Timeless Dining by the Ping at TIME Riverfront Cuisine & Bar

 |  August 2, 2018

Chiang Mai city is fortunate to have two natural features which enhance the beauty of our city; Doi Suthep Mountain and the Ping River.

Set along the banks of the Ping River, with views of Doi Suthep Mountain in the distance, is the spectacular Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort. The resort’s spacious grounds are filled with tropical foliage and colonial Lanna style villas with balconies to take in the views and a highlight feature of a 100 year old rain tree spreading its canopy over the banks of the river.

Under the shade of the rain tree and overlooking the meandering river, is TIME Riverfront Cuisine & Bar, a contemporary floor-to-ceiling glassed venue decorated in a unique industrial vintage style, softened by the aromas of freshly cut flowers which adorn the space. There is an outdoor dining area affording fabulous views as well as a rooftop wine bar with 360 degree vistas.

The Lanna fusion menu at TIME is both timeless and current, as the chef constantly creates new and inventive dishes, both savoury and sweet, to add to the all-day dining menu.

Stop by for a scrumptious Thai and international breakfast with the restaurant’s generous spread of freshly baked goodies and aromatic coffee or take in a leisurely lunch of a fresh salad and a choice of healthy smoothies and fruit juices.

One of TIME’s highlights is its decadent high tea, which is served daily. Three tiers of impeccably crafted delights arrive in a set, along with fresh fruits and piping hot tea for two. The choices are endless, with such tempting morsels as the savoury bites of sandwich tuna tartare, a twist on Thailand’s traditional miang kham snack which is served with fresh prawns, grilled northern sausage hot dog and charcoal mini burger with crab cakes. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to find two of the three tiers dedicated to such delights as dark chocolate mousse, longan fruit cake, mango sweet roll, macaroons, choco berry cake, dark chocolate fudge and glazed nuts along with plenty of delicious bites of chocolates. Homemade scones, jam and clotted cream completes this extravagant afternoon treat which comes with a solid choice of premium teas.

If you missed tea time, then you will be hungry for dinner and the intriguing and very original dishes on offer are all highly recommended, whether it be the Southern style braised lamb shank with roasted shallots and cashew, served virtually falling off the bone or the classic fresh pomelo salad which comes with a generous portion of crispy soft shell crab, both textures and flavours complementing one another to perfection. Other highlight dishes in the menu are the roasted Australian beef tenderloin which arrives as tender as its name promises, the traditional hors d’oeuvres muang northern Lanna appetiser spread and the slow cooked pork belly with fresh Northern hung-le curry paste, with flavours impeccably balanced.

Walk off the meal with a quick jaunt up to the roof for a nightcap of fine wines, a chilled beer, some fun and fabulous cocktails or a sniffer of cognac…chilling under the stars in the ambient light glittering across the gentle Ping.