Began day 2 in Chiangrai pretty early by catching the sunrise at the rooftop of the hotel. Buildings in Chiangrai are not tall, maybe because of regulations on building heights. Anyways it was a pretty long day so be prepared to scroll down like mad. More of what I see, food wise was limited ‘cos I had very full brekkie at the hotel which lasted the whole day. Anyways, check out below:
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3!
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.
Our last dinner in Pai was on top of a little hill, over looking some padi fields and the sunset. Was fortunate to be able to catch the sunset and after that sat down for an authentic northern Thai food. This restaurant is at the entrance to the Pai Lanna Resort and is very popular due to the great views. Hence if you do not have any reservations, good luck finding a table. Such a highly rated place, I reckon the food should be good? See my reviews below:
Taste: 4/5. Not everything was good, tom yum soup and green curry was a let down.
Service: 4/5. Not much initiative and they can get really short handed during peak hours.
Ambience: 5/5. They have good views, no doubt about it.
Price: Around 200baht per pax.
RTE: Unlikely. There are a lot more better eating places at Pai Walking Street.
One of the restaurants we went for our dinner in Pai. I believe in the day the place has a terrific view of the mountains and padi fields. During the night, it lacks the attractiveness. Since we were clueless of where to eat in Pai, we gave this place a try.
Well I know there are a lot of street food in Bangkok but since I was staying near this street, I might as well write about the good and cheap food I had for the past few days I was there. I heard this street can be quite happening for good supper during the weekends. But I must warn my readers that I have a seasoned stomach train in Thailand and China, so when buying street food, please observe how they cook their food and check if the food itself is fresh, especially seafood. My comments for the food are in the pics.
I promise to write about this for www.agoda.com friends. If you happen to stay in this hotel like I did, and it happen to rain heavily or you happen to feel very tired and don’t feel like moving your ass to anywhere, you should really check out the food at the coffee house below.
I was having a lunch meeting one of the days at the coffee house located at the same lobby of Bangkok City Hotel. Well, it is not a distinctively coffee house but when you approach the staff at the front office, they will get someone to come and take your orders. The menus are not new, and not many varieties, afterall this is a boutique hotel. Hence I ordered what I felt like eating. They have room service as well but I reckon it’s a lot nicer to lunch downstairs and watch tourists go by… 😉
Taste: Put it this way, my Thai counterparts even agreed that the food was good! Wonder who the chef is…. hmmm…
Price: Very reasonable. Suitable for lunch meetings for local Thais.
RTE: If I’m nearby or staying at same hotel again, I definitely would!