CULINARY EXPERIENCES

28 April 2021

World-Class Dining

DISCOVERY's Award-Wining Restaurants

The most spectacular dining destinations seek to offer more than just a sumptuous meal. They make you feel special, ignite unforgettable memories, and evoke a one-of-a-kind ambience that will leave you breathless. We’ve scoured the world for some of DISCOVERY’s award-winning restaurants, and we’ve been amazed by what we found. Whether you’re drawing to Michelin-star cooking or ultra-stylish venues, there’s sure to be a new dining adventure added to your list for world-class food and drinks.

KORAL RESTAURANT
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Bali, Indonesia

Imagine feasting on elegant dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavours and crafted from local ingredients, at a venue that is both casual and refined. More than just a restaurant, Koral offers a full bistronomic experience, combining delectable dining, a laid-back ambiance and the rarefied atmosphere of an aquarium, accompanied with a hypnotic soundtrack that captures the magic and mystery of life below the waves.

Combining fresh seasonal products and the skills of award-winning Chef Andrea Astone, you’ll be delighted ​ by a host of artisan dishes in the form of ​ a set menu and signature degustation menu. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind aquarium dining experience that will stimulate all of your senses for the very first time!

LE CIRQUE
The Leela Palace New Delhi
New Delhi, India

Considered to be one of the most sought-after fine dining restaurants in Delhi, Le Cirque hosts many celebrity guests, socialites and dignitaries from across the world. Here, you can savour French-Italian cuisine in settings that make you want to come back for more. Highly recommended is Chef Matteo’s 6-course tasting menu that will embark you on an unforgettable culinary journey.

As Asia’s first international French-Italian gourmet restaurant, Le Cirque maintains its concept of “controlled confusion” juxtaposed with an eclectic mix of classic Italian and contemporary French cuisine. The ambience is fashionable and the atmosphere sophisticated and stylish.

SEA
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Kihavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives

Descend to the dazzling depths of the sea as you wine and dine at this one-of-a-kind venue, the world’s first underwater restaurant and wine cellar. Here, you’ll discover a gourmet paradise with surreal ocean viewing where you can relish connoisseur creations paired with a wine range spanning decades. The elegant underwater surrounding is the perfect backdrop for your most memorable celebrations.

The wine cellar offers some of the most prestigious bottles of wine, each carefully handpicked to bring you a masterful selection. You can explore 384 labels from 23 top wine producing countries around the world dating from 1795 to 2016. SEA has been voted World’s Best Underwater Restaurant for 4 consecutive years.

 

GINGER
PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

Helmed by resident culinary master Executive Chef Vincent Aw, the refreshed dining space of Ginger, a botanical eden in Kampong Glam, celebrates the rich diversity of local culinary heritage with a refined twist on traditional recipes. It is here where one satiates all cravings for local delights—including the Signature Crabs (Chilli and Salted Egg Yolk) that were a wildly popular free-flow favourite from before.

The stunning ambience of Ginger is brought to life by award-winning Singapore-based Australian designer Emma Maxwell. Natural raw elements such as timber and stone are lightly accented with nickel and brass but softened by a floral narrative through specially commissioned wallpaper and furniture textiles.

 

BORGO SAN JACOPO
Hotel Lungarno
Florence, Italy

With a majestic view of the River Arno, Ristorante Borgo San Jacopo offers you the ultimate fine dining experience with a backdrop of the Ponte Vecchio. At this 1 Michelin star restaurant, Chef Claudio Mengoni brings his philosophy of true, authentic cooking with ingredients which stand out for their uncompromising creativity and rigour—melding together flavours, colours, and forms to create memorable dishes.

The new menu created for the reopening is composed of two tasting menus with many of Chef Claudio’s unmissable dishes such as raw and cooked seasonal vegetables, porcini mushroom ice cream and fig molasses. Borgo San Jacopo is currently taking a short break, but will be reopening soon with some exciting news!

 

1 April 2021

Food Around The World

Take a Voyage Through Tastes

Need to stay home but still craving faraway meals? To help you escape everyday life, let us take you on a culinary adventure around the world—learning about new cultures and destinations through their national dishes. From Brazil and Poland to Ukraine and the Philippines, we selected a few of our colleagues from the Global Hotel Alliance (our fellow Discoverers!) and asked them to share their favourite dishes from their home country.

Best Pig Ever: Lechon From The Philippines
By Breiza Paz, Office Administrator

My all-time favourite dish, and a must-try for any traveller visiting my home country, has to be lechon—roast pig! Lechon is undoubtedly the star of any party in the Philippines. Other nations are known for their own versions of roast pig but we Filipinos have managed to elevate the standard so high that in 2009, no less than the late award-winning chef and food explorer Anthony Bourdain proclaimed our lechon as the “best pig ever.” The whole pig is spit-roasted slowly over charcoal for hours. Its skin is crisp like candy, caramelized to a perfect orange brown sheen, and the flavorful meat is super tender and juicy! If this doesn't convince you to try it, I will leave it to your imagination until you drool.

Sweet And Savoury Ukranian Varenyky Dumplings
By Maksym Maltsev, Director of E-Commerce Applications

Let me introduce you to varenyky, my favourite traditional delicacy from my homeland of Ukraine. These tasty dumplings are filled with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, meat, cheese, sauerkraut, eggs, mushrooms, and fruits. My favourite version? The one that’s filled with berries and cottage cheese! The saccharine, fruit-filled variety is typically served with sugar and sour cream. The varenyky dumplings are so popular among us Ukranians that we even have a monument celebrating it in the city of Cherkasy. Perhaps, there is no other such delicacy in Ukraine, which is so loved so dearly!

Haleem, From Hyderabad With Love
By Rahamthulla Patan, IT Support Engineer

If you’re visiting India, I highly recommend that you try haleem—a paste-like stew made up of meat (you can choose whether chicken, beef or mutton), pounded wheat, lentils, ghee, ginger-garlic paste, and turmeric. If you happen to explore Hyderabad (where I’m from!), make sure to drop by at Pista House, a popular local restaurant where you can savour the most delicious bowl of this indulgent delicacy. Pista House's haleem has become the first non-vegetarian recipe in India to be accorded the Geographical Indication status by the Government of India, which means no other city/state can make or market haleem as Hyderabadi haleem. That makes their recipe of the dish even more special!

Craving Meat? Savour Some Rodízio From Brazil
By Jhessica Rodrigues, Digital Creative Manager

If you’re visiting my home country of Brazil, I highly recommend that you experience a rodízio—a type of an all-you-can-eat style restaurant where servers come to the table with skewers on which are speared various kinds of deliciously grilled cuts of meat, like beef, pork, chicken and sometimes even exotic meats. For a truly unique experience, rodízio courses usually are served right off the cooking spit and are sliced or plated right at the table. The meat goes perfectly well with crispy polenta fries, pao de queijo, rice, black beans and salad. Yummy!

Arouse Your Appetites With Mizeria From Poland
By Daria Henschke, Director of Project Management for Finance

Polish cuisine is generally rich in meat, especially pork and chicken, but as I am vegetarian, I will tell you about one of my favourite dishes for my type of diet, which is called mizeria. Mizeria was always prepared in my family home as an addition to the fried egg and mashed potatoes. I love this set! First, you slice and salt some cucumbers to draw out the water. Then chop up some dill, add sugar and sweet-sour cream (or more healthy plain yoghurt) and vinegar. Mix it all together to become sour and sweet, amazing taste! The dish is usually served alongside a main course and is one of the most popular salads in Poland.

7 May 2021

Calling All Food Lovers

Explore Culinary Experiences Around the World

One of the best things about travelling is the new food that you discover. Cuisines around the world offer an array of unique flavours, and trying new cuisines allows travellers to authentically experience the culture, tradition, and heritage of a destination.

With travel restrictions imposed globally in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DISCOVERY hotels and resorts are changing the way they bring the flavours of the world to you. From Facebook Live cooking classes to sumptuous takeaways and easy-to-do cocktails, these hotels are offering you a culinary journey without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Cooking With The Collection

Have you been browsing on the internet and overwhelmed with the number of recipes at your fingertips? We know that feeling! Lucky for all of us, the Meritage Collection has tapped all of their executive Chefs—from Hawaii to California—and they have compiled their favorite recipes for you to make at home. Here is a special chicken dish​ for you to try from Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort​ Chef Noelani Planas!

Learn Authentic Recipes

Whether you’re craving for some Pad Thain Goong, or you want to feel extra healthy with a zingy quinoa salad, you can easily learn to whip up the dish of your dreams with easy-to-follow cooking videos from Culinary Journeys From Home​ by Anantara.

Got a sweet tooth? Why not try this classic Indian dessert recipe, Cardamom Phirni by Chef Abishek Gupta from The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. For the sophisticated palate, this gourmet recipe​ for Risotto Pasta With Truffles from Fauchon Hotel Paris​ is sure to satisfy.

If you’re looking for the ultimate savoury dish, Executive Chef Stefanos Melianos from Kempinski​ has got the perfect recipe​ for you with this signature dish, Pannonian Fish Soup.

Order Scrumptious Takeaways

From familiar Local and Western favourites to healthy double-boiled soups and Japanese wagyu beef, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts​ brings the joy of dining right to your home with a plethora of dining choices. Take a peek at the mouthwatering offerings of their takeaway menu​ in Singapore.

For those who can’t resist the experience of a five-star cuisine, The Sukhothai Hotels & Resorts​ offers a wide range of options for takeaway from signature Italian pasta dishes to authentic Asian and Thai cuisine. Here’s a sample of their restaurants in Bangkok.

Do-It-Yourself Cocktails

If you want to flex your mixology muscles even further, we suggest you check out the weekly cocktail inspirations from The Doyle Collection​ Facebook page. This recipe​ for The Nut Elie Martini, a bold and full-flavoured chocolatey cocktail, is a must-try!

For the cocktail connoisseur, Hotel Lungarno’s Picteau Cocktail Bar​ offers the ultimate drink—‘The View on Arno’. This signature cocktail is fresh and sweet thanks to the main cucumber and mint flavours. The floral touches are given by Bulgarian rose-flavoured Hendrick’s gin and by St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur with very sweet notes. The freshness is provided by cucumber and mint along with Green Chartreuse, a French herbal liquor.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Hendrick’s gin, 40 ml
  • St. Germain Elderflower liquor, 35ml
  • Green Chartreuse, 5 drops
  • Lime juice, 15ml
  • Mint, 4 leaves
  • Cucumber, 4 slices

Simply shake all ingredients together and strain, and you're good to go! Cheers!

Cocktail from Lungarno Collection

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