A new standard
Relax and unwind in style at the Pacific Standard Bar, found on the 41st floor of Alila hotel in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Designed to reflect the glamorous charm of mid-20th-century Los Angeles, the chic cocktail lounge was created with bar consultant Proof & Company, which was responsible for the success behind some of Asia’s best bars like Manhattan Bar, Atlas Bar, and 28 Hong Kong Street. The man behind the bar is Ruben Anandha, who has crafted a few cocktails worthy of Hollywood’s glamorous history, like the Sunset Swizzle (pineapple rum, green chartreuse, basil cordial, fresh lime, pineapple, and mint), Fat White Russian (vodka, coffee liqueur, house-made boozy donut cream, cinnamon, and vanilla cordial), and Chocolate Negroni (gin, bitters blend, sweet vermouth, and chocolate bitters).
Simply The Best
Gastronomes, you can start making those travel plans now that the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2018 have been named. Claiming the top spot this year is Italy's Osteria Francescana, the Modena-based restaurant that returned to the pinnacle after losing out last year to New York’s Eleven Madison Park, which fell to fourth spot. Closer to home, we have Bangkok’s progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan taking fifth place – the highest Asian restaurant on the list – while Den’s elevated, deeply personal take on Japanese home cooking took the Tokyo restaurant up to 17th place. Down south in Singapore, Chef Julien Royer’s ultra-refined take on modern French food took Odette to 28th spot – not a bad place to start your world food tour.
Bring on The Feastival!
If you’re a fan of Jamie Oliver’s fun and rustic take on British food, make your way down to Kingham, Oxfordshire for The Big Feastival. Co-founded with Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker Alex James, the festival takes place on 24-26 August and brings together top chefs like Marco Pierre White, Mark Hix, and Raymond Blanc to cook up a storm, while performers like Craig David, Basement Jaxx and Clean Bandit are set to entertain the crowd. There will also be pop-up restaurants like Shake Shack and The Cheese Bar Experience, as well as cooking workshops and the Friday Night Supper Club, a feast hosted by award-winning restaurant The Ethicurean.
A Gateway To Japanese Cuisine
There’s more Japanese cuisine to explore at J’s Gate Dining Lot 10, which recently welcomed two new restaurants: Mo-Mo Paradise and Osaka Kitchen. The former first opened in Kabukicho, Tokyo in 1993 and gained a reputation for its sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. Osaka Kitchen, on the other hand, is known for signature Osaka dishes such as okonomiyaki, teppanyaki and yakisoba. This takes the number of restaurants at J’s Gate to 15, including ramen shop Kaguraya, yakitori joint Torikin and hotpot specialists Fuji Sakura.
Tea and luxury
Live in the lap of luxury at The St. Regis Bali Resort, which is now offering the Artisan-Craft Tea with John Hardy. The themed tea set features patisseries inspired by collections of luxury jewellery brand John Hardy like the bamboo yuzu, white chocolate praline, Balinese pandan sponge inspired by the Bamboo collection; white chocolate, ginger, chocolate crémeux inspired by the Legends collection; and chocolate tuille, mango and passion éclaire inspired by the Dot collection. Available from now until 31 August, the Artisan Craft-Tea also gives diners a chance to win a John Hardy Modern Chain Brushed Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver and 18K Yellow Gold.