Inside the Mandarin Oriental in Milan, a cocktail bar and bistro where you can take refuge for an artfully prepared drink thanks to the direction of the famous mixologist Guglielmo Miriello, pampered among optical marbles and an elegant secret garden.
The Mandarin Oriental Milan, 5-star luxury part of the renowned Group of hotellerie born in Hong Kong in 1963 from the collaboration between The Mandarin Hong Kong and The Oriental Bangkok, in spring 2022 was enriched with a novelty: a “secret” urban garden that goes to embellish the already beautiful spaces of the hotel’s cocktail bar.
Combining the best of Italian design with Mandaris’s oriental tradition, the restaurant, located in via Monte di Pietà within a nineteenth-century complex, was renovated in 2015 by the architectural firm Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, inspired by the masters of Italian design such as Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti.
I interpreted the most iconic cocktails among the best bars of Mandarin Oriental, for a journey to discover the thousand flavors of Asia and the best mixology.
(Guglielmo Miriello, Director of Mandarin Garden)
Suggestions that we find, as soon as we are welcomed by the bar maîtresse, in the optical geometries in black and white marble where the large bar counter is the protagonist, surrounded by comfortable blue and ocher contrasting tables and armchairs.
This is where the second novelty of the year signed by Mandarin Oriental takes centre stage: the recent arrival of the famous mixologist Guglielmo Miriello, already very well known in Milan, who together with his team creates tailor-made cocktails and surprising reinterpretations to the rhythm of the resident DJ from aperitif after dinner.
The outdoor garden was designed by the landscape design studio P’ARCNOUVEAU and it is characterized by climbing plants that frame, softened by the light of the lanterns, the armchairs designed by Antonio Citterio and the rattan chairs typical of Parisian bistros.
In addition to the great classics, Miriello offers a new drink list inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days, which in 2022 celebrates 150 years since its publication. It includes 11 signature drinks, one for each blade of the Mandarin Oriental fan. The number 11 also represents the journeys told in the novel, from London to Italy, from India to Hong Kong and other fascinating destinations.
Each cocktail recalls a stage and, thanks to the ingredients and scents chosen for each creation, the sensory journey is guaranteed. Like Endgame, a signature drink of the famous The Aubrey at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong inspired by the game of chess: a reinterpretation of the Negroni cocktail, with Tequila Casamigos Blanco infused with wasabi, Bitter Campari, Vermouth Carpano Antica Formula and Sichuan pepper tincture.
The menu, signed by chef Antonio Guida, offers recipes of Italian and Milanese cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as finger food and dishes designed to be divided and accompany cocktails such as club sandwiches, Mandarin burgers and Apulian focaccia with culatello and burrata cheese.
From 7 am to 1 am, the Mandarin Garden Bar & Restaurant is a refined refuge that is always open in the heart of Milan.
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was born on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in 1876, after the previous building had burned down. For the reconstruction, two local Italian architects, Cardu and Rossi, were commissioned, already at the time signing the union between Italian design and oriental hospitality. In 1974, Mandarin International Hotels Limited, owner of The Mandarin in Hong Kong since 1963, acquired 45% of the Oriental and then merged under the name of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.