Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:28 AM
Three good meals at newish places
In Chiang Mai:
Bangkok style food, not Northern, but very refined: 'palace food'. Traditional, correctly spiced, though I have a feeling that they will generally turn it down for foreigners, so it is probably worth being clear that they should not. Beautifully presented, and a very high level of preparation, and 'knife work'. Everything was cut and trimmed perfectly down to each bean sprout being topped and tailed individually. Highly recommended -- as good as anywhere in Bangkok (or anywhere else for that matter).
La Table de Tee -- French fusion: basically it is French techniques but with Thai flavours; a single prix fixe menu of 5 courses at the shocking price of 950 baht (about $30).
First course was a variant of Thom Kha Goong -- a very richly flavoured shellfish broth, rather like a bisque, with coconut, some prawns and delicious quenelle of fish mousse as well. Really excellent. Four out of 5 dishes were very good, including the dessert.
Not 100% successful, but definitely worth a visit if you feel like some more European food with a reduced level of spice. Down a dingy alleyway of Sala Daeng so quite central.
Also in Bangkok: Soul food Mahanakorn
This is near Thong Lo station (a bit out to the east down Sukhumvit but easy to get too).
This does good versions of 'street food'; some interesting cocktails, music playing, reasonable decor, vaguely hipsterish vibe.. Run by an American foodie so it is a little too much like a restaurant in Brooklyn for my taste, but I think most people on MF would like it for that reason. Delicious food, not 100% authentic, but very close to the originals and with good strong flavours. So things like grilled Issan sausages, chicken wings, some noodles etc. Nice place to hang out for a while. Worth going. For some reason, I don't remember the individual dishes that well. Possibly a cocktail related issue.