As with other hotels in this chain, the Meridien has two restaurants: the main restaurant, the 'Latest Recipe', and 'Favola', specialising in Italian cuisine. The first restaurant offers international and Asian cuisine while the second has an Italian character that is rather surprising for northern Thailand.
The chef, Gustavo Maurelli, a Canadian-born Italian with a Neapolitan mother and Genoan father, was born in Montevideo in Chile. A citizen of the world, as Plato would say, this chef speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and English... His passion is atomic cuisine, combining fresh and natural ingredients with Italian culinary traditions. The restaurant area echoes the chef's desire to share his art: the kitchen is an open area consisting of a counter with various tables lined at the sides. The only regrettable element is the lack of a view and/or windows, and we think that with nicer decor, everything would be perfect. The menu provides an Italian cuisine that has been expertly and passionately revised by the chef, playing with the ingredients, the shapes and the physical composition of the food and allowing his travels to bring colour to his style of cooking. The presentation of the dishes is perfect. The Favola is worth experiencing, even if you do have to ignore the standard assertion that "it's a shame to eat Italian in Thailand."