City Buzz

 |  April 26, 2012


[left]Abe’s Memory

Abe’s children now run this wonderfully humble, but deliciously organic restaurant…in his memory. Abe used to sing for HM the King and was very close to the royal household. In his later years he grew 100% organic vegetables on royal land in Chiang Dao, supplying the royal palace. What doesn’t go to Bangkok, is now on sale at Abe’s Memory. Most of the food on the menu is Thai and northern Thai. Citylife lapped up the spicy mushroom and shallot salad, deep fried battered prawns and the fried wild rice. The only down fall is that there is only a Thai menu, but perhaps after a few more foreign customers this will change. The eatery is hidden from the road, it feels quite secluded and is shaded by the many trees and overhanging vines.

Second Ring Road behind Payap University
081 980 8254

[right]AUS – ECO

Desparate to escape the feeling of being trapped in with the summer heat? AUS ECO may be able to come up with a solution to expand your home, storefront, restaurant, or commercial building creating a more light, airy and cooler environment. AUS ECO has been manufacturing solid wood bi-fold doors for over 30 years in Brisbane, Australia. Their factory in Chiang Mai has been open for just over four years and is the first place in Thailand to manufacture a wide range of top quality solid wood bi-fold doors and windows. The woods used include teak, mahogany, and rosewood which all create a touch of warmth and natural relaxation. The wide, open clear glass of the doors allow for a full outdoor view and lets in natural daylight, bringing you closer to nature and also saves you on electricity bills.

Showroom open Mondays to Saturdays
206, 206/1-2 Moo 8, Nongkaew, Hang Dong
053 442 075, 081 595 5125

[left]The Meeting Room Art Café

The Meeting Room Art Café told Citylife their mission is to encourage people to see art as an important part of life. This is a really cool café come art gallery which supports young, local and other artists. There is usually some kind of artistic event or exhibition going on, whether it be paintings, drawings, music or photography. There are many art, fiction and other kinds of books available for people to browse whilst enjoying a cool drink or coffee. The café also sells light snacks such as Caesar salad and paninis, you can also relax amongst the arty atmosphere with a glass of wine. The owner says his gallery is a type of ‘green business’, where it is more about the art than the profit.

98 Chareonradj Road
Opposite Wat Gate and next door but one from Vieng Joom On Tea Room!/pages/The-Meeting-Room-Art-Cafe
080 627 9219

[right]The River Market

The River Market is a new restaurant on the Ping River, next to the iron bridge. On first arrival we were welcomed by a smiling hostess clad in traditional Lanna attire, who took us to our seats and explained the menu in perfect English. The restaurant spacious, with a great view over the river and a sense of tranquillity as it is not neighboured by any noisy establishments. Although The River Market has only been open three weeks the place was rather full with many people enjoying a glass of wine and conversation. The menu comprises modern Thai food and Japanese sushi and sashimi. We ordered the pork leg in a thick hung_lay curry sauce, green curried chicken in roti wraps and a soft shell crab sushi roll, and washed the delectable meal down with a bottle of well selected red wine. Citylife would recommend this restaurant as a sophisticated eatery with all the best parts of European and Asian style and dining culture combined. There is also a large car park outside.

Open Daily 11 a.m. – midnight
33/12 Charoen Prathet Road

[left]White Tembo[/left]


White Tembo is open-air and decorated in a Swahili and African theme. They serve authentic Thai food, some recipes date back centuries; true gastronomic Thai heritage. There is also a bakery selling fresh bread and homemade cakes. White Tembo is proud to not use any MSG, and still have food which makes you want to come back for more. Citylife’s taste buds were tickled by pork paneang curry, rice mixed with shrimp paste and the crispy pork with lemongrass salad. White Tembo also sells hot and iced coffee, wine and beer. This month, try the classic cooling kao chae (rice, jasmine-scented water_hence floating flowers_and crushed ice). White Tembo is on Nong Hor Road, on the road opposite to the new convention centre on the Irrigation Canal Road, about 300 metres from Chang Phuek Police Station.

Open daily
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m.
Irrigation Canal Road
081 922 6009 or 081 813 9553

[right]Noina Bakery

For delicious, decadent and decently priced baked goods, go and check out Noina Bakery now!
This adorable little bakery shop, serving coffee as well as savoury and sweet baked goodies, is the perfect place to go to get your baked goods-fix. Absolutely delicious fresh crumpets, breads of all colours and contents ranging from crispy on the outside and squidgy soft on the inside baguettes, whole wheat, rills, toast breads, croissants, German soughdough, pumpernickel, pretzel and more! They also do birthday cakes to order and have a daily selection of favourites such as their yummy brownies, sponge cakes, cheese cakes and muffins. For snacks, take home some oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies and those with a savoury tooth will enjoy their range of sandwiches, and pastries including puff strips and quiches. If you are in the neighbourhood early in the morning, pop in for a nice breakfast of bacon, Bratwurst, Nurnberger and a piping hot coffee. The list goes on, the prices are very reasonable and the owners lovely. They also accept special order, take away, or you can while away the hours while taking advantage of their Wifi.

Open every day from 7 ’til 7
412/30 Chang Klan Road Chiang Mai Land
084 808 8202