Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 27, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Meliá Chiang Mai’s signature restaurant Mai Restaurant & Bar has unveiled a menu of innovative dishes created via a thoughtful cooking process designed to minimize food waste and reduce greenhouse emissions.
As part of the urban hotel’s 360° Cuisine concept, executive chef Suksant Chutinthratip (Billy) and Mai Restaurant & Bar’s Sous Chef Karn Phojun have crafted dishes, featuring produce from the urban hotel’s nearby organic farm, that use as much of every ingredient as possible. Leftovers are returned to the farm as compost and leftover cooking oil is sent to be recycled into biodiesel.
The menu’s recommended dish Mai’s Samplers (THB 390++/USD 11.10) comprises tasting size portions of five different delicacies:
- Crisp fried fluffy catfish and pomelo salad scented with rice field crab jus
- Vietnamese sausage and edible flowers salad roll with yellow chili puree
- Grilled green chili relish on crispy salmon skin
- Northern Thai-style pork sausage with grilled ginger and pickled cucumber
- Warm spicy tomato relish in golden-fried tortilla
The thoughtful cooking process to reduce waste is summed up by the likes of another recommended dish Pappardelle Soi Neur (THB 350++/USD 10++). The dish is made up of fresh homemade pappardelle with creamy khao soi curry sauce and slices of seared Australian beef sirloin, served with homemade pickled vegetables and chili oil.
“We make the pappardelle fresh on every order, the chilli paste is homemade and incorporates every part of each ingredient possible including chilli, shallot, garlic, galangal, coriander root and more. With the leftover fat trimmings from the Australian sirloin, we extract oil that we then use to make chilli oil,” Billy said.
Underscored by baked seasonal vegetables from the hotel’s organic farm topped off with pomelo zest sour cream, microgreens and fresh herb crumbles, Phak Ob Samun Prai (THB 250++/USD 7.10++) is another menu highlight.
“For this dish we only use fresh vegetables we receive from our farm each day, and the pomelo zest sour cream is made from coconut milk and leftover pomelo zest from other dishes,” Billy said.
The menu’s items start from THB 190++ (USD 5.40++) and are available 6pm – 10pm Wednesday to Sunday at Mai Restaurant & Bar from 1 July 2022.
Situated on the hotel’s 21st floor affording vistas of Chiang Mai, Mai Restaurant & Bar specialises in contemporary Lanna (Northern Thai) cuisine with Mediterranean influences.
For more information and reservations, please phone Mai Restaurant & Bar on +66 (0) 52 090 603
Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.
Under the 360° Cuisine program, the hotel’s kitchen works closely with local farmers to help them improve sustainability and encourage ethical production. Meliá Chiang Mai recently partnered with ORI9IN The Gourmet Farm, a gourmet organic farm located in nearby San Sai District, to grow an array of fruits, vegetables and herbs on a two-acre plot on the broader ORI9IN property for its restaurants, bars and spa.
The first five-star to open in Chiang Mai since the onset of the pandemic, Meliá Chiang Mai debuted on April 10 on Charoen Prathet Road. Drawing on Meliá’s Spanish origins and celebrating Spain’s famed gastronomy, the hotel’s dining landscape encompasses restaurants Mai Restaurant & Bar and Laan Na Kitchen, bars Mai The Sky Bar and Tien Pool Bar, and lounges Ruen Kaew and The Level Lounge.
About Asset World Corp Public Company Limited
Asset World Corp Public Company Limited is a holding company under TCC Group operating leading integrated lifestyle property development in Thailand. The company has two main businesses consisting of the Hospitality business managed by top hotel executives of world-renowned hotel brands such as Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton and Retail, Wholesale and Commercial properties whose projects include 1) Retail and Wholesale including lifestyle travel destinations, community shopping malls, community markets, and wholesale business real estate. Popular real estate projects consist of ASIATIQUE the Riverfront Destination, Gateway at Bangsue, AEC Trade Center – Pantip Wholesale Destination, and Tawanna Bangkapi and 2) Commercial buildings including the famous Empire Tower and Athenee Tower located in Bangkok’s central business district.
About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá and Sol by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe, according to the last S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 (Silver Class distinction). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market.
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