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Akaligo Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Akaligo (means timeless in the sanskrit language)
51/4 Chiang Mai – Sankampaeng Road Moo 1 T. Tasala A. Muang
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000
phone: +66 53 88 8888
fax: +66 53 88 8928
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate-Expensive

Situated in the elegant Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel, which is set in a lush valley, which is also know for its abundance of snakes is one of the most impressive hotel properties I have ever seen and stretches over 50 acres or more. Akaligo Restaurant happened to be closed for redecoration and we were seated in the French Restaurant Farang Ses although we were handed menus from Akaligo that serves its customers with the taste of Mediterranean Italian cuisine. Throughout the property you are surrounded by both ancient Thai and contemporary architecture and provided with panoramic views of manicured gardens as well as rice paddies and forests of tropical hardwoods. The pity is that the chef is from Burgundy in France and in the past was the chef at the prestigious Normandie Grill at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, and you can see that he is not too enthused to prepare 80% Italian dishes. As the saying goes, Do not let a French chef make pasta nor an Italian chef cook potatoes”.

St. Germain des Prés Restaurant – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Bar – Brasserie
4/1 Ratwithi Road, Chiang Mai
Tel. 053 289 557
Opening Hours:  Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dinner: 6:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Credit Cards: Visa, MC
Prices: Inexpensive

I was surprised to find a French restaurant with such “good quality for the price” on most items on the menu. They have an interesting way of structuring the menu and pricing: 1st courses or soup are all: 195 baht, 2nd courses are all: 295 baht (a small surcharge applies for a few menu items) Dessert: 120. Or for a three course set: 575 baht.
The chicken supreme with mushrooms was excellent, amazingly most of the mushrooms in the mix were Cepes; an outstanding value. Scallops with cream sauce and Calvados in an attractively presented crispy pastry pouch contained small local Thai scallops with the roe attached, and were very good, although it was hard to detect any Calvados in the sauce. However, for the price I could not complain. I will certainly return to try other dishes on my next return to Chiang Mai.
On the roof above, accessed by a stairway leading up from the front terrace, is a large bar that begins to become lively after 10pm.

Le Beaulieu, Hill-Lodge – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

140 M.5 T.Banpong Hangdong Chiangmai
Tel: (053) 365-011 to 12
Fax: (053) 365-060
Mobile: (084) 042-6594, (081) 948-3748
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate-Expensive

Chalaluck Bunnag’s boutique Hill-Lodge is nestled in a beautiful location in the mountains above Chiang Mai at 600 meters elevation and has 4 spacious villas and 2 luxury suites. It is about a 30 – 40 minute drive (27 kilometers) from Chiang Mai to arrive at Hill Lodge.
Le Beaulieu’s dining room is covered with a roof but is open-air with a bar and service area tucked inside; it was delightful to have dinner in the mountains and the temperature was absolutely perfect. The cuisine is in the same league as the Herve FrerardLe Beaulieu standard, as a sous-chef from the Bangkok branch is in the kitchen. The restaurant is in the process of re-vamping the wine list although Le Rime Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay is a good wine to order presently.

Le Beaulieu, Hill-Lodge Resort – Chiang Mai

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Le Beaulieu At Hill Lodge Resort
140 M.5 T. Banpong
Handong Chiangmai
Tel. 053 365 011-2
Fax. 053 365 060
Credit Cards: All Major

Le Beaulieu French Restaurant in Bangkok has opened a restaurant in the hills above Chiang Mai. The Hill-Lodge is already very well known, and the addition of Le Beaulieu Restaurant at this resort will certainly be a great added attraction. Chalaluck Bunnag will be presenting Le Beaulieu at the Hill-Lodge Resort. The restaurant is now open and you can book by calling the telephone number listed above.

Piccola Roma Palace – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Dining Room Piccola Roma Palace144 Charoenprathet Road, Chiang Mai 50100
Tel. 0-5382-0297-8
No Website
Valet Parking
Credit Cards: All Major

Chef Angelo Faro opened his restaurant in 1991. He has an large extended menu as do most of the other Italian restaurants in town.Piccola Roma Palace
He has the most expensive Italian restaurant in Chiang Mai and considering the overall experience, it might merit the high prices or maybe, it is just the story of the big fish in the small pond. The wine list pricing starts at 1500 baht for red Italian wines and from this medium price escalates quickly to expensive and very expensive wines. The service is attentive and a lot of attention is paid to minute details. The chef spent a good deal of time making sure that my briefcase was in the right position when he arranged it on the small pedestal table, and then proceeded to straighten and align the cutlery and napkin before he would allow me to be seated. Piccola Roma PalaceIn fact you can see that he is a man who will put up with no nonsense. He was constantly reprimanding his dog who insisted on entering the dining room and he kept shooing him back. Chef Angelo Faro obviously likes salt, and there was plenty of it in the dishes I tasted. When he finally was seated to have his dinner on the table closest to the kitchen, the first thing he did was reach for the salt shaker.

Giorgio Restaurant – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Giorgio Restaurant2/6 Prachasamphan Road, Changklan, Chiangmai
Tel.(053 818 236)
Operating Hours: 11.30-2.30 lunch and 6-10.30 dinner.
Credit Cards
Inexpensive – Moderate

Giorgio Restaurant, named after the owner who hails from Vicenza in Italy, is reputedly among the best restaurants serving pizza and pasta in Chiang Mai, although as with every one of the Italian
Pastarestaurants we visited not one of them used a true pizza dough.The pasta dishes were well executed and the restaurant was clean and simply decorated.

Buonissimo Restaurant – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

111/5 Moo 3, Chiang Mai Prao Road
Tel. (053) 853098-9
Fax: (053) 247346, 849744
Tel. 053-853098-9, 053-849744
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Credit Cards: All Major
Inexpensive – Moderate

The muddy Ping RiverBuonissimo is an Italian restaurant, delicatessen, wine shop and bakery by the Ping River on Faham Road. The main restaurant is outside covered by a huge canopy; there is another section further down on the bank of the river. The most comfortable place to be seated is the small; 50-seat air-conditioned enclosed restaurant that is elevated a few meters above ground level to enable a view of the Ping River.

The owner Sergio, imports products and wines from Italy and sells them to the hotels and other restaurants in Chiang Mai as well as using them for Buonissimo.
The main attraction to dine here is to look at the river while you drink wine from their enormous, mainly Italian, selection of wines. This is probably the best wine list in Chiang Mai and the best pricing I have seen in Thailand due to his being a distributor for wine companies in Bangkok.

All breads and pastas are homemade, and the café deli offers an array of products to take home.
The menu is very extensive as are most of the Italian restaurants in this area.

Riverside Restaurant – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

9-11 Charoenrat Road.,
Chiangmai 50000
Tel. 66 5324 3239, 66 5324 6323,
Fax. 66 5324 251
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Inexpensive – Moderate

Riverside Restaurant with view of boat and riverI have been in Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand for a few days, and I will be posting a few restaurants today, predominantly Italian, from the area. The old walled city surrounded by moats is quite attractive although the city itself has grown with little or no planning and is not well laid out, on the other hand, the surrounding countryside and mountains are beautiful.

The Riverside is a crowded restaurant and bar located, as the name suggests, just above the river on two floors with a boat tied up below that you may choose to be seated for the dinner cruise. The 75 minute dinner cruise down the Ping River leaves from our pier at 8 p.m. every night, after boarding the boat at 7:15 you may choose from a wide variety from our regular restaurant menu then enjoy drifting past old temples and houses that lie on the river banks.The place has a pleasant view of Doi Suthep and the old city of Chiang Mai and the river and is quite popular with foreigner tourists. I think you are better off to order from the Thai menu although they have a range of European food.

Riverside always crowdedLater in the evening, they have live music either a guitar duo or a pianist depending on the evening.
Light jazz is performed on Sundays only.

To list a few of the Thai items on an immense menu:
“Kao Soi” (egg noodles in curry with chicken leg Northern Style), Chinese Crab and Pork rolls, Spring Rolls, Crab Rolls, Deep Fried Fresh Squids.