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Ex­ec­u­tive chef Mon­thep Kamol­silp didn’t have to look very far to cre­ate his menu at TAAN. Work­ing with lo­cal, in­de­pen­dent farms, Kamol­silp is able to dish out what he calls “hy­per-lo­cal in­no­va­tive Thai cui­sine”. There’s or­ganic Ta­pao-thong chicken in mas­saman curry (THB550/S$23) and black wal­lago fish (a South­east Asian cat­fish) with red curry mousse (THB450), to go along the cham­pak flower in­fused Kristall Gin in the Klin-jun (THB330). Best of all, TAAN’S prime lo­ca­tion atop [email protected] De­sign Ho­tel Bangkok of­fers a sprawl­ing view of the bustling city. 25/F, [email protected] De­sign Ho­tel Bangkok, 865 Rama I Road, Kh­waeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thai­land. Tel: +66 65 328 7374 Here’s an­other spot to sa­ti­ate your crav­ings for Wagyu beef. Hisato Ha­mada, co-founder of the mem­bers-only Wagyu­mafia, has opened his first over­seas branch in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Wagyu­mafia Hong Kong mir­rors the ex­pe­ri­ence in Tokyo. An open kitchen is where Ha­mada and team will present an omakase ex­pe­ri­ence (din­ner only; Hkd2,000/s$351/per­son), guid­ing guests through the ex­quis­ite flavours of pedi­greed Wagyu and Kobe beef over 10 to 12 dishes. Ex­pect a wide range of cuts and cook­ing meth­ods, in­clud­ing his famed Cut­let Sand­wich of a thick, panko-fried Chateaubriand be­tween Ja­panese milk bread. Reser­va­tions (through Tock) are cur­rently lim­ited to mem­bers, but there are plans to ex­tend it to the pub­lic in Jan­uary. Shop 1B, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Tel: +852 2812 0500

Ex-gymkhana chef Ro­hit Ghai has opened an up­scale In­dian restau­rant in Chelsea. Ku­tir fo­cuses on game meat and seafood through a six-course tast­ing menu (£60/ S$106). Think Lob­ster Bonda and Rasam, a 24-hour slow-cooked Ro­gan­josh and Tan­doori Stone Bass with Crispy Squid. The suc­cinct cock­tail list fea­tures in­gre­di­ents com­monly found in In­dia. The vodka-based Lodgic, in par­tic­u­lar, is a favourite, thanks to its re­fresh­ing mix of wa­ter­melon, Alphonso mango and sug­ar­cane juice. 10 Lin­coln Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2TS, U.K. With Swiss chef Ne­nad Mlinare­vic at the helm, Bren­ners Park-ho­tel & Spa’s lat­est culi­nary con­cept, Fritz & Felix, is off to a great start. The win­ner of 2016’s Chef of the Year by Gault Mil­lau restau­rant guide, Mlinare­vic show­cases the best of Baden-baden in dishes like the Red­fish (other­wise known as Ocean Perch) with chorizo (€28) and a de­lec­ta­ble risotto with cèpes (porcini mush­rooms), burnt cele­riac and snap peas (€19). The in­vig­o­rat­ing Fritz & Felix Spritzz is a stand­out from the drinks menu. It’s a mix of house-made ver­mouth and Birds Ries­ling Spirit, a Ger­man spirit made of Ries­ling and botan­i­cals like voat­siper­ifery pep­per, cloves and liquorice. Bren­ners Park-ho­tel & Spa, Schiller­strasse 4-6, 76530, Baden-baden, Ger­many. Tel: +49 7221 900 999

An­thony Strong makes his solo de­but with PRAIRE in the up-and-com­ing din­ing des­ti­na­tion Mis­sion District in San Fran­cisco. For­merly the Del­fina Restau­rant Group’s (Lo­canda and Pizze­ria Del­fina) group ex­ec­u­tive chef, Strong’s take on Ital­ian fare is in­spired by his ad­ven­tures as a bud­ding chef in Cal­i­for­nia. There’s the Tagli­atelle with Cut­ting Board Ragu (US$18), a dish he’d of­ten pre­pare at home us­ing roasted chicken, and his ver­sion of a gnoc­chi us­ing Korean rice cakes (US$17). In the lat­ter, he serves it with mush­room sugo, pine nuts and sprigs of mint.

Two char­coal grills take pride of place at his restau­rant kitchen – Josper from Spain and a J&R Wood­show Broiler from Texas – to pro­duce shar­ing por­tions of Berk­shire Pork Spare Ribs in Cal­abrian XO rub (US$25) and Mt. Lassen Trout with nas­tur­tium but­ter (US$32). The bar menu gets a lit­tle cre­ative with Kom­bucha Bellini (US$12) and a hi­lar­i­ously named gin-based tip­ple, Becky with the Good Hair (US$13). 3431 19th Street, San Fran­cisco, CA 94110, U.S.A. Tel: +1 415 483 1112

Travel back in time to 1930s Bali at The Seminyak Ball (Rp1,800,000 per per­son). Held at beach­front re­sort The Seminyak Beach Re­sort & Spa, en­joy a lav­ish Ba­li­nese cui­sine buf­fet served at dif­fer­ent food stalls. Watch sev­eral dance per­for­mances at dif­fer­ent venues within the re­sort, in­clud­ing an ap­pear­ance of Barong Lan­dung, a cou­ple of gi­ant pup­pets and the sa­cred Old Man Mask Dance. The lat­ter is tra­di­tion­ally only seen dur­ing re­li­gious ri­tu­als and fes­ti­vals.

Guests can also re­lease sky lanterns, watch the fire­works and dance un­der the stars to mark the end of 2018.

Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 730814 Just in time for the fes­tive sea­son, try

TWO Is­lands Sparkling Chardon­nay 2017 (price upon re­quest) for your year-end cel­e­bra­tory toast. The 8th va­ri­ety in the brand’s range, the Chardon­nay is pro­duced us­ing grapes from the vine­yards in Ade­laide Hills and Lime­stone Coast in South Aus­tralia. The first locally pro­duced sparkling wine made by méth­ode tra­di­tion­nelle and aged sur lie for a min­i­mum of 12 months, the brut sparkling Chardon­nay dis­plays aro­mas of spring freesias, stone fruits and a lin­ger­ing fin­ish of toasted nuts, mar­malade and pas­try. The wine is avail­able for tast­ing at The Cel­lar­door Bali and Jakarta. Hat­ten Wines Build­ing,

Jl. By Pass Ngu­rah Rai 393, Sa­nur. Tel: +62 361 4721377

There’s much to an­tic­i­pate from Ubud’s lat­est haute cui­sine des­ti­na­tion. Led by ex­ec­u­tive chef Nic Van­der­beeken and his tal­ented mul­ti­cul­tural team, Apéri­tif is a glob­al­lyin­spired restau­rant that draws in­spi­ra­tion from In­done­sia and be­yond. Din­ers sit through an eight-course de­gus­ta­tion (from Rp1,350,000) to ex­pe­ri­ence Van­der­beeken’s fi­nesse in ex­e­cut­ing mod­ern Euro­pean dishes such as the Veni­son Wellington served with truf­fle mash, and Pa­pua Crab. Have a go at their clas­sic cock­tails, which are pulled off with a twist by award-win­ning mixol­o­gist, Ran Van Ongevalle. Viceroy Bali, Jl. Lanya­han, Ban­jar Nagi, Ubud 80571. Tel: +62 361 917777 Plaga Wine’s Plaga Friz­zante (price upon re­quest) is its at­tempt to cap­ture la dolce vita in a bot­tle. The sparkling wine is made for the In­done­sian palate, as it has a gen­tle bal­ance of sweet­ness and re­fresh­ing tin­gle. With just 4.3% V/V al­co­hol, the Mus­cat wine of­fers a fruity aroma with hints of pineap­ple as well as a punch of white fruits and jas­mine. An easy drink for ca­sual par­ties. PT. Barindo, Jl. Sun­set Road, Kuta. Tel: +62 361 8477232 Cel­e­brate Christ­mas on 24 and 25 De­cem­ber at the feted Mozaic Restau­rant Gas­tronomique. Choose be­tween a six and eight-course tast­ing menu (from Rp1,250,000), which in­cludes dishes such as Foie Gras Duo with Fresh Cher­ries, Se­creto Iberico Pork with Gin­ger Bread Man, and Eggnog Ice Cream with Co­gnac Jelly. Come by on New Year’s Eve for the Din­ner Spec­ta­cle: A Night of Great Sur­prise where artist Jas­mine Okubo will give a special per­for­mance in­spired by the tast­ing menus (from Rp1,700,000). Other deca­dent dishes in­clude Coral Trout and Black Truf­fle Papil­lotte as well as Co­conut Smoked Wagyu Beef with Kluwek. Jl. Raya Sang­gin­gan, Ubud. Tel: +62 361 975768

A real win­ter Christ­mas in trop­i­cal Jakarta is a pipe dream, but Fair­mont Jakarta of­fers a tempt­ing al­ter­na­tive. Make a reser­va­tion for the de­lec­ta­ble White Christ­mas Af­ter­noon Tea (Rp588,000 per set, in­clud­ing over 20 se­lec­tions of TWG tea for two) at the el­e­gant Peacock Lounge, where you can nib­ble on win­ter-in­spired del­i­ca­cies such as Snow­man Le­mon Meringue and Santa Hat Straw­berry Brownie. Spec­trum Restau­rant is avail­able for your Christ­mas Eve buf­fet din­ner and Christ­mas Day brunch (both priced at Rp788,000 per per­son). En­joy clas­sic dishes like roasted turkey and minced pie while be­ing ser­e­naded by Christ­mas carol per­for­mances. Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 29703333 Ce­ment­ing its sta­tus as a one-stop gourmet des­ti­na­tion in Jakarta, PIK Av­enue had wel­comed a re­cent ad­di­tion to its restau­rant lineup, Bara, a wood-fired ro­tis­serie restau­rant. In­spired by an in­dus­trial farm­house, their open kitchen sets the scene for a de­li­cious ar­ray of dishes, in­clud­ing Bara Ro­tis­serie Chicken (Rp140,000), Dou­ble Bone in Pork Chop (Rp265,000) with home­made spiced honey glaze, and the Bu­ca­tini Car­bonara (Rp90,000). Or­der a bot­tle of red from the well-stocked wine col­lec­tion to com­ple­ment the meal, like the 2014 Mou­ton Cadet Edi­tion Vin­tage, Bordeaux (Rp620,000) with strong plummy notes. PIK Av­enue Mall GF, Jl. Pan­tai In­dah Ka­puk Boule­vard, Jakarta.

Tel: +62 21 22572296

With its lush gar­den and re­lax­ing am­bi­ence, Aryaduta Lippo Vil­lage is a wel­com­ing oa­sis far from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Jakarta. Treat your fam­ily to a special Christ­mas and New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion with a stay at the re­sort (from Rp2,395,000/night) or en­joy a buf­fet din­ner at the Palm Cafe. Think Roast Beef and Thyme Mar­i­nated Nor­we­gian Salmon for your Christ­mas Eve din­ner (Rp288,000/per­son). For the New Year’s Eve count­down (Rp348,000/per­son), the Ebony Ball­room will be trans­formed into a stomp­ing ground for mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and food. 401 Boule­vard Jen­deral Sudirman Lippo Vil­lage 1300, Tangerang.

Tel: +62 21 5460101 Ex­pe­ri­ence a re­fined Christ­mas Eve’s din­ner as well as Christ­mas Day brunch (Rp859,000) and din­ner (Rp655,000) at The Dhar­mawangsa

Jakarta’s Jakarta Restau­rant & The Court­yard. The ex­pe­ri­ence will in­clude clas­sic Christ­mas car­ols per­formed on the pi­ano while guests en­joy an ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional dishes. Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Pa­rade (Rp1,080,000/per­son) where magic tricks, mu­sic and tarot read­ing are part of the cel­e­bra­tion – not to men­tion a tasty roasted prime ribs among other tasty dishes. Al­ter­na­tively en­joy seafood and choco­late mar­ti­nis at the New Year’s Day Brunch (Rp655,000/per­son). Jl. Braw­i­jaya Raya No.26, Ke­bay­oran Baru, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 7258181 In need of a fam­ily stay­ca­tion? The Ritz-carl­ton Jakarta Pa­cific Place may be the ideal venue that you’ve been look­ing for. Book the special hol­i­day pack­age for two adults and two chil­dren un­der 12 years old; it in­cludes a daily food and bev­er­age (with five dif­fer­ent menus) of­fer at the The Ritz-carl­ton Club Level Ac­cess, adorable wel­come ameni­ties for the lit­tle ones from the pas­try chef, and one com­pli­men­tary roll-away bed. The of­fer is valid till the end of De­cem­ber. If you are check­ing in on Christ­mas Eve, Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Eve, en­joy the ho­tel’s fes­tive treats at PASOLA Restau­rant. SCBD, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta. Tel: +62 21 225501888

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