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    A while back I got a mad craving for Issan food that lasted about 2 weeks. For some reason I woke up every day just craving the stuff, so I spent that time driving around the city and trying every Issan restaurant I could find. I tried about 10 or so different places, but only a couple really stood out from the pack.

    So, without further ado, my favorite Chiang Mai Issan restaurants.

    #1 on my list is Chai Sii, located on the Canal Road about a block north of Huay Kaew Road, on the east side of the road.

    I didn't take any pictures myself because there is an entire 2 page thread on CM108.com dedicated to this restaurant, and someone did a brilliant job photographing the place and the food. The thread is here, have a look, it's mouth watering.

    The food is every bit as good as it looks in the pics at the above link.

    A sample:



    Unfortunately, the menu is completely in Thai and the owner doesn't seem to speak any English, so either know what you want before you go, read Thai or bring a Thai friend. The owner seems to be the only person in there, so if it's crowded you might have a long wait for your food.

    Also, the food was so hot that I couldn't finish everything. I like spicy Thai food and can handle the heat, but this was at another level. I got spanked. I had a few minutes when I just had to sit with tears running down my face waiting for the ringing in my ears to stop. If you don't like your food NASA hot you better let her know when you order.

    Aside from those shortcomings though, the food was DELICIOUS!. I still haven't found better.

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    My #2 pick is Issan Laan %. I think this place is probably better for most people than Chai Sii above though, because it's not overly spicy and it's friendlier to folks that don't speak Thai.

    Issan Laan % is directly across the street from the Chiang Mai University north gate on Huay Kaew Road.



    Not much for parking, but the fans are blasting inside so it's pleasantly cool during the hot season, and there are lots of University girls to look at. I of course have a GF and don't notice such things.




    They have the best kind of menu, dual-language, meaning everything is printed in both English and Thai, unlike many places that give you a shortened English menu with a few items on it. The prices are cheap, with the exception of a few items.



    Everything we ordered was great. There wasn't anything we didn't enjoy, and the portions were generous.


    The grilled fish was wonderful and the dipping sauce with it was delicious.



    The somtam was great as was the Sai Yaang.



    The Geeng Om was meaty and delicious, and was 90% edible. What I mean is that it was only 10% ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves; the rest was all edible bits. It's so nice not to have to spend all afternoon picking lime leaves out of your meal.


    The Sai Groh (sausage) was delicious but a little expensive (50 baht).


    My only gripes are that I would have liked the spicy dishes a little spicier, but I tend to like things hotter than most people. Also, the Sai Groh was 50 baht; I can't figure out why it was so much more expensive than everything else. Other than that everything was very affordable and delicious.

    I still think the food at Chai Sii was slightly tastier, but Chai Sii is stuffy during the hot season, crowded, slow and there is no English menu. The food at Issan Laan is very nearly as good, but the overall experience is better. Great restaurant, 2 thumbs up.

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    Coming in at a distant 3rd would be "Roum Jai Kai Yang". This is the one on the moat just before Chiang Mai Ram Hospital.

    This is really not one of my favorites, but I mention it because every expat I talk to in Chiang Mai about Issan food tells me they love it. I don't really agree, but I'm one against many. It wasn't bad, I just thought some of the other places were better.

    For starters, there's no parking unless you park in Kad Suan Kaew and walk. Bummer in the rainy season.

    On the plus side, they do have an English menu, though predictably it has only half as many items on it as the Thai menu.

    Here is the menu:


    What I really didn't like about this place was that the food seemed like it was made for "the farang" at the table. There were no chillies in anything, maybe 4-6 chillies in all 4 dishes put together, and the somtam was the sweetest one I've had anywhere, just loaded with sugar. The tomyam gung had no heat at all and so much coconut milk in it that it was more like a curry than a soup. I can't say this was all a bad thing, because I think many people would prefer the food this way rather than rocket hot and true Issan style. But it wasn't for me.

    I also thought the portions were small and the prices were high. You definitely get a lot less food for your money here than at the restaurants above.







    Yet despite all that, this seems to be the most popular Issan place with everyone I speak to. I would say this is a good restaurant for people that like Issan style food, but want it more to farang tastes, ie. not so phet, lots of coconut milk, etc... Good place to take your family to when they're visiting Thailand.

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    I did try Ken Chai II on the Canal Road, which is another favorite with lots of Chiang Mai expats, but I'm not going to recommend that one. It has the best atmosphere of anyplace, and is a great place to have a beer with friends during CM Bike Week, but I think the food is mediocre and overpriced. I posted some pics from that restaurant on TV, here.

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    My little Issan exploration was a while ago, not this year. I was so sick of Issan food after eating it everyday that I took a long time off, but looking at these old pics has my mouth watering again. Does anyone know of any new places that have sprung up lately? I'd kinda like to try someplace new.

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    This post focus on some French & Italian restaurant choice in Chiang Mai... Not that I especially wish to promote my national cuisine but Khun David expressed a concern about multicultural dining alternatives.

    Let's start with a re-post as "The Mayflower" offers good food reasonably priced which is not common when it comes to French cuisine. One will also enjoy the laid back atmosphere in a lively neighborhood. So lively indeed that the owner had to resort to famous cartoon Belgium character "Tintin" to hold the menu and assert that the place is a genuine restaurant and not a bar like the surroundings businesses:


    Mayflower conveniently offers Thai food as well if you wish to share dinner with an obtuse Thai partner.





    Along the same Loi Kroh road about 200 meters from Mayflower, riding towards Night Bazaar you will find another French place "Chez Marco" (on the left hand side)



    The place is a bit more pricey but Marco had the good idea to offer a Mediterranean styled cuisine which I find especially appropriate under hot South East Asian climate

    That bring us to Italian options in Chiang Mai. Problem with Italian food in Thailand is that there are too many Italian food outlets. It's such a favorite with Thai people that "Not The Nation" released once a sarcastic story alleging that Italian restaurants in Thailand outnumber Italian citizen registered at their embassy... So it's not easy to spot the good ones. Below are places I go on a regular basis. There are probably other good options.

    -Arcobaleno





    -Giorgio





    -Casa Antonio





    Casa Antonio has the best pizza I found so far in Chiang Mai... Almost as well done as those found in "Limoncello" (Sukhumvit soi 11, Bangkok) and "Bella Napoli" (Sukhumvit soi 31): probably Thailand best.

    Piccola Roma (opposite Chedi Hotel) is a very good place with excellent professional service.

    Before ordering the chef visits every table pushing a trolley filled with his daily fresh market findings. Discussion follows about how ingredients could be accommodated. The challenge is to spare some appetite for dessert: tiramisu is the most obsene I 've ever had!
    Unfortunately Piccola Roma is more pricey than the places listed above... It makes a good choice for a special occasion though.

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    Dukes N18.47.112 E099.00.311

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    Ratwithi Road





    Big Breakfast grill, tasty, filling and great value at 165 Baht

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    Sornchan Restaurant 1100-2100 hours

    Right next door to Dang Bike Hire at 23 Kotchasan Road

    70 Baht for this large portion of Northern Thai pork curry with ginger

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    Viktoria Restaurant was a nice surprise today, located near the south entrance to Khun Tan National Park. Not really in Chiang Mai, but just a few kilometers away from the nice Khun Tan park.

    80 Baht steak and 60 Baht hamburger were both tasty and nice beef, portions that may come close to satisfyingly the Captain himself. They have an extensive Thai menu of course.
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    Man, I was going to keep all quiet about Giorgio's which seems to be more well known amongst Thais than Farangs. It's not cheap, but it's definitely the best Italian I know in Thailand. Up there anyway, and my favorite in Chiang Mai which has quite a few good Italians. Killer pasta... hmmm... getting hungry now.

    HTWoodson thanks a lot for the Thai restaurant reviews, I didn't know the market, definitely going to try.

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    I try a new restaurant tonight at N18.47.478 E098.59.599

    Theres an all you can eat buffet here every friday, the menu changes each week but theres always two chicken and two vegetarian dishes on it each week



    I have two jalfreizis and two butter chicken dishes, not bad at all, 200 Baht for the lot

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    Muzz's Restaurant

    N18.43.457 E098.55.719





    Seating for 20 people

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    How could I ignore this at N18.47.039 E098.59.502

    There was a 16 kg leg of pork cooking in here when I rode past earlier today







    It was delicious and as its all you can eat you never go home hungry

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    BE BEEz cafe at 136/5 Ratchapakinai Rd N18.47.188 E098.59.423





    Chicken cordon bleu and chips, tasty filling and only 150 Baht, these were possibly the nicest chips I have eaten for a long time

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    N18.47.499 E098.59.576

    This place is always busy





    15 Baht for this large banana milkshake, good taste and very good value

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    Outside DK Bookstore at N18.47.039 E098.59.636

    Mines the gai phad kapow

    I always enjoy eating with these Thai friends, they ensure that green shyte doesnt go near my food

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    N18.47.525 E098.59.499





    120 Baht for this all day breakfast including coffee or tea and orange juice

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    Re: Chiang Mai Restaurants



    Le Croissant
    French Bakery & Cafe-Restaurant
    Kamphaeng Din Rd,
    south of Sri Dornchai & before Ra Gaeng.





    The best croissants in town?


    The newest popular French cafe & restaurant in town.


    Daily specials, less than 100 baht...

    all excellent value for money
    Fresh tasty food!

    A healthy GT Rider lunch


    Something fresh 'n healthy for Moto-Rex



    It's popular with the young French females too!

    only open 3 months, but when a place is good word gets round fast!

    A super healthy tuna burger


    Le Croissant is smart, clean, healthy & excellent value for money.
    And if you're French it's a top meeting spot in Chiang Mai.
    Highly recommended. Check it out soon.
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    I have read people recommending this place and decided to pay it a visit

    Located at N18 47.530 E099 00.287
    8/1 Na Watket Road



    A selection Of Indian, Thai and Burmese curries are to be found here

    A Burmese pork curry and rice for 90 Baht, not bad either

    Pork Vindaloo, very hot and spicy, 90 Baht

    An extremely spicy chicken phall and two portions of rice for 115 Baht
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    Re: Chiang Mai Restaurants



    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_Slash View Post
    I have read people recommending this place and decided to pay it a visit




    A selection Of Indian, Thai and Burmese curries are to be found here

    A Burmese pork curry and rice for 90 Baht, not bad either

    I ate there quite a bit when staying at Sakorn Residence next door. Nice icecream there too.
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