Mana Unleashes The Hidden Dragon
CHI Ultralounge, in partnership with global Thai cuisine legend Blue Elephant, introduces a fresh dining experience that combines exotic influences with contemporary culinary techniques. Mana, which also means divine nourishment, presents unique course selections interchangeable between three elemental themes—Fire (meat), Water (seafood) and Earth (vegetarian)—with the menu changing every three months.
The vibe at Mana is (tastefully) theatrical, embracing the same modern Asian appeal as the Funk Shui themed supperclub CHI. With a giant dragon overhead, Diageo Moet Hennessy’s WorldClass bar crafts signature drinks designed to complement the meal. Try Golden Dragon, a zesty kick of Johnie Walker Gold Label Reserve with passion fruit puree, basil leaves and lemon juice, or Chi Spiced Cosmopolitan, a ladies’ favourite featuring Cointreau, cranberry juice, vanilla syrup and black pepper.
Forget traditional Thai flavours and presentations. At Mana, Blue Elephant attempts a different, more vibrant approach on the cuisine. Courses consist of amuse bouche, starter, soup, entremets, main dish and dessert. Our pick for the visit is Water, a vibrant seafood range. The meal kick-starts with an impressive dish of plump scallop, pan-seared with aromatic lemongrass butter. An interesting, yet flavourful play on textures shines through with a drizzle of juicy fruit coulis, savoury prawn dust as well as crunchy macadamia nuts and pomegranate bites. Instead of a tom yum bowl, the next serving is an elevated tom khlong soup. With heated flavours from arrays of local spices, the spicy broth is toned down with a generous piece of tiger prawn, holy basil infused tapioca and young chayote leaves. For the main, beautifully pan-fried Indian Halibut is served over smooth, mashed sweet potato and alongside thinly sliced cucumber tossed in a spicy, yet refreshing vinaigrette. The combination goes perfectly with crisp orange candy, white sesame and charred fennel. Dessert highlights a moist lemon sponge cake over raw carrot cake jus, complemented by velvety meringue and caramelised pecans.
The very first collaborative project by Blue Elephant, Mana’s kitchen is led by executive chef Tony Bish. While a la carte small plates and desserts are available, recommended are the set courses, priced at 1,800++ baht per person.
Mana is located on Sukhumvit Soi 13 at CHI supperclub and is opened for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.00 – 10.00 PM. For reservations, call 0-2102-0013
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