Ristr8To Coffee (adapted from the name ‘Ristretto’ which means a shorter espresso) is one of the most talked about cafe in Chiang Mai and probably Thailand. As a matter of fact, people in the coffee industry probably know this place as well. Reason because of the owner and head barista, Arnon is to date the only Thai that made it to the 6th place in the World Latte Art Championships in 2011, which was held in Netherlands. Although he has gotten a lot of public and media attention, Arnon is still pretty much a humble & shy guy. Graduated from Toby’s Estate of Australia in 2008, Arnon came back to Thailand to set up his cafe in 2012 after a series of accolades during his stint in Australia, which includes the top position in the Latte Art Championship in Australia Capital in 2010.
Ristr8To Coffee is located slightly off where all the action is in Chiang Mai. However, when I visited him on a Sunday at 9am, that place is already quite packed. I was told seats are limited during peak hours. I just love the decor, and the black board that surrounds the whole cafe educating customers what they are drinking. Check out the pics below:
Taste: 4.5/5. To be honest, the food can improve a little more. But I reckon their coffee is their main draw. Their house blend is just awesome. A good balance of boldness from the Brazilian beans, acidity from the Ethiopian beans and character from the PNG beans.
Portion: 4/5. Good size.
Ambience: 5/5. Lovely industrial decor.
Price: On average around 88baht for their house blend. Pretty reasonable for a good craft.
Location: 15/3 Nimmanhemin Rd, Suthep, Muang, เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand. Tel: +66 81 978 0471. If lost, call them and pass your mobile phone to the driver. That’s what I did. 🙂
SPECIALS: Mention ‘eatwithroy’ to Arnon and you’ll get to order the special latte which is not on the menu! 😉
We checked out this place for lunch when we were back in Chiang Mai after Pai. This is also a popular place and when we reached the place around 12.30pm, the place was already packed with people. However the waitresses managed to arrange a table for us. The name ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ, actually has nothing to do with rice. According to my Thai cousin Kittiya, it is actually the traditional name of a type of Thai coffee. The restaurant premise is big, with a separate cafe to the left side, and very nice ambience. Although they have many staffs working there, the service level could really be improved.
Taste: 4/5. Will the warm dishes are good, the desserts are a let down.
Portion: 3/5. Slight below average.
Service: 2/5. They really need to have more initiative and work together. Seems like everyone is minding their own business. Food preparation is also very very slow.
Ambience: 4/5. A lot of flies despite the garden ambience.
Price: Can’t recall but it was pretty affordable.
RTE: Maybe not as it’s a little out of the way.
Location: 213 Moo 3, Cassia Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150. Tel: 053842299, 0894359911.
So we left Chiang Mai and headed towards Pai, which is a mountainous village 3.5 hours north of CM. You know, it’s terribly hard to write about places when you’re on the roads. So I can only lump them together and let the pictures tell the story. Below are pics that we ate and what the locals eat.
Alright I’m gonna embark on writing on food and a little on shopping in Chiang Mai (CM). I was in CM last Dec together with my charity group, Care Givers Group, for our annual charity trip in Pai. Hence CM was a transit place for us where we buy loads of goodies and supplies for the school that we were donating to. So when we arrived on the first day, after our chores of buying and packing for the kids, naturally we had to look for food. And just next door to the hotel, Royal Lanna Hotel (http://wp.me/p2BhOI-5f) we were staying is the Anusarn Market, linked to the night bazaar of CM. See the pics below for the foods that we tried!
Will write about CM’s night market in a later post.