Archive for September, 2010

VC-R1 Computerized Wine Preserving Machine – Bangkok

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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Now Restaurants Can Increase The Selection of Wines Offered By The Glass

Lowest Priced Wine Preserving Machine in Asia

Keeps wine fresh up to 10 days or more

The VC-R1’s starting design strategy was to create a preservation system to:

  • Preserve partially depleted open bottles of still wines
  • Be easy to use & operator friendly (any employee can operate it)
  • Self contained, light-weight, easy to move from place to place
  • No permanent installation involved
  • No limit of consecutive bottles which can be processed
  • One year warranty on the machine and follow-up service
  • The VC-R1 is also well suited for home use as it is small & compact

For Latest Pricing and Information:

Available in Asia from: Asia Pacific Distribution Co. Ltd., email:
Tel.+66(0)89689-4491 or +66(0)818024844

Restaurant & Hotel Show, Bangkok

VC-R1 Wine Preserving Machine at Bangkok Show


Palladio wins Best Restaurant Shanghai Restaurant Week – Shanghai

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


Palladio wins Best Restaurant Award for Shanghai Restaurant Week

Shanghai Restaurant Week – Summer Edition was declared a success by diners and restaurateurs, with over 3,000 reservations made through the online system. Special menus crafted by chefs just for Shanghai Restaurant Week helped lure thousands of city diners to lunch and dinner through the week and generated more than 1.5 million RMB in revenue for Shanghai’s hospitality industry.

This edition’s Best Restaurant – Shanghai Restaurant Week went to Italian fine-dining mainstay Palladio, which scored 9.6 in the reviews. Chef de Cuisine Gianluca Serafin and Restaurant Manager Fabrizio Bosco created a unique menu and warm environment that won praise from reviewers.

Kris Kaminsky, Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage received the award on behalf of the restaurant. “It is the ultimate achievement to receive an award that comes from the guests,” he said.  “Restaurant Week was a great opportunity for the food lovers of Shanghai to experience some world class dining and it is truly an honor to have been chosen as The Best Restaurant. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Palladio to enjoy Chef Gianluca’s inspired cuisine and Fabrizio’s warm Italian service very soon.”

Restaurant Week is proud to be partners with Cloudy Bay, Cape Mentelle, Chandon, Lapostolle and Terrazas, discover the flavors from all over the world at your favorite restaurants. San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are also sponsors of this special event.

As part of the congratulations to Palladio and in celebration of Cloudy Bay Vineyard’s 25th anniversary, on October 18th, 2010, Cloudy Bay will serve its latest release, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vintage to the first 25 customers for lunch at Palladio.

Look out for the next edition, coming March 7-13, 2011.  While the selection of participants in Shanghai Restaurant Week is rigorous, interested restaurants can make the first step by signing up at, Organizer Contact: Ms. Wiwi Cao,,; Media Contact: Loretta Huan, Adsmith China,

Pied à Terre Restaurant – London

Monday, September 27th, 2010


Contributed by Carole Chung

Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH
020 7636 1178

Pied à Terre’s narrow, understated premises makes it difficult to find, as it blends in with many other restaurants and design studios on the street. When you plan an evening at Pied à Terre you might be looking forward to the modern, stylized French cuisine of Shane Osborn, Australia’s first Michelin decorated chef; what you might not have anticipated is the best value menu of this standard in the city.
There are two dining rooms downstairs, with tables set far enough apart and some comfortable banquettes in the back one, with the bar and another private room above.
A couple of extraordinary dishes: deep-fried snails bathed in a feather-light batter; best end of lamb was slow cooked by the sous vide method and literally melted in the mouth.
Service is good while not being overbearing.
The restaurant has an excellent wine list and a few unexpected wines by the glass to pair with all the dishes.


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Glow (image credit: Glow, Bangkok)Glow

96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok 10110
Open 6 PM – 1 AM Daily
96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23
Bangkok 10110
Tel. 0-2261-3007

Glow is new “stand alone” lounge bar/club where the focus is on comfortable surroundings, drinks, moderate prices, good and friendly service, expert bartenders, innovative lighting, relaxing music with a good sound system. Open from 6pm-1am daily.

The owners are creating a bar where their customers can feel comfortable and where they like to meet their friends.

El Cabrito, Santa Ana – Los Angeles

Saturday, September 25th, 2010


El Cabrito
In Little Saigon
, 1604 W. First Street, Santa Ana, Tel. 
Patronize by a mainly Latina crowd, this former Taco Bell restaurant, with only one table inside and a few tables scattered in front, specializes in serving baby goat accompanied by salsa, chili oil paste, corn tortillas, and a large cup of consommé. You can buy a half goat for $250 or a whole goat for $425, individual portion at $18.50 per pound.

Wine Tasting in Riedel Glasses, 19 Oct. 2010 – Bangkok

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Ridel wine Glasses

Chi Dynasty Restaurant, Studio City – Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

By Sandy Driscoll

Dining area Chi DynastyDining Area (all photographs ©2010-2011 and Sandy Driscoll)

Chi Dynasty
12229 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA  91604
Tel:  818-753-5300
Hours:  Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 11pm
Friday-Saturday – 11:30 am – 12 am
Credit Cards:  Yes
Parking:  On premises

Opening in August, 2010, Chi Dynasty, Studio City, is the second restaurant for owner Jonathan Chi.
His first Chi Dynasty location has been successfully serving Chinese cuisine to Los Feliz area patrons since 1983.

Both restaurants are attractive and quiet enough for conversation, a nice change from many of the noisy
dining spots one usually encounters these days.

My server, Charlene, was extremely pleasant and efficient.   Chinese Chicken Salad, their signature dish and tossed
tableside, was delicious and a refreshing departure from the usual sweet dressing one usually finds on this salad.

The Hot and Sour Soup arrived ‘spicy’ as ordered, and was thick and flavorful.  It was served with small
vessels of hot oil, vinegar and soy sauce, to be added for personalized taste.  I thought this was a nice touch.
Szechwan Beef, also spicy as ordered, contained lots of beef, and like the other 2 dishes, included more than
enough for two large portions.

The restaurant is a good choice for a reasonably priced business meeting, or personal lunch or dinner.

Chicken SaladChinese Chicken SaladHot & Sour soupHot & Sour SoupSzechwan BeefSzechwan BeefBar Area Chi DynastyBar AreaJonathon ChiJonathon Chi, owner of Chi Dynasty

Hôtel Plaza Athénée – Bangkok

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Plaza AtheneePlaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel, 61 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Tel. 02-650 8800

Ideally situated on a most beautiful tree-lined avenue, flanked by foreign embassies in the heart of Asia’s favorite destination for culture and entertainment, Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel is positioned in the city’s shopping and commercial hub. Designed by Dr. Jumsai Sumet, one of Thailand’s most famed architects, the hotel was the original site of Kandhamas, the residence of Her Royal Highness Princess Valaya Alongkorn, a daughter of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and the Aunt of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej, Thailand’s present King. True to its royal heritage, this storied hotel seamlessly blends sumptuous surroundings with unparalleled service.
The hotel’s myriad amenities include over 10,000 square metres of versatile meeting space with 28 venues and 2 grand ballrooms. Other features include a full-service spa, a breathtaking outdoor pool surrounded by exotic Thai-style gardens, and a fitness centre. All 374 spacious guest rooms and luxurious suites boast views over the ever-changing Bangkok skyline.
Plaza Athénée Bangkok has emerged as one of the most creative dining destinations in the city, and offers 8 restaurants and bars serving a dynamic blend of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and French cuisines. In 2008 the hotel was named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 10 places to stay in Asia. Additionally, Reflexions Restaurant was awarded Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Award (French Category) by the readers of Bangkok Best Dining & Entertainment magazine.
Just steps from the grand lobby, the Ploenchit sky train station on the BTS Sukhumvit line connects you to popular attractions like Chao Phraya River, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Paragon and more. Also within easy walking distance is Suan Lum Night Bazaar, the Muay Thai Boxing Stadium at Lumpini Park and numerous shopping malls including Chidlom and Central World.

The Champagne Sunday Brunch reveals a limitless selection of inspired regional and international cuisine. Indulge in the pleasures of Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, Waygu beef, Foie gras, over a dozen French cheese, Swiss raclette station, grand selection of Asian and International dishes, finest Valhrona Chocolate, Movenpick ice cream, Free flow of sparkling champagne: Jeanne D ARC Blanc De Blancs Brut, cocktails, wine + Illy coffee. “Le Vodka Oyster Bar” est arrive + Molecular cocktails to discover at our exclusive Champagne Sunday Brunch. THB 3,040 net per person with a complimentary bottle of Champagne “Laurent Perrier Brut L.P. Champagne N.V.” for every two persons with full prices. Starwood Privilege benefits apply with terms + conditions for champagne promotion. The Rain Tree Cafe is located at the Lobby level.

For further information or reservations, please call 02 650 8800 ext. 4346

Nana Liquid – Bangkok

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Nana Liquid at Nana Hotel

Nana Liquid
If you are looking for a place that stays open until early in the morning Nana Liquid is a good bet. This club has had many names over the years: Angels Disco, Nana Disco being just two of them. Nana Liquid is located in the back of the lobby of the Nana Hotel, just follow the sound of loud music. It is frequented by many freelancers who gather there after the clubs in the area close. This is a late, late spot!

Nana Plaza, BangkokNana Entertainment Plaza, located directly across the street from Nana Hotel

Nana Disco

Herve Presents Bilou, Invasion of Zebra, 29 September 2010 – Bangkok

Sunday, September 19th, 2010