OPERA FOR TWO
As the Victoria and Albert Museum presents the exhibition this month, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, London presents the Opera Afternoon Tea package featuring menu items inspired by the exhibition. From 30 September until 19 November, find mini croissants filled with Brie de Meaux and grape chutney, prune crumble tart, Medovik honey cake and limoncello jelly, served with tea. For guests preferring the cocktail package, a Don Giovanni cocktail made with Mozart chocolate liqueur, amaretto and fresh cream is also included. Within walking distance of the V&A Museum, take a breather at Jumeirah Carlton Tower for tea after admiring the exhibits at the institution.
WHAT’S NORMAL, ANYWAY?
From the open kitchen of Supernormal Canteen in Melbourne’s St Kilda comes an abundance of amazing Asian creations like steamed pork buns, pig’s head bao, chicken skin chicharrones, and Chongqing popcorn, to be washed down with free-flowing Asahi, a selection of wines, sake and cocktails, and complemented by the smoking Yakitori grill from a central bar. “Think Izakaya style with a twist,” says owner Andrew McConnell, who says that Supernormal Canteen is the most fun he has ever had working in a restaurant. If you’re looking for a fun place where you can be yourself, head on here when in Melbourne.
FOR YOUNG DINERS
The Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, has come up with a new, refined, colourful and fun dinner service just for its youngest guests. The components of this “Little Gourmets” porcelain service made in France by Pillivuyt, which all bear the famous red teddy bear which is the signature of the Hotel and comprise a dish, a bowl and a cup, will delight the little ones who will have the chance to eat breakfast in the dining room or their meal from room service. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is also making the set available for purchase, which will retail for 120€.
TASTE OF THE CLASSICS
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is dusting off its recipe books for its new ‘Amber Classics Menu’, a collection of the two Michelin-starred restaurant’s classic signature dishes selected from the past 12 years. The exceptional 6-course menu is described as a “gastronomic tour de force” by culinary director, chef Richard Ekkebus. Diners will get to savour some of Amber’s most popular dishes such as Hokkaido sea urchin in a lobster jell-O and ‘Dombes’ frog legs wrapped in crispy Kataifi, and a decadent Abinao 85% chocolate soufflé served, during this promotion, which ends in mid-2018.
MARTIN SELBY AT MANATHAI
Martin Selby, one of Koh Samui’s most respected creative chefs, has joined Thailand-based Manathai Hotels and Resorts as the Executive Chef for two of its hotels in Koh Samui and Khao Lak. The British chef – whose list of accomplishments include opening seafood restaurant RockPool, The Page at The Library resort, and The Larder, which is rated as one of the island’s best restaurants by TripAdvisor – has wasted no time in debuting new signature dishes at the two resorts. At the Waterline Restaurant in Manathai Koh Samui, Selby introduced the Blue Swimmer Crab Tian as a light lunch or dinner starter, which features fresh seafood married with subtle flavours and a pop of salmon egg. At Manathai Khao Lak’s Colours Restaurant, diners can tuck into Australian Flank Steak with Rocket, Stilton & Quince, a secondary-cut steak elevated with high-quality blue cheese and a hint of sweet quince.