Four Seasons Bangkok Concierge Tweets His Secrets
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok Assistant Chef Concierge Phitak Srisawat shares on Twitter what he believes to be the best of his city.
Updated August 30—One of the world’s most exhilarating cities, Bangkok is a traveller’s dream. From the lively streets to the serene Buddhist temples, there is something here for every taste. On Wednesday, August 29, @FourSeasons hosted another instalment of its popular #bestofcity chats on Twitter, this time featuring Assistant Chef Concierge Phitak Srisawat from Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and special co-host @TravLeisureAsia.
Missed the chat? You’re in luck. We’ve got a recap of Phitak’s insider tips right here—and just in time for the World Gourmet Festival going on September 3–9. Apart from the main dinners, Phitak says that visitors to the festival should be sure to attend the tea mixology session with Robert Schinkel, a Cérémonie des Fromages with Jean-Francois Antony and a Wine Master Class with Jeannie Cho Lee. Phitak is also looking forward to the showcase lunch. “It takes place in lobby, so it creates a real buzz. It’s a fantastic chance to see different cooking demos each day and to taste lots of great food,” he says. Not only will you be able to sip and savour some of the finest foods from around the world, THB 500 from the price of every dinner ticket will go directly to HRH Princess Soamsawali’s Save A Child’s Life from AIDS Project.
Read on for more of Phitak’s tips for experiencing Bangkok.
Food, Dining and Nightlife
Phitak’s favourite must-try local dish you won’t find elsewhere: You might have heard a lot about the famous Tom Yum Goong, but you can’t miss trying the original. For a taste like nowhere else here in Bangkok, have it at Spice Market.
Phitak’s favourite local celebrity chef and restaurant: Chef Ian Kittichai’s Issaya Siamese Club (he used to work at the Hotel) and Chef Phol Tantasathien for fantastic Thai fusion cuisine at Spring Dining Room.
Phitak’s favourite restaurant only locals know about: Coffee Beans by Dao has great homemade food and a bakery. Also try Polo Fried Chicken, just a five-minute ride from the Hotel. Eat the chicken with sticky rice and don’t be afraid to use your hands!
Phitak’s favourite place to dine al fresco: For those who have a chance to come through Suvarnabhumi Airport, have seafood and watch the planes take off at Koh Lanta Suvarnabhumi Restaurant.
Phitak’s favourite place for breakfast/brunch: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok’s Sunday Brunch without a doubt!
Phitak’s favourite coffee shop: Café de Norasingha in the old Phya Thai Palace—no one knows about it!
Phitak’s favourite romantic restaurant: Nest is a great place to unwind with that special someone, survey the setting sun along the cityscape, relax in the shade of leafy palms on the open-air terrace, and breathe a sigh of relief in the heart of this frantic city.
Phitak’s favourite unique dining experience: All the chefs who come to the Word Gourmet Festival head to the food court at the MBK Center during their spare time. There you can choose from all sorts of great local Thai food. Or, for a truly unique experience, discover a variety of Thai and international dishes without even seeing them at Dine in the Dark.
Phitak’s favourite place to dine solo: Thompson Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Jim Thompson House and Museum—surrounded by lily ponds, it’s the perfect place for a quiet meal.
Phitak’s favourite kid-friendly restaurant: Kids will have lots of fun with the robot waiters at Hajime Robot Restaurant.
Phitak’s favourite vegetarian: There is a big vegetarian festival held every year along Yaowarat Road. This year it’ll be October 14–23. If you can’t make it to the festival, try Tamarind Café.
Phitak’s favourite bar and nightclub only locals know about: Go wild with the crowd and see live bands and local music at Funky Villa. Or, explore many moods in one evening at Route 66, which houses live bands, hip hop and trance/house music each in different areas. Even the bathroom lounge has live music!
Phitak’s favourite cocktail: Spice up your Sunday brunch with Four Seasons’ new talk-of-the-town signature cocktails that incorporate Thai ingredients.
Phitak’s favourite lounge: The Italian restaurant OPUS blends the atmosphere of a chic wine bar with good quality food. And it’s only 15 minutes from the Hotel.
Phitak’s favourite place to dance the night away: Bed Supperclub is a unique combination of upscale restaurant, club, art gallery, theatre and stage merged into one.
Phitak’s favourite place for late-night eats: The Sukhumvit Soi 38 food stalls excellently cater to the post-club crowd.
Phitak’s idea for a perfect night on the town: Go for a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River to see the beauty of Bangkok; the temples, bridges and hotels along the river light up beautifully during the night.