Bangkok, 17 May 2023 – Welcome to a world of enchantment and luxury at the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, where fairy-like elegance awaits you. Executive Pastry Chef Franck Istel and renowned Thai artist ‘Kru Parn’ Somnuek Klangnok have come together to introduce an afternoon tea concept of ‘Krungthep is the City of Angels’ that blends beautiful savouries, sweets, contemporary Thai-pop-art and warm hospitality into a delightful symphony of flavours and grace.
Kru Parn’s imaginary heavenly realm of Bangkok city, known as the ‘City of Angels’ was inspired by the grace and elegance of Thai angels, birds and floral artistry characters. With the use of vibrant summer colours, fun shapes and characters, the all-new ‘City of Angles’ Afternoon Tea will inspire guests to escape from the vibrant city of Bangkok into their heavenly magical moments, as well as experience the five senses throughout this fascinating journey.
Chef Franck and Kru Parn’s vision was a Thai-inspired perspective meets classic European. This special edition afternoon tea set brings the beauty and charm of fairies from heaven into a bold colour combination. Kru Parn’s creation of a sweet and elegant angel figure full of fun, excitement and confidence in the concept of magical moments with the ‘City of Angles’, coupled with Chef Franck's expert blends of traditional Thai flavours with French pastry techniques, offers a truly memorable and delectable experience.
The ‘City of Angels’ Afternoon Tea features 22 unique miniature sweet and savoury items that come in all fun shapes, shades and colours. The savoury selection features famous Thai ingredients and familiar tastes, with highlights such as the ‘Alaskan King Crab and Pomelo Yum Tartlet’ with the tangy sweetness of pomelo in the Thai sweet and sour Yum flavour presented in a ‘Krathong Tong’ basket with Avruga caviar and edible flower garnish. Additionally, the famous ‘Chicken Satay Crispy Toast’ with a chicken satay mousse infused with fragrant spices and ‘Acar’ condiments is an absolute delight. The ‘Duck Curry Longan’ is another tasteful dish you cannot miss with duck breast and red curry mousse in a longan and presented in a ‘Krao Tang’ crispy rice cracker with lime caviar.
Equally impressive are the sweet delights, with the light and airy ‘Pineapple Vanilla Paris Brest,’ boasting a sweet pineapple filling. The ‘Lychee Raspberry Rose Chocolate Cream and Fresh Raspberry’ offers a burst of floral and Thai-famous lychee fruity flavours in every bite, and the ‘Pandan Coconut Opera Cake’ is another standout, with delicate sponge cake layers and a creamy coconut filling.
Complete your afternoon tea experience with three-flavoured scones featuring plain scone, mango scone and Thai tea scone, served with homemade strawberry vanilla jam, passionfruit curd, and Devonshire clotted cream – the perfect finish to a delightful teatime.
Tea Master Ging Nipaporn Hanwichai has delicately selected a variety of delicate and exquisite Ronnefeldt® teas that pair well with this special afternoon-tea edition.
The renowned harpist, Ms Tong-Juan Wang, elevates the experience with charming live harp music for all to enjoy during the afternoon teatime every Tuesday to Sunday.
The ‘City of Angels’ Afternoon Tea is served daily from 19 May until 31 August 2023 from 14:00 to 17:00 at the 1897 lobby lounge, located on the ground floor of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. The price starts at THB 1,390++ per set and is paired with a choice of Ronnefeldt tea or divine coffee. You will also receive a ‘City of Angels’ limited edition scarf curated by Kru Parn to take home as a gift. The price is subject to a 10% service charge and a 7% government tax.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the 1897 Lounge at +66 2 162 9000 or email [email protected] or visit the hotel’s website at kempinski.com/en/siam-hotel/restaurants-bars/1897-lounge/city-of-angels-afternoon-tea or use the Line Official Account @Siamkempinskihotel
About the Chef – Executive Pastry Chef Franck Istel
Chef Franck is a culinary artist who hails from the beautiful French city of Strasbourg. His journey as a chef began at the young age of 15 when he started his apprenticeship as a cook. Inspired by the magic of pastry-making, he spent the next four years mastering the art of pastry and baking to earn his diplomas in both fields. At just 21 years old, Chef Franck opened his own bakery and pastry shop and honed his skills as a master chef for two years. But his passion for adventure and culinary exploration led him to embark on a journey of discovery that would take him around the world. From the idyllic French island of St-Pierre et Miquelon to the vibrant city of Beijing, Chef Franck has worked with some of the world's most prestigious luxury hotels and resorts. He has been instrumental in opening and training the culinary teams of several luxury properties around the
globe, crafting signature menus, and setting new standards in the world of fine pastry and bakery. Chef Franck's passion for excellence has earned him a reputation as a culinary pioneer and his collaborations with luxury brands have been nothing short of extraordinary.
About the Artist - Somnuek Klangnok or Kru Parn
Somnuek Klangnok, also known as Kru Parn, is a remarkable Thai artist who embodies the essence of creativity and passion in his work. His love for nature and the traditional way of life in Thailand is beautifully captured in his art, which showcases a deep understanding of his cultural roots. Despite living in the bustling city of Bangkok, Kru Parn remains connected to his rural upbringing, and his art reflects this fusion of the old and new, the rural and urban, in a surreal and enchanting way. His creativity and passion are an inspiration to us all, and his artwork is a shining example of the beauty that can be found when we open ourselves to the world around us.
About Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok: On 27 September 2010, Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, opened its first Thailand property in the capital city of Bangkok, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, the city-resort adjacent to Sra Pathum Palace, located in the heart of Bangkok’s premier shopping and entertainment district. The luxury five-star hotel combines Kempinski’s trademark European flair with traditional Thai hospitality. Every one of the hotel’s
397 guestrooms and suites overlooks the property’s surrounding gardens and pools, and 22 rooms have direct access to the pool. Thailand’s artistic heritage is a key theme of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. The property displays 2,000 pieces of art, including over 200 original paintings and sculptures by Thai artists commissioned to create art for the property.
Lalidapun Chavananand · Director of Public Relations
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
991/9 Rama I Road · Pathumwan · Bangkok · Thailand
T +66 02 162 9000 · [email protected]
Kullakitti Charoenmuang · Assistant Public Relations Manager
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
991/9 Rama I Road · Pathumwan · Bangkok 10330 · Thailand
T +66 2 162 9000 · [email protected]