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New restaurants and hotels to visit once lockdown ends

by Ashima

From a burger joint to an online Indian supermarket, we’ve got it covered.

By Ashima Sethi

Bang Bang Burgers

Adding to Bangkok’s impressive list of burger restaurants, Bang Bang Burgers is a ‘burger and booze joint packed full of flavour and originality.’ But what really sets them apart? The team focuses on crafting the perfect housemade patty ranging from grass-fed beef to plant-based options. Moreover, rather than sticking to one type, their offers span smashburgers, cheese burgers, fried chicken burgers, veg burgers, and even lettuce wraps. Highlights include the Iron Mike (THB 155), named after Mike Tyson, which features soft bread, smashed patty, American cheese, sautéed onions, dill pickles, and their ‘magic sauce’; and the Angry bird (THB 280) made with a crusted patty coated with chilli powder from Thailand’s North.
Facebook: @Bangbangburgersbkk

Cupcake Street

Having launched earlier this year, Cupcake Street is a home-style bakery that follows a New York City concept. Their flavours are inspired by different neighbourhoods and cultural icons from NYC and include delights such as the Tribeca pretzel, ultra-chocolatey Brooklyn cupcakes, the red velvet-inspired Lady Audrey, and the Chuck and Blair that pays homage to Gossip Girl’s (2007) most memorable couple. Since its introduction, the brand has already caught the eye of several Thai celebrities including Ice Apitsada, Piraya Singha, and Tanya Rae Engtrakul despite it being a new addition to Bangkok’s buzzing dessert scene. Currently, pre-orders are required and you can do so via their social media pages. They can also accommodate custom orders. Instagram: @cupcakestreetbkk

Desi Talad

Providing a one-stop-shop, Desi Talad’s online portal makes shopping for treats from the Motherland easier than ever! Currently their stock includes popular biscuits like Butter Bites’ cashew cookies and butter cookies; Priyagolds Italiano cookies in flavours like coconut, chocolate chip; and Priyagolds Jeera top salted biscuits, among others. Also great for snacking on, they have artisan popcorn from Popcorn & Company in a variety of flavours such as blueberry, caramel, and cheesy sriracha, as well as DIY popcorn kits where you can pop the kernels and season using different powders like papdi chaat and barbecue. For cooking, the online store offers a variety of masala and curry mixes as well as instant mixes for white and yellow dhokla. www.desitalad.com

Tony’s

Now open in Soi 11, Tony’s takes inspiration from the rustic Italian-American restaurants that line the streets of New York. Led by Chef Anthony Burd who has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including La Scala at The Sukhothai, the restaurant reimagines Italian classics by giving them a farm-to-table twist. On the menu are delights like Sorpresine (THB 320), handmade pasta with a spicy vodka sauce; the Trofie (THB 420), eggless pasta served with pistachio pesto and burrata; the Bangkok hot (THB 520) a pizza topped with salami, spicy sausage, meatballs, mozzarella, and pickled chilli; and the indulgent Truffle pizza (THB 780) with black truffle, mascarpone, and arugula. The restaurant also has sets for two to four diners encompassing their signature dishes. Facebook: @tonysskv11

Centara Reserve Samui

Centara Reserve’s flagship on Koh Samui is all set to open its doors. The Centara Reserve Samui offers a unique take on luxury travel, focusing on personalised travel experiences for individuals seeking a more meaningful escape. Set on tranquil Chaweng Beach, the resort houses 184 luxurious rooms, pool suites, and beachfront villas, as well as the world’s first Reserve Spa Cenvaree, which allows guests to customise their treatments, including herbs and oils sourced from the onsite garden. It also boasts multiple swimming pools, a first-class fitness centre, a sustainable children’s play area, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces. The most unique aspect of the ‘reserve’ property, is that it invites guests to style their holiday in any way they want to, whether it’s a beach picnic, a glamping-style barbecue, or the freedom to dine anywhere, anytime. www.centarahotelsresorts.com/reserve/crs/

dusitD2 Hua Hin

dusitD2 Hua Hin is a modern pet-friendly resort situated in the centre of one of the country’s most popular vacation spots. Located only a seven minutes’ walk to Hua Hin’s main beach and only a stone’s throw from popular attractions like the Bluport Mall and the Cicada Market, the retreat is a good fit for all types of travellers, whether it be couples, families, or groups of friends. The resort boasts 152 guestrooms including options that can accommodate up to two pets. In addition to comfortable rooms, the resort houses the all-day dining venue Café Soi; the rooftop Som Bar with panoramic views; and Dusit Gourmet, their signature bakery. In terms of facilities, the resort offers a well-equipped kids’ club, swimming pool, wellness centre, and several intimate meeting spaces for memorable gatherings. www.dusit.com/dusitd2-huahin/

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui

Hyatt Hotels have launched their first property on the stunning island of Koh Samui. Located in North Chaweng, close to the island’s airport, the picturesque Hyatt Regency Koh Samui houses 140 modern and bright guestrooms, 24 of which are suites and villas that are fi t for anyone looking for a tropical escape. A private retreat with direct access to the beach, the resort offers an array of amenities including the ‘Gallery of Eight,’ which describes eight spots guests are encouraged to take photos at across the property, several versatile indoor and outdoor venues for all types of gatherings, four restaurants and bars serving up global cuisine, a spa with five treatment rooms, multiple swimming pools with sea views including a kids’ pool with a slide, and more. www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/thailand/hyatt-regency-koh-samui/usmrk

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