The Best Steak in Chiang Mai
Finding a good steak in town can be a difficult task. Rare, medium or well done – whatever your style may be, here are the best steaks in Chiang Mai that we think you should try next time you are craving a juicy hunk of beef.
Le Meridien’s Favola
Walk into Favola and you know you are in for a treat. The scene that greets you is the open kitchen, where tall-hatted chefs flambé towering plumes of flames, kneed fresh pasta, stir aromatic broth and blow the mind with knife skills. Tables and booths are elegantly set and moodily lit and you know you are in for a treat when the bountiful bread basket arrives with a trio of freshly made dips and a choice of water with mint, orange or lemon are offered. The hotel’s butcher selects the most beautiful cut of Australian Wagyu tenderloin, personally choosing only the tenderest and juiciest heart to give to the chef who then prepares and cooks it to order. The steak arrives cooked to absolute perfection and is simply served on roasted farmer potatoes and drizzled in a porcini mushroom and marsala wine sauce, after all the star of the dish is the meat which simply melts in the mouth.
Open 5pm – 11pm
2nd Floor of Le Meridien Chiang Mai
108 Chang Klan Road, Muang Chiang Mai
053 253 666
Steak dishes start from 990 baht
A Must Cafe and U
Despite its slightly confusing name (it’s a café that you must visit…basically), this place has quickly joined the contenders for the best steak in Chiang Mai. With two pages of steak choices, they really push the boat out when it comes to great meats at very reasonable prices. The chef, who has worked among some of the most well-known hotel restaurants in the world, decided to break away from the rules of the industry and go solo to work with what he loves – steak and craft beer. Their show-stopper is the 600g dry aged beef T-bone that is served as ordered (we recommend medium-rare) on a platter with four different salts, a gravy and a fancy mustard. The chef himself tells you have to eat it, enjoying each bite with a different salt, be it truffle salt or Mediterranean sea-salt, so to really explore the flavours. They also serve Australian Wagyu, Angus prime ribs, Chiang Mai Charolais beef tenderloin and rib eye, lamb cutlets, Caribbean lobster and also are one of the only places in the city to get Spanish Iberico pork.
Open 11am – 11pm
2/1 Nimmanhaemin Soi 9 (Next to the Starbucks)
Facebook: A Must Cafe and U
082 940 9564
Steak dishes start from 590 baht
One of Chiang Mai’s most beloved steak destinations is Chez Marco. For the past decade, the self-proclaimed ‘handsome chef’, Marco Ariga, has been running a superb Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of the city. Chez Marco has a bustling bistro vibe that is full of character and the bon vivant host is always on hand to guide you through your dining experience. The menu is packed with a great list of favourites from Beef or tuna carpaccio to a rich and aromatic coq au vin, refreshing salmon gravlax to tender duck confit.
However, the highlight of the menu is, of course, the steaks. We recommend the melt in the mouth beef filet or rib eye ravigote with red wine demigalce sauce served with a side of tender homemade spatzel. Chef Marco’s mastery over meats is well established and the price is always reasonable. A great place for a casual dinner with good friends and even better food.
Open 11.30am – midnight
15/7 Loi Kroh Road
053 207 032
Steak dishes start from 690 baht
Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai
There are only a few places in town that can prepare a steak as well as Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai. From simple prime beef steaks and sirloin, rib eye and tenderloin classics, they also serve up a classic Tournedos Rossini, a tenderloin steak served with pan friend foie gras and potato puree with truffle. All of the steaks they serve has a sense of decadence to them and are all served with your choice of sides such as ratatouille, potato gratin, mashed potatoes or French fries. For those hungry for meat or looking to share, why not order up a tomahawk steak like the one in the picture – an Australian Angus grass-fed beef steak that is sold by the kilogram.
Steak dishes start from 490 baht
Le Crystal understands French gastronomy, so when it comes to prime cuts of beef there is no surprise when people say French cuisine is considered to be at the height of culinary perfection. Try the truly fabulous Japanese Hida beef strip loin, a premium cut of beef which rivals its more famous counterparts, Kobe and Wagyu. This 300 gram cut is left at room temperature to keep it succulent, before being cooked to order and served with baked mashed potatoes, French fries, fresh salad or grill vegetables. You also get a choice of red wine gravy, black pepper, truffle or mushroom sauce on it. Or, for those lamb lovers out there, why not try the pan-roasted lamb loin with horseradish jus instead, served with purple potatoes and vegetables.
Le Crystal Restaurant
Open 6pm – 10.30pm
74/2 Patan Road, Patan, Chiang Mai
(live music kazz band from 7.30pm to 10pm except on Sundays)
053 218 059
053 218 060
Steak dishes start from 1,650 baht
Sipolle Italian Food by Chef Dan
Chef Dan is a minor celebrity in Chiang Mai to those who know the history of Sipolle and the quality of his cooking. With over 20 years’ experience in the West, Chef Dan finally returned home to share his European eperiences with us Chiang Mai folks. Today, Sipolle has grown and so have their steaks. Let us present the incredible, enormous, full flavoured Wagyu tomahawk steak – a full kilo of meaty goodness. Perfect for sharing or tackling on your own if you dare, this beast of a steak is cooked to order anyway you please and can be paired with a range of equally delicious side dishes.
Sipolle Italian Food by Chef Dan
Open 11am – 10pm
15/1-2 Bumrungburi Road (next to the Suan Bauk Had Park), Chiang Mai
087 912 4892
Tomahawk steak priced at 390 baht per 100g
Steak of the Day
“Tender is the operative word here and the focus of the dish,” explains Chef Rewat when talking about his Royally influenced steak. “We pick the tenderest cuts and use precise seasoning to enhance its freshness.”
Served with mixed seasonal mushrooms that are either chopped or mashed for maximum texture and a mushroom jus, this steak dish was inspired by Queen Elisabeth II of England’s most favourite dish – the classic beef tenderloin. This dish is best enjoyed with a side of grilled potatoes and finished off by one of Her Majesty’s favourite desserts, the chocolate mousse.
Steak of the Day
Open 11am – 8pm
Mae Rim Plaza, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
081 256 7292
Steak dishes start from 259 baht
This charming eatery just outside the city centre has become a favourite of many local foodies for its big-flavoured European comfort food. Focusing on replicating the tastes of delicious home cooked dishes from pastas to soups and salads, Daddy’s Antique is a rustic cottage styled restaurant, café and garden lounge.
The slightly limited but thoughtfully curated menu arrives with each dish generously portioned and bursting with flavours. The Australian Angus steak with romesco sauce is one of the menu highlights with the prime cut of beef arriving sliced into juicy slithers on a bed of grilled eggplants and homemade romesco sauce. This classic Spanish sauce looks deceptively simple to make, but is a perfect harmony of strong ingredients including roasted almonds and hazelnuts, char-grilled vegetables and herbs including capsicum. The sauce is full of flavour, but subtle enough to complement, and not steal the thunder from the steak, which is truly the dish’s true hero.
Open 9am – 10pm
45/8 Moo 1 T. Mae Hia, A. Muang
Facebook: Daddy’s Antique Café & Restaurant Chiang Mai
094 764 1441