Posts Tagged ‘wines’

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.

Wine: Good News and Bad News

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Hong Kong has done away with their 40% import duties at the end of February, Thailand should take a hint from this, and reduce their outlandish 400% tax on imported wine, they would sell a much greater quantity of wine and in time, do away with gray market and black market wine trade.

The wine markets have soared as Asian and Russian collectors are hoarding vintage wines. The most disturbing news is that hedge funds, investment banks and others are buying wines to hold and sell at a later date at a higher profit.

La Capannina Restaurant – Capri, Italy

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

CapanninaLa Capannina Restaurant
Tel. +39 081 8370732
Fax. +39 081 8376990
Via Le Botteghe, 12bis/14
80073 Capri (Napoli)
Credit Cards: All major
Prices: Expensive

If you walk down a narrow street leading off from the piazza of Capri called Via Le Botteghe you will eventually arrive at the restaurant. It is on the right side of the street and the De Angelis family or one of the staff will greet you. Try to arrange to be seated downstairs as this room is more fun than dining upstairs, in my view.
The menu features typical specialties of the region, as do most of the restaurant on the island, although there is a more diverse selection than in some other establishments.
The wine list is very extensive with many Italian and foreign listings.