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“Without the Apple”

The Spirit House Restaurant & Bar
Price range: $1 - $7
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Dining at the Spirit House is like eating in the Garden of Eden without the apple as no life changing event will occur, but after your evening meal, you will leave feeling well fed and cared for, as the Spirit House only serves food of the finest quality and freshness, cooked to perfection and beautifully presented either in the candle-lit garden or indoors, depending on your preference. Steve, the congenial host, will personally explain the menu of the day and suggest several mouth-watering choices for you to choose from. The garden with its ancient chedi, fountain, soft lights and candles will whisper that evening has come and it is time to relax and enjoy the setting and the food.

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Thank Charles L
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We love local food and in our travels we eat and enjoy as much of the local cuisine as we can. But, sometimes the need for home cooked and familiar food is strong. The Spirit House comes closest to meeting those needs. Their appetizers, including the Pate is just superb. The cocktail menu is small but has a great selection. The entree's are cooked to perfection. There are several daily specials to choose from. The menu is eclectic satisfying various tastes including some Thai dishes. The chef is very amenable to modifying dishes to a customer's dietary needs or personal tastes. The setting is very nice except, for being right on a busy side street, dust seems to accumulate which makes it a never ending battle to keep clean. If you are expecting the setting to be a modern and chic decor, this is not the place. The place is set up as a neighborhood restaurant in old world style decorated with Asian and Tibetan antiques. In the lush garden small salas and tables are arranged around an old Chedi. Enjoy the ambiance of this place in comfortable attire. On Wednesday evenings, it is interesting to hear a choir rehearsing eastern European folk music.

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Thank CBSCOR
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

I had eaten here twice before and enjoyed it. This time however I was very disappointed. The three main courses ordered all got mixed up after a detailed ordering process involving two people. There were only eight other people in the restaurant so what was going here? The food itself was worse than mediocre, worse than cheap frozen food from a packet. Then after three galsses of white wine we told they had run out! The fact that there was seven eleven nearby didn't seem to be a solution. Overall service and food poor and wine, well if your lucky you might you might get another glass!

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2  Thank Mark1966Bangkok
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We have eaten at this place about 3 times now and we will not be going back. The food is bland, our food arrived cold and was flavourless.
The last time we were there the owner who is a lovely man mentioned he would be renovating the toilets--well---!!!! They are pretty gross and smelly and so off-putting having the urinals next to the ladies. My wife had to nip across to the mansions across the road to use the toilets there.
We agree with the last reviewer about it needing a good clean--it seems like the owners don't care about what their customers want, they seem to rely on the regular clientele to keep them going.
It's a damn shame because with a good cleaner and a better chef this place could be wonderful.

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1  Thank goatbilly10
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

This was very much a mix of big negatives and positives. It’s actually quite hard to find a good restaurant in Chiang Mai- if you haven’t been in town long, it can be confusing to know where on earth to go, so I turned to Tripadvisor and saw how highly this was rated. It ended up being a very long tuk-tuk ride from the night market area…..I wouldn’t go out of my way again to come here. We turned up on a quiet night. The gardens outside with the water features and statues certainly create a nice atmosphere- though it’s probably a lot better when it’s not so dead, but none of the reviews mentioned the dusty old interior full of junk (perhaps I’m being harsh but it really wasn’t my taste) or the smelly toilet facilities- the urinals , which you had to pass to get to the ladies’, absolutely reeked! The owner hailed from the Southern states of the U S of A. He was a truly lovely gentleman who certainly offered plenty of hands-on hospitality, taking the time to talk us through the whole menu. He fetched us the house cocktail- a lychee fizz- which we both appreciated! On to the food….. we had a tasty fishcake starter but our curries, particularly my massaman curry, were very bland and really lacked spice. Perhaps the Western food is better but it seemed a waste to order Thai curry here when we had so many better curries elsewhere, and cheaper. Order in some chilli!

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2  Thank Rubiachica
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