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Foodie Heaven: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (2) | 美食天堂:曼谷文華東方酒店 (二)

Al fresco dining at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. (Image: Mandarin Oriental)

HAPPY TUMMY, HAPPY LIFE

There are about a dozen dining venues on the premise of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and each is unique in taste, décor and atmosphere.

The formal restaurants cover popular cuisines including Thai, Chinese, French, Italian as well as seafood. For those feeling less puckish, you shall find lighter fares at the bar, cafe or the delightful, recently reopened Authors' Lounge.

One spectacle worth pointing out is the dinner and dance show at Sala Rim Naam, a stunning cultural performance that attracts both tourists and locals to the quieter side of the river bank.

通過胃,抓住快樂

曼谷文華東方酒店裡有十多家餐廳,酒吧與咖啡廳,個個都有獨特的美食與氣氛。

正式的餐廳包括了受歡迎的國際性料理,有泰式,中華,法國,意大利以及海鮮。提供小吃輕食的則有酒吧,咖啡廳,或是來到優雅的 Authors' Lounge 享受下午茶。

酒店有名的亮點是每晚在對岸 Sala Rim Naam 餐廳所舉辦的民俗舞蹈表演秀,結合泰國文化與美食,深受遊客和當地居民喜愛。

Spectacular dinner and dance show at the Sala Rim Naam. © Eileen Hsieh

Tucked away in a pavilion across the river from Mandarin Oriental's main premise, guests are ferried to the sumptuously decorated Sala Rim Naam by a hotel boat. Once here, you'll spend the evening tasting a gorgeous set menu of traditional Thai dishes against the backdrop of a classical Thai music and dance performance. It's feast for the senses, filled with enchanting songs, mesmerizing dancers with long nails and fancy props, and even an invigorating segment of Thai boxing. 

Sala Rim Naam 與文華東方酒店隔河相望,所以需要坐船渡河。餐廳裡的裝潢典雅華麗,正中間便是舞台,是欣賞古典泰國音樂舞蹈表演的絕佳背景。

這兒所提供的表演比我以前看過的精采許多,是感官的盛宴。傳統泰式料理道道精緻美味,表演者迷人的歌聲,舞蹈與服裝則讓人眼花撩亂。

Main course: Teriyaki-style salmon. © Eileen Hsieh

Cake and roses for the happy couple. © Eileen Hsieh

Exotic fruits are part of the dessert platter. © Eileen Hsieh

Service here is also worth a mention. The staff are exceptionally attentive and even have prepared a little surprise for mom and dad, which leaves them both red-faced and absolutely elated! 

餐廳的服務無懈可擊,細心的服務人員還特地準備了一個小驚喜,慶祝爸媽的結婚週年慶,讓他們倆兒眉開眼笑,心花怒放!

Brighte your morning with these colorful fruits and yogurts form the breakfast buffet. © Eileen Hsieh

How I miss these tropical beauties! © Eileen Hsieh

Dim sum for breakfast. © Eileen Hsieh

Delicious pastries and breads are also on offer. © Eileen Hsieh

Another foodies' delight is the breakfast served in the open-air riverside café. The buffet presents a mouthwatering selection of staples from the East and the West from dim sim, pastries to a dazzling array of fresh tropical fruits. Do not miss the heavenly papayas -- juicy, sweet, and absolutely divine!

在文華東方,早餐也是一個可讓人心跳加快的時段。河畔的露天餐廳擺滿了一排排的東西方選擇,有剛出爐的法式糕餅,熱騰騰的港式點心,還有琳瑯滿目的熱帶水果。千萬不要錯過泰國的木瓜 -- 汁多,味甜,絕對難忘!

Refreshment boat by the pool. © Eileen Hsieh

The difference between a good hotel and a great hotel is in the details. 

Mandarin Oriental is peerless in its ability to create understated elegance and pamper its guests in the most inconspicuous manner.

One afternoon spent by the pool proves to us why the Bangkok property, along with the first MO in Hong Kong, hold the accolade as the chain's flagship hotels.

高級酒店和頂級酒店最大的差別,就是在於細節。

文華東方是製造低調優雅的專家,無論是風格還是服務,它都能以最不顯眼的方式帶給客人最極端的舒適。

我們在游泳池畔的經驗,證明了這家曼谷酒店確實值得與香港並列為文華東方的旗艦店。

Frozen treats and fruits at your fingertips. © Eileen Hsieh

The hotel has two pools. One is 25-meter long suitable for laps, while the other is shallow and perfect for children or those wanting a dip. Large, comfortable cabanas and lounge chairs line the poolside, where a selection fresh fruits, refreshments and reading material are within easy reach.

Such amenities are typical at luxury hotels. Many places provide chilled drinks, some may even offer ice cream, but nowhere is as generous as Mandarin Oriental Bangkok in dishing out delicious treats and hospitality. 

酒店有兩個室外游泳池。一個約25米長,適合游泳,另一個則是淺池,適合泡水解暑。池畔有許多寬敞舒適的亭子和躺椅,飲料,水果和報章雜誌也都近在咫尺。

許多五星級酒店都有類似的設施。很多地方提供冷飲,有的甚至提供冰淇淋,但很少地方會像曼谷文華東方一樣慷慨熱情,成天不斷的提供甜蜜的驚喜。

Iced lollipop and red rose smoothie. © Eileen Hsieh

Throughout the day, every few hours or so, a staff member goes around the pools distributing a delightful selection of locally inspired desserts and frozen treats.

Then there's the adorable afternoon ice cream run, a production of vintage charm wth a wooden cart, cow bell, homemade coconut ice cream and a colorful array of toppings. The timing is impeccable too, arriving shortly after our lunch plates were cleared and completely demolishing our will to refuse. 

Alas. Surrender never tasted so sweet.

躺在池畔曬太陽,每隔幾小時就會看到工作人員繞著游泳池分發有當地風味的甜品和冷飲。

最有型的道具就是帶著牛鈴的復古冰淇淋推車,浩浩蕩蕩的呈現著文華東方自製的椰子冰淇淋和多采多姿的配料。它到達我們小庭時,午餐盤碗才剛被清除,讓我們完全沒有理由(也沒有意志)拒絕如此討喜的點心。

哎,甜蜜的投降大概就是最貼切的形容吧。

Toppings for the homemade coconut ice cream. © Eileen Hsieh

How can one resist? © Eileen Hsieh


MY RATING: 10 / 10

At MO Bangkok, I did the unthinkable. I didn't leave the hotel premise once in over 24 hours.

Didn't want to. Didn't need to. 

我的評價:10 / 10

在曼谷東方文華,我做了不可思議的事。在24小時內,我完全沒有踏出酒店。

因為在這兒悠哉愉快,心想事成。不想也不需要離開。

 

MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK

48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Phone: +66 (2) 659 9000

mobkk-reservations@mohg.com

Floating pink lotus flowers by the wading pool. © Eileen Hsieh

 

 

Where the Authors Lounged: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (1) | 作家摯愛:曼谷文華東方酒店 (一)

Don't mind me spending an entire afternoon in this oasis. © Eileen Hsieh

Here I am, lying under the seething midday sun in a poolside cabana, with Thailand Tatler in one hand and a fresh coconut in the other, indulging in the kind of mind and body nourishments unavailable in my country of residence. 

Just as I begin to drift off in the gentle river breeze, the sound of a voice with handbell stirs me awake.

在曼谷炫麗的陽光下,泳池畔的小亭子成了我的避暑天堂,一邊讀著泰國社交雜誌 Tatler,一邊啜新鮮的椰子汁,讓心情漸漸放空。

朦朧時刻,一個柔和的聲音與清脆鈴聲隨著河風飄來。

View of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok from across the river. © Eileen Hsieh

"Madam, would you like to cool off with some of our homemade ice cream?," asks the young attendant behind an exquisite vintage wooden cart, which carries a tub of coconut ice cream and an array of colorful toppings. 

He carefully places a scoop of white ball into a silver bowl and sprinkles peanuts, red beans and a few other ingredients over it, explaining the procedure along the way. Then, before departing, he reminds us of another afternoon treat that will be served in a couple hours.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, can I live here please? 

「小姐,請問您要不要試吃我們的手工冰淇淋,解暑一下?」 一位年輕的服務生對我說,他的身後是一輛精巧的手推車,上面放著一大桶椰子冰淇淋與多樣配料。

他細心地把一球雪白的冰淇淋放入漂亮的銀碗,撒上花生,紅豆等配料,同時解釋甜點的製作方法與來源。他還善意的提醒我們:兩個鐘頭後他將會在池畔提供不一樣的甜點,所以建議不要太早離開。

曼谷文華東方酒店,我可以把這兒當作我的家嗎?

Fresh exotic flowers and giant lanterns are sure ways to make an impression. © Eileen Hsieh

THE PEARL OF BANGKOK

Consistently voted one of the best hotels in Asia and the world, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and its predecessor The Oriental have been serving travellers to the Siamese country since 1876. 

The low-rise hotel sits quietly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is home to the iconic Authors' Lounge, named for the many famous writers - most notably Joseph Conrad - who've stayed at the hotel over the years.

泰國閃亮的明珠

靜靜地坐落在湄南河畔,曼谷文華東方酒店長久以來一直名列在全球最佳酒店的排名裡面。

它的前身 The Oriental 於1876年開幕,標榜提供現代化設備和完美服務,成為了國際文學與政治界人物拜訪泰國最愛的歇腳處。而酒店的標誌性建築則被稱為「Authors' Lounge」,也就是「作家休息室」。

The Oriental Hotel opened its doors in 1876 and is the predecessor of today's Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.  © Eileen Hsieh

We’re in Bangkok to celebrate the Ruby anniversary of my parents, who famously pay little attention to life's milestones and don't ever kick up a fuss about them. Therefore the understated No. 1 hotel in the Bangkok is the perfect choice for this special occasion, and my oh my, does it live to its reputation!

Never have I called a hotel "perfect", but Mandarin Oriental Bangkok comes pretty close to it and has elevated the definition of "utopia" to a whole new level.

這次來曼谷主要目的就是要為爸媽慶祝他們的結婚四十週年紀念。從小到大很少看他倆兒為生日或里程碑大肆慶祝,因此我們選擇了低調的文華東方,全家團聚過個溫馨的假期。我必須承認,曼谷文華東方在亞洲酒店排名數一數二,真的有它的道理。

「完美的酒店」在我眼裡是不存在的,但 Mandarin Oriental Bangkok 是我有史以來所拜訪過最接近完美的旅館,把「烏托邦」的定義提升到了一個全新的水平。

Be charmed by the stunning local arts and crafts that adorn the hotel walls. © Eileen Hsieh

A gilded elephant next to the reception desk. © Eileen Hsieh

Inside the MOB, during our visit, the world IS perfect. 

Every view is mesmerizing. Every dish is delicious. 

Everyone is smiling. And everyday is sunny.

在曼谷文華東方酒店的屋簷下,在我們度假的期間,世界是完美的。

處處景致令人如痴如醉。道道菜令人垂涎。人人笑容滿面。天天萬里晴空。

The elegant, newly renovated Authors' Lounge offers a relaxing setting to enjoy your afternoon tea. © Mandarin Oriental

The hotel leaves a memorable impression the moment you enter its premise. 

From the high ceiling lobby with giant lanterns and fresh exotic flowers, the smooth private check-in (led by two beautiful attendees who welcome us with fragrant floral garlands and show us around our rooms), to the smily staff found in every corner of the property who are always saying hello and offering their help, MO Bangkok feels less like a grand hotel but more like the home of a friend with impeccable taste and a fat wallet, and he's just given us all access to everything under the historic, restored roof. 

一踏進曼谷文華東方大廳,你就踏進了一個新世界。

站在吊著巨型燈籠的挑高天花板下,四處圍繞著清新的奇花異草,每人手裡拿著一串芬芳的花環,看著兩位美麗的櫃檯小姐順暢地為我們辦理入住手續。

酒店裡的員工似乎都很熱情有禮,處處都會有人和你打招呼,噓寒問暖。曼谷文華東方感覺不像是個大酒店,反而像是來到朋友的家... 一個有著無可挑剔的品味,以及鼓鼓荷包的朋友的家。

These charming giant lanterns at the lobby set the tone for our stay at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. © Eileen Hsieh

A quiet corner with understated rattan furniture. © Eileen Hsieh

IF THE WALLS COULD TALK

If Chao Phraya River is Bangkok's artery, then Mandarin Oriental is the city’s modern heart, thumping with strong heartbeats since its birth 140 years ago.

Then, The Oriental was Bangkok's image ambassador, providing top quality accommodation that rivalled the best in the West. In 2008 the property was officially renamed Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

如果牆會說話

如果湄南河是曼谷的動脈,那麼文華東方酒店應該就是這城市近代的心臟,自19世紀中期開始砰跳。

140年前,The Oriental 是曼谷的形象大使,提供媲美西方的高級住宿。酒店於2008年正式更名為文華東方酒店

View of Chao Phraya from our Deluxe room. © Eileen Hsieh

Today, most rooms at the hotel make the most of its advantageous situation and offer an glorious view of the bustling river, magnifying the notion that you are indeed in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. 

Our deluxe rooms are elegantly appointed with clean-line furniture and textile inspired by traditional Thai designs. There's a working desk and armchairs, as well as bathroom with large bathtub and a walk-in shower. At 40-sqm (428-sq-ft), the space feels uncluttered and intimate. 

今日,酒店裡大多數的房間都有美麗的河景,充分利用其優越的地點,讓客人時時刻刻感受到這個城市的活力。

我們的客房色系典雅,40平方米(428平方尺)的空間裡有一個辦公桌和扶手椅,浴室有大浴缸和步入式淋浴間,樸實的傢俱搭配著傳統泰式風格的裝潢,感覺整潔溫馨。

Fresh flowers and crisp linen in our comfortable deluxe room. © Eileen Hsieh

Fresh flowers also adorn our spacious bathroom. © Eileen Hsieh

Beautiful lemongrass toiletries. © Eileen Hsieh

Fresh flowers are the star of the room decor, and everyday a plate of locally produced fruits will be greeting you, along with an adorable card narrating their story, so you'll know what you're eating.

Courtesy of our floor's butler, mom and dad are treated with a bottle of wine, a rose-covered heart and a pink cake with a cute chocolate angel, all of which are delicious and gone in a flash! :) 

There is high speed wi-fi throughout the hotel, and it's complimentary for guests who have registered for an online MO profile.

我愛房間裡一盆盆的鮮花,也愛每天提供的各種本地出產的水果,盤子上附張貼心卡片,介紹水果的來源,所以客人知道在吃什麼。

我們這樓的管家還準備了一個鑲有巧克力小天使的粉紅色蛋糕與紅酒,加上紅玫瑰拼成的愛情心,慶祝爸媽的紅寶石婚呢!(當然很快都被吃光了!)

酒店的 wi-fi 無線上網是免費的,只需要在文華東方網頁上註冊即可。


MY RATING: 10 / 10

At MO Bangkok, I did the unthinkable. I didn't leave the hotel premise once in over 24 hours.

Didn't want to. Didn't need to. 

我的評價:10 / 10

在曼谷東方文華,我做了不可思議的事。在24小時內,我完全沒有踏出酒店。

因為在這兒悠哉愉快,心想事成。不想也不需要離開

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

48 Oriental Avenue
Bangkok, 10500
Thailand

Phone: +66 (2) 659 9000

mobkk-reservations@mohg.com

Little touches that turn a hotel into a home away from home.  © Eileen Hsieh