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New ALATi brings a taste of the Mediterranean to Siam Kempinski

Feb 19. 2020
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By The Nation

Casual dining at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has got a taste of the Mediterranean with the opening of ALATi, an informal yet stylish restaurant with a menu that reflects the diverse culinary traditions of the entire Mediterranean region.

“Alati is the Greek word for salt, a seasoning and preservative used for centuries by many different cultures and civilisations,” explained executive chef Carlo Valenziano. “Eating salt is a symbol of friendship in many regions, and at ALATi we believe that friendship and good food is a perfect combination. ALATi combines high-quality ingredients, an open kitchen and a relaxed atmosphere in a casual yet stylish setting.”

ALATi is designed to evoke memories of times spent travelling in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, the chef said. For diners yet to experience this region in person, Valenziano uses his considerable experience to combine ingredients and flavours from a multitude of Mediterranean countries, creating new dishes.

Chef Carlo Valenzianoin

“Our mission is to provide well-balanced dishes suitable for sharing that meet the demands of local diners as well as business and leisure travellers,” explained Valenziano.

The ALATi dinner menu is a reflection of the diverse cultures and traditions of the Mediterranean region with the chef drawing inspiration from culinary traditions in countries such as Spain, Tunisia, France, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Italy.

The dinner menu also features a number of the chef’s signature dishes, beginning with flatbread baked with cheese and served with sliced truffles. Muhammara is a tapas-like dish, suitable for vegetarians, served with flatbread, walnuts, burrata cheese, olives and pomegranate.

The Lebanese-style shish barak is home-made ravioli filled with a lamb stew that has been slow-cooked for many hours to ensure maximum tenderness. The dish is served traditionally with labneh sauce, but Valenziano has added sumac, pine nuts and mint to broaden the tasting experience on the palate.

Amongst the selection of main courses is Iberico lamb rack. This dish uses milk-fed lamb from northeastern Spain, which produces a unique flavour and texture. The lamb rack is cooked the classic French way (‘pink’) unless otherwise requested and served with roasted garlic, potatoes cooked with rosemary, and gremolata Italian dressing.

The North African tajine dishes include the chef’s signature cauliflower cooked with saffron, apricots, shallots, almonds and oranges.

The charcoal grill at ALATi offers a combination of meat and seafood dishes, including Turkish-charred organic chicken (600g).

“Naturally, we hope that all our guests will embrace the desserts as part of their ALATi dining experience,” adds the chef. The selection of desserts includes chocolate choux with crumble and cocoa sorbet.

All labels in the ALATi cellar are from vineyards in Mediterranean countries and many are certified “natural” and “biodynamic”. The wine list includes some “hidden gems” uncovered during intensive research for the new restaurant. This enables patrons at ALATi to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of the region’s amazing variety of red, white and sparkling wines.

The choice of hot beverages includes Moroccan mint tea, Karak tea and Turkish coffee. The Moroccan mint tea is served in the classic style using teapots, trays and cups purchased in Morocco. Karak tea, popular throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, is made from black leaves boiled in evaporated milk and blended with Iranian saffron, cardamom and cinnamon. Turkish coffee is growing in popularity throughout the world. At ALATi, the beverage is made from Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi powder and served with Turkish delight confectionery.

ALATi is located on the lobby floor of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok and opens daily for an à la carte lunch from noon to 2.30 pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact ALATi on +662 162 9000 or email alati.siambangkok@kempinski.com.

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