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    The Duke's: Great American food, loads of it and good value

    by scotfree Written Oct 28, 2011

    There are two branches of Duke's - the original just over the river and another in the Night Bazaar. We've been several times to both branches (we live in Thailand) and it has always been good. It's owned/run by an American and his Thai wife - at the main, original branch he often comes out of the kitchen and talks to customers. It is principally an American menu (including Steaks, Ribs, Seafood, etc) and the burgers and pizzas in particular are really excellent. Although the prices might seem just a tad higher than other local eateries, the quality and quantity is such that it is just great value for money! Apparently, every 4th July it is Duke's that caters for the annual American Consulate party - that must say something! Make sure to book at weekends.

    Favorite Dish: The first time we went my wife made the mistake of ordering a 'medium' size pizza which turned out to be humungous - we took most of it back home in a 'doggie' box!
    I usually have a burger and fries with all the trimmings and sometimes(!) that means I don't have room for dessert!
    We've taken friends who have had other choices off the large menu and were suitably impressed and stuffed!

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    Farang: Good food, good value!

    by scotfree Updated Oct 28, 2011

    This is a good, honest, simple cafe/restaurant with nice fresh decor that offers good European and Thai food at very reasonable prices. It's out of the city a little - at Meechok Plaza - but well worth a try, particularly if, like us, you need an occasional change from Thai food (although they have good Thai food too).
    The prices are very reasonable and the helpings a decent size - all in all very good value for money. They have 'homemade' pies and cakes as well as the usual Western style menu. The only downside is that, at least for the time being, they close at 8pm but that could easily change if they had enough customers!
    As an added incentive to make the trip to Meechok Plaza there is the excellent Rimping Supermarket, tailored towards Westerners, just accross the car park PLUS a very good Thai market (Romchok Market) just around the corner.

    Favorite Dish: I had an excellent pork steak with fresh vegetables and mashed potato while my wife had seafood spaghetti - both very enjoyable. On previous occasions we've had tuna sandwiches, hamburgers and Thai food - all very tasty and good value.

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  • Sahara: Great Affordable Food in Classy Atmosphere

    by A.Davis Updated Aug 18, 2011

    We ran into Sahara while walking down Chiang Mai's trendy Nimmanhamin road with a group of friends. At first we were apprehensive to enter the restaurant thinking that it would be expensive judging by its appearance. After looking through the menu we found the prices to be more affordable than most restaurants in the area. They have a wide range of foods ranging from western to middle-eastern and also Thai. We were all impressed by the portions considering the prices. They also had a great drink menu with a wide range of German and Belgian beers along with an extensive cocktail list. And since they are open late, we had a great time sitting outside admiring the hordes of beautiful Chiang Mai girls going out to party on a Saturday night.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Kabab
    Tenderloin Burger
    Sahara Salad
    Mushroom Pizza

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    PUN PUN: Organic - Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian food

    by June.b Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After our thai massage course graduation ceremony, we decided to try this organic vege-retaurant recommended by one of us - 2 on bicyles, and me on the back of my friends motorbike - we drove around the side of the moat and walls of the old city onto Suthep Road where there is this big buddhist temple (Wat Suan Dok as I found out juz now). We passed by the Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital and the university, we entered this small road where we asked for the "Ping Ping" or "Ping Pong" or "Pen Pen", they did understood us....

    ...so it was PUN PUN, it is inside the Wat Suan Dok ground, what a great location!

    We entered the small entrance (am not sure though if it's the main entrance, more like a back entrance - small) where the huge facade of the main wat / prayer hall looms in front of you, walked to the left side, passed by what they call a "monk chat building" and some food stalls.

    Keep on walking and you'll see the sign of the restaurant. Set on the courtyard of the temple ground with tables, chairs and sun umbrella positioned around a HUGE sacred Boddhi tree.

    We were greeted by smiling faces staff who took our orders - we ordered some chicken curry soup (the taste still lingers on me), mix vegie salad, noodles with tofu, vegies and herbs, herbal drinks and smoothies that I have never tasted ever before.

    It was truly an organic dining experience, the vegetables and herbs are locally grown in their own organic farm.

    The food is great and unbelievably cheap, mostly costing from 30 to 40 baht.

    The ambience is, well, alfresco, with the wide braches of the huge tree + the umbrella covers you from the heat of the sun, eating your delicious meal while watching the brightly orange coloured monks pass by or dining on the next table, listen to the chirping of the birds while sipping your herbal lemon grassy zesty smoothies.

    Highly recommended!

    Favorite Dish: chicken curry coconut soup, vege-enchilada, and many other dishes I forgot the names....

    Pun Pun the entrance to Wat Suan Dok starter meals the huge boddhi tree @ Pun Pun refreshing herbal drink
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  • THE-HOLE-IN-THE-WALL CHIANGMAI: Discover England in the heartland of Chiangmai

    by brandon6954 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    At THE-HOLE-IN-THE-WALL you may tuck into their traditional Fish & Chips,delicous Shepherd's pie,Ploughman's Platter,Banger and Mash and many more on their list.Their offering of hearty fare to tempt the palate.With windy spacious home feeling ambience and even a dart board.This is the place you will never miss home away from home.

    Favorite Dish: Besides all the English fare my favourite is the Samosas,very professionally fold triangle with Special spices curry potatoes.Their Thai food are also so good,it just smell so delicious the Panang Curry wit hot steamed rice and tasty Tom Kha Kai a Chicken coconut broth .

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    Garden Restaurant: Good Food at Royal Princess Hotel

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We were guests of the hotel for 5 nights and ate here on 2 evenings. I normally like to eat at restaurants outside the hotel , however as we returned late and tired from full day tours we chose to eat at the Garden Restaurant. The decor is modern and tasteful with plenty of room between the tables. Service is excellent, the staff always out to please. The restaurant serves both european and Thai food but we always try to eat local whilst on holiday. We found the food to be excellent, a little more costly than local restaurants due to 10% service charge and 7% Vat, however this was nothing as the base cost of each meal is so low. eg Nasi Gorang 150 baht, Kaow Soi 130 baht, banana split 130 baht, and Singha beer 120 baht per small bottle.

    The cake display was magnificant.

    Favorite Dish: All Thai food was fantastic

    Fabulous Cakes, enjoy now Studying the menu
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  • Thais That Bind: Expertly cooked inexpensive food

    by talismanic Written Aug 23, 2010

    This restaurant is in a great location being almost opposite Wat Chedi Luang, one of Chiang Mai's must-see temples. The owner welcomes everyone and it is her expertise in the kitchen that really makes this restaurant so good. The Thai and Western menu has some interesting and unusual offerings together with some familiar Thai favourites but if you are not sure or if you are torn between two or three choices then ask the English and Thai speaking owner and she will happily advise you.

    Favorite Dish: This is so difficult as I have eaten most Thai food items on the menu and they are all delicious. But as a curry lover I will have to recommend the Red Curry - chicken/prawn/pork/beef, your choice - which is simply the best in Chiang Mai. And don't worry, you will be asked if you like it spicy or not!

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    Outdoor buffet: Great food and great value

    by deeper_blue Written May 22, 2010

    Chiang Mai is the best place to experience northern Thai food, I visited a Friday buffet with tables of eclectic bites to try, vegetables, loads of meats, firey dishes but the best thing is the way you cook the food on the gas cooker on your table, it has a little tray where the juices flow into and you have your own soup!

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    Spirit House: Good food, friendly owner, not to be missed

    by yvr Updated Feb 5, 2010

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    A mix of good food, nice surroundings and a friendly greeting. Asian, Western and everything in between. Prepared with only the freshest of ingrediants. The ambiance is antique, with classical music to sooth the soul as one enjoys a delicious breakfast or dinner. A garden area is avialable if you would rather sit outside, complete with a waterfall. The owner will make you feel comfortable and right at home. Prices are incredibly inexpensive. Open for breakfast 8am to 11am and again for dinner from 5pm to 10pm

    Favorite Dish: Every dish on the menu is a favorite, staying in Chiang Mai for a month I am able to sample most of the delicious foods

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    The Wall: Pink Floyd themed pub

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

    The Wall is a bar dedicated to the rock music of Pink Floyd, although they also play some Stones and Bowie, with Pink Floyd posters and LP's hanging on the walls along with photos of previous visiting punters on the "Wall of Fame". I came here a couple of times, once for lunch and once for dinner where I had a good Thai green chicken curry, rice and a large portion of prawn crackers plus, of course, a beer. Beer is more expensive here than the Sports Bar place across the road.

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    Fai Bakery: Excellent bakery & cheap meals

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Located away from the usual tourist areas in the old city section of Chiang Mai is Fai Bakery. Fai Bakery sells very tasty and cheap Thai pastries as well as local Thai dishes in the restaurant that is connected to the bakery. The food at the restaurant was very good and good sized for the price. Dishes here are around 35-40 baht plus they also do deserts. I had a sweet & sour chicken, rice, fresh orange juice and a banana split ice cream for 83 baht. Not bad!

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    The Local: British pub food

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

    This is a rather rough and ready looking British pub with dirty, cracked floor tiles that wouldn't be out of place in the east end of London. I had an English breakfast here which was very good, especially the sausages which the owner said he spent a while sourcing from a local butcher. I came back here one evening and watched a game of football on TV along with a small crowd and ate a steak & kidney pie which then made me sweat buckets and dash off back to my hotel. Let’s just say it made me rather ill so it's best to avoid the pies!

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    Bake & Bite: Great brunch ...

    by Tusitala Written Nov 6, 2009

    Bake & Bite have about 3 outlets in CHiang Mai now, one just east of Ta Phae Gate, one in Nimminheiman Soi 6 and the other in Chang Klang night bazaar area.

    They do a good coffee, and comprehensive menu of pastries, etc, but really come into their own with a brilliant brunch selection. Sunday mornings, that's me sorted ...

    They kick off at 7am till 5pm, except Sundays which is 8am till 3:30pm

    Favorite Dish: Eggs Florentine ... really creamy cheesy sauce smothered over the eggs. Mmmmm!!!

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    Mr Chai's noodles: This is it ... the best tom yam noodles by far.

    by Tusitala Written Oct 26, 2009

    I was taken here by a Thai friend, and what a find (yes, the friend as well as this noodle place!)

    It is basically street food served in the most unassuming surroundings, so it's all about the food. And even though it's right in the heart of the touristic Night Bazaar area you never or rarely see any other farangs there.

    Basically it's noodle soup, choice of spicy or non-spicy tom yam with pork or mixed meats. Just point at whatever looks good. Believe me, it's all good!

    Favorite Dish: Tom yam noodle soup. Level of spiciness just right. Filling meal all on its own, but on a hungry night I've been known to have a couple of bowls to myself.

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    AI Sushi: Fresh, fresh, fresh ...

    by Tusitala Written Aug 18, 2009

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    Ai Sushi is a fairly small Japanese restaurant, with a fairly extensive menu of sashimi, sushi, some soups, etc.

    The key thing here is FRESHNESS as CM is a long way from the sea, and I've had bouts of food poisoning from bad sashimi elsewhere in CM.

    Favorite Dish: The mixed sashimi platter of about 10 pieces of fish, squid, etc, for only 150 baht (the set includes rice and miso soup for about 30 baht more). Enough for a small eater. But I need a little extra, so add California maki for 80 baht.

    Their Japanese tea is also unique: burnt rice floats on top giving it a very earthy taste.

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