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Chiang Mai – Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi

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Via: City News – Chiang Mai

For a special night out in Chiang Mai, it doesn’t get more luxurious than Le Grand Lanna at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.
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In a beautifully decorated open-air Lanna teak house, you can dine in style while taking in traditional dance and music performances from a troupe of talented artistes. And now, a completely revamped menu has been unveiled, courtesy of the restaurant’s two brand new chefs from Central Thailand – twin sisters Virat and Vilai Kanjan. Experts in both taste and presentation and specially trained in the art of fruit and vegetable carving, the Kanjan sisters learned to cook from their parents and have been doing so professionally since 19 at luxury hotels throughout Asia, and even at His Majesty the King’s palace.
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Their dishes are healthy and delicious, using fresh produce from the Royal Project Foundation and conveying a deep knowledge of the intricacies of traditional Thai cooking as well as a flair for creative fusion. Opt for one of their sumptuous set menus or go a la carte. Appetisers are conveniently served in a variety of portion sizes to share, from deep-fried crab spring rolls served with plum sauce to spicy papaya salad with soft shell crab to roasted coconut with dried shrimps, lime and ginger in a crispy cup. We swooned over the rich and slightly spicy tom kha soup, served in a coconut with succulent seafood and straw mushrooms, but saved room for the stunning mains, which included falling-off-the-bone southern style braised lamb shank with lotus seeds and pickled vegetable, a delightfully flavourful and perfectly textured deep-fried snow fish with organic Thai herbs and a dazzlingly presented stir-fried Canadian lobster cooked Thai-style with yellow curry and egg. For dessert, the taro dumplings in warm coconut milk with salted egg yolk and seasonal fruits was a perfect finale to a meal fit for a king.
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Want to learn to cook from the masters? Chef Virat is now overseeing Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy, which offers daily cooking classes with market tours and hands-on practice starting at 2,800 baht per person.
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Open Daily for Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dinner, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
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51/4 Chiang Mai – Sankampaeng Road, Moo 1 T. Tasala
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Chiang Mai, Thailand – Mandarin Oriental – Dhara Dhevi – PRICELESS!
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May 14, 2013 - Posted by | accomodation, restaurants | , , , , , ,

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