An intoxicating culinary safari through South Africa awaits adventurous diners at The Rain Tree Café from Thursday-Saturday, 28-30 April. Taking its cue from South African Freedom Day, Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel’s award-winning curator of sophisticated international cuisines welcomes two renowned South African guest chefs to prepare their finest dishes.

Adding colour and vitality to the occasion will be live performances on Friday and Saturday by South African original acoustic duo, Qadasi & Maqhinga, hot from the heart of Zululand.

Chef Mike Williams, 59, owns Butlers Restaurant & Catering, Butlers Hotel School, and Occidental Bar & Ox Restaurant. Chef Daniel Williams, 34, is Executive Chef at Butlers Restaurant which is rated No.1 on TripAdvisor for Kimberley and Northern Cape. They have prepared appetizers and salads, soups, main courses, live stations and desserts that bring the vibrancy and excellence of South African cuisine to Bangkok as rarely seen before.

Menu highlights include pickled fish, butternut soup, Durban chicken curry bunny chows, and pumpkin fritters. Not to mention authentic Bobotie (mince with egg custard), lamb breedie (tomato lamb stew) and many more. Chefs Mike and Daniel will also master a braai (barbeque) with Sosaties (kebabs), boerewors (South African sausage) and other meats.

Save space for divine desserts such as koeksisters (syrup infused doughnut), melk tart (milk tart), peppermint crisp tart and Hertzoggies (jam and coconut meringue tarts).

Capturing the heart and soul of South African roots music, Qadasi and Maqhinga revive the powerful sounds of traditional Zulu Maskandi. David Jenkins, aka Qadasi, an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina and banjo player, developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age. Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a Maskandi musician and has received numerous awards. Put them together and the result is an irresistible fusion of traditional Maskandi and western folk music.

THB 1,600++ per person for dining on 28 April
THB 1,900++ per person for dining on 29+30 April with live entertainment from Qadasi and Maqhinga.

15% savings for SPG® members
20% savings for Le Club Plaza members
Bookings are recommended.

The Rain Tree Café, Level G
Dinner 18:00 – 22:30
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel

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