Archive for April, 2012

The Catbird Seat, at Grass on Thonglor – Bangkok

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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The Catbird Seat – On The Rooftop
At Grass – Corner of Thonglor Soi 12
Restaurant, Cocktail Bar & Wine
Tel. +66(0)2 714 8551 Fax. +66()02 714 8622

The Catbird Seat at the top of Grass on Thonglor is an excellent place to unwind, it offers a delightful terrace that usually has a cooling breeze, and overlooks the trendy scene as Thonglor “wakes up” at night in this famous area of Bangkok. It also has an inside dining room and bar. The cuisine is very distinctive, with a range of dishes that will please the palate. Try the Moroccan Tagine! They offer a broad range of wines by the glass and a wine list with old and new world wines.

Wine Festival, X Wine Z, 27 Apr – 5 May 2012 – Bangkok

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Water Library Thonglor, 30 April 2012, Two Wine Makers From Piedmont – Bangkok

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Tartar of deep sea langoustine with gazpacho air and passion fruit
Langhe Bianco 2007, Matteo Correggia


Hokkaido scallop with parmesan from Reggia and chorizo
Roero Arneis 2010, Matteo Correggia


Seared Perigord foie gras with celeriac, pumpernickel and black berries
Barbera d’Alba “Marun” 2006, Matteo Correggia


Wagyu beef cheek with aubergine, pomegranate and purple curry sauce
Barbaresco “Coppa Rossa”2008, Bruno Rocca


Banana Split
Barbaresco “Rabaja” 2008, Bruno Rocca


Our selection of Illy coffee and fine teas


4,900.- Baht
Chef de Cuisine Mirco Keller

Prices are quoted per person in Thai Baht
and not including tax and service charge
Water Library
Chamchuri Square, Unit 217, 2nd Floor
Payathi Road, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330
T | +66 02 160 5188
F | +66 02 160 5188
E | (Oliver Kramny)

Water Library
The Grass Thong Lor 12
Sukhumvit 55
Bangkok 10110

Robata RuBi An – Yonago, Japan

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Robata RuBi An
52 Chamachi, Yonago, Tottori
Tel. (81) 08 59 32 0021
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00-22:00; Closed Sunday

Mr. Hirofumi Gion took over his father’s coffee house and made it into a Robata-style restaurant, specializing in fresh seafood, as he had the foresight to see that too many coffee shops would be opening in the area. He only offers daily catches of fresh seafood and when the catch runs out – he closes.


Agora Restaurant, Yonago – Japan

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Agora Restaurant

Nogawa Bldg. 1st Flr., 14 Chamachi, Yonago, Tottori
Tel. 0859-32-2267
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:00  18:00 – 21:30 Closed Monday

Agora is a fairly recent addition to the dining scene in Yonago, along with Cous-Cous and some others. It is a one man operation with the chef acting also as waiter, wine steward, table runner, pantry man, and dishwasher. Granted, it is one of many chef owned micro-restaurants popping up all over Japan and only has five seats at the counter in front of the open kitchen and one table seating a maximum of four however, it takes a lot of precision to get all of the timing right – and he does. The cooking is very good and as I have just stated, there was no real waits for courses to arrive. Bravo!


Quick Lunches Initiated at Many Hotels in Seoul, Korea

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Among many hotels in Seoul, Korea Lotte Hotel’s French restaurant Pierre Gagnaire initiated a One Hour business lunch in place of its more than Two Hour business lunches served in the past, there are other choices however, for people that have no time constraints.

Renaissance Hotel’s Irodori Japanese restaurant has begun delivering bento boxes, Japanese-style lunch boxes to executives in the area.

It seems that speedy lunches are becoming a trend as well as lowering of prices for lunch in line with the economic downturn.


2011 Bordeaux Fails to Impress – France

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The 2011 Bordeaux falls short of the two previous excellent vintages and is not going to compete in terms of quality, and prices need to reflect this.  Last year, Chateau Lafite en primeur, or still in the barrel,  hit £ 10,000 a case and appreciation is not expected, say merchants.

Consumers in China and other areas of Asia continue paying inflated prices for wine, cognac and Scotch whisky, more as a status symbol than for enjoyment.

Mos Burger, Japanese Burgers, Targets Korean Market – Japan

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Mos Burger, established in 1972 operates outside of Japan in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and now Korea.  Mos Burger was the first to develop the teriyaki burger and a burger using a bun made out of  rice (rice burger).

Korea has two distinct markets for burgers: the inexpensive fast-food market dominated by McDonald’s and the upper-tier burgers captured by Kraze Burger; Mos Burger is going to position itself somewhere in the center of these two groups.

The Songkran Escape, Get Out of The Water and Slip Into a Dry Martini! – Bangkok

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Coyote Sukhumvit, Ladies Night, Free Margaritas, Thursdays 6-8 pm – Bangkok

Thursday, April 5th, 2012