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  • LIFESTYLE

    Annual extravagance

    Holiday Time, Gary Boyle, Published on 20/12/2016

    » What a year it's been! The world of music alone has seen a greatest hits compilation of legends leave the stage, while the kingdom suffered its heaviest loss imaginable. Politics was even more of a global shambles than ever, and there are those that believe 2017 could make 2016 seem like a dress rehearsal for the end of days.

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    All the classics

    Holiday Time, Gary Boyle, Published on 20/12/2016

    » Nobody needs to reinvent the wheel of a thousand-year-old cuisine. The recipe for success for any Chinese restaurant is to have an experienced chef producing consistently delicious dishes, maybe making a couple of slight adjustments for local tastes and, if you're extremely lucky, for the venue to have a sensational view.

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    An anthology of fabled fare

    Holiday Time, Gary Boyle, Published on 19/12/2016

    » Action! A vintage Merc pulls off Sathorn Road, glides around a fountain and slows to a halt outside a grand mansion. A suited concierge opens the car door, allowing an immaculately dressed couple to exit the vehicle. The mansion doors swing open to reveal an immaculate time capsule of late 19th century luxury chic. The couple are led to a pair of deep leather armchair and sit at the precise moment a pair of welcome cocktails arrive. Cut!

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    Every firework at once

    News, Gary Boyle, Published on 22/12/2014

    » Question: where's the best place to watch Bangkok's countdown fireworks? Is it in the city centre, craning your neck trying to see them all? Or from the rooftop of a glitzy downtown hotel, trying to glimpse them as they explode behind the neighbouring, slightly taller glitzy hotel?

  • LIFESTYLE

    A pleasant pillage

    News, Gary Boyle, Published on 04/12/2014

    » The high-ceilinged lobby plays tricks of scale; everything seems Alice in Wonderland odd and Gulliver's Travels large.  Guests sip tea in giant chairs, staff wander amongst oversized flora and fauna, and everywhere there is art. Big art, like the 10-foot tall traditional Thai drums outside their Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin restaurant. It all adds up to a surprisingly subtle yet impressive effect, as entering a lobby should feel like an event or a passage to somewhere other: a place for escape, for relaxation, or for gorging on international cuisine. 

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    Head to Hank's

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 23/12/2013

    » You'll hear Christmas songs, you'll hear classic party music, you might even hear some Elvis but one sound that's definitely absent is the rumbling of tummies. No one goes hungry here. Henry J. Beans is a classic American diner, which means everything is big: huge plates of wings, 750g T-bones, two-hander tacos and giant glasses of margarhita. Go alone if you dare, but it's best to share.

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    Between Heaven and Earth

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 27/12/2013

    » The name means new heaven and Earth, and although the altitude of the 22nd floor is not quite heavenly, the food certainly is. Master chef is the talented Singaporean-Chinese Lam Kok Weng whose skills ensured that this place won the Chinese category in the 2013 awards from Bangkok's Best Restaurants.

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    Lights, Camera, Cuisine!

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » It begins, like a good movie, with a great opening sequence. You enter the lift in the Landmark Bangkok lobby, hit the highest button, and the glass cage slowly ascends 31 floors of the hotel's facade as Bangkok's inverted constellation of night time neon reveals itself, extending out to the horizon. You emerge from the lift into a plush bar fitted with deep seats and a wall of spirit bottles flanked by two wine cellars. To the right is the restaurant, bathed in red light...but is it the red of sensuality or danger?

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    Ring in the new

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Bangkok was different in February 1970, back when Dusit Thani first opened her doors onto the junction of Silom and Rama IV. Beer was ten baht, gas one baht a litre, a good hotel room eight dollars. Siam Centre was a copse of trees by a dusty roundabout. An original print ad for the hotel boasted of 'a wide choice of sophisticated supper clubs, Continental and Siamese restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges.' The photo shows the building looking much as it does today, minus the towering downtown skyscrapers, which is precisely the appeal of this grand dame of Bangkok hospitality.

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    A luxury of choice

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 13/12/2012

    » Traditionally at this time of year, calorie-watchers worry about what they eat between Christmas and New Year. A better policy would be to worry about what you eat between New Year and Christmas, and leave this season for a dose of rewarding indulgence. Luckily for those fond of extravagance, one of Bangkok's best hotels has created a festive menu featuring the finest ingredients from every gastronome's wish-list.

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