Dining Out Group – Krua Kru Toy

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Our Table

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Lotus Pond

Last night 11 members of the Dining Out Group ate at Krua Kru Toy (literally Teacher Toy’s Kitchen).The site includes a few home stay units.

The restaurant is located off the Canal Road, about 5 km south of  the intersection with Huay Kaew  Road and is surrounded by ponds containing Lotus flowers. It has an extensive Thai Menu.

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Sea Bass

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Fried River Prawns

Toy and I shared Sautéed Salted Sea Bass with Chinese Celeries and Fried River Prawns with Tamarind Sauce. We enjoyed both meals.

Service was pleasant and attentive (with Nop’s assistance). We enjoyed the evening

 

 

The Pagoda Bistro & Bar

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Maraya Hotel & Resort

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Pagoda Restaurant and Bar

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Pagoda by Day

The Pagoda Bistro and Bar is located within the Mayara Hotel and Resort. It is in a serene position on the bank of the Ping river, opposite the ancient city of Wieng Kum Kam and it’s pagoda. We had dinner there last night.It was hard to release we were only a few kilometers from the centre of Chiang Mai.

Although the hotel was fully booked (not many rooms), we were the only customers. Apparently the guests were on an evening excursion.

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Prawn Rolls

We ordered prawn roles for an appetiser. Toy ordered a Thai beef salad and I had chicken and cashews.The prawn rolls were delicious as was the chicken and cashews but Toy said although the beef was fine his salad and rice was so so.We took our own bottle of a Penfolds red.

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Thai Beef Salad

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Chicken and Cashews

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Marshmallow Pancake

It was a great night with a beautiful setting. The pagoda is softly lit, creating a peaceful atmosphere.p5

The Dining Out Group – Red Chilli

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entrance to the Red Chilli

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Spring Rolls

Last night 16 of us from the Dining Out Group, ate at the  Red Chilli restaurant.The restaurant is located at the Santitam Guest House and occupies the site of the former Sadaidee restauant .It has been rebranded with a smaller menu with cheaper prices.

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Our Table

Toy ordered raw prawns and rice chicken with ginger. I had spring rolls and sweet and sour fish. Meals were adequate without being wonderful.

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Don,Toy,& Me

A lot of new people have joined the Group. It was a pleasant and sociable evening. Service was pleasant throughout the meal.

Dining Out Group – Billy’s Restaurant

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Hello Billy

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Restaurant Business  Card

On Thursday night tie Dining Out Group ate at one of our long-term favourite Italian restaurants, Billy’s.

Billy is Burmese, but learned to cook Italian food many years ago. Billy, his Thai wife, and young son live on the premises. They are a happy and friendly family.

The restaurant is a little hard to find, behind the AIS Building, where free parking is offered. Thirteen of us enjoyed the evening.

I ordered a lamb leg steak and Toy ordered a tuna and onion pizza.As usual there was enough pizza left over for my lunch the next day. Both were fine, although my vegetables were a bit cold and the service was a bit slow.

A happy night with good food and good company!

 

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Tuna and Onion Pizza

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Billy and Staff

 

 

 

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Outside the Restaurant

 

 

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Our Table

Norden – Swedish Crayfish Party

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Kräftskiva.

A crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in Sweden and many Nordic countries.

In Sweden a crayfish party is called a kräftskiva.The Swedish proprietor of Norden, Phil, decided he would like to carry on the tradition here.

He prepared a menu which included 1 kg of crayfish (sourced locally) and cooked in the traditional Swedish way, with garden salad,bread, butter,cheese pie and assorted drippings.

A great evening. The crayfish were a little bit hard to peel. but were delicious! We also completed the meal with a schnapps

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Crayfish

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Crayfish Platter

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Yum

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Yum again

 

Dining Out Group – “My Backyard” or “Suan Krua”

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Entrance to the Restaurant

mbLast night the Dining Out Group ate at My Backyard or it’s Thai name, Suan Krua Organic Cafe. It is a long way out-of-town so there were only six of us. It was a wonderful evening.

Suan Krua Organic is a new, organic, fresh and delicious cafe and restaurant located out in Mae Rim just off the Mae Rim – Mae Jo connecting road. Owned by Pattida, the mother of the household , the restaurant prides itself on using only fresh hydroponic salad and organic vegetables grown on their farm. Salad, broccoli, zucchini, and bell peppers are just a few of their offerings, and with a wide range of western and Thai influenced dishes, their menu is vast and delicious. Some favourites include bacon roti, rib steak with a rich sauce and their highly popular fruit salad, served inside a musk melon. Prices are very reasonable. Service was friendly and attentive.

I ordered spaghetti with prawns (one) and fruit. Delicious! Toy ordered ribs which he declared to be the best in Chiang Mai. For dessert we shared fruit salad served in a half cantaloupe. A fitting finale to a great meal.

As usual thankyou to Toy and Nop for photos.

A great Dining Out venue. It’s a pity it is so far from home.

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Washed Down with a Chilean Red

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Our Table – 2 USA, 2 Thai, 2 Oz

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Spaghetti with Prawns and Fruit

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Ribs

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Dining Out Group – Little Italy Pizza Garden

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Restaurant Front Door

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A Pre-Dinner Drink

Last night the dining Out Group ate at the Little Italy Pizza Garden restaurant in Hang Dong. A small group of 6 of us enjoyed the evening. The restaurant is owned by an Italian (blond hair and blue eyes) and his Thai wife. The wife seemed to do most of the cooking while the husband was the front person

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Frittaur Mista

Both Toy and I ordered  Frittaur Mista which the menu described as ” deep fried shrimps and calamari topped with lemon juice and accompanied with fresh mayonnaise and garlic sauce”. It was good without being wonderful. Paul’s antipasto looked appetising and I wish that I had ordered it! Service was friendly enough but a little indifferent.

As usual thank you Nop and Toy for the pics.

Dining Out Group – Khum Viang Yong Restuarant

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Outside the Restaurant

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We Arrived Early

Last night 13 members of the Dining Out Group ate at the Khum Viang Yong restaurant This Northern Thai restaurant is located on the ground floor of a multi-level beautiful wooden Thai house, just off Canal Road, a little north of the Night Safari. It is situated next door to the former Oregano Italian restaurant.

I ordered  a sweet and sour tubtim fish (red talapia). It was delicious and so large that there was enough to bring home for lunch.

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Spicy Forrest Mushrooms

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Sweet and Sour TubTim

Toy ordered an appetiser of spicy forest mushrooms (his favourite when in season) , followed by chicken soup and vegetables. He enjoyed both.

An enjoyable evening of food and company!

On a sad note , we said goodbye to Bill and Ruth. Ruth has a brain tumor and is returning to the USA for treatment.

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Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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Ruth and Bill

Dining Out Group – Eden Bar & Restaurant

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Outside the Restaurant

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Our Table with a Few Missing

On Thursday night the Dining Out Group ate at the Eden Bar & Restaurant.This establishment is in a narrow soi, near the UN Irish Pub. It is operated by a Frenchman (the chef) and his Thai wife (the waitress). They serve both French and Thai food.

Well what can I say. The evening  was like a Thai version of Faulty Towers. Firstly the waitress seemed to be disinterested or incompetent in taking orders. Finally Nop did the rounds of the table taking orders.The chef would come out of the kitchen from time to time checking on translations!

I ordered Duck with mango with a side dish of chips. They forgot the chips which came later. Toy ordered Prawn fried rice and a Thai beef salad. Food was OK, without being wonderful. Fifteen of us had a frustrating evening.

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Duck with Mango

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Prawn Fried Rice

Despite ordering our meals well before 7 o’clock, they arrived between 8 ad 8:30. To top things off, I was sick about 2 o’clock in the morning, food poisoning……..who knows. We won’t hurry back!

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Thai Beef Salad

Dining Out Group – Cafe’ Des Artists

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Entrance to the Restaurant

On Thursday night the Dining Out Group ate at the Cafe’ Des Artists, located in the  Hotel Des Artists, at 181 Chareonraj Rd, Wat Kate,  Chiang Mai. It is on the banks of the Ping River.

It is a fairly upmarket hotel and exoensive restaurant. Charges are plus10% service and 7% VAT.

We shared a starter of shrimp rolls, which were delicious. Then Toy ordered Pork Ribs and I had a Pork Chop. Toy said his rib, which was a very small serving, was too salty and not very tender. My pork chop was overcooked and tough. There was no salad, vegetables, or chips. All in all, poor food for an expensive restaurant. We wont be back

For afters we  shared a coconut and cream cake

Decor was tasteful and the service attentive.

AS usual thank you to Toy and Nop for the pics.

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Ribs

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Ruth, Toy, and me enjoy the evening

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Pork Chop

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Coconut and cream Pie

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Prawn Rolls