All reader reviews by Toby

Chiang Mai

We have now been a couple of times to this handily located restaurant. Whilst I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the food as I am neither Thai nor have I been to Thailand for some time, it is nonetheless delicious and distinctive from other similar "Thai" restaurants. Certainly the all the staff are Thai and the Thai customer sitting beside us couldn't get enough of the food.

This time we had the set menu (min 2 people) with the platter starter to share, followed by chicken and beef dishes with some fantastic broccolli in oyster sauce with coffee to finish. All was very tasty and certainly filled a hole!

I do think, however, that the service leaves a little to be desired as it is seemingly a bit hit and miss. We were served relatively promptly, though not very professionally, but the couple next to us were waiting an hour for their first course to turn up. The atmosphere also is a little lacking.

All in all I would say that if you are looking for a relatively cheap, good tasting restaurant, I would recommend it. Perhaps if you are looking for something for a special occasion then it might disappoint.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 8

Chez Manny

Chez Manny was fantastic, and the reviews to this point have been spot on. Chez Manny is unpretentious. The owner offers great and personal service. His help in choosing the wine from the already well-annotated list was very helpful.

The head chef is the owner’s brother and they both clearly have high standards, taking immense pride in their restaurant. The menu has something for everyone.

My rack of pork with Dijon mustard was fabulous, although not for the faint hearted. The sauce could not be criticised for being lacking in flavour! The roast duckling was perfectly cooked and delicious.

Despite not being a dessert person their rhubarb and apple crumble was delicious but was eclipsed by the irresistible chocolate brownie that was superb.

Since this was our valentine’s dinner we were not necessarily considering cost, but despite this the bill was very reasonable, and certainly the set menus appeared to be exceedingly good value.

I would very much recommend Chez Manny as a fantastic restaurant where you can enjoy and savour fine food in a relaxing environment.

Monday, February 13, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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