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    Best Restaurant in Chiang Mai?

    Last night the old girl made me take her out to dinner.The place we went to is bloody nice.

    It's called Houn Soontaree.It's prolly 5-6km north of the city on the western side of the Ping.

    Mainly Lanna style food.Absoulutly delicious.fair size portions and reasonable prices.Couldn't fault the food.

    Here is a sample menu..




    more menue samples here.... saochiangmai.com

    The owner, a shelia by the name of Soontaree Vechananont is also a famous Thai singer.There is live music...Lanna style etc.All very nice if you like thayt sort of thing.I suppose you could call the place romantic, as there are candles/Lanterns and stuff everywhere........





    There were a few token farang,but mainly Thai people.The eye candy was just terrific too.

    They have a web site (Which is where these pics are from)It's in Thai and is a shocker,but it gives directions etc and tells you the story about the place. saochiangmai.com

    Anyway,great place to take the missus if you are in the dogbox or if you are trying to impress a young bit of skirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    Anyway,great place to take the missus if you are in the dogbox or if you are trying to impress a young bit of skirt.
    That is very useful information, LC. I've heard good reports of this place but never been myself. Cheers.

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    I have been there several times in fact but the place was just recently moved to it's new location. The food there is excellent, next time you go I would recommend the yum nuea (Beef Thai spicy salad) it is awsome. I dont know if she sang the night you were there but Soontaree also sings daily usually around 8:30. I think it is well known amongst Thais in Chiang mai that if you want to go somewhere romantic with a lady, that is where you go.

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    ^Yep,she sang last night..at the new venue.Also had a word with her when we were leaving.Very nice lady.

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    Nice lookin' for an old broad too!
    Found the new place while lookin for a house. Haven't been to eat there though. I liked the old place though, kinda funky right down on the river. Not much room though I'm sure she'll do better at the new place. lots of direct parking. Looks kind of big. Have to try it out soon. If I remember it's still along the river right? Seating near the water?
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    Another nice spot for dinner is Palad Tawan Rorn, the big restaurant on the mountain overlooking the city. Drive uphill past Suan Dork Hospital and the university's arse-end. The food's good, the wandering minstrels are only mildly irritating, and the view was spectacular the last time I was there - we sat and watched a thunderstorm over the city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Nice lookin' for an old broad too!
    Found the new place while lookin for a house. Haven't been to eat there though. I liked the old place though, kinda funky right down on the river. Not much room though I'm sure she'll do better at the new place. lots of direct parking. Looks kind of big. Have to try it out soon. If I remember it's still along the river right? Seating near the water?
    yep..same side just a little bit along from the old place.Only 500yards from where i live,so will be quite handy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Another nice spot for dinner is Palad Tawan Rorn, the big restaurant on the mountain overlooking the city. Drive uphill past Suan Dork Hospital and the university's arse-end. The food's good, the wandering minstrels are only mildly irritating, and the view was spectacular the last time I was there - we sat and watched a thunderstorm over the city.
    Is that the one near the reservoir, close to wat u-mong? That place is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali kid
    Is that the one near the reservoir, close to wat u-mong? That place is great.
    Yep. I think.


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    ^

    Yep,i went there about a year ago.Very nice it was too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Another nice spot for dinner is Palad Tawan Rorn, the big restaurant on the mountain overlooking the city.
    Wnet there once early on living here. the ol lady refused to eat there said it was too expensive. I have weaned her (not completely) from the 10 baht diet a bit maybe I should try again?

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    Best Resturant in Chiang Mai

    Wnet there once early on living here. the ol lady refused to eat there said it was too expensive. I have weaned her (not completely) from the 10 baht diet a bit maybe I should try again?[/quote]


    LOL, I thought I was the only one with this problem.

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    Ermm..time for a plug..my Missus has just brought a Thai restaurant in CM. Brought it because we were regular customers and the food was so so good (Thai) and cheap!!

    Any TD members that want to visit us would be more than welcome

    Its called PAT RESTAURANT (silly name I know-but hey whats in a name if the nosh is good?)..one TD member has been already..and haf a bottle of Rum left in the cupboard says he'll be back!!

    Its a little way out of town hence the tarrif being so low, the most expensive dish is 150 Baht, Chang is 55 Baht as the lowest price beer.

    If you fancy a visit you will find the place just off the Hang Dong Road, first set of traffic lights past Tesco Lotus turn right, and a klik on the left right next to the new Siratara Condo....signs are in Thai , but you cant miss it what with all the fairy lights...has a lovely cool roof-top dining terrace with live soft music every night, open 5pm till very late...maybee see a few of you guys sometime I hope..always closes on the 6th of the month Well the Lady needs a LITTLE time off eh???

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    Hi Fozzie.
    LC has been talking up your place to me.
    Will try and get down there one of these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FozzieBear View Post
    Ermm..time for a plug..my Missus has just brought a Thai restaurant in CM. Brought it because we were regular customers and the food was so so good (Thai) and cheap!!

    Any TD members that want to visit us would be more than welcome

    Its called PAT RESTAURANT (silly name I know-but hey whats in a name if the nosh is good?)..one TD member has been already..and haf a bottle of Rum left in the cupboard says he'll be back!!

    Its a little way out of town hence the tarrif being so low, the most expensive dish is 150 Baht, Chang is 55 Baht as the lowest price beer.
    The THB150 is for a whole fresh fishie...done on the cook on the table jobie/thingie.Bloody nice too.

    You know it's a good place when it's chokka full of Thais etc.Fozzie told me he pays the chef a very,very high wage...and rightly so.her blood is worth bottling!

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    I will look forward to seeing you ....but LC told me that you were quite a handy golfer....I have just taken it up again after a 3 year lay-off owing to back problems ....maybee you would fancy a game once I improve a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FozzieBear
    always closes on the 6th of the month
    Looks like an opening for FF on that day...

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    There is another great place on the river not too far up from the US consulate. I believe the mother of Lanna Commings runs it.
    The food was great and also excellent music.
    I don't recall the name but it's a very popular spot too.
    Great menu with carrot somtam and sticky rice served in a basket and banana leaf and a variety of Issaan style veggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    There is another great place on the river not too far up from the US consulate. I believe the mother of Lanna Commings runs it.
    The food was great and also excellent music.
    I don't recall the name but it's a very popular spot too.
    Great menu with carrot somtam and sticky rice served in a basket and banana leaf and a variety of Issaan style veggies.
    That's the same place that LC is refering to in this thread.

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    I haven't seen carrot somtam before, sounds good.

    Chiang Mai sounds cool!

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    ^In South Australia, where green papaya is hard to come by but carrots plentiful and cheap, Mrs did carrot Som Tam all the time. She's from Ubon.

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    Haun Suntaree, is famous because of the atmosphere and the owner of the place is the legendary singer of Thai Lanna 'Suntaree Waychanon'. But in the point of CM people like me the place is so so. There're couple more places that could call better. Pha Lad is so expensive. What can i say i'm just a normal poor Thai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    There is another great place on the river not too far up from the US consulate. I believe the mother of Lanna Commings runs it.
    The food was great and also excellent music.
    I don't recall the name but it's a very popular spot too.
    Great menu with carrot somtam and sticky rice served in a basket and banana leaf and a variety of Issaan style veggies.
    That's the same place that LC is refering to in this thread.
    Ok yea it is a terrific place.
    The special sauces they had were something I hadn't seen anywhere else.

    I bought several CDs of thai traditional music which the ladies here love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoeNyx
    Haun Suntaree, is famous because of the atmosphere and the owner of the place is the legendary singer of Thai Lanna 'Suntaree Waychanon'. But in the point of CM people like me the place is so so. There're couple more places that could call better. Pha Lad is so expensive. What can i say i'm just a normal poor Thai.
    Right "Normal"

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PhoeNyx
    Haun Suntaree, is famous because of the atmosphere and the owner of the place is the legendary singer of Thai Lanna 'Suntaree Waychanon'. But in the point of CM people like me the place is so so. There're couple more places that could call better. Pha Lad is so expensive. What can i say i'm just a normal poor Thai.
    Right "Normal"
    I've been to both the old place and the new place. The old place was fantastic. The new place sucks big-time. Bad food, obnoxious staff, loudmouth small time mafiosi and local-government officals with their mia nois flashing their fake rolexes and Jatukam Ramatheps. Admittedly I only went that one time, it might have been a bad night. Now if I want good northern food, attentive staff and a good atmosphere in pleasant surroundings I go to Huan Phen on Ratchamangkha.
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