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“Home away from Home”

Menta Coffee and Restaurant
Ranked #1,005 of 2,044 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Thai, Middle Eastern, Israeli
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Home away from Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Menta is like a home away from home.

Good food, Thai, Israeli and Western. Just let the owners Gil and Nai know what you like and they will make sure you are satisfied. Absolutely love their Pita Bread, Babaganoush, Chicken Kebabs, Salads and Dips.

Their special Lemonade with mint should definitely be tried. Coffee and other drinks highly recommended as well.

Only a short walk from Night Bazaar for a truly welcoming experience for Chiang Mai.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
South Florida, Florida
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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Nice owner, but...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

The owner is very nice and I certainly wish him well.

However, I must be honest: The chicken kebab here had good flavor, but the portion size was very small. The hummus had perfect creamy texture, but tasted like it was made from garbanzo beans alone. I couldn't notice any flavor of tahini (sesame), garlic, lemon, or even salt. (Is this an Israeli style of hummus? I don't know, but it didn't taste like any hummus I've ever had.) The pita tasted good, but it wasn't anything like a pita either.

My Thai friend ordered a Thai soup and found the flavors to be completely off.

Finally, and worst of all, the fish/chili sauce served with the Thai dish had two small white worms swimming around in it. They appeared to be fly larvae. I was surprised they could live in there. The fact that there were two tells me that they aren't covering this sauce, and keeping it too long. Bad experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a find.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

This is only a small establishment but has a big heart. The owner, Gil, goes out of his way to make you welcome and make sure you return. The food that he prepares is by far much better than the much hyped Riverside Restaurant which we also visited and found it to be wanting in all departments. My wife did not like garlic but when Gil found out he prepared a chicken dish for us the following day and he had diguised the garlic so well that my wife finished the meal completely then asked what the ingredient was that made it different. The look on her face when he told her it was garlic was priceless. Well done Gil and our grateful thanks to you and your wife helping to make our holiday so pleasant. We certainly hope to return soon. This is one restaurant I would commend to anybody visiting Chiang Mai.

Visited November 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great New Restaurant in Chiang Mai!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

This place has it all - fresh delicious food, friendly attentive service, and affordable prices. Choose from an extensive menu that includes wonderful freshly made Israeli food, flavorful Thai dishes, as well as coffee and..... The best homemade falafel, babaganush, and pita in Chiang Mai. Perfect for travelers and locals alike. Put this eatery on your "go to" list and enjoy eating outside on the patio or inside in air-conditioned comfort. Owner Gil will make you happy...for sure!

  • Visited December 2012
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New Orleans, LA
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“Great Israeli Food in Thailand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

This place is just a few steps away from the Night Bazaar and is a great little spot to take a break from Thai food or just stop for a mid-day snack. I myself was craving something Mediterranean after days straight of Thai food and Menta really hit the spot. We stopped for a felafel pita and a beer. The owner, Gil, is very hospitable and attentive. It is also very reasonably priced. Overall great experience and I will definitely be back the next time I visit Chiang Mai.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank jason r
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