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COCA RESTAURANT STIRS UP LOCAL FOOD SCENE IN HANOI WITH FRESH & HIP NEW DINING CONCEPT OFFERING SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

New COCA flagship opens in vibrant district of Vietnamese capital with a lively menu of Asian flavours complemented by stylish contemporary décor

­HANOI, VIETNAM – COCA Restaurants Worldwide has opened a new 4-story flagship restaurant in the bustling Ba Dinh district of the Vietnamese capital.

The grand opening event offered food lovers the chance to meet renowned Thai Chef Pitaya Phanphensophon, the man behind one of Asia’s most successful restaurant brands and watched a video tour by Chef Pitaya who visited Hanoi’s fresh markets to select fresh ingredients for the restaurant to ensure his standards are met. Guests then enjoyed a selection of these fresh dishes, to showcase the diverse range of flavours on offer on the varied new COCA menu.

Working closely with a well-established Vietnamese partner, Ms. Diep Nyugen a successful local restauranteur, the new COCA Hanoi is part of an ambitious regional expansion strategy that sees the brand opening new concept restaurants in key cities across Asia. The menu also embodies an evolution for the brand with a bountiful selection that extends far beyond COCA’s legendary hotpot dishes to offer an extensive choice of simple, healthy, lively Asian cuisine that appeals to multigenerational families and business clientele.

“Our partner for this project understands just how sophisticated the dining scene has become in places like Hanoi and she spared no expense on the design or quality of experience offered to customers. The menu includes a vast choice of appetizers like drunken chicken, durian seafood roll, as well as a few Thai favourites such as larb – spicy minced pork and tasty rice and noodle dishes like COCA Stir fried noodles or braised prawn with glass noodles to complement the signature hotpot selections. Family friendly sharing plates like the Cajun seafood bucket or wok fried curry crab (Poo Phad Phong Karee) offer variety. There are also plenty of child friendly items, which ensures there’s something for everyone,” says Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of COCA & Mango Tree Worldwide.

Inspired by Indochinese architecture, but with a contemporary twist; the relaxed, comfortable ambience, warm service and colourful, extensive menu at the new COCA Restaurant in Hanoi is designed to appeal to a wide range of ages groups, tastes and diner preferences. Business clients, young families and customers with more traditional preferences are all well catered for with a range of “must-try dishes” that includes the brand’s top quality signature Ying Yang hotpot, available with fresh premium selections like live prawns and fish.

“The bustling location with views of Thanh Cong Lake (Success Lake) from the second and third floors, offers locals and visitors a lively dining scene and caters to office workers during the day and local residents in the evening. We are confident that COCA’s strong reputation in the Vietnamese food and hospitality sector will enhance the existing offerings. Diners in Vietnam look for quality, variety and value. These are all benchmarks of COCA Restaurants Worldwide, “ added Mr MacKenzie.

COCA Restaurants are already well known in Vietnam for their signature hotpot dishes and tom yum soup, but the brand’s owner, Pitaya Phanphensophon, also continually introduces new flavours to suit local tastes. He actually developed a special pork bone stock specifically to suit the Vietnamese palate. Since then, new menu items and concepts have been introduced at several COCA Restaurants across the country, all designed to meet local diners culinary cravings in each specific location.

While Pitaya Phanphensophon supports the COCA Restaurant brand’s expansion across the Asia region, he always remains true to his philosophy of only serving food that he would give to his own children. This approach guarantees that high quality, fresh, locally sourced, flavourful ingredients are used in every dish on the menu.

“We believe in evolving and growing with our diners, of course, but our commitment to good food and excellent value for money is something that will never change,” says Pitaya.

GLOBAL RESTAURANT GROUP CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS IN THE PHILIPPINES WITH BOLD GROWTH PLANS, CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES AND DEEPER CULINARY INNOVATIONS

Mango Tree to launch five new culinary creations from the regions of Thailand to herald five years in the Philippines

(From left): Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director and Pitaya Phanphensophon, Founder, Mango Tree & COCA Restaurants Worldwide present a donation to Suzanna Pavadee Vicheinrut Yuzon, former Miss Thailand and President of Miss Possibilities Foundation. They are joined by Mother Spice Food Corporation owners, Imelda and Eric Teng, Khun Khankhanit Amphuprapa, Minister Counseller (Commercial) from the Royal Thai Embassy and representatives from DITP (Department of Investment and Trade Philippines).. For high resolution version, click here.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Thai restaurant operator, cultural ambassador and culinary innovator Mango Tree Worldwide has announced an ambitious programme of expansion on its fifth anniversary that will significantly extend its branded restaurants and cafés in the Philippines by 2020.

The growth in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies will for the first time reach outside of the capital into secondary urban and key tourism destinations as Mango Tree embarks on a round of “discovery” research to plan for the second phase of the group’s development plan in the Philippines.

The growth strategy will also see the re-styling of not only restaurants in Manila but throughout the world as Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director Trevor MacKenzie used the occasion in the Philippine capital as the launch pad for his announcement that will ultimately cover all 70 outlets in the group.

“Our customers here are among the most sophisticated in Asia,” he said. “Diners in Manila are very discerning not only in their taste for Thai food but in their demands for style in presentation and experience in our restaurants.”

“We will be piloting a range of interior renovations that will infuse a new attitude, focusing on a blend of millennial-driven modern Thai lifestyle with a celebration of originality and creativity that encapsulates our evolving vision of style, simplicity and living history. It is an exciting project and one which will offer a reinvigorated platform for the accelerated growth of the brand.”

The cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai and the northern Lanna kingdom are among the inspirations for five new dishes, each one given a delicious twist by Mango Tree CEO, Chef Pitaya Phanphensophon.

Sai Oua, or northern Thai sausage, is made from pork mince and is infused with herbs and spices and freshly pounded curry paste creating an ultimate finger-friendly snack.. For high resolution version, click here.

Kanom-Jean Nam Ngai, a rice noodle dish originating from the ethnic Shan tribe and consisting of a slow-cooked stew using spare ribs, tomatoes, lime and dried chillies and cabbage. For high resolution version, click here.

The highlight dishes are led by Kanom-Jeen Nam Ngiaw, a rice noodle creation originating from the ethnic Shan community made with garlic, red curry paste, yellow bean sauce, diced tomatoes, turmeric, fish sauce, spring onion and coriander; slow-cooked with either chicken or pork ribs. Sai Oua or northern Thai sausage will also be among the offerings. Made from pork mince, the dish is infused with herbs and spices and freshly pounded curry paste creating an ultimate finger-friendly snack served either hot or cold.

Krapaw Bacon is a Mango Tree innovation from central Thailand, taking one of the best-loved spicy dishes and turning it into a lighter and healthier snack by removing the boiled rice and eating with lettuce. Then there’s Moo Ping, pork marinated in sweet soy-based sauce and grilled on charcoal stove, a unique dish that showcases all the signature Thai flavours: sweet, sour and spicy from the north eastern region know for the origins of Som Tam. Chef Pitaya’s recipe reaches beyond the original by using onzen eggs instead of fried hard boiled eggs for a fun, healthy, delicious taste experience.

“Flavours of Thailand”, showcasing the five dishes from the four regions of Thailand, will be launched on May 1, providing diners with the opportunity to taste genuine Thai cuisine and introduce to the market dishes that are less well known, but no less exceptional culinary experiences.

“In many ways we have taken one step back as we look forward,” added Mr. MacKenzie. “We have rediscovered many of the well known dishes in Thailand and reimagined them through creative design and presentation while remaining true to the original ingredients.”

Mango Tree Worldwide will also celebrate its anniversary in Manila by working with Ms. Suzanna Parade Vicheinrut Yuzon, former Miss Thailand and President of Miss Possibilities Foundation – a non- government, non-profit organization, which supports children with special needs. The brand hosted a special charity dinner on 22 March when children entertained the guests with a special performance. Mango Tree Group and its franchise partners, Mother Spice Food Corporation, then made a generous donation as a part of an ongoing commitment to Miss Possibilities Foundation.

Mango Tree currently operates its flagship Mango Tree Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), plus two Mango Tree Bistros, one in Trinoma, Quezon City and the other in Green Belt 5 in Makati.

MASTERS OF MODERN THAI CUISINE COCA SET TO OPEN STYLISH NEW FLAGSHIP RESTAURANT IN HANOI VIETNAM

As part of the brand’s expansion plans in Asia, COCA Restaurants will open in the Vietnamese capital with a chic new contemporary dining concept

 

Stylish design elements inspired by traditional Indochinese architecture infused with the renowned COCA ambience. For high res image please click here.


Bangkok, Thailand – In line with its mission to offer a the best in contemporary, affordable Asian cuisine to diners in cities across Asia, COCA Restaurants will open a flagship 4-story restaurant in the Phuong Thanh Cong mixed use neighbourhood of Hanoi, which is home to some big local companies, the Vietnam National Cinema Centre along with a concentration of residential developments.

Recognising Hanoians desire for quality and originality, COCA’s franchisee Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Diep, Director of Golden Key Trading Services and Restaurants Company Limited, has spared no expense decking out the new flagship restaurant. Stylish design elements inspired by traditional Indochinese architecture are infused with the renowned COCA ambience that has been developed over the restaurant’s 60 years of successful operation.

 

Seafood Durian Roll, a bestseller in Vietnam. For high res image please click here.

“The area has a lively dining scene which attracts business and residential audience looking for great taste and value-for-money,” says Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director, COCA and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide. “The COCA brand will add an exciting new option for diners in Hanoi, our impressive reputation in the Asian dining and hospitality sector, which will certainly help us make an impact on the local food scene.”

With a strong focus on modern Asian-inspired design, Mr. MacKenzie believes the Indochinese interiors at COCA Hanoi will also appeal to people from within and beyond the immediate neighbourhood. COCA Hanoi will therefore attract a wide audience, including business clients, families and older Hanoians, all of whom are seeking restaurants they can trust to provide quality service and consistently good food.

COCA is already well known in Vietnam for its signature hotpot dishes and tom yum soup. The brand even developed a pork bone stock specifically to suit the local Vietnamese palate. But the brand is evolving fast to offer new menu items and fresh market concepts carefully designed to match the unique tastes of local diners in each specific location.

 

The popular wok fried yellow curry with crab (phong karee). For high res image please click here.

“Because we are a famous brand from Thailand, customers expect a few popular Thai dishes to set us apart from other restaurants that serve hotpot. The wok fried yellow curry with crab (phong karee) is a popular signature in most COCA Restaurants around the world, and we also offer a wide selection of home-made dumplings to choose from, as well as some unique COCA creations like our Deep Fried Tiger Prawn with Salty Egg Yolk and the Crispy Seafood and Durian Roll, already a bestseller in Vietnam,” adds Mr. MacKenzie. “COCA is more than just hotpot restaurants, all generations can dine at COCA, there’s something for everyone.”

Thai celebrity chef, Pitaya Phanphensophon has been the driving force behind the COCA Restaurant brand’s expansion across the region, and always remains true to his policy of only serving food he would feed to his own children. This stance underpins the restaurant’s dedication to fresh, locally sourced, flavourful ingredients.

“Our product has stood the test of time for 60 years, and we believe that is due to our ability to evolve and grow with our guests preferences, but also our dedication to service, fine tastes and great value for money,” says Chef Pitaya.

THAILAND’S RENOWNED MANGO TREE BRAND REDISCOVERS ITS ROOTS IN GUANGDONG WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW RESTAURANT AT HIGH-END ART & RETAIL MALL K11 GUANGZHOU

Thai Glass Noodle Salad

GUANGZHOU, CHINA – One of the leading purveyors of Thai-inspired genuine Asian cuisine, Mango Tree & COCA Restaurants Worldwide, has announced plans to open a new outlet inside the spectacular art and retail mall K11, the only high-end, high-rise retail project in heart of Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou.

Scheduled to open later this year, Mango Tree Guangzhou is something of a homecoming for the brand’s Thai celebrity chef owner, Pitaya Phanphensophon, whose parents originally came from Guangdong Province but met each other in Thailand where they opened the company’s first Coca Restaurant together in Bangkok in 1957.

Since then, Mango Tree and Coca Restaurants have opened all over the world and the company has become a premier global Thai cuisine brand serving up quality Thai-inspired cuisine for discerning diners in more than 70 restaurants and cafes in 15 countries across Asia, the Middle East, and the USA.

“Although Thailand has always been my home, I also inherited certain Chinese characteristics from my parents and this influences my approach to cooking and also to the restaurant business. I strongly believe in using the freshest locally sourced ingredients and although we always present our dishes beautifully, great taste is at the heart of every dish on our menus.”

As the chosen location to introduce Mango Tree Restaurant’s genuine approach to fine cuisine, the group’s Managing Director, Trevor MacKenzie, believes K11 Guangzhou is the perfect choice. “ This impressive new mall is positioned as a place where culture and good living come together. Where trends and lifestyles collide to form new ideas and new inspirations. These are core values that Mango Tree Group also holds dear, he said.

Crab in Yellow Curry

Despite global economic challenges, Mango Tree & Coca Restaurants Worldwide has set an aggressive agenda for expansion in 2017 as it continues to build a strong network of partners in China and beyond to offer top quality Thai and Asian cuisine with authentic taste and genuine service that exceeds customer expectations.

“The response to our other Mango Tree Restaurant outlet in Qingdao was very positive and the focus on great taste and genuine hospitality really strikes a chord with Chinese diners. We are excited to build on that success in Guangzhou and to revive the family legacy that formed the foundation for all our success with Mango Tree and Coca Restaurants worldwide,” added Mr. MacKenzie.

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MANGO TREE & COCA RESTAURANTS WORLDWIDE FORGES AHEAD WITH EXPANSION STRATEGY ACROSS ASIA IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2017

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Leveraging the group’s proven pedigree as a leading name in genuine Asian cuisine, Mango Tree & COCA Restaurants worldwide has announced aggressive expansion plans for 2017 with new restaurant openings scheduled in Yangon, Mumbai, Hanoi, Osaka and Guangzhou.

Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree and COCA Worldwide Managing Director. For high resolution version, click here.

The growth strategy will be supported by the launch of several new culinary concepts at different locations, all of which have been carefully planned to expand the group’s offerings and reach a wider audience of Thai and Asian food lovers, including young families and Millennials.

“We significantly increased our regional brand presence last year in well established markets like Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. We also added Nepal to the portfolio with the launch of Kathmandu’s first branded Thai restaurant, Mango Chilli Café,” explains Mango Tree and Coca Worldwide Managing Director, Trevor MacKenzie. “The next step is to extend our footprint even further and to diversify at the same time by catering to the tastes and service expectations of different clientele in a spread of new locations.”

The variety of flavours and ingredients offered at Mango Tree and Coca Restaurants around Asia is as broad and eclectic as the locations covered by the two brands, and a brief tour of the new openings is as much a culinary journey as a geographic one.

In Myanmar, a new COCA Restaurant will open in the first quarter of 2017 at the Yangon International Hotel to offer diners a choice of succulent imported meat and fresh seafood dishes, complemented by freshly prepared house-made noodles and organic locally sourced vegetables.

Meanwhile in neighbouring India, Mango Tree Mumbai will open in April, enticing the city’s diners with the brand’s signature healthy, creative Thai cuisine with the added appeal of a well researched, generous vegetarian menu featuring some inspired ideas using paneer and lentils to appeal to local tastes.

Som Tam salad served in a mortar. For high resolution version, click here.

The same month will also see the launch of a new Mango Tree Café in Osaka serving famous Thai dishes amid stylish surroundings with a swift and playful service approach.

A new COCA Hanoi also opens in April, hot on the heels of the brand’s fourth restaurant in Vietnam, which opened in 2016 at Aeon Binh Tan mall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Although its predecessor launched an innovative new generation concept specifically designed for the under-35 mindset, the new outlet in the northern capital will be based more on the original COCA philosophy of providing a family-dining destination for every occasion.

Rounding of a busy first half of 2017, Mango Tree will arrive in style on the Pearl River in June with the opening a new flagship in Guangzhou, the sprawling Chinese port city located northwest of Hong Kong. There have also been suggestions of a return to Dubai this year, causing considerable speculation on the local food scene where the brand was once an established favourite.

“Despite certain global uncertainties, Mango Tree & COCA Restaurants Worldwide remains committed to its mission of establishing restaurants in every major city around the world,” adds Mr. MacKenzie. “By working with the right partners to deliver quality Thai and Asian cuisine with authentic tastes and genuine service that exceeds customer expectations, we are confident of our continued success.”

COCA & MANGO TREE RESTAURANTS WORLDWIDE MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO CSR WITH FOURTH CLIMB TO CHANGE A LIFE EVENT IN KANCHANABURI THAILAND

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.

COCA HUA HIN OPENS WITH FAVOURITE DISHES FOR EVERYONE IN THAILAND’S POPULAR SEASIDE TOWN OF HUA HIN

“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
visit www.coca.com

GLOBAL THAI RESTAURANT FRANCHISE MANGO TREE UNVEILS ITS HOTTEST RESTAURANT BRAND IN NEPAL WITH THE OPENING OF MANGO CHILI IN KATHMANDU

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.

NEW COCA RESTAURANT SET TO OPEN IN YANGON WITH FRESH VEGETABLE MARKET CONCEPT AND ORIGINAL HOUSEMADE NOODLES

Thailand’s long-established and popular international restaurant chain COCA has announced that it will launch a new outlet in Yangon in time for Chinese New Year.

The ‘fresh market’ concept is a key feature of the new Coca Yangon. For high res image please click here.

One of three new outlets that will be open and attracting Asian food lovers in countries across Southeast Asia by early 2017, COCA Yangon will be located inside the Yangon International Hotel with its own separate entrance and parking area.

Fresh seafood is a specialty at COCA Rsetaurants. For high res image please click here.

COCA’s famous wok dishes and a la carte Thai appetizers have made the restaurant famous since the first outlet opened in central Bangkok 59 years ago, and many of these original delicacies will continue to play a major part on the menu. To keep pace with culinary trends, the latest COCA outlet will introduce a new ‘fresh market’ concept, as well as a unique choice of freshly made noodles prepared in-house and a wide selection of the brand’s deservedly famous house-made dumplings.

“Fresh, locally sourced fresh vegetables will be a key feature and on display in the restaurant for diners to select and have prepared al la minute with the quality imported meats and carefully selected seafood dishes on the menu. The addition of a dedicated fresh noodle room is actually a first for COCA. It’s a new, exciting concept that we are happy to shout about as we start the Year of the Rooster,” said Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of COCA and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide.

Over the last 59 years, COCA Restaurants has built an impressive reputation for top quality family dining experiences by serving food that’s made for sharing, with friendly but efficient service and fresh, healthy menu choices that appeal to multiple generations of diners.

Fresh health ingredients are central to the new concept at COCA. For high res image please click here.

Thai celebrity chef Pitaya Phanphensophon – the son of COCA’s founder – continues to be the force behind the brand’s expansion around the world. His philosophy to never offer anything on the menu that he would not feed to his own children is one that underpins the restaurants’ evolution and enduring success.

Despite its long history and widespread reputation for quality hot-pot and suki dishes, COCA has never shied away from innovation while staying true to our core quality values. Creative choices like the Ying Yang – a soup that blends traditional Chinese broth with spicy tom yam from Thailand – have proved very popular, but was also deliver far more than just food. COCA offers an experience that people remember, a rare combination that they always want to enjoy more than once.”


COCA AND MANGO TREE RESTAURANTS EXPANDING RAPIDLY WITH AN IMPRESSIVE COMBINATION OF EXCITING NEW BRANDS AND DESTINATIONS

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Coca and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide is building on the group’s well established reputation as a leading global name in genuine Thai and Thai-influenced cuisine with a series of appealing new new outlets opening in locations across Asia.

Fresh designs complement a fresh approach to culinary excellence at the new concept COCA Restaurants in Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. For high res image please click here.

Coca and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide already operates franchised restaurants in many of the world’s leading cities, including Tokyo, London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, as well as in its home base of Bangkok. The group recently added Nepal to its global destination list with the launch of Kathmandu’s first branded Thai restaurant in August – Mango Chilli Café – which is already a hit with locals and international visitors in the Himalayan capital.

The COCA Restaurant brand also expanded earlier this year with its fourth outlet in Ho Chi Minh City. This was followed by the launch of COCA Hua Hin, which opened in Thailand’s newest lifestyle and shopping destination, Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, offering a fresh new design to represent its seaside location and a menu catering to a new generation of COCA customers.

“In Ho Chi Minh and Hua Hin we have introduced a new menu of culinary delights with less appetizers and stir fries, and a stronger focus on variety in terms of both the flavours on offer and cooking styles used,” says Coca and Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director Trevor MacKenzie. “In Vietnam, we highlight organic, locally sourced fresh vegetables and carefully selected meats, while in Hua Hin we have added a fresh seafood concept with fish, squid and prawns sourced direct from local fisherman and either grilled on our outdoor grill, which is perfect for family barbecues, or served in the brand’s signature hot-pots.”

Fresh seafood specials at COCA Hua Hin include a Cajun seafood bucket and fresh mud crab, the restaurant even serves imported live Maine lobsters. The new COCA concept also brings delicious additions to the menu with enticing all-day dim sum and breakfast choices.

The seafood is bought fresh from local fishermen At COCA Hua Hin in Thailand. For high res image please click here.

“COCA is a family restaurant designed for every occasion,” adds Mr. MacKenzie. “It’s the perfect spot for a quick afternoon bite, a business lunch, or a full scale seafood feast with family and friends.”

Hot on the heels of COCA Hua Hin comes the launch of a third new outlet just over the border in Myanmar, scheduled to open before Chinese New Year. COCA Yangon will be located inside the Yangon International Hotel with its own separate entrance.

“We chose the location because it offers plenty of parking and sits just outside the downtown traffic congestion making it easily assessable from the north and the south of the city,” explains Mr. MacKenzie. “The unique feature there will be fresh noodles made in-house with a range of varieties served in approachable, comfortable surroundings designed to attract a mix of business diners, families and tourists. We have already had great success with previous outlets in Myanmar so now is the time to expand as the country and its capital city grow and develop.”

Elsewhere in Asia, new Mango Tree Restaurants will also be opening soon to offer lovers of Thai food the best of the Kingdom’s flavours in locations beyond its borders.

Following the success of the brand’s flagship outlets in Causeway Bay and Kowloon, Hong Kong’s first Mango Tree Café will open at the end of December to offer the city’s foodies a selection of Thai classics, including yellow curry with beef, Pad Thai, green curry and grilled pork neck, as well as some innovative new culinary twists like Thai pizza, spaghetti with Thai basil and traditional Thai-style chicken cooked using a specially imported rotisserie from France.

“The talented team at Steve Leung designed all our outlets in Hong Kong and China, and they rose to the occasion again this time to create a product that suits the location inside City Plaza 1 in the Taikoo Shing area, which is home to a mixture of commercial and residential buildings,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “Launching a Mango Tree Café in Hong Kong fits well with our overall strategy to tier the brand and reach a wider audience of discerning diners as our name continues to become more popular in specific cities, as well as around the region and around the world. Our next opening will be in Dubai, where an agreement is soon to being finalized.”