All reader reviews by Ann Haddleton

Chiang Mai

We went to Chiang Mai last night, though I was a little wary having read some of the reviews. We'd spent Christmas in the 'real' Chiang Mai last year, and I'd seen the restaurant did some of the great Northern Thai dishes, so we went to see if we could recreate the same tastes we'd had at Christmas. Having established they could do 'Thai-style' spicing, as opposed to Farang (Westerner!) we ordered some of our faves.

Starters: Larb Gai, Nam Prik Ong and Chiang Mai Sausage were all superb. Proper chili levels, and all the right accompaniments (except the pork skin was replaced by prawn crackers with the Nam Prik - surprising, as it's readily available in Thai supermarkets, but maybe they thought it was a step too far for Londoners!)

Mains of beef Jungle Curry and stir fried lime leaf/lemongrass chicken didn't disappoint, though the curry was a little low on grachai!

With aperitifs and one of the more expensive wines on the list, the total bill was £60. Not quite Thai prices, but very good for London, esp with such authentic food.

The service was hit and miss, though polite, and the loos could do with some renovation, but over all it was a great find, and we'll be back!

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 9 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 10

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