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I've tried the new location for the Pasta Cafe (Soi 5, Nimanhemin) a couple of times and have to revise my previously unfavourable opinion based on the old location on Nimanhemin itself.

I've enjoyed meals at the new one, which is much more spacious and inviting than the original 'hobby' resto. Good pastas and salads. Not as good a Da Giorgio (best in town for my tastes) but considerably cheaper and more relaxed, not as cheap as Italian Lang Mo but a tad better quality-wise and a step up atmosphere-wise - tho I quite like the casual atmosphere at Lang Mo for everyday dining.

Also there's a newish place selling pizza by the slice late nights, near the Rasta Cafe/Heaven Beach, etc. Not the best pizza around by a long shot (I haven't found any Chiang Mai pizzas to be all that special), but edible and convenient for that area.

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Pasta Cafe is so-so. The prime rib is the worst I have ever had. If you gotta go stick with the pasta.

Edited by Sansai Sam

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Best is Giorgo but there is also Babylon opposite CMU, Il Forno near 3 Kings Monument and Mad Dog on Moon Muang. The best new food place I've found lately is Seven Suns on Rachamanka. Perfect lamb chops (3 for 190 bt), great veggies like cauliflower in cheese sauce and delicious crepes stuffed with mushrooms, chicken, prawns or crab.

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This may be old hat for you long timers here in CM, but I like the indian vegetarian place on moon muang soi 9. The place run by indian-thai people not the pretender place right next to it. I love thai food but 24/7, I need something else. The big T is good and if you are really hungry you can get the next size..........

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Check out the Cafe De Nimman on Nimman Haeman (spelling?). It's a fairly new place, across the street from the Warm Up in this little mall place called Room (if memory serves). They serve assorted pastas and Thai food. They'll even do up a vegetarian dish for you if you ask. The price is quite inexpensive, considering the place is built up like a classy restaurant. Portions ok, but not huge. The owner is usually around and pretty cool, so you might talk him up. Enjoy!

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Le Coq D'or is excellent, (but Pricey) I like "The House's" Tapas Menu and Georgio's as already mentioned is so good you are lucky to get a table! For reasonably priced and very edible Italian Phom Pui (probabaly not spelt right) is very good.

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Pasta Cafe is so-so. The prime rib is the worst I have ever had. If you gotta go stick with the pasta.

I really don't get why people rave about Georgios. Nice people, but the same Italian food as a bunch of lesser rated places that have been around a lot longer - and more expensive than the older places.

Pum Pui is just as good. :o

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Jeez, I cant believe that no one has mentioned Mike's hamburgers near the moat.

I think it is the best hamburger in Thailand. I live in Bkk and Mikes is usually one of my first stops when I visit Chiangmai. You have to tell the chef-gals to hold the cheese until they they serve the burger else the cheese melts and has no taste. Mmm looking forward to my next visit in March. I wish there was a branch in Bangkok.

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For price, service, decor and overall decent quality, I like Fuji Restaurant in Airport Central Plaza for Japanese food. I ate in the one in BKK as well and the quality is consistent.

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One of the best and maybe most secret places that I have found is the 10 badt place.

This is located on the soi right after AUI library on the left side of the soi. Little is known but they do have a english menu and all dishes are only 10 badt. A very good deal for breakfast or lunch.

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Had an awful experience at La Casa restaurant a week ago. The 3 of us were treated with utter disrespect and I had my food send back as it was just foul. Bad service and as soon as I asked for the bill the staff turned all the lights off and made us leave ion a hurry. We were the only customers I must add and with a staff attitude like that I'm not surprised. Give me Giorgio any time!!

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Thanks so much for your post about La Casa. I drive by it often and was almost ready to try it. Gratsie.

I know La Casa is a legitimate word in Spanish, but Italian? Anyone know what "the house or home" is in Italian?

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Thanks so much for your post about La Casa.  I drive by it often and was almost ready to try it.  Gratsie.

I know La Casa is a legitimate word in Spanish, but Italian?  Anyone know what "the house or home" is in Italian?

The same, just a longer pronounciation. Yes, still disappinted with La Casa as like you I always wanted to visit and heck, why not give it a try. I took my wife and a business collegue, what a farce, glad we got drunk on the wine my customer brought along, so had some joy even though we left hungry.

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The first time I went to La Casa, about 6 years ago, it wasn't bad. Sorry to say it has gone down hill ever since. The last time I ate there, about 1 1/2 years ago, it was atrocious. My friend had to send back his venison, as it was inedible. I spent the next day sitting on my toilet. Wonder how they have lasted this long. :o

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