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  • Holiday TimeBangkok Post

    Read more news at bangkokpost.com Wednesday, decembeR 14, 2016

    HOLIDAY TIMES ONLINE @ http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/social-and-lifestyle

    The holidays come but once a year but they do come. And yet every time feels kind of new which, in the case of Seasonal Tastes restaurant at 7th fl. The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok goes for the festive feasting too.We prepare the turkey and ham for Christmas every year because guests love them and we want to make sure everyone is happy dining with us, says Executive Chef PeterZimmermann, preparing for his third festive season in charge.

    Nevertheless, these turkeys are no ordinary birds. The menu reads Roasted whole US turkey, dried fruit & sage stuffing, bacon-wrapped chipolata sausages, glazed chestnuts, giblet gravy, and the tasting underscores why Christmas isnt Christmas without such a treat.

    Note, moreover, that as much stuffing as possible is cooked inside the bird, where it colludes deliciously with the turkey juices: thats why its called stuffing! Moreover, this is sumptuous stuffing, built from a base

    GoodWell to AllIn the season of celebrations, Seasonal Tastes restaurant roles out the rainbow carpet while as ever highlighting wellness alongside indulgence

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    of herby, home-baked focazzia bread, with al dente chestnuts, crunchy pistachios and smooth pumpkin. A true turkey with all the trimmings listing, equally indispensable buttered brussels sprouts and roasted pumpkin, root vegetables and cherry tomatoes are added.

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  • designed for optimum guest interaction. Chefs constantly mill behind laden coun-ters in theatre kitchens rustling up dishes to guest specs and keeping good-to-go items refreshed and replenished.

    A special addition for Christmas and New Year is a gourmet foie gras station. On Christmas Eve for instance, expect foie gras/honey-balsamic jus and rocket and for brunch on Christmas Day, a Sunday, pan-fried French foie gras, berry sauce.

    The multi-cultural, artery-friendly expos starts with appetizers. Headlin-ing the selections meticulously arrayed around Seasonal Tastes swirly central buffet island are prime and premium seafood selections. As its Christmas and New Year, luxury items loom large: shucked on-the-spot oysters from France, varieties of smoked and mari-nated salmon, king crab, snow crab, New Zealand mussels, grilled rock lobster, plump prawns pretty much all the favourites everybody asks for. This in addition to BBQ cod fish on Christmas Eve and roasted salmon, white wine, poached egg, salmon caviar, along with steamed fresh cod fish chili lime sauce, on Christmas day. Then theres humus, babaganoush and tzatziki dips from the

    Levant, Italian salami, Parma ham, mor-tadella and on, and air-dried beef from Switzerland. Plus a top-notch salad bar suffused with Seasonal Tastes signature superfoods selections.

    Almost opposite is another star draw the Japanese counter entirely fran-chised to the hotels multi-award-win-ning Japanese restaurant, Kisso. Naturally the sashimi is superb and the sushi and maki mouth-watering but arguably the stations biggest hit is its cheeky chilled soba noodles.

    But dont overdo it yet. Youll want to trawl the live station line, segueing between the Italian section complete with roaring pizza and Italian breads oven, and multiple pasta and sauce options, includ-ing nice surprises like spaghetti with sweet potato and pumpkin ravioli, ready to go. The gastronomic world-tour con-tinues with in-house Chinese dim sums steaming away, and noodle soups from across Asia, because everybody always has a bowl of noodles. Next are spicy Thai salads, soups and curries. Heading on are shiny chafing dishes hiding Chinese and other Asian dishes as well as several western selections, bringing one back to the groaning carvery.

    Also traditionally Christmassy are the desserts and bakes arrayed at the entrance to the open plan restaurant. The berries for the Christmas pudding, stolen, minced pies and fruit cake have long been marinating in copious volumes of spicy liquor, as is proper. Final preparations, however, take place moments before serving, along with the cinnamon stars, Italian Panettone, yule logs, gingerbread and all the rest of the Christmas desserts pantheon. This in addition to Seasonal Tastes essential Mvenpick ice cream counter, a festive chocolate fountain with gingerbread and donuts to dunk, extrav-agant gateaux, and on.

    BTW: the main thing that distin-guishes the Christmas and New Year blowouts is that, where possible, the products selected for the latter are yet more premium.

    And as if all this were not enough to impart a warm glow, Seasonal Tastes will not only be concentrating on titillating taste buds but stimulating surges of dopa-mine and endorphins with the help of Santa Claus bearing gifts and carol singers with both Christmas buffets, a festive edi-tion Westin Kids Club with Christmas Day brunch, a New Years Eve cabaret see them sashay down the spiral stairs! and Cup Cake band on-song as ever.

    Reservations recommended!CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER (Sat,

    Dec 24).18.00-22.30 hrs.Bt2,690 net per person including 1

    glass of Sparkling Prosecco.CHRISTMAS DAY SUNDAY LUNCH

    BUFFET (Sun, Dec 25).12.00-15.00 hrs.Bt2,690 net per person including 1

    glass of Sparkling Prosecco.

    Tel. 02 207 8000 or email: fb.bangkok@westin.com www.westingrandesukhumvit.com www.facebook.com/westinbangkok Instagram @westinbangkok.

    dinner at one of our restaurants in the lively Lobby. Dance the night away in the spectacular setting revamped as a swanky nightclub. Open bar and entertainment from 10pm - 12am at Bt1,700++ for bev-erage package.

    New Years Day, Jan 1, 2017Aqua, Madison and Spice Market

    (Parichart Courtyard) Start the New Year with a special brunch from 12 noon - 3.30 pm at Bt5,900++ including free-flow bev-erages, and Bt2,500++ per child including soft beverage.

    Tel. 02 126 8866 or email: festivedesk.asia@anantara.com.

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    Seasonal Tastes ham recipe wild-flower honey & grain mustard baked champagne ham also gets the gastric juices flowing.

    And thats not all. Peter explains:Our gest profile for Christmas and New

    Year is quite international. Because both are special eating occasions many people, regardless of religion or where theyre orig-inally from, are drawn to them.

    The Christmas and New Year are dis-tributed differently while overlapping. In broad terms, Christmas attracts the local crowd, especially residents from countries where Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year. New Year draws a more cosmo-politan crowd.

    Not wishing to leave anyone out, Seasonal Tastes sets out to create more cuisine than just the clichs, meanwhile being ever-mindful that a pivotal point about the restaurant is a promise to deliver dishes both tasty and, wherever possible, healthy.

    This year our Christmas carvery will also have traditional German Christmas goose because we get a lot of guests from Germany and other European countries such as Italy.

    Ever-authentic, the geese arrive straight from Germany with fresh beifuss (mug-wort: an aromatic herb that besides fla-vouring food is used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean traditional medicine) with which the birds are seasoned while roast-ing. So look out for traditional German Christmas Goose with those trimmings too.

    Another item expected by many accord-ing to their custom is a magnificent roast of beef. Again Seasonal Tastes has just the thing, with Australian prime rib, mustard and peppercorn sauce for Christmas Day Brunch, for instance, and 50-day grain fed Australian striploin for New Year.

    ALL ARE WELL-COMEWith its cathedral-high, smooth-

    ly-sculpted ceiling, morphing pastel shades spike the modern home-style restaurant etched in peaceful shades of green with a vaguely cosmic aura. Culinary artistry, Earth science and solid-state technology com-bine across minimalist yet elegant forms

    GoodWell to All

    The upcoming festive season promises to be more exciting than the past years as Anan-tara Siam Bangkok Hotel presents a variety of exciting activities, entertainment and exquisite cuisine in luxurious settings.

    Festive Afternoon Tea at The LobbyAll through the holiday season until

    January 5, 2017, on weekdays and week-ends from 2pm - 6pm, treat yourself to Afternoon Tea while listening to the string quintet.

    Every weekday, enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, traditional scones and tea cakes followed by a selection of tradi-tional Christmas goodies in an Afternoon Tea Set at Bt890++.

    During weekends, indulge in Festive

    Afternoon Tea Buffet including Christ-mas desserts such as Panettone, Stollen Candied Fruits, Chestnut Buche de Noel, Ginger Bread Cookies, Raspberry Snow Cookies, and more at Bt990++.

    Christmas Eve Dining, Dec 24, 2016Aqua, Madison and Spice Market

    (Parichart Courtyard) Celebrate Christmas Eve with a spectacular dinner buffet. Enjoy unlimited beverages with live entertainment from 6pm - 10.30pm at Bt5,500++ and Bt2,500++ per child under 12.

    Biscotti Chef Daniele Bettini pre-sents a Christmas Eve Italian set dinner menu featuring Italian specialties from 6pm - 10.30 pm at Bt3,800++. Christmas a-la-carte dishes also available.

    Shintaro Chef Satoshi Sawadas innovative Christmas Eve set menu showcases Japanese cuisine at Bt3,800++, including Junmai Daijinjo Prime Sake and soft drinks. From 6pm - 10pm.

    Christmas Day, Dec 25Aqua, Madison and Spice Market

    (Parichart Courtyard) combine to create a culinary masterpiece featuring tradi-tional roasted Christmas Dom Turkey, fresh Fine de Claire oysters, Crab Claws, Boston lobsters, US scallops, langoust-ines, clams, razor clams, foie gras, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy unlimited beverages with live music from 12 noon to 3.30pm at Bt5,900++, and Bt2,500++ per child.

    New Years Eve, Dec 31Ring in 2017 in style!Madison Enjoy a New Years Eve

    with free flowing-buffet at Bt5,500++, and Bt2,500++ per child under 12, from 6pm - 10pm.

    Biscotti Scrumptious New Years Eve set menu priced at Bt5,500++ served from 6pm - 10pm.

    Shintaro Enjoy a unique Japanese set menu at Bt5,500++. From 6pm - 10pm.

    The Lobby & Aqua Chill out after

    Sumptuous feasts in luxurious settings!Festive Season at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

    Make this holiday season a magical time for the whole family at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.

    This year, we have Christmas perfectly wrapped. Join us for gourmet festive feasts at award-winning restaurants and exceptional service, all enhanced by traditional decora-tions and an enchanting ambiance.

    CHRISTMAS EVE, Saturday December 24, 2016

    Orchid CafJoin us for a Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet

    Dinner at Orchid Caf including imported oysters and mussels, tiger prawns, rock lob-ster, salmon, succulent prime rib of beef, and much more.

    Dinner: 18.00 22.30 hours.Adult: 2,500++ Baht food only or 4,000++

    Baht inclusive of 3 hours free flow wines.Child: 1,500++ Baht food only.

    basilLovers of authentic Thai cuisine can

    choose from one of three perfectly balanced regional set menus, starting from 1,500++ Baht per person for food only. Menu includes som tam, mild or spicy curries, soft shell crabs, and our Grande Thai Dessert Trolley.

    Dinner: 18.00 22.00 hours.Thai Dinner set menu starting from

    1,500++ Baht per person, food only. la carte also available.

    Rossinis and The Living RoomOur wonderful Christmas Eve Grande

    Buffet Dinner at Rossinis and The Living Room is the perfect start to a memorable fes-tive season. Bring your family and friends for a gourmet feast of antipasti, traditional Euro-pean Christmas favorites, seafood including lobster thermidor, Alaskan king crab legs, imported oysters, a cheese selection, and desserts. Father Christmas and carol sing-ers will add to the special ambience. Live jazz with The Randy Cannon Group and New York jazz singer, Lezlie Harrison start-ing 20.15 hours.

    Dinner: 18.30 23.00 hours.4 sets of live international jazz from 20.15

    hours until midnight.Adult: 3,400++ Baht food only or 4,900++

    Baht inclusive of 3 hours free flow wines.Child: 1,800++ Baht food only.

    The SalaSet in a beautiful tropical garden, The Sala

    is the perfect setting for our Surf n Turf Bar-becue Dinner under the Stars. Starting from 1,400++ Baht with an appetizer buffet and mouthwatering desserts.

    Dinner: 19.00 22.00 hours.Adult: 1,400++ Baht per person food only

    or 2,900++ Baht inclusive of 3 hours free flow wines.

    Child: 1,000++ Baht food only. BarSu

    BarSu offers a light alternative with two types of canaps and three drinks for 750++ Baht! Choose to Kick the Keg, enjoy a glass of bubbly, or have our bartenders shake one of the many classic cocktails.

    Dinner: 17.30 22.00 hours (Open till 01.00 hours.)

    Live band from 21.00 hours.No additional discounts, credit or points

    for The Grande Club and SPG members. DID Dine in the Dark

    Enjoy a challenging dining experience served in complete darkness by visually impaired guides. Four course surprise Christ-mas festive menu is 1,850++ Baht including a glass of bubbly or mocktail, and festive crack-ers. For each diner, DID makes a donation to the Thai Foundation for the Blind.

    Dinner: 17.30 21.00 hours.DID is recommended for age of 12 years

    and above.DID Festive Dinner set menu 1,850++ Baht

    per person or including welcome drink and 3 glasses of wine 3,000++ Baht per person.

    CHRISTMAS DAY, Sunday December 25, 2016

    Rossinis, The Living Room and basilLunchRenowned as Bangkoks most spectacu-

    lar festive feast, our Christmas Day Grande Buffet Lunch features an array of authentic European Christmas specialties. Highlights include Alaskan king crab legs, imported

    cheeses and cold cuts, premium quality beef, lobster Thermidor, Australian lamb, dishes cooked to your liking and desserts. Father Christmas, carol singers and festive decora-tions ensure an unforgettable day. Live jazz from Jazziam.

    Lunch: 12.00 15.00 hours.Adult: 3,400++ Baht food only or 4,900++

    Baht inclusive of 3 hours free flow wines.Child: 1,800++ Baht food only.

    Orchid CafLunch and DinnerJoin us for an irresistible Christmas Day

    Seafood Buffet Lunch or Dinner at Orchid Caf. Fresh seafood will include imported oysters and mussels, tiger prawns, salmon, rock lobster, prime rib, a cheese selection, desserts and much more.

    Lunch: 12.00 15.00 hours.Dinner: 18.00 22.30 hours.Adult: 2,500++ Baht food only or 4,000++

    Baht inclusive of 3 hours free flow wines.Child: 1,500++ Baht food only.

    basilDinnerLovers of authentic Thai cuisine can

    choose one of our three set menus starting at 1,500++ Baht.

    Dinner: 18.00 22.30 hours.To guarantee your reservation a 1,000 Baht

    deposit per person is required. Rossinis

    DinnerFor dinner on Christmas Day, Rossinis

    will feature a choice of four-course set menus at 2,500++ Baht, carne or pesche (meat or fish) from our winning Iron Chef Team and Italian Executive Chef Gaetano Palum...

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