Restaurant list CM?

Old Jan 16th, 2007, 01:19 PM
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Restaurant list CM?

Hello - I am counting the days and soon I will be off to Asia - Beijing, Xian, HK, BKK and to CM. I have been thankful for all of the restaurant reccos that have been posted
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I haven't noticed a restaurant list for CM?

Does anyone have any favourites?

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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Dalaabaa is a nice restaurant that is in a house. I reported on this one a while back, with all good reviews EXCEPT for the his/hers restroom which I didn't care too much for... Maybe they've fixed that by now.

I also like Nong Nuan (sp) on the river for great fresh fish/seafood. The Good View is also good, but I found it a little noisy for my tastes.

If you like Italian, La Gondola, also along the river, is a great choice.

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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 03:24 PM
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I like Dalaabaa also. The restaurant and food are sort of casual chic.

Mahanaga is beautiful, but quite pricey.

I've had several very good meals at Antique House. Also really like the ambience there. I know others here aren't so crazy about it.

Two hotels with good restaurants:
Rachamankha and Chedi (expensive).

The food court at the newly renovated Kalare Night Bazaar is very good, and inexpensive.

For me, The Good View is too loud (live bands).
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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I was in CM last week. A friend who lives there took us to Le Spice, an Indian/Thai restaurant that was excellent. The restaurant was also very nice. It's near the night bazzar, on a side street.
Weekend brunch at the four seasons (where we stayed) is unbeatable.
There is a local restaurant (no english name) directly across from the Chiang Mai Plaza hotel and Yang Come Village that has absolutely the best pad thai and other noodle dishes, for $1. Try the thai dessert they're famous for, tap tim krop, for an excellent and cooling treat after a spicy noodle dish.
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 04:30 PM
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The Wall has great Tahi food and very friendly staff

Regina's is across the river right next to the foot bridge. Nice atmosphere, good food but the staff really leaves you alone.

The restaurant at River Ping Palace, which is a boutique hotel on the other side of the river and about 3 kilometers south has amazing food and great service! it is right on the river and it was one of my favorites.

The Good View and River Side are similar. They both have an extensive menu, live music and they are right on the river.

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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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We stauyed at and eat 2 dinners at Rachamandra (spelling) we did not enjoy our 4 night stay nor the dining room.
The Whole earth and La Gondola were good but we did not eat as well in Chiangi Mai as in Bangkok.
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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There is not the range of food in CM that there is in Bangkok.

The best Thai food we had was at the Rachamankha. (We also looked at the rooms - I don't recommend you stay there)

Yaang Come Village had very good Thai food at lunch.

We found the food at Dalaabaa rather ordinary.

We were underwhelmed by The Whole Earth.
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Mahanaga in CM is beautiful, but we thought the food was the worst meal we had in Thailand.

The Whole Earth is good, but not great.

The best food we had in CM was at the Grand Lanna at the Mandarin Oriental Dhari Dhevi -- expensive for Thailand (about $60 for two) but the setting is beautiful and the food very good.
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 07:21 PM
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I agree with Kathie re Whole Earth. It was ok but a little disappointing. We much preferred the Riverside.
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Old Jan 17th, 2007, 01:58 AM
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I'm taking notes - I'll be in CM in about 2 weeks. Thanks for the info.
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Old Jan 17th, 2007, 03:40 AM
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"Just Khao Soi" on Thanon CharoenBratet for excellent Khao Soi
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Old Jan 17th, 2007, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for the list. Two things that I didn't ask - What about a "Khantak" dinner? I read that it is the cuisine of Northern Thailand. Also, in the night market is there alot of food stalls and noodle places?

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Old Jan 17th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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There are many food stalls at the night market. Good stuff, too!
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Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 04:28 AM
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I have just returned from Chiang Mai and the Riverside is excellent.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 03:30 PM
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I was in Chiang Mai last week.
Had a really great dinner at antique house.
If you go order the whole stuffed fish.
It is boned, rolled and cut in perfect circles.
Best fish dish of our trip.
Totally crunchy on the outside, and melt in the mouth fish.
We went to House, which was more expensive, but not badly priced.
Thai continental fusion.
My prawns on black rice noodles was beautifully prepared, and was again exceptional.
Hubby had fish, stacked in a pyramid with what seemed like a yam cake and a wonderful variety of crispy veggies.
But the best here was dessert.
Not on the written menu.
Creme brule.
Two pots, one traditional, perfect room temp., and flamed on top, and the second pot was covered with a layer of fresh rasberry pure, and fresh rasberies in the creme.
Best I have ever eaten.
I didn't expect much from Riverside, but went because it is an institution.
Although not outstanding, our food was very good, and I do recommend it, and do ask for a table by the lake, Very reasonable prices.
Hubbie won't eat from street vendors, but the indoor nightmarket vendors food stations were spotless, and we pigged out on oysters and prawns.
I didn't have a bad meal in Chiang Mai.
We stayed at Yaang Com Village, and whole earth is next door, so we tried the Indian food, and it was fine.
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fogot to mention it, but possibly someone hee has been.
Just past Yaang Come walking away fom the nightmarket we stopped fo lunch at a bagel place.
Best onion bagel with cream cheese.
Met a woman in the shop who came all the way from Lopburi (probably mispelled)
to fill up he freezer
I did not try them, but was told that the best authentic northern Thai was at a place called Huen Penh on Ratchamankard Rd. and Hong Tauw Inn just outside city across fom Amari Hotel.
By the way not food related, we found the taxis were quite honest, and the same for most tuk tuk drivers, which was our preference in Chiang Mai.
With a tuk tuk, make sure that you arange the price in advance.
In Bangkok the opposite is true.
Stay away fom the tuk tuks, as there are some honest ones, but many not, and make sure that the meter is on befoe you start out.
It is becoming difficult to find a taxi driver that doesn't want to scam you.
We try to take taxi's from hotels, as they are usually the most reliable.
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sorry fo the mispelling.
I seem to have have a very sticky "r" on my laptop.
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