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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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The Riverside. get there early before 8pm or you will wait a very long time. Fantasitic local food over looking the river. They also have a barge that goes out on the river to have your diner..live music also .very inexpensive....enjoy!!!

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had a great meal yesterday - again - at Buonissimo on the road to Chiang Rai, with owner Sergio. they also do some italian fare in their little supermarket. pity the place is divided in several stages, outside, downstairs, upsatirs, private room and diners are all over the place. food good though. wine cellar is impressive. had a meal with my wife, one starter, 2 mains and 2 small heineken for 550 baht. good deal. ask for billy, great waiter!

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had a great meal yesterday - again - at Buonissimo on the road to Chiang Rai, with owner Sergio. they also do some italian fare in their little supermarket. pity the place is divided in several stages, outside, downstairs, upsatirs, private room and diners are all over the place. food good though. wine cellar is impressive. had a meal with my wife, one starter, 2 mains and 2 small heineken for 550 baht. good deal. ask for billy, great waiter!

Buonisimo is I think the best all around Italian food next to Giorgios next to piccollo Roma next to Rimping italian place.

I Tried the new Dukes which is the old Tavern Great looking Menu but food didnt quite keep up with the expectation any else try it?

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The Dukes is just a bargain basement version of the fillmore east. Stick with the fillmore if you want quality.

had a great meal yesterday - again - at Buonissimo on the road to Chiang Rai, with owner Sergio. they also do some italian fare in their little supermarket. pity the place is divided in several stages, outside, downstairs, upsatirs, private room and diners are all over the place. food good though. wine cellar is impressive. had a meal with my wife, one starter, 2 mains and 2 small heineken for 550 baht. good deal. ask for billy, great waiter!

Buonisimo is I think the best all around Italian food next to Giorgios next to piccollo Roma next to Rimping italian place.

I Tried the new Dukes which is the old Tavern Great looking Menu but food didnt quite keep up with the expectation any else try it?

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The Dukes is just a bargain basement version of the fillmore east. Stick with the fillmore if you want quality.

Gotta disagree. The Fillmore has been a serious disappointment every time I have been there. Three times now. I took friends there that were visiting, and I was very embarrassed. The service was atrocious. My buddy left 3/4 of his meal on the plate. Myself and two friends all feel that the Dukes is the best of that type of food going in Chiang Mai. The Dukes has had a good crowd every time I have been there. Fillmore has been empty every time.

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The Duke's.......very good for being this far east of the states. Mike's burgers are probably better but the duke's has a better selection of real food. Mike's burgers are excellent, the dogs are good but kindof puny (compared to normal coney island size doggers), the cheesesteak is very good as well as Mike's chili and onion rings.

For farang food burgers and simple items

1)Mike's

2)The Duke's

For thai food, try palaad tawanron at the top of doi suthep behind chiang mai university. Spectacular views, great food, live band that plays acoustical type stuff and walks around the tables while playing/singing and the place is always packed so go early.

Another great thai place is the Come Inn House off superhighway, down the soi right next to the hospital across from Tarin Hotel. Hard to find but worth the effort. Upscale atmosphere but reasonable prices.

My picks on Thai food

1)Palaad Tawanron

2) Come Inn House

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The Duke's.......very good for being this far east of the states.  Mike's burgers are probably better but the duke's has a better selection of real food.  Mike's burgers are excellent, the dogs are good but kindof puny (compared to normal coney island size doggers), the cheesesteak is very good as well as Mike's chili and onion rings. 

For farang food burgers and simple items

1)Mike's

2)The Duke's

For thai food, try palaad tawanron at the top of doi suthep behind chiang mai university.  Spectacular views, great food, live band that plays acoustical type stuff and walks around the tables while playing/singing and the place is always packed so go early.

Another great thai place is the Come Inn House off superhighway, down the soi right next to the hospital across from Tarin Hotel.  Hard to find but worth the effort.  Upscale atmosphere but reasonable prices.

My picks on Thai food

1)Palaad Tawanron

2) Come Inn House

:o  :D

I'll take Chiangmai Saloon's burgers over Mike's or Duke's any day. Is that real beef at Mike's? Tastes more like shredded and compressed cardboard. The non-beef components of the burger are good though.

And Piccola Roma has better Italian than Giorgio's? I have a friend from Torino, Italy, who would beg to differ.

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I'll take Chiangmai Saloon's burgers over Mike's or Duke's any day. Is that real beef at Mike's? Tastes more like shredded and compressed cardboard. The non-beef components of the burger are good though.

And Piccola Roma has better Italian than Giorgio's? I have a friend from Torino, Italy, who would beg to differ.

His name wouldn't be Giorgio by any chance? :o

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Tasty assemblage at Mike's but the beef is pretty tasteless. Much better, IMO, are the seven different kinds of grilled burgers at Chiangmai Saloon. Give 'em a try if you haven't.

Location of the Saloon?

And Moon Muang Soi 9 where the Indian restaurant is located? I checked out Chanchao's linked photo page (127836) but only 3 of the 9 photos come up...

Thanks

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I went to Gohan Tei Restaurant on Siam TV Plaza soi and was greeted by cement floors, no air conditioning and decor just a hair better than a roadside establishment.

Will try it for cheap Japanese food when the weather cools and advise. I question eating sush there?

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I went to Gohan Tei Restaurant on Siam TV Plaza soi and was greeted by cement floors, no air conditioning and decor just a hair better than a roadside establishment.

Will try it for cheap Japanese food when the weather cools and advise.  I question eating sush there?

I second that!!

It didnt come off as a place that I would eat sushi at!

but I also will try in the cool season

Never judge a book by its cover

Except if you are going to eat raw !!!

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I went to Gohan Tei Restaurant on Siam TV Plaza soi and was greeted by cement floors, no air conditioning and decor just a hair better than a roadside establishment.

Will try it for cheap Japanese food when the weather cools and advise.  I question eating sush there?

I eat there regularly and havent had any stomach problems from their food so far - the fish seems fresh and safe enough.

As for favourites: The salmon nigiri and the gyozas.

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I'll take Chiangmai Saloon's burgers over Mike's or Duke's any day. Is that real beef at Mike's? Tastes more like shredded and compressed cardboard. The non-beef components of the burger are good though.

And Piccola Roma has better Italian than Giorgio's? I have a friend from Torino, Italy, who would beg to differ.

His name wouldn't be Giorgio by any chance? :o

His name's Luca, and he's rather well-known photographer with impeccable taste in most cuisines (not to mention art, design and architecture). When I was in Italy last year he steered me towards a rural family restaurant in the Piemonte that turned out to be the best dining experience I had the entire three weeks I was in the country.

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Tasty assemblage at Mike's but the beef is pretty tasteless. Much better, IMO, are the seven different kinds of grilled burgers at Chiangmai Saloon. Give 'em a try if you haven't.

Location of the Saloon?

And Moon Muang Soi 9 where the Indian restaurant is located? I checked out Chanchao's linked photo page (127836) but only 3 of the 9 photos come up...

Thanks

Chiangmai Saloon is on Loi Kroh Rd, a couple blocks west of the Night Bazaar, on the south side of the road. It's easy to miss, the entry is small though it's sizeable enough inside. You can view the menu at: saloon menu. There's also a map on the website, I'll try to paste it below.

I'm very impressed with the overall quality of their menu. I'm not really a big fan of American-style cuisine, eg, burgers, etc, but I do dig in on occasion, and I don't think anyone else does it quite as well, in Chiang Mai anyway, as the Saloon.

As for the Indian place on Soi 9 Moon Muang: If you're a fan of good Indian cuisine, I think you'll be disappointed. All the dishes taste the same or similar, same three spices in each (with a few exceptions, which are equally bland). Most of the dishes here are cooked up in the morning and sit in pots all day (often pulled out of the fridge for reheating when a customer orders), losing all semblance of freshness.

The best subcontinental cuisine I've found thus far in town is at Arabia, in the Anusarn Night Market. The flavours at Arabia are fresh, the way they should be. I'd love to see Dosa King or India Hut in Bangkok open a branch in CM.

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