Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is excited to announce the opening of The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar – a one of a kind culinary experience inspired by the colonial house heritage and fictitious sensationalism.
Standing proudly in the resort’s manicured grounds beside the Mae Ping River, the colonial house was built in 1915 on land owned by the British government and opened in 1921 as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai. Designed for a tropical climate with spacious verandas to catch the river breeze, its unusual 22 yard footprint is the exact length of a cricket pitch, and was the former home of the consul’s family, housing a courtroom, offices, servants’ quarters and stables for elephants. Welcoming a constant stream of visitors, British citizens in Chiang Mai came to pay their respects, register their presence, or seek help and advice. Drinks and meals were served in the consulate’s dining room, many a game of croquet was played on the lawn, and parties for the British King or Queen’s birthdays were social highlights of the year.
The Service 1921 reimagines this colonial era, transforming the charming residence into a surreal and exciting experience. The fictitious concept creates an eccentric and edgy reinvention of what once was, by restoring the consulate as the residence of the British government’s secret intelligence service. Although there is no record of secret intelligence activities being undertaken at the consulate at that time, the concept conjures an illusion of what such an experience might have been, as guests move through the various salons.
A spy peep hole in the entrance door creates a mysterious arrival experience. Inside, the labyrinth of interconnecting rooms portrays artful diversity and drama. Old world interior design comprises solid wooden flooring and paneled walls, antique rugs and teak log features. Vintage lamps and fans, globes and artifacts from the days of British teak logging interests, are accompanied by fictitious spy paraphernalia such as old security intelligence files and braille and morse code signage. Uniquely designed salons in a vivid turquoise palette feature colonial style cabinets, leather armchairs and couches.
In contrast to the secretive ambience, The Service 1921 is very much a social scene. On the lower level, a central bar with high stools is surrounded by plush lounge areas, with doors opening onto wrap around veranda seating. Enriching the fine beverage offering, the wine cellar is stocked with an impressive selection of New and Old World wines, and is an exclusive connoisseur haven for wine tasting journeys and private dinner parties.
In the upstairs restaurant, a private whiskey tasting room is accompanied by two connecting communal dining rooms, which lead through to a library wall that features a secret book shelf door, opening onto a private dining room designed to reflect the teak logging concessions of British trading companies. The upper wrap around veranda also offers terrace seating and communal high tables.
The Service 1921’s culinary offering is equally well thought out, with a distinctive menu of contemporary Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, created by a team of expert chefs from each cuisine. Appetisers tantalise the palate with highlights like a Thai recipe of locally raised duck breast salad with green apple, ginger, mint, goat cheese and chili lime dressing, a Vietnamese grilled eggplant and snow crab meat salad with sweet and sour dressing, and a Chinese Cheng Du DanDan noodle specialty of minced pork, Sichuan chili oil and Chef’s special sauce. Aromatic soups, curries and hot pots include a northern Thai style braised pork spare rib with young jack fruit. Wok, noodle and rice dishes feature gourmet ingredients in rich Asian sauces. While steamed, char grilled and roasted meats and seafood are laced in exotic marinades.
Specialist Asian twist cocktails, fine wines and champagnes are presented by the resident Mixologist and Wine Guru, accompanied by a fine whisky selection and Cuban cigars presented by the resident cigar aficionado. Creative attention to dining details includes placemats mimicking an envelope used to send classified documents by MI6 in the 1920s. Coasters take the form of vintage Thai postcards. The unique Asian dishes are strikingly presented on ceramic plates, wooden slabs and black slates, alongside skewers on black grills, dim sum in traditional baskets, amuse bouche served on noodle spoons, rice and noodle dishes in woks, and rich curries in ceramic pots.
Contemporary soundtracks add to the upbeat mood. Anantara’s personalised hospitality ensures a richly inviting five star service, while guests drink in and savour the historic fantasy.
Cuisine: Thai, Chinese Szechuan and Vietnamese
Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Asian Light Bites: 11:30 am – 1:00 am
For more information and reservations, please contact The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar at
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa
123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chaing Mai 50100 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 53 253 333 Email: [email protected]