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Spaccanapoli, the best pizza in Sanremo (Italy)

6 May 2011

Do you want to eat a real Neapolitan pizza? The answer is in Sanremo in the Riviera di Fiori near the beautiful city of Imperia and the restaurant is Spaccanapoli.

The pizzeria is Spaccanapoli Sanremo, Via Nino Bixio a short walk from the centerand the Piazza Brescia, the square where the nightlife takes place in San Remo. Family run, as you can tell from the name of the owners are from Naples and in addition to being Spaccanapoli pizzeria also serves as a restaurant. The restaurant has only one room and a conservatory which in total has around forty-five covered. Specialty pizzas are the restaurant’s French fries, fried and stuffed the pants closed, and the delights of Sorrento, the lemon cake with cream, of course, made ​​withlemons from the Amalfi Coast. The closing day of the pizzeria is on Monday. Reservations are recommended during the week the room being small.

31, Via Nino Bixio – 18038 Sanremo (IM) – Italy
tel: : +39 0184 542669

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The newest & hippest disco bar in Zhuhai: Bar 88

29 April 2011

88 Bar’ or ‘Bar 88’ is one of the newest and hippest spots on Zhuhai’s famous Bar Street. With Western Saloon style decor, regular live performers and excellent service, we are sure this bar is here to stay! The only bad thing to say about 88 is that there is no real dance floor, rather a few small areas where up to 15 or 20 people can dance if they don’t mind getting up close and personal!

This venue has a very classic feel and offers an eclectic selection of karaoke rooms catering to different customers; it’s also one of the more upscale bar venues in the district. The place is decorated to integrate both Eastern and Western styles – going for that overall feel of being both grand and trendy. Their karaoke rooms provide visitors with a variety of choices that range from different themes to deluxe and VIP; each of the rooms are fitted with the best entertainment and karaoke-singing equipment. This is a bar that caters more to expats and foreign visitors; prices are also on the upper-end scale – expect to pay around 300 -400 RMB/person.

Get to the club early or call ahead to reserve a table. You will need to buy a bucket of beers or a bottle of spirits to get a table, but if there is more than three or four of you, then this makes sense.

Any time you want a break from the lively atmosphere to rest your dancing legs or have a quieter talk with friends, head on out to the terrace area, where you will find tables with umbrellas (perfect for all weather!) and computers with Internet Access at your disposal.

Address for foreigners: “Joo Hai Shuh, Schway Wan (rhymes with ‘Can’) Loo, Joe Bah Jieer, Ehr Buy Eee How”  …is how we would say it. Here’s the pinyin too: Zhu Hai Shi, Sui Wan Lu, Jiu Ba Jie, 201-209 hao

Most taxi drivers will know where to go if you say “Joe Bah Jieer” (pinyin – ‘Jiu Ba Jie’). When you get onto Bar Street, simply say “Bah Sheh Bah Bah” (pinyin – ‘Ba Shi Ba Ba’) – meaning ’88 Bar’ and you will be dropped off on the cross-road at the end of Bar Street. Bar 88 is right on the corner!

No. 88 Bar

Address: 203-205 Shuiwan (Harbor) – Bar District – Zhuhai – China
地址:珠海市水湾酒吧街203-205号
Tel: +86 75 6 888 9188
Opening hours: 19:30-02:00

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Bellini Lounge Music Bar at Venetian Macau: the place to be in town!

29 April 2011

You might be surprised to find that one of the friendliest bars in town is located in a corner of the casino floor of The Venetian. The Bellini Lounge may sound and look posh, but it’s actually a down-to-earth watering hole which attracts a stylish crowd aged mostly from their late 20s to late 40s. Most are here not just becaue they’re taking a break from gambling, but have made the trip specially to enjoy live music in the company of friends.

The huge couches and vast space mean you’ll usually be able to get a comfortable seat, and not worry about having smoke being blown in your face by a stranger while jostling for standing room. There are also plenty of bar stools up by the impressively long bar, where solo guests can perch and enjoy the live entertainment, while being entertained by the bartender.

Two live resident bands provide entertaining covers of Top 40 hits, R&B numbers every night, but aren’t too loud or intrusive so as to prevent conversation. The large bar is quite quiet during the day, and during weeknights attracts after-work suits as well as tourists. 

During weekends, and their Ladies Nitz (free drinks for women) every Wednesday from 8pm, it starts to get packed with an eye candy crowd of models, dancers and expatriates.

There is a wide selection of wines and premium spirits as well as coctails on the menu, and Bellini is well staffed with friendly and knowledgable staff who are only too happy to help. The bar is also known for having some of the prettiest and most professional and attentive female staff members in Macau.

Try the house specialty cocktail, the Bellini, which is made of fresh peach, schnapps and champagne, other popular drinks include champagne cocktails made with mango and fruit blends.

Address: Shop 1041 (On the casino floor) – Venetian Casino – Macau
Tel: +853 8118 9940

Open: 4:00 pm – 4:00 am (Mondays – Fridays);
2:00 pm – 4:00 am (Saturdays and Sundays)

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The best Indian restaurant in Bangkok: Rang Mahal at Rembrandt Hotel

29 April 2011

This truly exceptional Indian restaurant offers exquisite cuisine in an elegant sophisticated setting. Live music, candle light reflecting the warm ambiance of the room, mixed with the luscious colors of India make this a unique experience of fine dining. Rang Mahal’s enchanting main dining room is festive and perfect for a large group and socializing. There are also quiet corners and a slightly separate room for soft conversation or a bit of romance. You will find a sophisticated crowd of Thai, Indian and Western patrons enjoying the Rang Mahal experience. Come and join us. Bon Appetit!

It is rare for an ethnic restaurant in a hotel to achieve the status of “most authentic,” but this is precisely what the Rang Mahal at the Rembrandt Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 18 has done. Ask a member of Bangkok’s Indian community for the name of the city’s best Indian restaurant and the answer will most likely be “Rang Mahal.”

The reason for the success of the restaurant lies with the ownership of the Rembrandt Hotel; this large and impressive independent hotel is owned by Thai nationals of Indian descent. Although all of the hotel’s restaurants are excellent, the owners are proud of their heritage and make a special effort to ensure that the Rang Mahal is of signal quality. Located on the top floor of the 26-storey hotel, the popular dining spot is spacious, heavily carpeted and elegantly decorated in a style that communicates it is Indian without the artificial excesses found in many ethnic restaurants.

Blessed with enormous windows, many of the tables at Rang Mahal offer spectacular views of the city and the nearby Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. One of the tables, described by the restaurant’s manager as the “Honeymoon Table”, is located where two seamless windows form a corner with a view that is probably the most spectacular offered at any restaurant in Bangkok. The table, which is extremely popular, must be reserved well in advance and has a special menu available featuring champagne.

Another unique element of the Rang Mahal is the private dining room, which is a great place for a private party or company meal, as the terrace, which is directly attached to the room, provides an impressive setting for cocktails while viewing Bangkok’s spectacular skyline. For those who simply prefer cocktails and Indian snacks while enjoying a stunning view, the terrace can be used without reserving the private dining room. There are also two other private dining rooms available.

The tables without views are in the middle of the restaurant near the group of Indian musicians who perform authentic and relaxing Indian music six nights a week. The musicians, have been flown in from the Indian subcontinent and add immeasurably to the restaurant’s intriguing ambiance.

The Rang Mahal features food from northern India and this means the tandoor oven plays a role in much of what is served. The Rang Mahal possesses two of these ancient charcoal-fired clay ovens and they turn out a wide selection of breads and other delicious items. If you have never seen a tandoor oven in action, ask the manager to show you the kitchen. He will proudly describe the ovens and what is cooked in them.

During our visit, we particularly enjoyed the murgh tikka; tender pieces of boneless chicken marinated and cooked in the clay oven and the tandoori prawns; jumbo prawns marinated in Indian spices and finished in the charcoal oven. The tandoor is known for the flat breads it produces and those served at Rang Mahal are spectacularly good. Our party also thoroughly enjoyed the roganjosh kashmiri; pot-roasted mutton cooked in thick onion gravy with selected Indian spices and the palak aap ki pasand; creamed spinach with cottage cheese. In fact, everything we ate was delicious and we are sure the other items on the menu are just as good.

There are numerous vegetarian items on the menu, including some outstanding kebabs and some delicious vegetable curries. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian set menus available at both lunch and dinner. One of the most popular lunchtime meals is the special Vegetarian Thali Lunch.

The Rang Mahal is open daily for both lunch and dinner. On Sundays from 11:00-14:30 there is a popular buffet brunch with live music and over 60 different items on offer. If you have never eaten Indian food before, the buffet provides a marvellous introduction to this unique and delicious cuisine. At only THB 510++, it represents great value for money.

For Indian food at its finest, served in an elegant and sophisticated setting, the Rang Mahal is the place to go when in Bangkok. Reservations are a must at this popular restaurant. The number to call is 0-2261-7100.

Address: Sukhumvit Soi 18 – Bangkok – Thailand
c/o Rembrandt Hotel Top floor – 26th floor
About halfway between Asok and Phrom Phong BTS stops

For reservations, please contact: +66 2 261 7100 ext 7532
Email: restaurant@rembrandtbkk.com

Opening hours:
Daily for lunch from 11.30 – 14.30 hours
Daily for dinner from 18.30 – 23.00 hours
Sunday brunch from 11.00 – 14.30 hours each Sunday

Awards:
Thailand Tatler Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011
Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007

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Zanotti Italian restaurant in Bangkok

29 April 2011

Zanotti ‘Il Ristorante Italiano’ has imposed itself as an expression of the finest Italian Dining in Bangkok.

Zanotti’s unique atmosphere is immediately noticeable from the moment you enter the restaurant. You will be met by an artistically engraved brass bull, a powerful symbol of Torino, the home town of Chef Zanotti, and the symbol of our restaurant and its specialty cuisine.

The impeccable attention to detail, encompassing the décor of Zanotti’s and the committed service that we provide, lends itself to the full enjoyment of our cuisine and wines. The final outcome of this marriage of ambience, service and food is what our customers call, “The Zanotti Experience”.

Whatever the purpose of your visit to Zanotti’s, whether it be business, a family event or romantic soirée, we aim not only to satisfy your needs, but to excel and raise your standards.

The diverse menu will satisfy the most discerning of palates and for those looking something a little different, our ‘Specials’ will never fail to disappoint.

All of our ingredients are of the highest quality and many rare and special products, difficult to find even in Italy, are specifically imported to tempt the most refined of tastes.

Whatever will be your dining: romantic, business, family event, we will not only satisfy your need, but uplift your standard.

More than 600 labels of wine are available from our reserve, with a wide selection of Spirit, and Cigars to attract the most “aficionados”.

Il Ristorante Zanotti was founded 11 years ago in the Silom and Sathorn area, one of Bangkok’s most cosmopolitan and elite districts.

From the very beginning, and under the careful supervision of Chef Gianmaria Zanotti, the restaurant positioned itself at the highest level in terms of Italian cuisine on the international scene.

Zanotti, distinguished by the quality of service and of its’ products, and guided by the renowned talents of Chef Gianmaria, immediately became a familiar brand representing quality Italian food.

The determination of Chef Gianmaria, who never compromises the classical Italian taste to better suit the Oriental palate, coupled with his ability to educate the clientele as to the quality of typical Italian products, immediately reaped rewards.

Throughout the years, the success of Zanotti has been driven in part by the ever growing demand from both Thai and international consumer for products of the highest quality. Chef Gianmaria’s achievements have affirmed Zanotti’s position in the uppermost echelons of international restaurants, regardless of the nationality of the cuisine.

Address : 21/2 1st Floor, Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium,Silom Rd., Silom Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel. : +66 2 636-0002 ,+66 2 636-0266 Fax : +66 2 636-0221

email: info@zanottigroup.com

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Gianni finest Italian restaurant in Bangkok

29 April 2011

Gianni Ristorante cuisine is based on the three main principles of Mediterranean style, modernity and top quality raw ingredients. It is Mediterranean because its origins are steeped in the culinary traditions of Italy, which the interpretation of Gianni Favro then freely interprets and modifies. It is modern thanks not only to the extensive use of extra-virgin olive oil instead of other fat, meats to fit a more up-to-date lifestyle, but also to the use of the most advanced cooking techniques and technologies available. But the essential building block of our cuisine is the availability of the highest quality raw materials: for ten years we have sought out Italian artisan food producers and found the best way to be shipped to Bangkok bi-weekly in order to have the freshest and most fragrant ingredients like at any morning market in Italy.

The wine cellar is unique, 250 labels of the most representative wines, rigorously all from Italy representing – not only for the extensive collection of great wines, but also for the importance given to the temperature that houses them. All the wines are stored in air-conditioned or refrigerators because we believe that wines should get as little temperature shocks as possible and . Inside, the temperature is perfect for the ‘king’ Barolo, the bubbles of Franciacorta, the big super-Tuscan and rising stars of the southern part of Italy.

Address: 34/1 Soi Tonson Ploenchit Road – Bangkok 10330
Telephone: +66 2252-1619

Gianni’s restaurant is situated in the heart of the city. Soi Tonson is near Chidlom BTS Station and is facing Central Department Store in Chidlom.

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B.A.T.S. the place to be in Jakarta

29 April 2011

An all-time favourite of Jakarta’s nightlife. Very, very popular bar among expatriates, especially those who are already married. Easy to know why, counting the number of pretty, sexy girls. But the place isn’t just about having sex. You can have a lot of fun partying there, because you will easily meet people in a relaxed atmostsphere. BATS has a live band, imported from Quebec the more often and playing Top 40 songs. A bit annoying because it’s hard to talk and hard to find a place to seat though, but at least you will be pushed in the crowd and on the dancefloor. The entrance fee is quite expensive, around Rp. 80,000, but they will serve you a very large beer. Good to go on Sunday or Monday because it is one of the few places still crowded.

With a large circular bar facing the spacious dance floor, it is uncommon to see crowds grooving along to the tunes of the DJ or the band onstage. A dining section is tucked a bit further away in a corner decorated with caricatures of murals picturing famous B.A.T.S clients. Be seen, be nice, and you’d probably experience temporary fame there.

Usually coming to life after-work hours, the lower section of this joint is crawling with the corporate movers and execs. It’s your after-office party, with the tie loosened, the pen left aside and the charts cast away. What started out as a way to avoid the infamous jams of Jakarta, the party there just gets wilder and better as the night goes on.

The atmosphere here pushes it to triumphant heights over the rest of the bars. Mr Yuska Tuanakotta, the communications coordinator for Shangri-La, explains that B.A.T.S is among a few spots that has survived with the concept of live bands in these hey-days of DJs and electronic music. The key is simply entertainment and B.A.T.S certainly knows how to deal its cards in this game. With experienced international bands working up the crowd, B.A.T.S knows how to keep them coming back for more. Between the breaks, House DJ Buddy Mack keeps the party going with his skillful spinning. And if you feel you have more skills than them, prove yourself on Sunday nights, where the stage is left at the mercy of diners and party-goers.

B.A.T.S offers serious food with generous portions. Delicious, New York-style ribs and linguini are perfect accompaniments for the beer served in awesomely tall glasses. However, the highlight in B.A.T.S dining is certainly the mouthwatering 18-inch pizza bursting with mozzarella. We’re talking the sticky kind that stretches as you pull it, making your meal as fun as it is delicious. As for the drinks, it seems that beer takes the spotlight among the crowd, but do give the B.A.T.S specialty drink, Urban Bats, a try. This green evolution of tequila made with Bacardi, Blue Curacao, Vodka, Midori, Triple Sec and Sprite packs one mean punch. Cigar lovers can relish in high-quality puffs from the stock available in the bar.

Its acronyms may spell horror for some, but B.A.T.S is one ‘nightmare’ you want to indulge in. From the great crowd, the greater vibe, the big food portions and the safety it holds proud, B.A.T.S is more of a dream than it is a nightmare

Shangri-La Hotel
Level 1 – in Kota BNI JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 – Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone(62 21) 570 7440 ext. 6401
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Opening hours:
5pm – 2am (Sunday – Thursday)
5pm – 3am (Friday and Saturday)
Dinner: 7pm – 10pm
Happy hour from 5pm – 7pm
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