Best of Bangkok

Maison de la Truffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Aston Martins and Bentleys parked outside are a clue as to the pedigree of clientele this ritzy restau- rant attracts. It seems high society has a new hotspot at Maison de la Truffe, a French-inspired fine dining experience that leverages the holy grail of all gourmet ingredients — the truffle.

Enter and you’ll find, enshrined in glass, championed specimens of white and black truffles that flavor the majority of the restaurant’s signature dishes and inspire cocktails, desserts and even the decor.

Black truffle infused oil served with a warm bread basket sets the tone for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The inventive chef masterfully crafts each dish by pairing flavors and ingredients that complement the main attraction, so that you can experience course after course of truffles in just about every way imaginable.

For a scent-sational flavor feast foodies will love, the truffles are served up as shavings. This presentation allows the truffle aroma to emit strong signals of taste before they touch your tongue.The subtle and succulent tones of truffles incorporated into each dish will leave you fascinated by the versatility of these exquisite mushrooms.

The jury is still out on the black truffle infused vanilla ice cream, which per- haps only the most ardent enthusiast can truly appreciate, but the fondant chocolate cake is to die for.

The restaurant — opened just a few months ago — is in the heart of the up- scale Thonglor district, and there is a second location at Siam Paragon.

Offering a set lunch menu, Maison de la Truffe is ideal for an executive lunch by day and a romantic rendezvous by night. Perfect for anniversaries, Valentine’s dates and special occasions, you can count on the finest service and an elaborate menu but expect to shell out a small fortune to cover costs of a dining experience superior to most date-night destinations.

Avarpuri Massage & Spa

Thursday, March 23, 2017

One of the best things about living in Bangkok is the abundance of foot massage locations to pop into after a long day of commuting or touring. But, on occasion, its nice to spring for something slightly more sophisticat- ed when you and your pals are on the prowl for some next-level pampering. Dodge the rows of glass fronted par- lors along the gritty Sukhumvit strip and step into Avarpuri — a five-star spa service that comes with an affordable price tag.

Tucked away on the top floor of J Avenue, you’ll discover one of the city’s best-kept secrets. A luxury spa with sensibly priced services and staff that are professionally trained,

Avarpuri is an oasis of calm in bustling Bangkok. The space was renovated a year ago in a contemporary style with understated elegance — just the environment for mindful relaxation.

From the moment you step into their comfy slippers until you’re sipping tea from porcelain cups at your treatment’s end, you’ll find your- self—if only for an hour or two— free from the chaos and clamor of this city and in the lap of luxury. It begins with the music: Rather than playing music featuring twangy stringed instruments (as many spas in the city do), Avarpuri will woo you with the timeless works of Chopin, Tchaikovsky and other classical com- posers with its soothing soundtrack.

Next, choose from an assortment of natural products for the purest spa experience and then begin your spa treatment. The oil massage rooms are single occupancy only, so they are not ideal for couples. However, you can book a couples Thai massage in the beautifully renovated massage corridor where double occupancy rooms allow for a relaxing treatment side-by-side.

Body scrubs, masks, waxing, massage and facials are among the treatments you can book for a little “me time” or pampering for you and your girlfriends.

(Published first in Wanderlust Magazine, written by Mandy Smith)

Pretty Cozy Nail Cottage

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nothing says “mother-daughter-date” quite like propping your feet up for manis and pedis together and giggling about ticklish toes and picking out pink polish!  What girl doesn’t love to get glam’d up with a little sparkle and shine? We found the ultimate sweet-spot to cure a hard week at school or celebrate a birthday!

Pretty Cozy Nail Cottage is everything it claims to be – pretty, cozy, and set in a comfortable and attractive cottage setting with an intimate ambiance.  Shabby chic decor welcomes guests by way of overstuffed floral armchairs, ottomans, tasteful filigree mirror accents, attractive artwork and Laura Ashley styled wallpaper that makes it feel more like a visit to a European tea room than a nail salon.  Linger for an unhurried hour or two getting your gloss on and savoring this little slice of solitude — a quiet contemplative nook nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the busy bars and bistros below. 

This day spa has been in business for nearly a decade and is staffed by courteous and professionally trained nail artists experienced not only in artistic nail design, but also up to date on the best nail and cuticle care to ensure a safe experience even for the youngest visitors.  Acrylic nail extensions as well as gel polish and spa manicures & pedicures are among available treatments.  And lets mention for a moment the loads of lacquers to choose from.   Every conceivable hue of magenta & mauve, plum & pink, turquoise and teal — you’ll have no shortage of chic choices!
Open from 10:00am-8:00pm
(Published first in Wanderlust Magazine written by Mandy)