Ristr8To Coffee – Chiang Mai, Thailand


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:

Entrance
Entrance
There's a little mezzanine to cater for people who love the outdoors.
There’s a little mezzanine to cater for people who love the outdoors.
Outside the cafe
Outside the cafe
Interior
Interior
Their roaster is behind
Their roaster is behind
The chairs can be joined like puzzles.
The chairs can be joined like puzzles.
Me selfie again haha
Me selfie again haha
2 baristas rushing the multiple orders. Love this shot.
2 baristas rushing the multiple orders. Love this shot.
My first cup of Ficardie. Their own blend and has a good body, medium acidity and a fruity/wine character to it. Pretty awesome blend... And of course the latte art too!
My first cup of Ficardie. Their own blend and has a good body, medium acidity and a fruity/wine character to it. Pretty awesome blend… And of course the latte art too!
Friend's cup of Cappuccino. See the symmetry and control of the latte art.
Friend’s cup of Cappuccino. See the symmetry and control of the latte art.
A request from a friend for Rilakkuma picture on it. Sometimes requests cannot be fulfilled due to peak hours.
A request from a friend for Rilakkuma picture on it. Sometimes requests cannot be fulfilled due to peak hours.
My second cup which is not on the menu. Somewhere between the Ficardie and Piccolo latte. Hence a stronger version of the Ficardie. More body and a greater finish. Love it!
My second cup which is not on the menu. Somewhere between the Ficardie and Piccolo latte. Hence a stronger version of the Ficardie. More body and a greater finish. Love it!
Waffles with blue ice cream
Waffles with blue ice cream
Waffle sticks with chocolate, jam and condense milk dips
Waffle sticks with chocolate, jam and condense milk dips
Scrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs
Haha I like this shot too!
Haha I like this shot too!
Arnon and me.
A pic with the boss and head bariosta himself, Arnon.

Rating: 4.5/5.

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.

Service: 5/5.

Ambience: 5/5. Lovely industrial decor.

Price: On average around 88baht for their house blend. Pretty reasonable for a good craft.

RTE: Definitely!

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! 😉

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Kao Fae Fan Club Restaurant (ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ ) – Chiang Mai, Mae Hongson, Thailand


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.

Restaurant
Restaurant
Inside restaurant
Inside restaurant
Selfie with signage
Selfie with signage
Cafe where you can order cakes/desserts and your beverages
Cafe where you can order cakes/desserts and your beverages
Front part of the cafe
Front part of the cafe
Inside the cafe
Inside the cafe
Som tam was good but spicy
Som tam was good but spicy
Side dish of fish balls are pretty good as well.
Side dish of fish balls are pretty good as well.
Khao Soi - Crispy yellow noodles in curry soup. This one is quite good but portions are small.
Khao Soi – Crispy yellow noodles in curry soup. This one is quite good but portions are small and not fully crispy noodles.
This garlic pork rice is really nice.
This garlic pork rice is really nice.
Iced Thai Milk Tea - Pretty good but waited for ages and asked for no sugar, came fully loaded with it.
Iced Thai Milk Tea – Pretty good but waited for ages and asked for no sugar, came fully loaded with it.
Crepe cake - Not nice.
Crepe cake – Not nice.
Red Velvet Cake - So so only.
Red Velvet Cake – So so only.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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.

Location213 Moo 3, Cassia Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150. Tel: 053842299, 0894359911.

Chiang Mai To Pai – What We Ate Along The Way


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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.

About 1.5 hours out of CM, we stopped for toilet break here...
About 1.5 hours out of CM, we stopped for toilet break here…
Spotted a Ramino Coffee... this place is quite chilly! Love it!
Spotted a Ramino Coffee… this place is quite chilly! Love it!
Inside the coffee shop
Inside the coffee shop
No latte art but the coffee is pretty darn good!
No latte art but the coffee is pretty darn good!
Nice little landscaping
Nice little landscaping
An alter with an elephant statue
An alter with an elephant statue
I seriously dunno what word is that but I reckon it's the name of the place. Anyone translate?
I seriously dunno what word is that but I reckon it’s the name of the place. Anyone translate?
Halfway up the mountain we stopped for toilet break here...
Halfway up the mountain we stopped for toilet break here…
It's like a eatery kiosk thing
It’s like a eatery kiosk thing
Wah Simonelli machine leh... don't play play... Coffee is not bad but Ramino was better.
Wah Simonelli machine leh… don’t play play… Coffee is not bad but Ramino was better.
Strawberries galore! Not sweet and quite sour.
Strawberries galore! Not sweet and quite sour.
Our charity group's all time favorite... strawberries with assam!
Our charity group’s all time favorite… strawberries with assam!
Strawberry wine!
Strawberry wine!
Strawberry juice!
Strawberry juice!
Braised pork knuckles for pork leg rice.
Braised pork knuckles for pork leg rice.
Very informative... Only left or right anyways.
Very informative… Only left or right anyways.
Lunch/toilet break!
Lunch/toilet break!
Very beautiful view...
Very beautiful view…
Selfie!
Selfie!
Huainumdang National Park
Huainumdang National Park
They even have an espresso machine here! But the bar pressure is not high, hence coffee is ok only.
They even have an espresso machine here! But the bar pressure is not high, hence coffee is ok only.
Photo place
Photo place
We bought our own lunch to save time
We bought our own lunch to save time
Fried pork skin, pork ribs, chilli and glutinous rice... quite nice actually
Fried pork skin, pork ribs, chilli and glutinous rice… quite nice actually

Anusarn Market Food & Walking Street – Chiang Mai, Thailand


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!

Walking the night bazaar to reach Anusarn Market
Walking the night bazaar to reach Anusarn Market
Main entrance
Main entrance
Paranoma from the entrance
Paranoma from the entrance
Looks good but didn't try cos we ordered Thai food collectively.
Looks good but didn’t try cos we ordered Thai food collectively.
Point and order. :)
Point and order. 🙂
Forget what drink was that but was cooling. :)
Lemon juice… mine with no sugar…
Stir fried kailan with roast pork...
Stir fried kailan with roast pork…
Fried rice... Thai fried rice are usually very nice
Fried rice… Thai fried rice are usually very nice
Stir fried chicken
Stir fried chicken
Minced pork omelette
Minced pork omelette
Mangoes....
Mangoes….
Mango stick rice!
Mango stick rice!
The stall owner told us she is trying this new way of eating Durian Sticky Rice... We told her to stick to the original... this sucks.
The stall owner told us she is trying this new way of eating Durian Sticky Rice… We told her to stick to the original… this sucks.
After dinner we walked around... very nice plastic lamps
After dinner we walked around… very nice plastic lamps
Air pellet guns... cannot bring in Singapore!
Air pellet guns… cannot bring in Singapore!
Used jeans made into wallets, very creative
Used jeans made into wallets, very creative
These beautiful lanterns light up the whole place.
These beautiful lanterns light up the whole place.
Another restaurant in the market and they are grilling the fish wrapped in salt... wow...
Another restaurant in the market and they are grilling the fish wrapped in salt… wow…
Another stretch of shopping inside
Another stretch of shopping inside
Christmas period lah, so must pose for a selfie.
Christmas period lah, so must pose for a selfie.
This ice cream apparently is the attraction there... long queue...
This ice cream apparently is the attraction there… long queue…
You choose the flavor you like and toppings, they will pour on this freezer pan and then scrap it like burnt omelette on an oiless stainless steel pan.
You choose the flavor you like and toppings, they will pour on this freezer pan and then scrap it like burnt omelette on an oiless stainless steel pan.
And then put into a cup and loads of sinful whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Notice the rolls of ice cream below.
And then put into a cup and loads of sinful whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Notice the rolls of ice cream below.
Yeah apparently prata is a hit here...
Yeah apparently prata is a hit here…

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My order of banana nutella
My order of banana nutella
Night bazaar left and right of the road.
Night bazaar left and right of the road.
Night bazaar from our hotel room
Night bazaar from our hotel room

Will write about CM’s night market in a later post.