Restaurants in Chiang Mai
The unique and world renowned food of Thailand is definitely a highlight of any trip to the 'land of smiles', with no exception in Chiang Mai. The ancient city of Chiang Mai rivals the quality of some of the best restaurants in Bangkok, but has the bonus of almost always offering up less expensive food than the capital. With a wide range of eateries in Chiang Mai, one can pick and choose between some of the best local cuisine on offer or try one of the many top rated restaurants serving world class international dishes.
The settings of many of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai are exquisitely located on the tranquil Ping River, creating a beautifully romantic atmosphere for diners as they enjoy a carefully prepared meal. The outdoor atmosphere of some of these restaurants also produces a unique dining experience, as one enjoys the reliably temperate evenings which Chiang Mai will provide. So whether you enjoy a deliciously spicy Thai curry or a high class affair of French cuisine, there will be a restaurant in Chiang Mai that can cater to your appetite and often a fraction of the cost to which you are accustomed for such a grand meal.
Le Coq d'Or
Set in a beautiful colonial house near the Ping River, Le Coq d'Or is both distinguished, ambient and offers tremendous service. With imported beef, lamb and local fish prepared in French and Belgian styles, diners won't leave unsatisfied. The foie gras or salmon tartare are popular as a starter, while the chateaubriand and the Norwegian salmon come highly recommended for mains. There is a good selection of wines to accompany the meal. Bokking ahead is recommended.
Address: 11 Soi 2 Koh Klang Rd
Telephone: (0)5 314 1555
Ginger and Cafe
Ginger and Cafe is elegant and sophisticated, with large draped windows and delicate silk finishes. This restaurant offers a diverse menu of regional flavours accented by classical dishes and grilled delights. The imported steaks and lamb are delicious, as is the local seafood. These can only be followed by one or more of the sumptuous desserts. Dinner can be nicely wrapped up with a drink at the lounge bar outside.
Address: 199 Moon Muang Rd
Telephone: (0)5 341 9011
This Thai garden restaurant serves authentic northern cuisine from an open kitchen, and lets diners take some of their recipes and spices home. Famous for fried insects and frogs, the menu also offers a superb khao sawy with egg noodles and crisp-fried chicken, a sweet and spicy combination with coconut undertones. Their sai ua (Chiang Mai sausage) is famous and the fried pork rinds are truly decadent.
Address: 45 Kotchasarn Rd
Telephone: (0)5 327 6947
Le Grand Lanna
Situatued on the grounds of the Dhara Dhevi resort, Le Grand Lanna is fashioned on a Lanna nobleman's home, constructed entirely of old teak on raised stilts. Aside from it's comfortable dining hall with beautiful Lanna art, there is also a sheltered terrace seating outside, overlooking the tropical gardens, which are home to exotic birds and butterflies. Flaming torch lighting and traditional music set the scene beautifully for evening meals. Pomelo salad, khao sawy and gaeng hang lan (red pork curry) with sweet mango chutney are favourites on the menu, satisfyingly topped off by homemade lychee or yam ice-cream.
Address: 51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd
Telephone: (0)5 388 8888
Girasole by La Gondola
In Chiang Mai, Girasol by La Gondola overlooks the tranquil Ping River and is known for its vast glass aviary collection and romantic balcony seating. In true Italian fashion, this restaurant is very lively and serves rather large portions of food. There is a broad menu offering Northern Italian cuisine, including an assortment of delicious pastas and mouth-watering steaks, as well as various specials.
Address: 71 Rachadamnoen
Telephone: (0)5 327 6388