Boutique Hotel Legend Teams With Singapore Design Maverick To Give Italian Dining A Very Thai Twist With Launch Of ‘Italics’
The team behind the soon-to-launch akyra Manor Chiang Mai boutique hotel has reunited to create Italics, a Bangkok restaurant and deli bar serving contemporary Italian cuisine from ingredients exclusively sourced in Thailand to the highest standard of ‘proven provenance’. Bold and from the culinary cutting edge, Italics Bangkok will debut on April 2nd at Ruamrudee Grove, a refurbished house on Soi Ruamrudee, shared with Balvenie Bar, a whisky and cigar lounge offering one of the biggest selections of single malts in South East Asia.
Soi Ruamrudee has developed in recent years into one of the city’s dining hot spots, offering a prestigious location in one of Bangkok’s prime business, residential and diplomatic districts and a ‘gourmet village’ atmosphere.
Conceptualised by AHMS – THE COLLECTION and brought to life by Michelin-starred Chef James Noble, also resident manager of Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, Italics marks a new direction in what promises to be a fruitful and creative collaboration between Thailand’s boutique hotel pioneer, AHMS, and Singapore-based Manor Group.
“The idea with Italics is to showcase Thailand through the prism of another cuisine that everyone knows and loves,” Mr Noble said. “So it’s very pro-Thailand and pro-environment, it’s sustainable, and it might just breathe a bit of fresh life into Italian cuisine. It’s a new idea, a bit different and I’m very excited about it.”
Mr Noble said Italics would take ‘proven provenance’ very seriously, with diners able to inquire as to which chickens laid their eggs, and which farm provided the grazing for the buffalos which bequeathed the raw materials to make mozarella.
“We’ve scoured the length and breadth of Thailand to find the best suppliers for what we serve in the restaurant and what’s on sale in the deli,” he said.
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“All our pork comes from Joe Sloan in Chiang Mai, so we get salami, pastrami, parma ham, it covers all our bases on pork. Beef we source from an excellent ethical supplier in Nakhon Phatom, our eggs are from Golden Lay Eggs in Pranburi, where the chickens range over 400 rai of pasture. Buffalo mozarella is from Murrah Farm in Chachongsao and all our herbs are grown at Aleenta Farm at Paknampran, adjoining Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi resort. Sourdough is from a secret batch with a pedigree going back some 20 years.
“Italics will also be big on the artisanal touches, right down to the plates and cutlery. So expect food served in copper pans, cast iron skillets and a few other surprises.”
Italics will also be the flagship dining experience at akyraManor Chiang Mai, the all-suite boutique hotel set to launch on July 1 in the northern capital, featuring a state-of-the-art show kitchen and authentic Italian pizza ovens complemented by Rise, a show-stopping rooftop glass pool and bar.
AHMS founder and managing director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, said the time was right for AHMS to venture into standalone restaurants and she was delighted to be embarking on a second groundbreaking venture in partnership with Manor Group.
“AHMS has had many successful years building four resorts based around innovative experiences and exceptional cuisine,” Ms Kijkanakorn said. “I have full confidence that Italics will be a success both as an eatery in Bangkok and as the star attraction of akyra Manor Chiang Mai, with further outlets under the newly-created brand a possibility.”