Hilton London Bankside Hotel

 
Staying at the Hilton Bankside. Image by Leon Korobacz and May Leong.

Staying at the Hilton Bankside. Image by Leon Korobacz and May Leong.

Hilton London Bankside Hotel is a bloomin' beautiful hotel. With bronzed metal facade, the lobby design is modern with a touch of class.

Located in the financial district from London's bustling streets, Hilton Bankside is a great place to stay. The modern, industrial hotel is just 10 minutes away to Southwark and London Bridge tube stations. I loved how close it was to the TATE Modern (literally, a stone's throw away), St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge.

The Executive rooms at Hilton Bankside are spacious cleverly deigned with generous bathrooms. They are beautifully finished in modern exposed timber cabinets with a comfortable office area .

It's wonderful to be able to have a quick dip in the indoor pool before breakfast. We loved the brilliant self-service buffet with an extensive range of fruits, cereal, cheese, dips and patisserie and the granola (made in-house by Hilton Bankside, a personal favourite). And not to forget, to plate up with  a traditional english breakfast consisting of sunny side up eggs toast ham and sausages, finishing it off with a nice cup of English Tea.

Dinner at OXBO Restaurant and the view of the cosy lobby of Hilton Bankside. 

Dinner at OXBO Restaurant and the view of the cosy lobby of Hilton Bankside. 

OXBO restaurant offers a tasty and affordable 3 course dinner, that we highly recommend. For starters we had the Cauliflower Soup and Duck Salad. For mains we chose the Scotch fillet, cooked medium rare with cherry tomatoes and a delicious bernaise sauce and the fried cod on mash. We finished off the night with two scrumptious desserts, white chocolate tart and icecream.

Thank you for having us again, Hilton Bankside. A truly memorable stay. We look forward to our next stay!

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Hilton London Bankside Hotel
2-8 Great Suffolk Street I London SE1 0UG I United Kingdom
 

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

 
Looking out, thinking to myself, how am I going to finish all these yummy food! Photo by Leon Korobacz.

Looking out, thinking to myself, how am I going to finish all these yummy food! Photo by Leon Korobacz.

Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in Europe. Truly! When I received an invitation to stay at Mr and Mrs's Smith's canalside hotel in Amsterdam, I was stoked. It has always been my dream to stay in one of those beautiful 17th and 18th century canal Dutch houses.

Hotel Pulitzer is a stylish boutique hotel, set in a 25 restored century old canalside buildings. There is something really quaint and charming about these old buildings, with slightly wonky windows and doors.

Our cosy room was furnished with plush cushions... The window opens up to a wonderful view of the canal. I could not have asked for more!

It was a pleasure staying at Hotel Pulitzer. We were steps away from Amsterdam's Nine Streets neigbourhood - the Museum District. And so close to Anne Frank House too. Hotel Pulitzer has a beautiful and peaceful garden courtyard, with comfy seats, to relax and read a book, or to have a nice cup of tea.

Beautiful days at Hotel Pulitzer. It's a charming hotel with lots of passageways and staircases to be discovered if it's your very first time here. Photos by Leon Korobacz and May Leong.

Beautiful days at Hotel Pulitzer. It's a charming hotel with lots of passageways and staircases to be discovered if it's your very first time here. Photos by Leon Korobacz and May Leong.

You can also take a tour with Hotel Pulitzer. They have one of the most gorgeous salon boats in town and it is wonderful to spend an afternoon, cruising on the canals in Amsterdam.

Hotel Pulitzer's rooms come in all shapes and sizes. Each individually decorated, unique to its own character. Some rooms are cosy, some are furnished with antique ware and original paintings.

We are loving the Dutch breakfast at Hotel Pulitzer. Think of fresh, local sourced produce with the classic pancakes, waffles and omelettes. It was quite a spread we had.

Thank you Hotel Pulitzer for an amazing stay. We hope to return to Amsterdam again!

Hotel Pulitzer 
Prinsengracht 315-331, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
 

Sofitel London St James

 
We enjoyed our stay. Loving the stunning architecture at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

We enjoyed our stay. Loving the stunning architecture at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Isn't it a dream to be staying in London's St James's district? Leon (my Instagram Husband, @hungrysydneysiders) checked into Sofitel London St James for a couple of nights were we could wander about and soak in the elegance and majesty of central London. 

Sofitel London St James is simply gorgeous. The white neoclassical faćade is something I truly love. Set in the heart of London, the location could not be better. The heritage hotel is just a 5 minutes stroll to Piccadilly Circus tube the National Gallery Westminster and Buckingham palace.

We love a good breakfast and there is nothing better than a traditional  English one. Think of generous slices of bacon strips, sausages, black pudding, eggs and pastries.  Simple divine! With a nice cup of tea to start off the day, we were ready to explore in this vibrant one of a kind city.

Beautiful bathroom and breakfast in bed at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Beautiful bathroom and breakfast in bed at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Friendly staff and spacious rooms, we had a wonderful stay in this vibrant city. With a beautiful view of the surrounding buildings around Sofitel London St James from my window, my favourite thing to do is watching cute London busses and taxis driving towards Piccadilly Circus.

Thank you Sofitel London St James for a memorable moment. We are looking forward to be back again!

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Sofitel London St James
6 Waterloo Pl, St. James's, London SW1Y 4AN, UK
 

Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

 
Beautiful design by Antoine Pinto. Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Beautiful design by Antoine Pinto. Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise is a gorgeous hotel designed by Antoine Pinto, a famous Belgian well-known for his stylish, imaginative restaurants. It's called "Le Louise" because of the area around Avenue Louise.

The façade says classic, however, the interior is decidedly modern with textures from the space age mixed with polished timber. There is a running theme of colours at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, deep purples and ruby reds, from the seating area, right down to the lighting in the courtyard. It has a space age feel to it. Although it's the first week of autumn, flowers are still blooming prettily in the courtyard.

The hotel is minutes away from a metro station, and walk a little further, you'll find yourself at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Magritte Museum. And any direction you go from Sofitel Brussels, there is always a cake or chocolate shop round the corner. Yum!

We were invited to stay in the Sofitel Brussels's classic room for a couple of nights. The spacious room is beautiful and stylish, and did I mentioned, it comes with the comfiest king bed and softest pillows.

Breakfast with my man, Leon Korobacz at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong.

Breakfast with my man, Leon Korobacz at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong.

It is always a good time when it's a Sofitel breakfast. I'm a fan of the Continental fare, which includes a wide range of buffet breakfast - cereals, yoghurt freshly baked patisserie (pan au chocolate is the bomb!), fruit juices, bacon and eggs. We were obsessed with the delicious. crispy bacon strips with waffles and sunny side up eggs. We told Quentin Giraud of Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, how amazing the bacon was, and he said the secret is to have it cooked twice. Yum! 

We had an amazing stay! The concierge at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Marciano, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We found out many local Belgian places to visit, which I'll be writing all about it soon :)

Have a fab week all. Thank you popping by hehe.

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Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise 
Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
 

Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan

 
View of our Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan room. Photo by May Leong.

View of our Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan room. Photo by May Leong.

It was a short stopover in Bangkok for a good 6 hours, and we had planned to have a little siesta at Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan.

Grand Hyatt Bangkok is located in the heart of Bangkok, located on Rajdamri Road. It's interconnected to bars, restaurants and Bangkok's top shopping malls.

My little tip to getting into Bangkok city from the Suvarnambhumi International Airport is to always check the traffic on Google Map before hopping on a cab or Uber. We saved up so much time by catching the public transport to Chit Lom Skytrain station. It was a short stroll into Grand Hyatt Bangkok.

Our room was cosy. Loving the Queen size bed with a view of the bustling streets of Bangkok. There was even two elephants (sculpted from hand towels... how very cute!) to welcome us to our Grand Hyatt room. Soft sheets and fluffy pillows, we felt very much at home.

Our favourite has got to be dinner time at Erawan Tea Room for an authentic Thai cuisine. Scroll down to the next blog post to read all about it.

Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan 
494 Rajdamri Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
 

Dinner at Erawan Tea Room

 
Delicious Thai cuisine at Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Delicious Thai cuisine at Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

What a feast it was at Erawan Tea Room, a cosy and chic restaurant in Bangkok. Part of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, this place is a great spot to have delicious Thai dinner in the evening (and that was what we did on our 7 hour stop over in Bangkok!).

Starting off with appetisers, recommended by Linda (of...) are Deep Fried Chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and Assorted Snacks and Salad. Served in the cutest ceramic with a dragon boat head figure, we sampled the entree of pomelo salad and crabmeat dumplings with Thai herbs. For the adventurous, you gotta try the local delicacy, Grilled Pork Neck served herbed chilli dip.

Now, when you're here at Erawan Tea Room, the Chef Achara's signature dishes are not to be missed. Her signature soup, Coconut Milk Soup with Petuna Ocean Trout is just sublime. Now, think of hot and spicy Tom Yum soup served with fragrant coconut milk, and that's what we had. The chicken version is tops too!

Chef Achara's Signature Fried Rice Erawanis well known around the area. If you love spicy food, this fried rice cooked with crab meat and chilli paste is to-die-for!

For mains, we ordered Stir Fry Chicken Basil and Red Curry Tiger Prawns. Who doesn't love basil with chilli? The Minced Chicken Basil dish has a little spice kick to it, topped with crunchy basil leaves. The stir fried tiger prawns are packed full of flavour in a mild red curry sauce, which

Northern Style Stir Fried Vegetable and Kailan with Crispy Pork are my favourite. Two very simple dishes that I could just eat with white rice, all day. The sauce is garlicky, spicy and flavoursome. 

Overall, Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan is a great place to dine in with family or friends. There's a huge variety of local Thai cuisines to choose from, truly. There are so many dishes to try, we only sampled a tenth of them! 

Erawan Tea Room 
494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
 

Dining at Mode Kitchen & Bar

 
Our wonderful dining experience at Mode Kitchen & Bar. Photo Credit : May Leong and Steven Ugov

Our wonderful dining experience at Mode Kitchen & Bar. Photo Credit : May Leong and Steven Ugov

So, the word is out. The Mode Kitchen & Bar is Sydney's newest restaurant in town. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel, it is just a stroll from Circular Quay. My #instagramhusband, Stevie Ugov, and I were invited to dine in at Mode Kitchen & Bar.

From a designer's point of view, I'm so in love with the interior of Mode Kitchen & Bar. It's a little sci-fi, a little art deco mixed with ultra chic marble and sage suede for furnishing. It's all just perfect!

Now, let's talk about the delicious cuisines at Mode Kitchen & Bar. For bites, we had to try the Salt & Pepper School Prawns and Holy Goat "La Luna" & truffle honey. Oh my, the school prawns bites was so good I was thinking of having seconds!

For mains, we had the Grilled King Prawns and Chef's Coorong Angus T-bone 1kg 21-day Aged (now that's a mouthful to say), with a side of Hand Cut Crispy Rosemary Potatoes.

The King Prawns was grilled with burnt butter and served with an array of delicate winter leaves. The prawns were well cooked, tender and juicy, as the shell comes off neatly. Yum!

The Head Chef of Mode Kitchen & Bar, Francesco Mannelli's Coorong Angus T-bone is not only aged for 21 days, the prime steak also takes 30 minutes to prepare. We must say, it is worth the wait.

Overall, a wonderful fine dining experience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney to take that special someone. The staff are friendly and helpful, we felt welcomed at Mode Kitchen & Bar. We can't wait to come back for the Salt & Pepper School Prawns (obsessed!).

Image from Mode Kitchen & Bar

Image from Mode Kitchen & Bar

 

Mode Kitchen & Bar , Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Ground Floor, 199 George Street