City Buzz

 |  December 25, 2009

Rustica offers a short but sweet menu with a selection of pizzas, wine and beers. They serve some unique toppings such as ‘The Rustica’ which is a combination of premium pepperoni, artichoke hearts and crushed garlic, and the local sausage (sai-ua) and mashed potato pizza as well as more traditional toppings such as the veggie pizza featuring olives, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Word of mouth has spread fast about Rustica, and Citylife has to agree that their pizzas are delicious, with a healthy fresh taste rimmed with a superb crust. On Fridays they do a special: three pizzas of your choice and a litre of wine for 1,190 baht. Single pizzas go for 170 – 280 baht. This would be a great place for a few drinks before you hit Nimmanhaemin, there’s a shady courtyard with benches and tress and soft lighting to guzzle down a few glasses of wai daeng. They will deliver, but just within a mile radius, extra cost is 20 baht.

Open 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays
Nimmanhaemin Soi 6, behind Wawee Coffee
Tel: 081 0122 1514

Siripanna Villa Resort Chiang Mai, the first property under the new Centara Boutique Collection brand, has now soft-opened. With its red roofs, open-sided pavilions, extensive use of golden teak, and lushly manicured gardens, this resort hotel is an eye opener in many ways. There are 74 guestrooms including 48 Deluxe Lanna rooms, seven Premium Deluxe Lanna Club rooms, two Premium Deluxe Garden Sala Club rooms, 16 Luxury Lanna Club Villas and one Royal Sala Spa Suites. Room sizes range from 40 sqm to 150 sqm, with extra space on balconies or terraces. Their all-day restaurant offers international and Thai cuisine and is located in a traditional Thai house in the gardens, with indoor and outdoor dining available. Recreational facilities include a fitness club, a 300 sqm swimming pool and a library and internet lounge.

36 Rat Uthit Road, Wat Gate
Tel: 02 101 1234 ext. 1

Another new restaurant that has been vaunted by mobs of picky expats who take their grub seriously is this new Indian food restaurant. Citylife went there to see what all the fuss was about and again we came back happy. A good choice of dishes for the first timer at Spicy Bollywood would be the chicken tikka masala or the mutton rogan josh for the main meal, order that with the very good garlic naan bread or some rice and make sure you get the raita (vegetables in yoghurt), which goes well with the spicy food. The mango lassi is also tasty. The food is made to order so you can get it as spicy or mild as your tongue will allow, just ask the chef. A great new addition to the Indian food scene, and very reasonably priced. This place will be a hit for sure, especially with the masalaphiles from the British Isles.

Open everyday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
155-157 Moon Muang Road
Tel: 053 289 648

This is a tranquil Thai culinary school located in the Sankhampaeng District amidst a quiet local village and many sprawling rice fields. Here you can learn about authentic Thai recipes and also pick up all the tricks and tips on how to cook your favourite dishes. With 8-10 years experience of Thai culinary teaching, Aor, Noi, and Por are all fluent in English and of course pretty good at cooking up a storm. You won’t just learn how to cook but you’ll learn about the history of each dish and you might just leave your class a bit of a Lanna food historian. It goes without saying that hygiene and cleanliness of the kitchen and equipment is second to none. 1,000 baht a day plus a textbook, certificate, drinks, and free transportation from downtown.

Special promotion! If you mention Citylife magazine, you will get the price at 850 baht. The promotion will be valid until 31st January.

Open: 8.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
66/1 Moo. 5 Soi 4 Sankhampaeng
Tel: 053 331 378, 086 911 4143,
089 450 8155 (24 hours)
Fax: 053 392 601

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Central Airport Plaza
053 274 1067

The Four Seasons finally has a proper bar! Designed by the great Bill Bensley, Ratree is hands down one of Chiang Mai’s sexiest bars. Featuring a twelve metre day bed which swings, as well as a couple of King size ones to lounge on, and large comfy cushions to lounge against, the only drawback is that last orders are at 10 p.m., because once there, it is seriously hard to leave. Side tables are suspended from the ceilings, and swing gently enough for you to place your drinks on. Moody lighting, great chill out music and a fantastic view of the swimming pool and resort’s rice paddies beyond makes this THE place to cosy up to your lover, or party _ there’s a pool table _ with a group of friends. Not for the financially challenged, however, with alcoholic drinks starting at about 220 for a local beer, 280 for a corona, 340 for a house wine and 360 for cocktails (plus 17% VAT and service charge). Residents with the 25% resort discount are advised to remember to take your card!

Open daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(10 p.m. for last order)
Ratree Bar (Four Seasons Resort)
Mae Rim – Samoeng Old Road
Tel: 053 298 181 ext. 735