A restored colonial mansion gets a secret service makeover.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort recently unveiled a new drinking and dining venue, created by none other than Soho Hospitality, the team behind uber-popular Bangkok establishments Charcoal and Above Eleven.
The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar (chiang-mai.anantara.com) sits in a restored colonial mansion that formerly served as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai. Reimagined as a hidden stronghold of the British government’s secret intelligence service, the venue is filled with fictitious spy paraphernalia, vintage lamps and other artifacts from the days of British teak logging interests up North, alongside colonial-style cabinets, leather armchairs and couches.
The kitchen specializes in contemporary Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, with one highlight being the duck breast salad with green apple, ginger, mint, goat cheese and chili lime dressing (B250). The bar focuses on cocktails with Asian twists, while there's also a separate whiskey and cigar lounge.