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“Great food, wonderful setting, central location. Great for groups” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chiang Mai Kitchen

Chiang Mai Kitchen
Ranked #36 of 622 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $76 - $76
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Oxford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great food, wonderful setting, central location. Great for groups”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Tucked away down a small alley in the centre of Oxford, it can be quite hard to find; but persevere as the Chiang Mai kitchen it worth seeking out.

I went here with a group of people (10 of us) for an evening out. The first thing that everyone commented on is the building itself; it's very old (1630 a.d.) and quite fascinating; it's a talking point in itself !

We all opted for a set-menu where the Chef gave us a range of different foods to try. The vegetarians amongst us were particularly impressed with the vegetarian dishes which they said were excellent. All the dishes were very good though - some of them with a 'real' taste of Thailand as they were really quite spicy (as they should be).

Bear in mind that this place is very popular,so if you're intending on going there on a Friday or Saturday night, you'll need to book a few weeks ahead.

Also, because it's so popular, it's also very busy and thus can get quite noisy ! So if you're looking for a place to have a quiet meal and a drink and whisper sweet nothings to each other - you may want to find somewhere else !

A minor negative point is that the toilets are located on the ground floor, with the entrances to them in one of the dining rooms - partitioned off by screens. I imagine that if you were sat in this room - at the end of the table, it might get rather annoying having people file past you all the time.

Overall though; great food, friendly staff and great location. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Excellent, best Thai within 50 miles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Lovely meal, best of all was the fact that the food was all freshly cooked and little if no use of the all too prevalent pre-packaged or pre-cooked food which is all too common these days. Flavours were stunning, and service was absolutely fine. Meal for four with 3 bottles of wine was £160 plus tip, which is remarkable. Anyone that complains about it being expensive is clearly an idiot as the menu contains and displays prices perfectly clearly. My advice would be - if you can't afford to eat out, then you probably shouldn't be eating out. And if you are on a budget, use your iPhone to calculate how much it will be BEFORE you order.

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“Good food at ridiculous prices!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Avoid. Really, really, really expensive. Have eaten in Michelin starred places for less! Average fare. Would not go again. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Very good food, authentic ingredients”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

I liked this place a lot, it has a nice atmosphere with seating available on 2 floors in a very old town building. The food was delicious with the little details that go beyond what you get in your everyday thai-place, like original pea-eggplants and fresh green peppercorns. The service was pretty attentive, nothing to complain about. It's on the more expensive side, but overall I'd recommend it.

  • Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great authentic Thai restuarant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Went here with a friend. Glad she knew where it was because it's tucked away, but a fantastic find. The food and service were great. Will definitely return.

  • Visited October 2011
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