What is a Secret Table?
Every destination in Asia has a handful of magical restaurants, yet oftentimes they remain unknown to those who are only visiting for a short while. Like a personal recommendation from a friend you can trust, discover our collection of unique, personally handpicked independent restaurants with core values that embrace sustainability, fair wages and career paths for young local people. Prepared by ever-present, passionate chefs that take great pride in what they do, each serves creative cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients that reveal the true essence of Asian flavours.
Perfect places in which to savour a meal with a friend, these casual, unpretentious and surprisingly affordable gems offer a seamless and authentic experience that reflects the taste and culture of the land in which they are set.
After his voyage, Kim grasps the mission that his father had assigned to him—besides its exclusive properties, to also inform contemplative travellers about quaint inns, exotic cruises, private villas, and idyllic restaurants, which unveil a true essence of Asia.
How can one describe the wonders of Asia without paying homage to its incredible cuisine? Everywhere I go, I relish in the intoxicating smells of aromatic spices, fresh herbs, and indigenous produce showcasing the true essence of Asian flavours including turmeric, ginger, chilli, Kampot pepper, cilantro and Thai basil...
Along my travels, I stop to savour meals with newfound friends at independent restaurants that use local ingredients to reflect the taste and culture of the land. We indulge in a wide array of shared plates, often served at the same time in the centre of the table. Each country, each province, each town has its own delicacies.
A feast for both the eyes and palate, I sample curries in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India and Sri Lanka. Some are red or green, others orange, yellow or dark brown. Many are spicy, others less so. The classic Indonesian salad known as gadogado, made with eggs and a peanut sauce, is as divine as the ubiquitous Vietnamese pho soup, and Isan’slarb made with minced meat. In China, small bamboo baskets reveal an abundance of tantalising dim sum. Korea’s signature bibimbab(mixed rice), and the distinctively unique produce from Japan is a voyage unto itself. Ever mindful of the importance of consuming healthy foods, Asian meals often end with a platter of freshly cut fruit, the chance to sample durian, jackfruit, soursop, rambutan, tamarillo, dragon fruit, snake fruit, mangosteen, and many other types of tropical fruit.
Recalling these convivial moments, I think of the words once written by British author Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Without moderation, share the taste of Asia with others at Secret Tables.
Dine at Secret Tables and Win 2 Nights at a Secret Retreats property
During the months of April, May and June 2016, Secret Retreats will be offering diners at Secret Tables the opportunity to win 2 nights’ stay at a beautiful, boutique property within the Secret Retreats collection.
All you have to do to win is to be seated at the right time, on the right day, at the right table number.
Each month, at random, the Secret Tables chefs will offer two lucky guests at their restaurant the opportunity to stay in a Secret Retreats property. The prize can be used immediately or within the next 6 months, in a property located within the same country as the Secret Table where the guests are eating.
The winning restaurant tables will change location on a monthly basis:
April - Indonesia
May - Cambodia
June - Thailand