Once Upon a Time in Italy – A Unique Gastronomy Journey at CLARA Bangkok

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Embark on a multi-sensorial and inspirational culinary journey at CLARA Bangkok, Thailand

Ten years after creating the Italian sensation, Sensi, Chef Cristian Martena and Maitre D’ Clara Del Corso-Martena have set their course on a culinary venture in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Nestled within the peaceful Yen Akart area, away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city, CLARA celebrates modern Italian cuisine and invites guests on a deliciously unique gastronomic escapade.

From its signature to seasonal Once Upon A Time In Italy Menus, CLARA entices guests on a culinary journey through Italy. Within the open-style kitchen, the highest-quality local products are artfully blended with carefully selected European ingredients to deliver a premium palatable experience. Having honed and perfected his craft with decidedly modern and creative inspirations, Chef Cristian Martena designed this contemporary interpretation of his native and traditional cuisine. From Sicilia and Toscana to Lombardia and Valle d’Aosta, guests embark on a savoury Italian journey, as each course embodies a different region.

Combining heartfelt hospitality, genuine welcome and simple elegance with unique menus and mastered gastronomic craft, the symbiotic couple’s recipe creates a one-of-a-kind experience. CLARA’s winning formula has indeed been praised and acknowledged, being listed in Michelin Guide Thailand and celebrated amongst the best Italian restaurants in the world by 50 Top Italy in 2023.

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Dining at CLARA is a full artistic experience, from the plate to the décor. As the former art gallery of Yenakart Villa turned into a unique gastronomic restaurant, the space offers multiple sitting options. Within its BauHaus-inspired design, of clean-lined geometric shapes and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, Christian and Clara Martena caters to all moods, occasions, and atmospheres. The Chef’s Table welcomes guests for an intimate encounter with craftsmen, the designer’s kitchen counter makes them feel part of the orchestrated action. Having gazed at the leafy scenery from the main dining room or enjoyed the secluded bird-eye view of the private mezzanine, guests end their journey on a high note by retiring into the cozy garden lounge.

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Following its BauHaus inspiration, design and philosophy, CLARA brings together painters, sculptors, light designers and cooks under one roof. From P. Tendercool’s handcrafted furniture to Val’s triptych garden sculptures, Tantai’s tattooing graphic creations, and Matteo Messervy’s light work, CLARA proudly showcases carefully curated artpieces, celebrating both local and international artists. True to its former status and exhibition hall past, CLARA opens its door to visiting artists, creating a unique guest experience for each new visit.

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Nestled in a lush enclave overlooking Koh Samui jungle and turquoise waters, is the luxurious Kamalaya wellness sanctuary. Offering holistic health solutions and rejuvenating experiences, Kamalaya’s wellness commitment unites traditional Thai and modern well-being practices. Kamalaya helps its guests in their search of long-lasting internal harmony in a breath-taking scenery.

From its carefully sourced European and premium local ingredients to its culinary philosophy of blending tradition and modernism inspirations, CLARA set up here its first-ever pop-up restaurant, LUNA by Clara. The specially curated menus enjoyed in the luscious and stunning open-air setting promises guests a unique epicurean journey.

Chef Simone Scarparo, former CLARA sous-chef, and Matteo Coltelli, from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan, join their expertise, knowledge, and passion to create an unforgettable guest experience. From the LUNA to the plant-based TERRA menus, guests embark on a unique and palatable journey, nestled away in the intimate and lush scenery.



This year, guests of the Destination Deluxe Awards 2023 can also experience an extraordinary Pre-Awards Networking luncheon brought to you by Kamalaya Koh Samui and CLARA Bangkok. This is your chance to engage with fellow visionaries from the wellness, hotel and beauty sector while savoring an exceptional culinary voyage featuring delightful Italian cuisine.

Date: Thursday, 12 October, 2023
Location: 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm





Photo: Courtesy of CLARA Bangkok