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“Too cheap to hire another waiter...”
Review of La Terrasse

La Terrasse
Ranked #16 of 2,347 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: French traditionnal cuisine in a Bistro's decor. French Chef and exclusively fresh products. Jazz music atmosphere
Reviewed October 31, 2012

I am sure the food is good; the place was nearly full. Moreover, the customers appeared French in the majority--always the sign of a good French restaurant. Nevertheless, I did not have the opportunity to enjoy a meal.

For fifteen minutes I was seated at a table without a drink or a menu. It's not that the sole waitress was ignoring me; she simply had her hands full. The owner made one appearance--to speak briefly to friends at an inside table. Then he disappeared, presumably to lend a hand in the kitchen.

Finally I gave up and left. But in a country where labor is cheap, there's no excuse for cutting corners on service--other than a miserly perspective with respect to paying another salary. Moreover, in looking at previous reviews, I see that I am not the only customer complaining about the same shortcoming. Chiang Mai has a number of fine French restaurants. Finding alternatives to La Terrasse is all too easy...

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

OMG, fantastic restaurant. Fresh French food. Welcoming, and abit of a change for this Aussie girl. Such a treat to find an affordable quality French restaurant with the most amazing food. For a special change from the amazing Thai food that surrounds you, this is the place. Beautiful hosts and wonderful wine. I love this place. Much love Kathryn xxx

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Thank Kate M
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The place is a little hard to find although it's just a few meters off of the main drag of Loi Kroh.

Nice ambience, very Frenchy. Service, however was terrible. It took an hour for my food to come. Not the fault of the staff. They are simply understaffed. There was one woman serving 7 tables ranging from solos to 8. She was very very busy. They should spring for additional staff. I must say that other patrons didn't seem to be bothered but it bothered me.

The food, on the other hand, was amazing. A clean and delicious salad with mozzarela and an excellent red house wine for starters. I hadn't had frog legs in years and they were incredible with an intense sauteed garlic sauce. Really really good!!

If you're not in a hurry and want a great French meal, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Gunny49er
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Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

small restaurant but clean. menu looked too comprehensive for effectively a one man show. my dish was terrible with chicken undercooked and swimming in butter. the guys that ordered steaks enjoyed them so perhaps that is what you should do. the service though is one of the slowest I have ever witnessed and all of the beers were warm - even brits like cold beers !!

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Thank britabroad1968
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Situated in a little alley off Loi Kroh Road, this little bistro has a nice Parisian feel to it, with four outside tables and the same inside.

Service was rather slow, but all tables were occupied when we dined, so this was acceptable.

An extensive menu of French fare, nicely presented and good portions but all dishes, both starters and main courses we had were swimming in butter, which completely overtook the taste of the food.

Prices rather expensive, compared to other French restaurants in the area.

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Thank Paul_CNX
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