Aiming to bring an innovative style of Thai dining to hotel guests and residents, Asian restaurant operator, Mango Tree Worldwide, has formed a landmark partnership with the Hilton Dubai The Walk.
Mango Tree Worldwide operates more than 60 restaurant outlets in 12 countries around the globe under a series of distinctive brands, all of which serve a range of authentic Thai and South-east Asian dishes.
With this current partnership, Mango Tree will launch a full-service bistro at the Hilton Dubai The Walk, the four-star hotel and residence in the city’s popular Jumeirah Beach area.
The menu will highlight the cuisine of southern Thailand, which blends “perfectly with local tastes”. For example, the restaurant will focus on seafood, which is a key ingredient in Thailand’s spectacular southern beach destinations. It will also feature a series of dishes using lamb, a favourite among Arabic diners, as well as serving handmade flatbreads.
According to Mango Tree, Southern Thailand and the Middle East share many common cultural elements, and some of the herbs and spices to be used at the new Mango Tree Thai Bistro will be familiar to local diners in Dubai. In addition, guests will be treated to an array of “intriguing dishes” that are not typically found on the menus of Thai restaurants such as watermelon salad with dry shrimps which is an ancient southern Thai recipe that is being revived by Mango Tree’s inventive chefs.
“Our new Mango Tree Thai Bistro promises to deliver something never before seen in the region — a vibrant dining destination that is less formal than traditional Thai restaurants. The Hilton Dubai The Walk attracts a large number of families and guests on extended stays, so this bold bistro concept with indoor seating and outdoor patio will be perfectly suited to guests who want a casual place to dine, [or] couples and groups of friends seeking a fun and lively evening out,” says Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree’s global managing director.
“Hoteliers are increasingly looking for professional and well-reputed restaurateurs to manage their F&B outlets. Hotel restaurants are no longer solely for in-house guests; they can often become attractions in their own right, drawing in local diners and international travellers. This can also help create a real point-of-difference for hotels while raising the quality of their F&B above the competition. We are delighted to partner with the Hilton Dubai The Walk and look forward to welcoming diners in Dubai to our exciting new Mango Tree Thai Bistro later this year,” he adds.
The new hotel partnership business model will help Mango Tree achieve its target of reaching 100 restaurant outlets worldwide by 2020.