Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » Banyan Tree proudly welcomes European culinary star Chef Rolf Fliegauf to VERTIGO rooftop restaurant. The twice 2-Michelin starred German-born brings his unmatched cooking finesse to Banyan Tree’s Vertigo for two nights only. Switzerland’s most decorated chef and Europe’s youngest Michelin star recipient, he is best known as the founder of the prestigious Ecco Ascona and St. Moritz restaurants in Switzerland, where his work twice earned him a 2-star rating. His impact on the world of fine cooking has not gone unnoticed, with a critic from German national weekly Welt am Sonntag calling him “one of the greatest chefs of his generation”. Herr Fliegauf’s first inkling that he was destined for the culinary arts came at an early age, having spent much of his childhood peering into pots and absorbing the craft in the kitchen of his parents’ restaurant. His dazzling degustation menu starts off with a suite of tantalizing snacks… Crunchy chicken skin with dried egg yolk; Oyster with green apple, seaweed and caviar; and Scallop with hazelnut and truffle vinaigrette. With a penchant for experimentation with texture and temperature, Chef Rolf embraces the fundamentals of haute cuisine while remaining close to the principles of popular cuisine – an approach he calls “purist aroma cuisine”. “Aroma cuisine means that every ingredient retains its original flavour,” he explains. “By combining the different components, I am able to optimally accentuate all of the flavours.” Despite having come of age and flourished on Euro-centric cooking, the German-born chef has expanded his culinary horizons to include an appreciation for regional fare: “Not so much the ingredients, but it’s the techniques… the tradition of serving a progression of smaller dishes. I love the Asian way of eating” Showcasing his uncommon kitchen skills at VERTIGO, chef Rolf will offer a diverse and sumptuous menu that includes Marinated raw tuna with cucumber, wasabi and yuzu, Tandoori-flavour Maine lobster with radish and citrus, Slow cooked salmon with saffron, fennel and dashi Beurre Blanc; Pan fried foie gras with ravioli of braised chicken, beetroot and currant; and Wagyu beef tenderloin eggplant, onion and Japanese vinaigrette. In a nod to his adopted country, a Swiss-style Birchermüsli with mixed premium cereals, forest berries and yogurt will comprise the afters course. Because seating for this rare and exclusive dining event is unsurprisingly limited, kindly note that reservations are strictly required. Please call 02 679-1200. Degustation Menu by Chef Rolf Fliegauf 17 & 18 November 2018 at VERTIGO 4-course Degustation Set THB 4,999++ & THB 6,999++ with wines per person 5-course Degustation Set THB 5,599++ & THB 7,799++ with wines per person 6-course Degustation Set THB 6,199++ & THB 8,599++ with wines per person

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Banyan Tree proudly welcomes European culinary star Chef Rolf Fliegauf to VERTIGO rooftop restaurant. The twice 2-Michelin starred German-born brings his unmatched cooking finesse to Banyan Tree’s Vertigo for two nights only. Switzerland’s most decorated chef and Europe’s youngest Michelin star recipient, he is best known as the founder of the prestigious Ecco Ascona and St. Moritz restaurants in Switzerland, where his work twice earned him a 2-star rating. His impact on the world of fine cooking has not gone unnoticed, with a critic from German national weekly Welt am Sonntag calling him “one of the greatest chefs of his generation”. Herr Fliegauf’s first inkling that he was destined for the culinary arts came at an early age, having spent much of his childhood peering into pots and absorbing the craft in the kitchen of his parents’ restaurant. His dazzling degustation menu starts off with a suite of tantalizing snacks… Crunchy chicken skin with dried egg yolk; Oyster with green apple, seaweed and caviar; and Scallop with hazelnut and truffle vinaigrette. With a penchant for experimentation with texture and temperature, Chef Rolf embraces the fundamentals of haute cuisine while remaining close to the principles of popular cuisine – an approach he calls “purist aroma cuisine”. “Aroma cuisine means that every ingredient retains its original flavour,” he explains. “By combining the different components, I am able to optimally accentuate all of the flavours.” Despite having come of age and flourished on Euro-centric cooking, the German-born chef has expanded his culinary horizons to include an appreciation for regional fare: “Not so much the ingredients, but it’s the techniques… the tradition of serving a progression of smaller dishes. I love the Asian way of eating” Showcasing his uncommon kitchen skills at VERTIGO, chef Rolf will offer a diverse and sumptuous menu that includes Marinated raw tuna with cucumber, wasabi and yuzu, Tandoori-flavour Maine lobster with radish and citrus, Slow cooked salmon with saffron, fennel and dashi Beurre Blanc; Pan fried foie gras with ravioli of braised chicken, beetroot and currant; and Wagyu beef tenderloin eggplant, onion and Japanese vinaigrette. In a nod to his adopted country, a Swiss-style Birchermüsli with mixed premium cereals, forest berries and yogurt will comprise the afters course. Because seating for this rare and exclusive dining event is unsurprisingly limited, kindly note that reservations are strictly required. Please call 02 679-1200. Degustation Menu by Chef Rolf Fliegauf 17 & 18 November 2018 at VERTIGO 4-course Degustation Set THB 4,999++ & THB 6,999++ with wines per person 5-course Degustation Set THB 5,599++ & THB 7,799++ with wines per person 6-course Degustation Set THB 6,199++ & THB 8,599++ with wines per person

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Hotels in the Middle East reported September 2018 performance declines, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.http://www.tourismthailand.org/landing/landing_en.html

U.S. dollar constant currency, September 2018 vs. September 2017

Middle East

  • Occupancy: -7.0% to 59.8%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -18.0% to US$124.49
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -23.7% to US$74.47

Africa

  • Occupancy: +3.9% to 65.0%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): +6.4% to US$107.96
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +10.6% to US$70.21

Local currency, September 2018 vs. September 2017

Beirut

  • Occupancy: -6.7% to 66.6%
  • ADR: -6.8% to LBP224,065.02
  • RevPAR: -13.0% to LBP149,146.78

Beirut’s declines were largely attributable to high performance levels last September, according to STR analysts. Performance growth was well-pronounced during most of the months of 2017 due to a stabilized political climate and a boost in tourism. Despite the year-over-year performance decrease, Beirut’s absolute occupancy level was the second-highest for a September in the market over the last seven years. Only September 2017 (71.3%) was higher during that time.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Occupancy: +26.7% to 56.3%
  • ADR: -8.7% to SAR599.84
  • RevPAR: +15.7% to SAR337.45

STR analysts attribute a 33.4% jump in demand (room nights sold) to four events hosted at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center. The 56.3% absolute occupancy level was the highest for any September in the market since 2014. The highest occupancy night came on 25 September (78.5%), which was the first day of the SFDA Annual Conference & Exhibition. The decline in monthly ADR was likely due to continued significant supply growth (+5.8% year to date).

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