Bo.lan is a celebrated Michelin-Star restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. The name “Bo.lan” came from its founders and chefs’ names: Chef Duangporn Songvisava’s nickname “Bo” and the second half of Chef Dylan Jones’ first name, “Lan”. Chef Bo and Chef Dylan’s dishes were truly creative yet deeply rooted in Thai tradition. For example, if guests requested for less spicy food, the chef will not simply prepare all dishes with with less chili; instead, she would design a Thai menu with dishes that are traditionally less spicy. Hence, the guests will always get the “real thing”, and not a watered-down version of Thai food.
Celadon is a Thai fine-dining restaurant located within The Sukhothai hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The garden environment is so quiet and peaceful, it is hard to believe that this is located right in the heart of metropolitan Bangkok. The restaurant has large windows that allow natural daylight. It opens out to the hotel’s herbs garden. As part of the hotel's effort in promoting sustainability, the produce from the garden provide most of the fresh herbs for the in-house restaurants.
The dinner at Praya Palazzo, Bangkok, on 29 Aug 2019 was themed Redefine Memory. This is an apt theme as it brings back memories of this reviewer's first visit to this venue in 2011. New owner, new chef, new and improved tastes. Memory was indeed redefined.
Gujari Restaurant-Museum occupies a large compound with a beautiful garden, open spaces for outdoor events and indoor dining halls. The “museum” part is a bit of a misnomer as it refers mainly to some archeological artifacts from Georgia (some dating back to the 6th century) displayed on the restaurant’s interior walls.
Restaurant Ethno Tsiskvili in Tbilisi is purged right on the banks of Mtkvari River. The restaurant consists of various dining halls, so depending on which hall you are in, you could be either be right above the gushing river or looking at the city and street view. Each hall has its own theme but in general, the restaurant’s unique design blends nature with traditional Georgian architecture and modern touches.
The Georgian House in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a restaurant that serves traditional Georgian cuisine. It is a good venue for MICE social events as it has several indoor and outdoor spaces catering to different group sizes. These include:
• Central Prestige Hall with built-in stage and with a capacity of 300 guests
• VIP room with boardroom seating arrangement for 20 pax
• Tiflis Hall with traditional interior decor for 200 guests
• Other private rooms in traditional country-style decor for about 10 guests each
Babilo Music Hall is a premium class restaurant in Georgia that has a music hall with full staging effects. Apart from the regular performance schedule, MICE organisers can arrange customised gala performance or ballroom dancing with live-band and singers.
OTIUM is a modern restaurant located in the Turtle Lake valley of Tbilisi, Georgia. The big, red tunnel entrance makes a statement and attracts diners right away. However, the long staircase down to the dining area may not be very friendly to seniors and the disabled. The restaurant has a modern, minimalist interior decor, and it can accommodate up to 240 guests indoors. The outdoor garden space near the forest is suitable for barbeque sessions or cocktail reception.
This inconspicuous restaurant located opposite Holiday Inn Tbilisi across Pekini Street is a gem to be discovered. While most of the well-known restaurants in Tbilisi serve traditional Georgian food in generous portions, the chef of Lagaza Wine Bar presents his creations in smaller portions with a modern touch. There is also a certain sense of design in the chef’s food presentation that is pleasing to the eye.
Georgian wine is acknowledged as being one of the earliest, if not the earliest form of wine making in the world. A trip to Georgia would not be complete without visiting Kakheti, Georgia’s stunning wine region, to learn about traditional Georgian wine-making methods and to explore adorable old towns and monasteries.
Lopota Lake Resort & Spa, just three hours drive from Tbilisi, is located in the Kakheti region. It is a great place for relaxation after a day of visiting vineyards and exploring quaint small towns. Judging from the number of outdoor swimming pools and outdoor sports facilities in the Resort, it is most suitably a summer holiday destination.
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