Monthly Archives: December 2016


Thailand’s longest established international restaurant brand joins forces with Zy Movement Foundation to help children with physical disabilities

BANGKOK, THAILAND – COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, Thailand’s largest international restaurant franchise, was recently a key sponsor and participant in the Climb To Change A Life event held at Noen Chang Suek Mountain in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Coca & Mango Tree Group Worldwide sponsors and participates in the Climb To Change A Life campaign – an initiative organised by ZY Movement Foundation to help children with physical challenges.

Organised by the Zy Movement Foundation, Climb To Change A Life offers children with mobility impairments the chance to climb mountains and show that they can reach their dreams no matter the obstacles.

The event was the fourth of its kind and attended by 30 children with disabilities and their families, together with 200 volunteers who organised the trek and carried kids up the mountain. Money raised during the group hike went to further aid various Zy Movement Foundation initiatives supporting children with physical impairments.

Along with helping sponsor the climb, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide’s Managing Director, Trevor MacKenzie, and his office staff also joined the event to help the participants reach the top of Noen Chang Suek Mountain.

The team from Coca & Mango Tree Group in Bangkok joined the Climb To Change A Life event in Kanchanaburi Thailand.

“This is the third time we’ve sponsored and participated in Climb to Change a Life, and once again it was a humbling lesson in setting goals and the power of perseverance”, said MacKenzie. “The teamwork, dedication and joy we saw come out of the experience was incredible. We not only changed these children’s lives by helping show them that physical limitations can be overcome, but also changed our own way of thinking about, approaching and overcoming obstacles.”

“We look forward to next year’s event announcement, which we will happily support, and also encourage franchisees to consider sponsoring or volunteering themselves.”

Founded by Walter Lee, a father whose son, Zy Lee, was born with extreme physical limitations, the Zy Movement Foundation works to support children with movement disabilities and their families, encourage and exchange medical knowledge regarding these conditions, and raise awareness and understanding of kids with physical disabilities throughout society.


“Fast expanding home grown Thai restaurant brand combines dim sum delights with surf and turf specialties at its dynamic new indoor and outdoor location”

As COCA Restaurants prepares to celebrate 60 years of success, Thailand’s much-loved purveyor of quality Asian cuisine is now open and delighting diners at the country’s newest lifestyle and shopping destination, Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall.

The new COCA Hua Hin offers a diverse menu of quality cuisine. For high res image please click here.

The new flagship COCA restaurant is attracting Thai and international visitors from around the world with a fresh new design inspired by the seaside town, coupled with a generous menu specifically designed to cater for the wide variety of customer tastes and preferences in one of the country’s most visited resort destinations.

The brand’s new versatile restaurant and offers an extensive menu of seafood, meat, and suki selections, as well as a varied and appealing all-day menu of dim sum specials. Founder and CEO Pitaya Phanphensophon continues to play a central role in the business along with his daughter Natalie who is the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Everything in the restaurant is carefully selected to ensure the best quality destination dining experience, from the fixtures and furnishings to the staff and fresh ingredients used.

“COCA restaurants always supports local producers in all the locations and countries where they operate and in Thailand this includes some of the original suppliers chosen by my grandfather when the first restaurant opened in 1957,” says Natalie Phanphensophon.

“Even though the business has expanded and diversified, we are still a family run business and continue to follow my father’s vision which has always been to provide a family dining destination for every occasion,” she adds.

COCA Hua Hin seats 140 people and presents diners with a wide choice of appealing dining spaces, either indoors at the air-conditioned mall café and the main dining lounge, or outside on the garden barbecue terrace, or at the relaxed bar area. To match the variety of customer expectations in such a cosmopolitan destination, Hua Hin is the first COCA restaurant in the brand’s growing regional portfolio to serve draft beer, with four taps pouring ice cold Singapore, Heineken, Hoegaarden and Punk IPA, with one of the best happy hour deals in town.

The new outlet in Hua Hin is the first COCA Restaurant to serve beer on tap. For high res image please click here.

The bar also serves tasty small plate selections, including crispy calamari, deep fried chicken wings and creative snacks like shrimp popcorn. The overall design is fresh and contemporary, with the outdoor terrace providing the perfect balmy spot for a shared meal and drinks with family and friends.

“The outdoor spaces are a major bonus, especially for our international customers, because very few outlets can offer this at Bluport Mall,” explains Natalie. “Customers that know the COCA menu well in Bangkok may also be surprised to find that we have added special dishes like barbecued imported beef from Australia and the USA and pork chop on the bone.”

The customized menu for Hua Hin also includes a number of unique top-quality fresh seafood choices that most standard Thai seafood restaurants don’t offer like a delicious mixed seafood bucket and fresh mud crab.

“We also serve banana prawns from the south of Thailand, silver pomfret, grey pomfret, and choice of other local delicacies,” adds Natalie.”It’s far more than just suki. At COCA Hua Hin, there’s a favourite dish for everyone.”

To learn more about COCA Hua Hin, or to reserve a table call +66 32 908 369, or


KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Mango Tree Worldwide has unveiled its hottest and hippest restaurant brand in Kathmandu today, introducing a concept of “genuine” Thai cuisine to discerning diners in the Nepalese capital with the opening of Mango Chili.

Located on the second floor of Labim Mall, the casual restaurant is designed in a hip café-style with elements of Thai design weaved through the approachable interiors of the 2,000 square-foot space.

The fast growing, innovative Thai restaurant chain has opened two Mango Chili restaurants across two countries in the last two years as its concept of offering “genuine” Thai cuisine in a contemporary Thai influenced and stylish setting – with a combination of communal bar and table seating – has been well received.

“We are delighted to open our first Mango Chili in Nepal,” said Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director Trevor Mackenzie. “We feel that the fit is perfect and the market is ready to appreciate great Thai food and its distinct and subtle flavours.

“Mango Chili is a real slice of Thai culture, lifestyle and dining – providing something for everyone whatever their tastes – from very spicy dishes such as Grapow and Vegetarian Som Tam to medium spiced dishes such as Pat Kee Mao Gai and less spicy soups. All food can then be adapted according to preferences with the sweet, sour, salty and spicy sauces we provide on the table.”

The restaurant is launching also with its signature Mango Chili Combo Sets such as the Phuket Set, Jatujak Grapow Set and the Royal Thai Set.

A door-to-door delivery service to all downtown urban areas in the city will also be launched in January next year, increasing the scope for the restaurant and providing the first dedicated delivery service for Thai food in the city. Highlights from the menu include classics like Pad Thai, Green curry and Tom Yum along with a range of other popular wok dishes in a menu that includes best of Thailand’s four culinary regions – Northern, Northeastern, Central, and Southern.

In keeping with its light and breezy Thai dining philosophy, all the food will be prepared and served fresh and simple to highlight the Thai flavours and dishes will be priced affordably. An oversized blackboard prominently displayed in the main dining area highlights specials of the day depending on seasonal ingredients available to the chefs. The enticing food menu is paired with an equally tempting collection of complementary cocktails.

The Mango Chili is the younger, sister brand of signature brand, Mango Tree, which can be found in many of the world’s major capitals such as London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Washington DC. The culinary group also includes Coca Restaurants for a total of 73 outlets globally.