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Belgium’s Best-Kept Culinary Secrets Revealed

October 10, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel announces a November dining sensation – “One Week of Belgian Cuisine Festival” – to kick start the month of Thanksgiving.

The exciting event runs from 4-9 November at the hotel’s modern French restaurant, The Reflexions, and The Rain Tree Café.

Belgium_2And that is only one of the attractions the hotel is offering throughout November. Add to this a series of fine dining events, including a Michelin Guest Chef wine dinner and a gala Thanks Giving dinner, ensuring untold gastronomic pleasures throughout the month.

Belgian chef M George Deprez from Sheraton Brussels’ has been invited to personally orchestrate the entire week of Belgian cuisine. Promising to bring the best of Belgium to Bangkok, Chef George will present the famous Flemish cuisine, Wallonia cuisine and the cuisines of the country’s nine premier culinary regions, with a special spotlight on its coastline.

Working with the award-winning Plaza Athénée a Royal Méridien Hotel team, M George will create a passionately conceived wine and beer dinner at The Reflexions restaurant on 4 November: a four-course authentic Belgian gourmet dinner paired with Belgian beer and fine wine at THB 2500 net per person, including Beer tasting and a bottle of wine for two diners.

This will be followed by a lavish buffet from 5-8 November, featuring a huge variety of Belgian dishes guaranteed to leave sensational flavours on the palate and in the mind. Among the savouries, the likes of vol-au-vent – creamy ragout of chicken, mushroom and meatballs encased in puff pastry, The likes of carbonade flamande and Caille liegoise are among the most remarkable dishes of this fertile feeding ground, not to mention Waterzooi, marinated salmon, monkfish, pigeon, roast beef, and superb musselsEqually irresistible dessert options will include selections of Belgian cheeses and such indulgent desserts as M George’s grandmother’s Brussels waffle recipe, topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries. Price at THB 1,699 net per person

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Culminating the Belgian Week on Saturday 9th November is Belgian Seafood buffet which will present the cuisine of Belgian coastal areas, prepared with fish, prawns, mussels, oysters and Maine lobsters. Among these are dishes with timeless medieval influences manifested as combinations of sweet and sour flavours fused with refreshing aromas of herbs and spices.  THB 1980 net per person includes Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab.

“We thank the Belgium Embassy in Bangkok, (Thai Airways and Belgium Beverage,) who have extended their support to make this event possible and we are very much looking forward to discover the ‘Taste of Belgium’,” remarked Gilles Evrard, Hotel Manager of Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel, and a Belgium national himself.

Belgium is widely-accepted among gourmands as one of the world’s best places to indulge the palate but it still comes as a surprise to some who perhaps only associate the country with chocolate, beer and waffles. In fact, though the country has only the 76th largest population in the world, it has the ninth most Michelin Star restaurants,

As M. Gilles concluded: “If anyone is any doubt as to the excellence of Belgian cuisine, we promise that they will fully appreciate its status as among the best in the world once they have explored the innumerable delicacies featured in our Belgian Week.

For reservations please call + 66 2650 8800 or e-mail fb.bangkok@lemeridien.com

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