“People who love to eat are always the best people,” mused Julia Child. For those who love to sip and savor their way through the world, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, with its celebrated properties, impeccable service and sumptuous décor, has designed some outstanding new epicurean experiences, all just waiting to be tasted. Guests will be inspired to banish the diets and cleanses to another day and indulge in some of these pleasure inducing treats. As Ms. Child would say, “We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.” Raffles simply could not agree more.
- Nobu comes to Paris… Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris is thrilled to welcome Matsuhisa Paris at Le Royal Monceau,the only restaurant in France for the world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Open since March and already garnering fabulous reviews and international acclaim, executive chef Hideki Endo and his team of sushi masters bring Nobu’s exclusive vision of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine into the Parisian landscape. The extensive and original menu offers guests an innovative culinary experience with a fine-tuned array of Nobu’s legendary signature dishes including Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Black Cod with Miso.
- These shoes are made for noshing… Twopowerhouse brands, Raffles Dubai and Manolo Blahnik, have joined forces to roll out the red carpet for a new afternoon tea that fashionistas will simply adore. Served in the sublime setting of Raffles Salon from 1 April to 31 October 2016, the themed afternoon tea incorporates the essence of Manolo Blahnik’s hand-crafted signature designs, including the iconic Hangisi pumps. Some of the delightful treats include peach praline chocolate stilettos, blueberry blushers, a hat stand made with panna cotta and sour cherries and of course, flutes of champagne. Six fortunate tea-time guests will walk out with their very own pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, to be raffled away during this exclusive limited engagement.
- Oh my, is it Gin O’Clock already….? It could very well be so in Cambodia, where the talented mixologists at the Writers Bar at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh are always happy to guide guests on a littlegin-venture. With 40 different gins and gin-fusions, guests may experience the true range of gin with a gin flight, creative gin & tonic variations and a myriad of gin based cocktails. One of the most popular choices remains the ever-classic Raffles Resident Gin & Tonic, made with the incomparable Raffles 1915 Sipsmith gin. Partake in one at Gin O’Clock when enticing arrays of tapas are available for pairing with one’s tipple.
- Speaking of Julia Child, that doyenne of cooking instruction… Release one’s inner Julia and learn to cook the finest dishes of Cambodian cuisine with a Royal Khmer Cooking Class. Available at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh andRaffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, guests also have the opportunity to sit back and leave the cooking in the hands of the professionals. The Royal Khmer Tasting Menu reveals the intricate flavours of this national cuisine. In preparation, Raffles chefs follow the ancient traditions of the Royal Palace kitchen and use recipes passed down by the royal household.
- The ultimate bespoke experience… Raffles Makati brings guests behind the bar, with private mixology lessons at the hotel’s signature Long Bar. The perfect opportunity for one-on-one collaboration with Manila’s top mixologists, guests are guided through the creation of their very own signature cocktails. Next, anintimate five-star dining experience within the comfort of a luxurious Executive Suite, Presidential Suite or an al fresco poolside soirée, becomes even more special with a custom-designed menu, courtesy of the hotel’s esteemed executive chef and his expert team of master chefs.
- Where worlds collide… With a view overlooking two continents, guests of Raffles Istanbul may be forgiven for feeling as if they have stumbled upon an old-world secret or two, particularly once they have sampled the Long Bar’s Secrets & Botanics Cocktail Collection. Inspired by the ancient tales of legendary lost cities, these cocktails combine old and new world flavours with perfect balance. Take a trip to the sunken kingdoms of Wales with “The Road of Legend”, mixed with apple vodka, Safari liqueur and home-made cinnamon syrup. The “Atlantis” will give you a taste of that mythical island on the first sip of rum, green tea and essence of basil. To really heat things up, sip the “Cibola” a concoction of tequila, mango and jalapeno; created as a tribute to one of the Seven Cities of Gold.
- Step back in time… The glamorous era of 1920s Europe is evoked at Raffles Beijing, when French style and cuisine were the height of sophistication. Jaan restaurant is a cultured setting for memorable dining and social soirées, just as it was in the 1920s. Jaan’s soaring ceilings, original timber-sprung dance floor and majestic French windows overlooking Chang An Avenue evoke the original atmosphere of the hotel, which opened in 1917 as the capital’s finest meeting place for Chinese and foreign dignitaries. The menu at Jaan highlights executive chef Cyrille Mollé’s modern French bistro classics, created with the finest imported and local seasonal ingredients. Diners can savour France’s most cherished dishes, such as the nine-hour slow cooked duck leg confit with orange gastrique sticky jus, parsley baby potatoes and cabbage fondue ballotine.