City Buzz

 |  October 31, 2011

Looking for an experienced quality house builder in Chiang Mai? Build Sabai provides knowledgeable and experienced engineers and designers for those who need international standards in house building, design, construction and renovation. Their motif is to be with you every step of the way, and so if at any point you are not satisfied with your deign, then you sit down with them and changes can be made. You will also receive regular reports on the construction process.

Build Sabai Showroom located on Irrigation Canal Road
(same building as HUB53), just a hundred metres beyond Citylife
053 226 012

Café Compassion is a new caf?-bar specialising in vegetarian, vegan and raw food. The emphasis is on natural and organic ingredients while combining them to make unique and wholesome dishes which contribute to their very diverse menu. Healthy and conscious eaters but with a penchant for comfort foods such as brownies or pasta will love this place. The bulbous burger (120 baht) and dizzy cheese steak sandwich (135 baht) are definitely recommended and non-vegetarians or vegans will have nothing to complain about in the flavour/filling requirements. You can also enjoy a glass of wine on their terrace which has a cozy and quiet atmosphere.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 11.30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday for brunch only: 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
21 Sirimangkalajarn, Soi 11
053 222 379

Pretty much your quintessential Lanna khan toke experience, Sibsongpanna will get those with a fetish for nam prik and traditional Lanna dancing girls feeling merrily content. For a small price their nightly show and buffet is a cheap and interesting night out, especially if in a large group or doing the tour guide thing. The food is local stuff, mainly chili dips, sticky rice, fried pork and chicken, and boiled veggies. The restaurant is situated in an old style Lanna house, and of course the staff are all adorned in the typical Lann garb.

Open daily 6.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
662 Moo 10, T.Suthep
081 960 7853, 083 579 7373

From the ever popular people at Butter is Better comes this New York style deli, the first of its kind we are told in Chiang Mai. The nosh, as you’d expect from BiB (we like this acronym), is very much good old American fare. They use no margarineā€¦I think you know why. Their Reuben pastrami sandwich is their piéce de résistance, but we assure you the roast beef sandwich with horse radish is excellent. They also serve meatloaf sandwiches, corned beef sandwiches, tofu and shrimp gumbo (New Orleans soup dish), muffaletta, bagels, soups and salads. Their desserts are BiB classics, such as New York cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate brownies, all rich and delicious.

Open daily 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Next to Boots at Tha Pae Gate
053 874 359

Complete your house with Eza, a showroom selling all sorts of funky bamboo furniture and decorations. 70% of Eza’s products are ‘green’ which means that they are made from sustainable bamboo. In the shop you can ask for help and someone will come and give you advice as to how you might want to design your house, the staff are all very helpful. Eza also provides furniture that might be more suitable for apartments, hotels, resorts, or even for the hospital! Order the furniture through their website and receive your order at your doorstep, whether in Thailand or abroad.

Eza – bamboo designed furnishings & accessories
Showroom located at Kantary Terrace on the 3rd floor
Open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
081 884 8610

Siripan runs a quaint and trendy café and gallery off the Canal Road in the Hang Dong area. She serves a daily inexpensive changing lunch menu (both western and Thai cuisine. During Citylife’s visit, it was quiche, tenderloin steak and sausages with mashed potatoes. Home grown vegetables are used in the salads – the Caesar salad with real romaine lettuce was excellent. Siripan is also an accomplished quilter, and runs quilting classes and showcases some of her pieces at the gallery. There are also four guest rooms available for overnight stays.

Open Thursdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9 Moo 9 (Bann Doi Tham), off the Irrigation Canal Road
053 296 572, 087 187 4243,