see less of the molecular cooking and find more focus on flavour, quality and honesty, therefore nothing beats a handcrafted dish. At Angsana I will contribute my local and oversea talents together with food and beverage team to create those new menus and experiences that deliver and exceed our guest needs and expectations” says Chef Jens.

With the arrival of Chef Jens, Angsana Laguna Phuket invites our guests to enjoy his culinary creations along with our signature hospitality and stunning location beside a tranquil lagoon and world-class golf course. Stay tuned for some exciting food and wine pairing events and themed buffets this year!

“Hat’s Off” to Andaman Grill Steak & Seafood Awarded One of The Best Restaurants 2017 by Thailand Tatler

Phuket – 4 July 2017: An award winning Phuket beach resort, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has added to its global reputation with its famous seaside steak & seafood restaurant. Andaman Grill recently received the award in the prestigious Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants list for 2017, the respected guide to the best of fine dining in Thailand.

For 16th year running, the Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Awards 2017 is back again with this year’s pick of the top 230 restaurants that have been anonymously sampled by the team of judges over the past few months. The Thailand Tatler team of judges scored across the four key areas that that make up the total dining experience.

It never goes wrong when the 11 restaurants & bars at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa under the direction of Executive Chef Dietmar Spiltzer and Executive Sou Chef David Morell. Andaman Grill was scored 84 out of 100 on dining experience results from reviewers giving marks for food, drinks, setting and service with a maximum of 40 points available for food, while other factors are scored out of 20.

Andaman Grill is set in an open air sala with merely steps to the Andaman Sea, a great location for a romantic or family dinner. There is a wonderful menu of imported steaks, other meats and fresh seafood that Sous Chef Permporn Wilaipornsawai and her skilled team beautifully prepares in the see through kitchen.

The mouthwatering steak and seafood signature menu includes smoky beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with fresh orange; pan-seared duck foie gras; seared Hokkaido scallops with cauliflower puree, truffle sauce & herb salad; spicy Dungeness crab cakes; Andaman sea bass fillet with fennel confit, cherry tomato jam and rosemary; and Deluxe Seafood Tower all dishes meant to excite the appetite. There is a raw selection of fine de Claire oysters, some seasoned with salmon caviar. The premium meat section, explore smoked 12-hour sous vide pork ribs or Australian grass-fed lamb with a choice of sauces. The beef is exceptional, including the Darling Downs Australian wagyu beef (M5) in different cuts and sizes. Seafood is offered by the gram and can be steamed, grilled in a banana leaf or pan-fried.

“Hat’s Off” to Andaman Grill Steak & Seafood Awarded One of The Best Restaurants 2017 by Thailand Tatler
Andaman Grill & Steakhouse
“Hat’s Off” to Andaman Grill Steak & Seafood Awarded One of The Best Restaurants 2017 by Thailand Tatler
Highlight menu: Deluxe Seafood Tower
“Hat’s Off” to Andaman Grill Steak & Seafood Awarded One of The Best Restaurants 2017 by Thailand Tatler

Highlight menu: Seared Hokkaido scallops, cauliflower puree, truffle sauce and herb salad

The restaurant operates from 6 pm – 11 pm. To reserve a table for dinner at Andaman Grill, contact the Food & Beverage Dining Experience Team,
email: fbdiningexperience@marriotthotels.com or call +66 (0)76 338 000
For more information, log on to www.jwmarriottphuketresort.com

 

The NAI HARN Phuket unveils HAN-SHA rooftop sushi & sashi bar

The NAI HARN Phuket unveils HAN-SHA rooftop sushi & sashi bar with delicate cuts of fresh seafood to complement spectacular sea views

PHUKET, THAILAND: From 19 of June onwards, THE NAI HARN, Phuket’s original luxury beach hotel is further enhancing the unique by-the-sea experience it offers guests and visitors with the launch of Han-Sha, the island’s first rooftop sea view Sushi & Sashimi Bar.

Cleverly Integrated into the hotel’s stunning Reflections rooftop lounge, Han-Sha embraces the power of the five elements of nature: earth, wind, fire, water and space while serving mouthwatering sushi and sashimi bites overlooking Phuket’s best beach and the cerulean waters of Nai Harn Bay.

Specially appointed to source and prepare the finest imported Japanese seafood and ingredients, sushi specialist Chef Arnu will showcase his master culinary skills with live preparations to create an appetizing array of delectable dishes served at the custom designed Han-Sha bar.

THE NAI HARN’s General Manager, Frank Grassmann, believes sushi and sashimi fits perfectly with the rooftop ambiance while also matching modern global tastes. “Imported Japanese seafood dishes will appeal to our sophisticated guests and the many outside visitors we welcome daily at Reflections. Especially as a delicious addition during our sunset happy hour,” he said.

To complement the sushi, sashimi selections and mixed platters for two, the a la carte menu at Han-Sha includes a complimentary bowl of miso soup on arrival with salmon, seaweed or sashimi salads, signature maki rolls and nigiri, plus duos of sushi and sashimi. Succulent servings of tuna, Hokkaido scallop, octopus, roasted eel, king fish, surf clam, red snapper and shrimp create an extraordinary rooftop dining experience that adds to the extensive gourmet dining choices already available to lovers of fine food at THE NAI HARN.

Other exquisite dining options include Cosmo Restaurant with its impressive spread of international flavours and “Taste of the South of Thailand” specials, and the trendy Rock Salt restaurant right by the waters of the Andaman Sea, which takes diners on a diverse culinary journey through Eastern Mediterranean and North African cuisine.

Han-Sha Sushi and Sashimi Bar will open five days per week from Friday to Tuesday from 5.30pm until 9.30 pm daily within Reflections rooftop lounge at THE NAI HARN Phuket.

For more information visit www.thenaiharn.com or call +66 7638 0200-10.

The NAI HARN Phuket unveils HAN-SHA rooftop sushi & sashi bar with delicate cuts of fresh seafood to complement spectacular sea views

Family Festival and Pie Eating Contest at XANA Beach Club

Phuket, Thailand, June 2017 – Phuket’s most epic 4th of July themed celebrations will be held at XANA Beach Club on 2nd July 2017. Open to the public, XANA’s Family Festival brings together an all you can eat buffet, lively activities, drink specials and a terrific food from 12.00 – 18.00 on Sunday, July 2nd with Phuket’s 2nd pie-eating contest to round out the entertainment.

This themed event will feature a summer beach buffet featuring Thai and American cuisine – including roast chicken, barbecued ribs specials and pies. Guests can choose from a wide selection of delicious treats, including pastries, cotton candy and ice cream. The club’s Resident DJ will keep the party going with music favourites.

Family Festival and Pie Eating Contest at XANA Beach Club on 2nd July with Independence Day theme

Family Festival and Pie Eating Contest at XANA Beach Club on 2nd July with Independence Day theme
The highlight of the event is Phuket’s second pie-eating contest at XANA Beach Club. Starting at 16.30, 10 participants will compete to eat fastest time to consume a single pie. The winner will be awarded for a Sunday Brunch for 2 persons at XANA Beach Club worth THB 5,700.

Entry to the July 2nd Family Festival is complimentary for all. Summer Beach Buffet is THB 450 per person. Participation in the pie-eating contest is at THB 250 per person, limited to the first 10 participants.

Book now at XANA Beach Club 076-358500 Ext. XANA Beach Club or info@xanabeachclub.com

The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket

FREE FLOW!! Freixenet Cava and Spanish Tapas
Freixenet Cava selection: Cordon Negro Brut, Cordon Rosado, Freixenet Ice
Price: THB 1,300 net per person
Time: Every Friday 6pm – 8pm

The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket
Spanish tapas: Corn Spinach Croquette / Aioli, Pata Negra Ham / Melon / Basil, Prawn “Pil Pil”, Seafood Salpicon, Spanish Omelette, Traditional Gazpacho, Manchego Cheese
The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket
Chef Alfonso De La Dehesa – Executive Chef
Live music
The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket
Service mind staffs

The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket

The Best of Spanish Cava with Freixenet at Lobby Bar & Wine Rack, Banyan Tree Phuket

Contact information:
Banyan Tree Phuket
Address: 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Tel: +66 76 372 400
Email: phuket@banyantree.com
Website: www.banyantree.com

 

“Dalla Campagna” : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta

Phuket, 31 May 2017 – La Gritta Restaurant presents five new rustic menus called “Dalla Campagna” and that hail from many regions in Italy. Chef Patrizia has picked some popular dishes, including soup, melanzane, pasta, stewed beef and risotto, and would like our guests to experience Italian village food, which is new in Phuket and should not be missed out on. Available only in June 2017, the five dishes are:

"Dalla Campagna" : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta
Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli, priced at 450 THB++
A typical dish that is very popular in southern Italy offers the best taste when served warm. This gentle soup is mixed with many ingredients, such as Borlotti beans, pancetta or Italian bacon, onion, garlic, carrots, vegetable stock and light tomato sauce. Blend all ingredients together before the last step of adding spaghetti noodles. Leave for a while until warm, then add black pepper on top.

"Dalla Campagna" : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta
Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Melanzane alla Parmigiana, priced at 380 THB++
A popular dish in summer, this is available as an appetiser or a main course. An aubergine, tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese are the main ingredients. The cooking method is baking to have all ingredients mixed into one big piece.

"Dalla Campagna" : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta
Bucatini alla Gricia

Bucatini alla Gricia, priced at 450 THB++
Bucatini pasta is an original dish from Amatrice, a small village in the middle of Italy. The shape of Bucatini is similar to that of spaghetti, but is thicker with a hole running through the centre. Bucatini offers a very good taste when cooked with Gricia sauce, which is mixed with bacon, red wine, onions, dry chilli and Pecorino cheese.

"Dalla Campagna" : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta
Spezzatino di Manzo e Patate

Spezzatino di Manzo e Patate, priced at 680 THB++
A beef cube stewed slowly until soft, offering the aroma and full flavour of Italian herbs mixed with red wine, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, vegetable stock and potato. It is good to serve this tender beef stew when the ingredients become creamy.

"Dalla Campagna" : New rustic menus from Italy available at La Gritta
Risotto al Radicchio e Taleggio

Risotto al Radicchio e Taleggio, priced at 580 THB++
A creamy risotto with radicchio and Taleggio cheese. This is a typical dish from the north of Italy. The risotto uses Carnaroli rice, which is the best kind of rice for risotto imported from Italy. One of the main ingredients, the radicchio is cut thin and stewed with the rice and cheese until creamy. The presentation looks outstanding with the garnishing of fresh radicchio leaves on top.

All prices are subject to a 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 7634 0112, email lagritta@amari.com,
or visit www.lagritta.com and https://www.facebook.com/LaGrittaPhuket.
Address: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

Calling all sports fans and enthusiasts! – The Drunken Leprechaun Phuket

The Drunken Leprechaun Phuket is celebrating 2nd year anniversary on Sunday, 21st May and we will host a silent auction featuring an authentic pair of boxing gloves signed by former WBO welterweight champion “Manny Pacquiao”.

To register a bid, please contact us via:
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DrunkenLeprechaunIrishPub
Email: Events.PhuketPatong@swissotel.com

The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose’ for Thailand

Celebrated wine expert conducts two days of blind tastings to identify the ‘best of the best’ pinks in two price categories.

Following the successful inauguration of the ‘Best Rosé for Thailand’ contest in 2016, leading luxury resort THE NAI HARN once again partnered with international wine expert James Suckling this year to sniff out the ‘pinnacle of the pinks’.

In the second edition of the Kingdom’s only wine competition to focus on premier Rosé, Mr Suckling conducted a series of blind tastings on 11,12 May scoring each wine from am extensive entry list of varied wines put forward by a strong line-up of leading wine suppliers to Thailand.

After the intensive tasting sessions, and with help form his son and protégé Jack Suckling, James selected 12 wines for this year’s awards. The winning wines were announced during a glamorous awards party on 12 May at The Nai Harn’s al fresco Reflections lounge, where guests were invited to sample all the rosés in the competition accompanied by tasty bites served from live cooking station and framed by the stunning backdrop of Phuket’s picture perfect Nai Harn bay.

A total of 80 rosé wines entered this year’s contest, including labels from France, Italy, Chile, Spain, and Australia, as well as some top homegrown Thai vintage. The submitted rosés were separated into two categories based on wholesale price – those below THB 800 (USD 23), and those above. Based on these categories, James Suckling selected the the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand judging the wines or their quality and value for money. Friends the list, he also selected his Best Affordable Rosé, and the Best Rosé in Show.

The overall Best Rosé award went to Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014, imported to Thailand through BB&B, which James scored an impressive 96 points. In the Best Value Rosé category, the winner was Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016, imported by Italasia, which was given 93 points and also claimed the number one spot in the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand list based on quality and price.

The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket
The Nai Harn Phuket hosts Global Wine Critic James Suckling for second edition of Best Rose' for Thailand
photo by The Nai Harn Phuket

During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Suckling noted that Thailand produced rosés made a strong impression led by the GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016 which made came eighth overall.

“We are delighted to return to THE NAI HARN to judge the excellent wines entered for this unique contest. Although the rosés from Provence are still the best in the world, it’s impressive indeed to find a Thai produced wine in the Top 10 once again this year, an achievement that’s thoroughly deserved,” Mr. Suckling said. “Rosés are best enjoyed in warm climates with light, flavourful cuisine and Phuket offers both of these essential ingredients in abundance,” he added.

Following the competition, the Top 10 rosé wines will be featured as part of the exclusive “Cellar by JamesSuckling.com” at THE NAI HARN, a curated selection of wines available exclusively at Reflections, Cosmo and Rock Salt restaurant.
THE NAI HARN was also the first resort on Phuket to offer Frosé (Frozen Rosé), an iced wine cocktail inspired by summer vacation trends to the south of Europe. The resort’s unique Frosé is made with Italian rosé wine (‘Terre Di Talamo Toscana PIANO PIANO Rosato 2015,’ rated 91/100 by James Suckling), and features fresh strawberries, vodka and grenadine.

“Rosé wines are a perfect complement to Phuket’s tropical climate and we are honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the world’s foremost wine expert to highlight the best pinks in the market, also to ensure our guests enjoy the finest wining and dining while staying with us,” said Frank Grassmann, General Manager of THE NAI HARN. “Our partnership with James Suckling underlines our commitment to offer the very best international cuisine and drinks, not only in Phuket, but also in Thailand,” added Mr Grassmann.

Best Rosé for Thailand 2017 by James Suckling & THE NAI HARN Phuket
1. Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016 (Best Value Rosé )
Italasia. Points: 93.
2. Mastroberardino Irpinia Lacrimarosa Rosato 2016
Italasia. Points: 92
3. Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014 (Best )
BB&B. Points: 96
4. Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosé 2014
IWS. Points: 91
5. Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Wine & Taste – Gfour, Points: 91
6. Gérard Bertrand Pays d’Oc Gris Blanc Rosé 2015
BB&B. Points: 91
7. Château Cavalier Côtes de Provence Cuvée Marafiance Rosé 2016
Siam Winery. Points: 91
8. GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91
9. Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez Côtes de Provence Cep d’Or Rosé 2015. Wine Connection. Points: 91
10. Roubine Côtes de Provence La Vie En Rose 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91

Bodega & Grill – The best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017

May 2017, Phuket, Thailand – Bodega & Grill, an Italian Restaurant and Steak House operated by Angsana Laguna Phuket today announced that it has been selected as one of best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017, a guide to the best of fine dining in Thailand.

For 16th year running, the Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Awards 2017 is back again with this year’s pick of the top 230 restaurants that have been anonymously sampled by the team of judges over the past few months. Then scored across the four key areas that make up the total guide to the finest achievements in the F&B industry and publish in Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Guide 2017.

Bodega & Grill - The best restaurants in Thailand by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017

Indulge in a taste of Italy at Ristorante Venezia, Sofitel Krabi

May 2017, Krabi – Join us for a memorable evening of authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Venezia. Our chef invites you to experience a three-course gastronomy journey of his favorite dishes, with two options for each course.

THB 980 ++ per person or THB 1,800 ++ with matching wines.

Open from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, please email H6184-TH2@sofitel.com