For the Love of Food
Here are three of Chiang Mai’s newest restaurants perfect for those with a taste for good food and adventurous chefs.
Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai
This well-known restaurant is now under new ownership and has been revitalised with a fancy new menu, style and service. Chef Olivier and his wife Sao are now on a mission to inspire locals to return to Le Bistrot and try their food, with homemade sausages and cold cuts such as country style pork terrines, duck rillettes, liver mousse, garlic sausage, serrano ham and pancetta. Their signature dishes include a hearty selection of grilled meats such as grilled duck breast, grilled lamb chops and our favourite, the tournedos Rossini, a tenderloin steak served with pan seared foie gras, potato puree and truffle shavings. They even have a selection of French stews too, which are hard to find anywhere else in the city. The wine selection is limited but each bottle has been carefully selected for quality.
A quiet and charming resort in the foothills of Mae Sa Valley, Monoceros also has an excellent restaurant well worth the short schlep. This little resort with only ten bungalows is home to a stunning open aired restaurant serving up a variety of Thai and Chinese dishes, along with a few western favourites for good measure. The menu highlights though are the Isaan dishes, as many of the ingredients are home grown on the resort grounds. Sit back in a casual and lush setting and dig into dishes bursting with flavour. In addition to savoury dishes they also stock a delicious blueberry cheesecake and a solid drinks list of fresh fruit juices or freshly brewed coffees.
Andrew’s Kitchen at Wawee Bistro
A great spot in the heart of the city — with ample parking, phew! — to grab a bite and a good cuppa coffee throughout the day. Wawee Coffee, Chiang Mai’s first coffee shop brand to go national, has invited chef Andrew Commins to helm its kitchen. Son of Soontaree Vechanont of Huan Soontaree fame, Andrew is a restaurateur by blood and comes with an impeccable pedigree having worked in many of the UK’s finest restaurants for over a decade. Staple bistro favourites such as paninis, burgers, eggs Benedict, cookies and cakes are all delicious and there are a few more experimental dishes to keep foodies on their toes such as the hung-le curry lasagne. There are smoothies and fruit juices, coffees and teas to wash it all down.
Open 7am – 9pm
Rachadamnoen Road, Sri Phum
Facebook: Wawee Bistro
052 001 112