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TALK OF THE TOWN Vol. 17 No. 4 April 2008

   
Casablanca Bakery
& Restaurant

Drawn from impressions of Morocco's illustrious port city of Casabanca, this new seafood restaurant on Nimmanhaemin Road is a delightful new addition to the city dining scene. The owners tell us that their experiences in Casablanca, with its magnificent views and great food, prompted them to open this restaurant in the Moroccan style. They offer up all kinds of ocean treats such as lobsters, baked mussels with cheese, giant shrimps, fish steaks, and plenty of other, mostly western, dishes. They also serve up cocktails, wines, fruit juices and loads of bakery goodies. All dishes are in the capable hands of an experienced Thai chef who honed his cooking prowess in England.

Open daily 11 a.m. - midnight except 2nd and 4th Monday of month
17 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 7
053 226344, 053 222244


Yangzi Jiang

For fabulous Chinese food, look no further than Yangzi Jiang: this recently opened restaurant is set to join the ranks of Chiang Mai's finest eateries. Located in an elegant old home just off Nimmanhaemin Road, Yangzi Jiang offers superb, authentic cuisine in an intimate setting. The restaurant interior is stylishly decorated with black glass table tops and a dark parquet floor complemented with vivid splashes of red, while staff members are friendly, quietly attentive and attractively dressed in crimson mandarin collar uniforms. The menu offers a wide selection of classic Chinese dishes, including dim sum, barbequed suckling pig and roasted Peking duck, as well as more exotic concoctions for the adventurous palate, such as steamed chicken feet with chilli sauce, Mexican abalone, Japanese scallops, and fish maw in rich broth. Prices are on the high side, but the quality of the cuisine makes the spend well worth it.

10 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 5
Tel: 053 225 313


The Elizabethan
Room



Would you ever believe it, 16th century English grub, or fayre as they liked to say, in this oh so spicy hub of Lanna? Merry Elizabethan England and its culinary renaissance now takes shape down by the Ping River with dishes such as Welsh rarebit, abbot's private fish, beef stout pie and the huge and bountiful medieval feast where you can chomp down on massive cuts of meat, Royal Project vegetables and a very tasty blackcurrant gravy. These king's portions, all made from original Elizabethan recipes, would be more suited to the gargantuan gourmand Henry VIII than his toned and tasteful daughter Elizabeth, so make sure you arrive at the restaurant with a vacant belly and a feast in mind. If you can handle dessert then try the rhubarb and cream which is, for any Brit, a sensuous reminder of back home.

25/1 Charoenrat Road (almost opposite Rimping Condo)
Tel: 053 306 443/2


Al-Hussain
Restaurant




Fancy tasting delicious and authentic Indian, Arabian and Pakistani food? No need to board a plane west, Chiang Mai's latest exotic restaurant serves up some serious delights. The Al-Hussain offers a sumptuous selection of dishes, including BBQ, mutton masala, briyani mutton, chicken and fish, paneer, daal, mixed vegetables, paratha, naan, garlic naan, Indian tea, Malaysian tea, mango lassi and strawberry lassi all made with imported ingredients by an Indian-Pakistani chef with 13 years' experience in Korea and 3 years' in Bangkok. Reserve your table now and you will get free salad, papadums and 10% discount.

Open daily from 9 a.m. - midnight
Anusarn Market near Sombat Tour counters
Tel. 053 284125, 087 6372959 Email: bakershah@yahoo.com



Le Crystal



Chiang Mai's celebrated French restaurant, Le Crystal, has just launched its summer menu, with a kaleidoscope of superb new culinary creations to tickle your taste buds. A very reasonably priced set menu and a multi-course degustation menu (perfect for lingering romantic dinners or lengthy business lunches) are popular guest choices, while those with more individual preferences can simply pick their fancy from the a la carte selection. The set menu offers a choice of three starters, three main courses and three desserts; highlights include the pan fried foie gras with apricot compote and port sauce, gratin duck leg confit with truffle roasted potato and cranberry sauce, and orange crépes with vanilla ice cream, while the a la carte menu's stellar dish is the roasted Australian rack of lamb in herbs de Provence with rolled crépes stuffed with mushroom, artichoke, lentils and garlic lamb jus. Le Crystal also offers a fantastic selection of well priced red and white wines to complement your meal, with over 100 old and new world blends to choose from.

74/2 Paton Road
Tel: 053 872890-1 Fax: 053 872892
www.lecrystalrestaurant.com


Veranda Chiang Mai
the High Resort



Veranda Hua Hin has spread its wings and landed in the leafy land of Lanna, in the Veranda Chiang Mai, the High Resort. The resort is surrounded by a picturesque landscape replete with verdant mountains and abundant natural scenery. When you step into the lobby you will be awed by the decorations, especially the massive howdah. There are 69 rooms and 4 categories of room: valley deluxe an open plan living space with a valley view terrace; rice terrace pavilion a luxurious room overlooking a rice terrace; Jacuzzi pavilion a private sanctuary and sunken spa Jacuzzi; presidential pool villa 2 bedrooms, private study, living room with dining area, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The rooms, even if you don't go for the all out expensive presidential villa, are very comfortable and attractive. There's also a spa, a cocktail bar, the Rabiang Cha restaurant, room service, lobby bar, private dining, kids club, fitness room, swimming pool, yoga class, cultural pavilion, meeting and banquet service. Veranda now has a condominium block called Veranda High Residence with places for sale: there are 33 units and 5 different styles.

192 Moo 2 Ban Pong, Hang Dong
Tel. 053 365007 Fax. 053 365362
www.verandaresortandspa.com


Devarana
Spa



'Devarana' (pronounced te-wa-run) comes from Sanskrit, meaning 'garden in heaven'. Because the spa has become a place for healing and nourishing the mind, body, and spirit for everyone no matter where you come from, Devarana would like to offer a treatment with an emphasis on 'East meets West' and a 'Back to Basics' concept. Ttreatments were derived from age-old Thai and Eastern practices with more recent Western methods to offer the best of both worlds with a low-tech, high-touch approach. The spa has contemporary a Thai design with unique decoration concepts from the garden in heaven in ancient Thai literature. They are also offering complete privacy facilities and amenities in every treatment room with natural and world class products. Summer package and Special Membership Rate for Thai residents is now available at all branches in Thailand.

Open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The 3rd floor, dusitD2
Tel. 053 252511 Fax. 053 252535
www.devaranaspa.com


WoW!


Elegant indoors and poolside dining and bar area in the spanking new Shangri-la, WoW! comes with a few charming and unique twists such as daybed gazebos, interestingly designed menus and the best whiskey menu north of Bangkok. Seriously. Lovers of wine will be pleased with the very comprehensible, and well priced, range of new and old world wines, but if you like water of life you can start with an 80 baht a glass mixed blend and climb up to well-aged single malts at 1,500 baht per glass. Lovers of meat will enjoy the grill menu with Wagyu and all sorts of beefs and lamb choices, along with a good selection of other grilled items as well as Thai food. It is very much a hotel restaurant at hotel prices, with excellent hotel service and all the whistles and bells.

89/8 Chang Klan Road
Tel: 053 253 888 Fax: 053 253 800
www.shangri-la.com

 
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