Mandarin Oriental's star-studded restaurant line up

Published December 7th, 2009 - 04:35 GMT

Mandarin Oriental hotels have long been renowned for
their excellence and innovation in food and beverage, and the Group's passion
for creating memorable dining experiences has once again been recognised, with
no fewer than nine diverse restaurants from around the world being honoured in
the 2010 Michelin Guides.

In Europe, Rasoi by Vineet <>
has been awarded the coveted one star status by Michelin's 2010 Guide for
Switzerland.  It is the first time for an Indian restaurant to be recognised in
Switzerland by the prestigious Michelin guide. Opened in June 2008 after a multi-
million Swiss Franc renovation of the hotel's public areas, Rasoi by Vineet
offers the cuisine of London-based Michelin starred chef, Vineet Bhatia, who
specialises in deliciously spectacular "evolved" Indian food.  In Munich,
Restaurant Mark's at Mandarin Oriental, Munich retained its coveted Michelin
star status. The restaurant's Chef Tobias Jochim delights diners with
predominantly French dishes that have been inspired from travels around the

In Asia, the Group's flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is now home
to two Michelin starred restaurants. The Mandarin Grill + Bar,
<> a
Hong Kong dining institution, where artistic Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky serves
a modern interpretation of grill classics and the city's finest seafood, has
been awarded its first Michelin star. The restaurant joins Pierre
<>on the top
floor of the hotel, which retained its Michelin star, and features the bold
cuisine of multi award-winning, three Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. In
Macau, Tung Yee Heen
<>, the
distinguished Cantonese restaurant at the recently renamed Grand Lapa Hotel,
also retained its one-star Michelin status. Meanwhile, Amber at The Landmark
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, maintained its coveted two Michelin star status.
The restaurant features the innovative and exhilarating cuisine of talented Chef
Richard Ekkebus.


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In Japan, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is the only hotel in the capital to have
three Michelin-starred restaurants in the latest Japanese guide. Signature
<> (serving
contemporary French), Sense
<> (Cantonese) and the
creative Tapas Molecular Bar
<> (serving innovative
molecular cuisine) each received a single star: Signature for the third time,
and Sense and the Tapas Molecular Bar for the second time.

"We are truly delighted to receive these prestigious accolades," said David
Nicholls, the Group's Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. "It speaks
volumes about the dedication to fine dining excellence that all of our hotels

The Group also continues to be acknowledged for its ability to appoint
enthusiastic culinary talent. Recent announcements include Chef Heston
Blumenthal, who has won international acclaim for his unique and multi-sensory
approach to cooking. Blumenthal will open his first restaurant outside of the
village of Bray, at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London in 2010. The restaurant
will feature the chef's inimitable style of culinary alchemy with a menu heavily
influenced by his ongoing research and discovery of historic British gastronomy.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will also introduce the award-winning
cuisine of Lyon-born chef Daniel Boulud to the UK when Bar Boulud - a French
inspired bistro and wine bar - opens in the hotel in Spring 2010. In addition,
Pierre Gagnaire will open his first US restaurant, Twist at Mandarin Oriental,
Las Vegas which opens on 4 December 2009. While in Spain, Chef Carme Ruscalleda
has been appointed Director of the newly opened Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona's
signature restaurant, Moments. Ruscalleda is one of only a few women in the
world to be awarded a total of five Michelin stars.

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