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    with love Eating in Chiang Mai

    In Chiang Mai last week and ended at a restaraunt called Aroon Rei which is located just outside the city wall near the Thapae Gate. It's noted for it's local Chiang Mai cuisine including som tam, Chiang Mai sausage, Chiang Mai noodles, local curries, and to finish, mango with sticky rice.

    Can thoroughly recommend it.

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    I also recommend Aroon Rei restourant. I enjoy their Khao Soi and northern curries. They also sell their curry pastes and spice packages to take home so you can enjoy the tastes after leaving the area......and the price is right too!!!!

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    If you are vegetarian (vegan) in CM, I recommend a little place on Th. Moonmuang, Soi 9. It is right across from an Indian restaraunt. When we were there the only sign they had was like, a banner that said something like "ahaan jay" (in Thai). There is a glass fronted display case with 5 or 6 dishes you can choose from, but the nice lady there will also make you (highly recommended) kuay tiaw noodles, (and probably most anything else you ask for). There is a pleasant little place to sit and eat, and the food is excellent and 100% veg. Actually, that little area there is a great place for veg food, with another restaraunt just down and across the street selling such things as vegan cookies and ice-cream of many varieties. Oh I miss it!

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    there is now an English sign there, something like "vegetarian food for healthy", with the last y crossed out. it's a really run-down unattractive place, but the food is really good indeed. but I prefer the Indian restaurant across, because of all those potato dishes, if only the owner, an Indian man wearing a turban, wasn't so unfriendly all the time.

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    Oh, I'm glad you know it Betti! Yes, we also used to love nearby Baiporn also. It is actually still good, but we really loved the old couple who used to previously own it (khun Baiporn and her husband). It wasn't quite as fancy and expensive as it is now... I really like that area. Last time we stayed in Supreme house, as it was cheap, and friendly and not sleazy and more or less non-judgemental about us. Not always easy to find all in the same place! Certainly you are within walking distance of a lot of great food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdmike
    I also recommend Aroon Rai restourant. I enjoy their Khao Soi and northern curries. ..

    Same with me, its one of my favourite restaurants. I like the Nam Prig Ong (ground pork in hot tomato sauce) and the Gaeng Hang Leh (burmese style curry). Esp. the Nam Prig Ong is one of the best I ever tasted.

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    Eating on the cheap
    It doesn't get any better: 50 dishes, all for just 39 baht
    Bangkok Post, Yvonne Bohwongprasert

    'Eat all you can for just 39 baht," blares the signboard at the entrance of Phitsanulok Restaurant on the outskirts of Chiang Mai city. In fact the Ring Road (Wong Waen), where it's located, is home to several low-budget eateries. What makes Phitsanulok Restaurant special is its popularity among locals and tourists alike.

    And for good reason, I told myself, as I observed the huge variety of fried rice, curries, stir-fried and grilled Thai dishes that were on the lunch menu that afternoon. Visitors with a sweet tooth would also not be disappointed with the assortment of Thai desserts on offer. So I didn't waste time and got in line to sample the food.

    Before going any further, I would like to advise customers to take heed of another sign that says they would be penalised twice the 39 baht they pay for a feed if they waste food.

    Apart from the palatable cuisine, there is also live entertainment in an auditorium-style hall. The place can accommodate up to 700 guests at any given time.

    Manager Darika Damrongrat, who is daughter of restaurant owner Mrs Pornpimon, said the idea to start the 39 baht buffet was a family affair.

    "We have a big family so my mother thought of using the manpower to start a business where we could be our own boss. This way, everyone works from the heart. Our food is well liked by customers because it is not just delicious, but also hygienic as we eat the same food too.

    "Our policy is to keep the price low and offer a large variation of dishes so our guests can eat all they want. We have been running this business for about seven years and the response has been great.

    Darika said the menu changes for lunch (9am-2pm) and dinner (6pm-10pm). Between 40-50 dishes are prepared daily. If one food item is finished, the plate will be replaced with a different dish, so don't expect a refill of the same curry. Only fresh ingredients, condiments and meat are used.

    Mrs Pornpimon manages the butchery and pens the daily menu for both meals, while Darika does the shopping. A cook has been hired to prepare lunch, but for dinner Pornpimon takes the reigns herself. The menu isn't fixed; everything depends on food supplies available in the market.

    "The kitchen area is kept spick and span," said her daughter, "to remove any doubts from the minds of people who may think that because the buffet is cheap the cooking area would be dirty."

    In fact, there is a clear segregation of utensils used for cooking different types of meat and dishes, she explained.

    Asked if they made a substantial profit, Darika said, "You have to understand that we are able to cut costs because we can get a good discount on meats as my mother is also in the butchery business. We also don't have to pay for manpower.

    "Recently, we introduced a catering service. Through word of mouth our place has been getting a lot of publicity. Tour groups have also increased during the high season, when we can make up to 50,000 baht a day.

    "However, the low season continues to be a worry because on some days our take is less than 10,000 baht," she said.

    The next thing on her mind is to expand the car park so there would be more space for tour buses and private vehicles to park, and set up separate sections for smoking and non-smoking customers.

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    Hdamm,
    Thanks so much for the dish recommendations. One of my absolute favorite North Thai dishes in nahm prik ong which you have made me realize, for some unknown reason, I have never tried at Aroon Rei. I do love that dish at Heuan Penn Restaurant, as most dishes there are delicious. Heuan Penn at lunchtime can get packed, but if you ask to sit in the old wooden house out back, it adds to the experience (although sometimes the waiters take a while to get back to you) These thoughts have my stomach speaking to me. I will be back to Chiang Mai for Songkran and will be sure to try the nahm prik ong at Aroon Rei....probably many times!!! Thanks, Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterg
    In Chiang Mai last week and ended at a restaraunt called Aroon Rei which is located just outside the city wall near the Thapae Gate. It's noted for it's local Chiang Mai cuisine including som tam, Chiang Mai sausage, Chiang Mai noodles, local curries, and to finish, mango with sticky rice.

    Can thoroughly recommend it.
    I second that.

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    In Chiang Mai and don't know where to dine? This could show you the way to a satisfying meal

    The Nation, Phumiphat Jiarajetchai

    Chiang Mai has plenty of dining venues, serving a range of cuisine – from delicious Northern treats to finely made Japanese and Western dishes. And they come with a wide variety of services and prices that suit wallets of all sizes.

    Khao Soy Fahaam
    On Fahaam Road along the Ping River on the east side, are two nice restaurants which serve the best khao soy in town. These two establishments, simply named Samer Jai and Lam Duan, are clean and comfortable though they are always crowded with the city’s residents and visitors during the lunch hours. Prices are pretty modest – just Bt20 to Bt25 for a bowl of pork, chicken or beef khao soy. Another popular choice is kanom jeen nam ngiew, or northern noodles, at the same price. Both places also serve great pork satay at a Bt2 a stick and fresh juice for Bt10 a glass.
    Fahnaam Road Muang, 11am to 3pm daily.

    Palaad Tawanron
    Palaad Tawanron offers the most romantic dining experience in town. It’s the only restaurant at the foothills of Doi Suthep and you get a good view of the city below. Adding to the ambience is the sound of water rushing down the Palaad waterfall at a distance, musicians singing love ballads at your table and a fantastically huge menu of Thai and international food. But remember not to drink and drive because the road downhill twists and turns a good deal. Among the recommended dishes are Tawanron deep-fried pork (Bt280), tom yam kung (Bt230) and fried crab with black pepper (Bt390).
    End of Suthep Road, 11.30am to midnight, (053) 216 039,
    (053) 216 576.

    Room Bar
    A chic restaurant in the eye-catching Room#1 Project on Nimmanhaemin road. With its elegant interior decoration, cosy ambience and jazz music, the place is suitable for romantic dining or just hanging out. The prices are very reasonable, ranging from Bt65 to Bt125 a dish. The bill for a dinner for two should amount to less than Bt500.
    Some of the dishes worth trying are the Room Bar spring rolls (spring rolls with spinach and cheese stuffing, Bt85), the omelette in sour soup (Bt105) and pork ribs in apple sauce (Bt95).
    Nimmanhaemin Road, 10am to midnight, (053) 215 277.

    The House
    The House offers a first-class dining experience – superb, creative cuisine, elegant setting and service with the proverbial smile. There’s also a comprehensive beverage and wine list. Friendly host, Hans, is always happy to offer suggestions to the uninitiated. There is an authentic tapas bar, which gets rocking later in the evening. Try the delicious spicy grilled prawns (Bt260), tuna wrapped in seaweed (Bt240), home smoked salmon cranberry salsa (Bt490) and red snapper caramelised jackfruit with vegetables and pork (Bt430). The restaurant was nominated by Thailand Tatler as one of Chiang Mai’s top 10 eating places.
    199 Moon Muang Road, 6pm to midnight, (053) 419 011.

    The Monkey Club and Moon Lover
    (Mo’C Mo’L)
    Just 200 metres from Chiang Mai University’s gate, Mo’C Mo’L is a hip restaurant in natural surroundings, which combines a modern design and decor with a resort-like ambience. A wide selection of Thai, Western and Japanese dishes are available at affordable prices such as seafood with spicy sauce on a hot plate (Bt180) and salmon steak with mustard sauce (Bt120). Live jazz and acoustic music is featured every night from 6.30pm to midnight.
    A chic cube-shaped coffee shop is situated on the same premises and it serves fresh coffee, smoothies and baked items (open from 10am to 10pm).
    233 Huay Kaew Road,
    4pm to midnight daily,
    (053) 226 997-8. n

    – Citylife, Chiang Mai

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