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Chiang Mai Restaurants

To keep pace with the ever-increasing number of accommodations, Chiang Mai has a very large quantity and variety of restaurants. Not only northern Thai restaurants and food shops can be found in abundance, but there are also a variety of restaurants serving central, northeastern, and southern Thai cuisine, as well as Chinese, Muslim and international food. Due to the great amount of eating places, prices are very competitive. Moreover, Chiang Mai is full of day and night markets packed with numerous cheap food vendors. Therefore, visitors will surely have no problem in finding an ideal place to eat.

Northern Thai Food
Northern people prefer eating sticky rice to the non-sticky variety, whatever meal it is. They eat it with kaeng (curry) or nam phrik (chilli paste) and vegetables -- fresh or soft boiled. Two most well-known kinds of local chilli paste are nam phrik ong (chilli paste with minced pork and tomatoes) and nam phrik num (green chilli paste).

Apart from vegetables, nam phrik is also eaten with khaep mu (crispy pork rinds), which has become a famous export processed food of Chiang Mai. For curry ( kaeng) , the main dishes are kaeng hang-le (northern-style pork curry), kaeng om (spicy curry of entrails) and kaeng khae (spicy curry of vegetables). Unlike the central people, the northerners don't like to put coconut cream in their curries.

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Another two special dishes of the North are khanom chin nam ngiao (Thai rice vermicelli with spiced chicken curry) and khao soi (chicken/ pork /beef curry soup with noodles). The latter is so popular that there are many food shops selling only this noodle dish, which is normally eaten for lunch by local people. In contrast to the southern food, the taste of northern food is rather weak and oily partly because of the cool climate.

Traditionally, the northern people sit on the floor when eating. Food is laid on the floor or on a low table. They use their hands instead of spoons to pick up food. There is one way to experience northern food, that is to try a khantok dinner .

khantok dinner Khantok Dinner
One thing a foreign tourist should experience in Chiang Mai is the khantok dinner , which has become a standard component of Chiang Mai tour programmes. It is a pleasant way to learn about traditional northern cuisine, music and dance.

Khantok in the Northern dialect means a wooden tray used for carrying dishes. Round in shape, it is made of wood, varnished or lacquered with 5 or 6 short legs to support it. At a khantok dinner, the host and the invited guests sit on the floor around the khantok, which serves 5 or 6 persons. The tradition of wearing northern mohom costume for a khantok dinner is no longer observed today.

The main dishes on the khantok usually comprise sticky rice, kaeng hang-le (northern-style pork curry), kaeng ho (spicy curry of bean vermicelli), kaeng om (spicy curry of entrails), sai ua (Chiang Mai sausage), lap (minced meat, half cooked and highly seasoned), nam phrik ong (chilli paste with minced pork and tomatoes), which usually goes with khaep mu (crispy pork rinds) and khao soi (chicken/ pork /beef curry soup with noodles). Eating with (the right) hand, they scoop up a handful of sticky rice from the bamboo basket and dip it into the curry or chilli paste and eat it.

After the meal, a dessert called khao taen, which is made of fried sticky rice covered with caramel, is served. Also served are khiyo cigars and fermented tea, which is chewed to help digestion. The khiyo cigar is made of shredded tobacco and ground tamarind bark ( khiyo) , which can reduce the strong odour of tobacco.

While dining, Northern music and classical dances are performed to entertain guests. One of the most popular is fon lep or fingernail dance, in which women dancers are dressed in Northern Thai style, wearing long pointed brass fingernails. The programme of dances and dishes may vary from place to place.

Visitors can have a khantok dinner at some hotels and restaurants which organize this activity.


Restaurant
Name
Cuisine
Address
Telephone
Opening Hours
English Menu
More Info!
Ban Rai Yam Yen Northern 14 Moo 3 Tambon Faham (053) 244 796 11:00-23:00  
Ban Suan Northern Basement area, Chiang Inn Plaza, Chang Khlan Rd. (053) 283 094 10:00-22:00  
Huan Penn Northern 112 Ratchamankha Rd. (053) 277 103 08:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30  
Kaeng Ron Ban Suan Northern Huai Kaew Rd. North turn at irrigation canal 2 kms. (053) 221 378 10:00-22:30 Terrace restaurant
Sri Pen Northern 103 Inthawarorot Rd. (053) 215 328 10:00-17:00 Open roof restaurant
Chao Mai Rot Ram Northern 16/1 Huay Kaew Rd.   10:00-22:00 Pleasant garden setting.
Khao Soi Islam Halal Charoen Prathet Soi 1   08:00-15:00 Very good Khao soi
Khao Soi New Lamduan Faham Northern 352/22 Charoenrat Rd. North of Rama 6 bridge (053) 243 519 09:00-15:00  
The Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre Khantok Dinner 185/3 Wualai Rd. (053) 275 097 19:00-22:00 Advance reservation needed
Galae Thai In grounds of the Office of the Ministry of Agriculture at the end of Suthep Rd. (053) 278 655 10:00-21:00 Terrace restaurant
Gallery Bar & Restaurant Thai 25-29 Charoenrat Rd. (053) 248 601 12:00-24:00 Terrace overlooking the river
Kai Wan Thai 45 Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin Rd. (053) 222 147 11:00-14:00, 17:00-23:00 Open-air terrace. Excellent and authentic Thai food. Very friendly service. Very good prices.
Nang Nual Restaurant Thai 27/2-5 Koh Klang Rd. (053) 281 961-2 08:00-23:00  
Sukhothai Restaurant Thai 42/7 Bantho Muanglang Rd. (053) 872 686 11:00-23:00  
Ta-Krite Thai 7 Soi 1 Samlan Rd. (053) 404 371 10:00-22:00  
Tha Nam Thai 43/3 Moo2 Chang Khlan Rd. (053) 275 125 07:00-23:00  
Antique House Thai 71 Charoen Phrathet Rd. (053) 276 810 11:00-24:00 Traditional music & dancing show in the atmosphere of 100 year-old wooden house
Aroon Rai Thai & Northern 45 Kotchasan Rd. near Thaphae Gate (053) 276 947 08:00-23:00  
Ban Khun Mae Thai 2/18-19 Soi Wat Nong Pa Krang Charoenmuang Rd.   11:00-14:00, 16:00-21:00  
Hong Tauw Thai 95/17-18 Nimmanhaemin Rd. (053) 218 333 11:00-23:00  
Kafe Thai 127-9 Mun Muang Rd. (053) 212 717 09:00-24:00 Inexpensive food, good quality. The Thai dishes are hot, hot, hot.
Khrua Sabai Thai Chiang Mai Golf Driving Range at the Airport Plaza intersection (053) 274 042 11:00-23:00  
Lemon Tree Thai 26/1-2 Huay Kaew Rd. (053) 213 812 10:30-23:00  
Phuket Laikram Thai 1/10 Suthep Rd. West of Phayom Market   09:00-14:00, 16:30-20:30  
Rot Saep Muang Ubol Thai 116 Anusarn Market Charoen Phrathet Rd.   16:00-02:00  
Riverside Palace Thai 385/2 Charoen Prathet Rd.   08:00-24:00  
SaenKum 1 & 2 Thai 183 Nimmanhaemin Rd. & Hillside Plaza, Huay Kaew Rd.   11:00-22:00 Located on the ground of the large condo buildings
The Wok Thai 44 Ratchamankha Rd. (053) 208 287 11:00-22:30 Run by Chiang Mai thai Cookery School
Gen Pao restaurant Yunnanese Al Farooq Hotel: 341 Charoen Prathet Rd. (053) 821 107 10:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00  
Sanga Choeng Doi Muslim 7/1 Charoensuk Rd., Santitham   08:00-16:00  
Indian Restaurant and Vegetarian Food Vegetarian 27/3 Soi 9 Mun Muang Rd. (053) 223 396 08:00-21:00  
Khun Choen Vegetarian 46/1 Rot Fai Rd. (West side of the railway station) (053) 302 563-5 09:30-14:30, 16:30-20:30  
Thai Vegetarian Food Restaurant Vegetarian Khang Raunjam Rd. (near central prison)   10:00-15:00  
The Vegetarian Society Vegetarian 42 Mahidol Rd.   06:00-14:00 Best before 12:00  
Whole Earth Restaurant Vegetarian & Indian 88 Sridonchai Rd. (053) 282 463 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00  
Chiang Mai Ban Yuan Vietnamese 8 Prapokklao Soi 11 Close to Inthawarorot Rd. on Soi 6 (053) 416 083 10:00-21:00  
Ekathip Chinese 99/11-12 Chang Moi Tat Mai (053) 232 432 11:00-23:00  
Kia Tong Heng Chinese 193/2 Sridonchai Rd. (053) 275 242 10:00-22:00  
Kiatichai Chinese Kamphaengdin Intersection South   11:00-24:00  
Le Gong Kum Vietnamese Suan Doi House, 38/3 Soi Chantrasup off Huay Kaew Rd. (053) 221 869 11:00-21:00  
Naina Indian Food and Drink North Indian Kalae Food Centre, Night Bazaar   10:00-22:30  
Raan Mitr Mai Yunnanese 42/2 Ratchamankha Rd. (053) 275 033 11:00-21:00  
Akamon Japanese Chiang Mai Hills Hotel (053) 210 030-4 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00 Very good quality at reasonable prices. Good service.
Ari-Rang Korean Star Inn (053) 270 360 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Beefeater Steak House Western The Empress Hotel (053) 270 240 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
China Palace Chinese The Westin Chiang Mai (053) 275 300 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Miyuki Japanese Royal Princess Hotel (053) 281 033-4 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Phuping Chinese Restaurant Chinese Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel (053) 222 099 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Riverside Terrace International Buffet The Westin Chiang Mai (053) 275 300 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Shabu-Shabu Thai Sukiyaki/ Chinese steamboat Mae Ping Hotel (053) 270 160-80' 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Western Grill Western Chiang Inn Hotelkm (053) 270 070-6 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Ruam Mitr Pochana Yunnanese 22 Sithiwong Rd. (053) 234 059 09:00-22:00  
San Sui Japanese Restaurant Japanese 3/3 Moo 1 Sankamphaeng Rd. (053) 248 178, 246 913 11:00-14:00, 17:30-22:30  
Suki Rot Yiam Chinese Basement Level, Kad Suan Kaew, Huay Kaew Rd. (053) 894 353 10:00-22:00  
Yamato Restaurant Japanese Nang Nual Restaurant, 27/2-5 Koh Klang Rd. (053) 281 961-2 10:00-23:00  
Beer Stube German 33/6 Mun Muang Rd. (053) 278 869 07:00-23:00  
Chez John Restaurant French 18/1 Airport Rd. (053) 201 551 12:00-14:00, 18:30-22:00  
Daret House & Restaurant International 4/5 Chaiyaphum Rd. (near Thaphae Gate) (053) 235 440 07:00-22:00  
El Toro Pub & Restaurant Mexican 6 Soi 1 Kotchasan Rd.   15:00-02:00  
Haus Munchen German 115/3 Loi Kroh Rd. (near Chang Khlan Rd.) (053) 274 027 12:00-24:00  
Il Forno Italian 142 Prapokklao Rd. (053) 208 778 09:00-22:30  
Irish Pub Restaurant & Crusty Loaf Bakery Western 24/1 Ratwithi Rd. (053) 214 554 09:00-01:00  
Italian Restaurant Babylon Italian 100/63 Huay Kaew Rd. (053) 212 180 11:00-14:00, 18:00-22:00  
Da Stefano Italian 2/1-2 Chang Moi Kao Rd.   11:00-23:00  
L'Auberge Chez Gibus Swiss & European 42 Kamphaengdin Rd. (053) 272 712 17:30-23:00  
Moo & Soda' s Mexican Garden & Restaurant Mexican, Thai & Western Raatchiangsaen Rd. (053) 274 552    
JJ's International Montri Hotel & Chiang Inn Plaza (053) 211 069-70 06:30-23:00  
Le Coq D'Or French 68/1 Koh Klang Rd. (053) 282 024 11:00-14:00, 17:00-23:00  
Pensione "La Villa" Italian 145 Rachadamnoen Rd. (053) 277 403 11:00-23:00  
Pumpui Italian Mun Muang Soi 1   08:00-01:00  
Swiss Restaurant Formula One Swiss 149/23 Chang Khlan Rd. Anusarn Market (053) 274 402 09:00-24:00  
The Escape Bar & Restaurant International 63/1 Chang Moi Kao Rd. (053) 874 065 07:30-23:00  
Brasserie Restaurant & Bar Thai Pub 37 Charoenrat Rd. (053) 241 665 17:00-02:00  
Canal Pub Thai Pub Arak Rd. (053) 417 278 18:00-04:00  

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