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“A nice mexican restaurant in Chiang Mai” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Salsa Kitchen - Huay Kaew

The Salsa Kitchen - Huay Kaew
Ranked #109 of 2,028 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bengaluru, India
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A nice mexican restaurant in Chiang Mai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

While visiting Chiang Mai, I stayed in Chiang Mai Orchid and the Salsa kitchen is almost bang opposite. I was surprised to see a Mexican restaurant in a Thai town (would not have been surprised if it was Bangkok). And I like Mexican, so decided to give it a shot.

The restaurant ambience is decent, but not great. They have outside seating, though with a lot of traffic, there is some amount of exhaust fumes you will be exposed to. But I found it manageable.

I ordered a chicken quesadilla and lemonade. As far as I recall, lemonade was the only fresh juice available. But the quesadilla was great. With a lot of stuffing, it not only filled me up, it was very tasty. The salsa, and the sour cream and was very nicely done, fresh and very tasty. It was also decently priced at about 180 THB.

Nice staff, though a bit slow I'd say.

It was definitely better than average, but given that it was in a city where I did not expect it, I give it a very good rating.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“we like the big mix plates that serve 2”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We usually go there for the mix (3 options of mexican goodies) that I usually share with my boyfriend. It's a lot of food. The taste is great, but it's not exactly the mexican taste.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Spotty...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

I live around the corner from this restaurant and eat here occasionally--usuially lunch. When there's a crowd, service is slow, but lunchtime is typically quiet. Food varies from good to less so, depending on the whim of the kitchen. On a recent visit, my margarita had been made the night before and stored in the refrigerator. It was not fresh--else I would have heard the blender grinding away. Another leftover was a black bean fritter appetizer that was dried out and tough.

Although I made clear my dissatisfaction, the only waitress expressed no concern. Bottom line: a good location but not much motivation. A far better bet is Pern's next door--which, sadly, is not open for lunch...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very good Mexican food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

I passed by the Central and decided to go in for a late lunch. I was the only one there, as it was already after 2pm on a weekday. The food was fantastic! Definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jegvetikke
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Great guac, everything else ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

The guac here is outstanding. Better than some places in the US. The beans and rice are also very good. The main dishes aren't great. I tried two and just didn't like them very much.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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