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    The Gekko Pub is also a good place to hang out, and has a usual crowd of expats. Rudi does a great job with the food and it is located not far from the downtown haunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    The Gekko Pub is also a good place to hang out, and has a usual crowd of expats. Rudi does a great job with the food and it is located not far from the downtown haunts.
    Nidhogg was looking for the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.

    Gekko offers a cheap pub meal in a very grimy low class setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    That'll set off the TEFLrs.
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    You're just going to troll every thread on the forum?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Nidhogg was looking for the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.

    Gekko offers a cheap pub meal in a very grimy low class setting.
    YD thanks you for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Agree with Dukes and Riverside (and Good View beside it).

    For a Khao Soi lunch next to the river go to Rimping Boat Noodles, Hoi Kaa style (feet dangling down over the riverbank), great Khao Soi (peeset) 50thb, pik gai tod 55thb, the moo penang is also recommended. Not fancyschmancy, a nice litle place for lunch if in the area.

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    A trio of extras:

    The Ironwood - Thai food in an outdoor setting in the forest. Chickens and Ducks walking around. Well presented, tasty food and not hideously expensive. Got a Michelin star for one of its dishes a couple of years ago.

    Time - in the grounds of the Na Nirand hotel. Pricey but amazing food and a lovely riverside setting. They do a minced prawn in crispy lychee in a crab sauce, it is fucking lovely.

    River Rock Cafe - off the main road near Mae Sa Waterfall, medium price, good food, great coffee and desserts and an Indiana Jones style bridge to cross to get to it, although you sometimes have to wait a few minutes while the selfie mob take a dozen fucking pictures on it.


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    Hazza there is nothing wrong with being frugal, cheap even, so why not admit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Hazza there is nothing wrong with being frugal, cheap even, so why not admit it.
    I once booked the tasting menu with wine pairing at The Dome at Lebua as a treat for a couple of friends who'd just got engaged. It was probably out of the "25 quid gourmand"'s price bracket to be fair.

    Trouble is two days before I left Chiang Mai I got a steaming cold, so by the time we got there I was treated to the other three telling me how delicious everything was when I couldn't taste a fucking thing

    We live in a country where some of the best food cost peanuts, but I'm enjoying swanning around the north finding different places to try, some turn out to be expensive tourist shit, some are cheap tourist shit, some are expensive and worth it, some are cheap and unbelievably good.

    If you want one of the best khao soys you'll ever taste, squander 40 baht here (I stopped counting in "quids" 35 years ago).

    I actually really like the beef version.

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    Oh, and did I mention that execrable River Market will be reopening as a Mediterranean restaurant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I once booked the tasting menu with wine pairing at The Dome at Lebua
    Amazing, and you a soccer fan too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Amazing, and you a soccer fan too...
    They were dear friends and I wanted to treat them. They loved it, so from their point of view it was superb, so mission accomplished.

    From mine I might as well have been eating papier mache and drinking Blue Nun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I once booked the tasting menu with wine pairing at The Dome at Lebua as a treat for a couple of friends who'd just got engaged.
    Not a big deal Harry, I have stayed at Lebua (always go for Tower Club to get lounge access and better room) many times. Have dined at Sirocco restaurant more times than I care to remember. My evening tab would probably sustain you for 6 months of your pov living in CM.

    Now friends that just got engaged? Where would a cantankerous old curmudgeon like you you get friends? Are you sure it wasn’t last year when you were celebrating the wife’s 21st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I mean there's a thread title...
    I guess there is a difference of opinion as to what consistute the "best restaurants" (plural) in Chiangmai.

    For me it's 100% about the food as opposed to whether or not they put the Blue Nun in a pint glass


    This is arguably the best Bt40 you'll ever spend on food in CM, but if you rate the place on the tablecloths, you'd never go there.


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    I should add for the 25 quid gourmand that you can pay two or three hundred for a poor imitation of the same dish, but it's "deconstructed" so he'd probably go for it.

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    ^^ 3 scraps of chicken/pigeon in that 90p one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    ^^ 3 scraps of chicken/pigeon in that 90p one
    That's why I go for the beef

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    I like Sunflower Chinese lunch buffet on 22d floor Dunagtawan Hotel Loy Kroi twixt the Muay Thai and Night Market open to non guest, rarely eed book unless ou first time ad wat a window view but saves going out in the rain, precious few locals as fairly stiiff eveinng weekend pricing excludes lace ironers ad DIY crowd.Buffet lunch s 666 plus taxes I recall with a few scoops about 1000 a head

    Standard Yum Cha , in cool elegant , impeccable service serene surroundings with the best views of the hoi polloi from Doi Suthep to chez noona's and the in-laws

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    I've know David of kitchen fane decades ad he is really top notch, my step bro is only chef I've met better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Oh, and did I mention that execrable River Market will be reopening as a Mediterranean restaurant?
    Any fool could see from some distance that it was for the tourists when it was 'River Market'. Let's hope they realise now that local expats are the 'bread and butter'.

    And that nobody is stupid enough to confuse it with 'Riverside'.
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    David,
    Duangtawan hotel has an excellent gym - top notch for a hotel
    unfortunately that is only thing I can recommend about it other than it’s very good location
    Takemy BSamcook home 16 for a restaurant recommendation-it has the added benefit that you won’t see Harry there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    David,
    Duangtawan hotel has an excellent gym - top notch for a hotel
    unfortunately that is only thing I can recommend about it other than it’s very good location
    Takemy BSamcook home 16 for a restaurant recommendation-it has the added benefit that you won’t see Harry there
    And don't forget to listen to the chef when he begs you to give him five stars.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Any fool could see from some distance that it was for the tourists when it was 'River Market'. Let's hope they realise now that local expats are the 'bread and butter'.

    And that nobody is stupid enough to confuse it with 'Riverside'.
    Yeah, I put it down to you being semi-literate.

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