We didn't book and so we waited for about forty minutes to get inside.
The restaurant is nicely decorated in Thai based nick backs and kitsch and has small cabinets and furniture that are used to create a series of small discreet spaces into which tables are squeezed to enable intimate chats and illicit rendezvous. The music which was played throughout the evening was unexpected and rather nice and eclectic. It started off with sixties and seventies pop music in a ballad style and then became a little more jazzy and took on that late night early hours of the morning slightly boozy quality that is so nice.
When we sat down to eat the waiter was rather aloof, silent and seemed unfriendly. When I asked about a dish from him it became clear that he had no English and was probably anxious. He was clearly not what I had initially assumed and was actually very jolly. The food itself was interesting. We didn't really order enough because the amounts, at least of the dishes we ordered, were pretty small and in addition two of the dishes weren't to my taste particularly. The chicken red curry soup and the selection of starters were very good.
My qualms about the food were that some of the dishes were clearly made using preserved pickles, vegetables etc and they have a slightly odd flavour. It was also very difficult to tell what some dishes were from the look and the flavour. The baby jack fruit salad I mistook for crispy minced pork and the crispy minced pork I thought was a dish we hadn't ordered. The minced pork was dish that looked like mashed off green vegetable and was a little heavy on the chili for my taste. I am not trying to suggest there was anything wrong with the food as it all seemed good, it is simply that it is not all going to appeal to Western tastes so choosing carefully is key.
I was a bit dismayed to see diners sitting here on their mobiles throughout the meal and seeing that echoed by one of the waiters at the same time. I do think it is rude and if I were paying the salary of the waiter I'd have a few things to say about it to him.
The wine was reasonably price and though not special was perfectly reasonable. I was not impressed that the glasses and bottles of beer were straight out of the fridge and had that lovely frosted look while my wine glasses were room temperature as my white Chardonnay nearly was until after about five minutes in the ice bucket. So odd that's they treat bottled beer with that sort of reverence but not the wine.
The meal was very inexpensive and the service was quick and pleasant. I had to go and find something to eat afterwards from a 7/11 just to take the edge of my appetite as I had not chosen well and in addition was not tempted by the dessert menu. The desert menus in Thailand are usually not particularlyb exciting it seems.
I would go back to this restaurant again because it offered something different. After a week in Thailand I had been finding the diet a bit samey and although the dishes in this restaurant weren't all to my taste they were all different to food we had eaten elsewhere. Some of it delicious. If I had more time in Chiangmai I would have returned to try some of the other dishes.
My partner, who is Chinese, enjoyed all the dishes and hoovered up the ones I did not like with a smile and a smacking of gums.
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