If you haven’t been to Le Meridien’s Favola Italian Restaurant, then the launch of their latest menu should more than tempt. And if you have been, then head on back because there is a lot to try out.
Favola is a multi-award winning restaurant, having earned the title of one of Thailand’s Best Restaurants by Thailand Tatler for nearly as many years as it has been open. It’s consistently high standards, its excellent use of quality produce, its impeccable service and the constant introduction of new dishes are just some of the reasons to go. So if your appetite has now been whetted, wait til you read about some of our favourite new dishes and you will be salivating!
After you have ordered your bottle of wine from the sexy glass-cased walk-in wine cellar, start off with a few appetisers. We recommend the mortadella and pistachio pizza, where slithers of delicious mortadella and crunches of toasted pistachio are elevated by the refreshing bites of burrata cream with a generous slathering of pistachio pesto for full flavour. Or if you prefer the creatures of the sea to terra firma, order a fritto misto or deep fried calamari, prawns and fish fillet served with paprika tartare sauce and lemon wedges, these are delightfully lite bites. For something a bit heavier, dive in the rich seafood stew crammed with all the goodies from the deep blue.
Then there is the conundrum of what pasta to go for, as the choices make it so hard. You can go for a lighter creamy yellow capsicum pesto pasta with burrata cream sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and more of that moreish crunchy pistachio or the full bodied homemade ravioli filled with braised beef, porcini mushrooms, black truffles in beef jus and pecorino cheese shaves. If you love your cheeses pungent then why not try the homemade ravioli filled with Gorgonzola cheese and William pear in a walnut cream sauce. Then there is the delicious sounding sautéed Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms and black truffle cream sauce penne with Parmesan.
If you are looking for something more meaty, then there is the eight hour slow cooked Australian beef cheek with truffle mashed potatoes and thyme buttered baby carrots or the slow braised New Zealand lamb shank with Parmesan polenta and roasted garlic. Or if you don’t like your meats red, then order the Mediterranean herb-crusted salmon fillet with Sicilian marinated orange salad and dill sauce.
End the meal on a sweet note with a panna cotta or an Italian torte where the traditional chocolate and almond cake is fancied up with a chocolate coulis and crunchy almond tuile.
whether you are looking for a bit of romance, a family dinner, a place to take clients, a night out with some friends or a place to go to celebrate a special occasion, Favola hasn’t been at the top of every Chiang Mai fine dining list for the past decade for nothing! It is a sure thing here with flavours guaranteed to be lingering in your memories long after the last bite has been taken.