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Turn off the superhighway at King Mengrai and after about 200mtrs on your right side, directly opposite TOT, there is arguably the best duck/roast pork place in town.

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We gave Blue Sky a try this weekend. Arrived at 5:25, looked like the place was open, went in, ordered and received the order before 6:00. Quick service. Ordered two styles so we could sample the differences offered, found both on the lower side of mediocre. The wife weighed in with her opinion first and that was "We won't eat here again". The outer edge of the crust is really good but things go downhill after that. Found the toppings to be pretty sparse on both pizzas.

The place was busy enough. Lots of farang live within walking distance of the place and that is a plus for the customers and the shop. Nice to not have to get in the car to find food sometimes, so I think the place will be open for a while.

150 baht per pizza.

Tree House has better pizza for my money but maybe the type and style that Blue Sky has is just what some people like. One of the Blue Sky pizzas even reminded me a little bit of Corleone's pizza and Corleone's was a definite one time deal for me.

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I had the cheesy cheeseburger at "Nice Kitchen" yesterday. For my money, they do the best cheeseburger in CR. The burger is about the closest in CR that I have found to the kind of burger I grew up enjoying. I usually order two and they bring one for me to start on and then deliver the second one about five minutes later. They don't skimp on anything when they build the burger. The burger is a nice step up from the tot-sized burgers that most other cafes in town serve. The fries aren't bad, either. They do serve Thai dishes as well, which the wife always orders and they are very good but I go there for the burgers.

The American breakfast at Nice Kitchen is typical of the CR American breakfast except perhaps it is larger than most. Of course, the American breakfast doesn't include any fried potatoes or any of the sausages that one finds for breakfast in the U. S. Nice Kitchen serves, as do all others that I have found in CR, hot-dog style sausages. So, the American breakfast is about as American as the french fries in the U.S. are French. I think the lunch burger makes up for the mistakes they make with the breakfast.

I do know about the burger at the golf course by the old airport. When it is good, it is good but they aren't consistent. Sometimes it is great, sometimes it is a big disappointment. I hate taking chances on burgers. When I'm ready for a burger, I don't like disappointment. Nice Kitchen never varies on their burger, probably because the owner is the cook; there is no turnover of kitchen staff at the Nice Kitchen. Same quality, same service, every time. "Chance" doesn't enter into the deal at Nice Kitchen.

The cafe is on the pinned Google map. The location is Jedyod Road.

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Had a good meal at the first Thai restaurant on the river going East from the Super Highway bridge last night.

Was curious when I saw the Yunan Chinese place further down, anybody recommend it?

I have been to that Yunnan place but 6-7 years ago. Dirty, very lazy and I must say stupid people serving. The food was hardly eatable and the bill was very, very expensive. :)

So then you know why I have not been back!

It is the absolute worst place I have been to in the province!

:D:D:D

Edit: Reading the post I must change: The people was not dirty, it was the restaurant, the tables and the tablecloths that were dirty! But the people serving was lazy, not at all interested and had problem to understand. I was there with a thai lady so it was not just a stupid farang noone could understand.

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Thanks Sven, I enjoyed the meal at the Thai place, great ambience by the river and seriously cute waitresses but on the expensive side, 1300B? for three with draft Heineken.

Had a mix of Farang and Thai customers, upper middle class, no backpackers. :)

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I recently tried the food at Coconuts on Jedyod road. The place is located between the Cat Bar and the Siam corner restaurant. My companions ordered different items from the varied menu. Quite a few western style items are available. I had the fish and chips, as well as the ceasar salad. The fish was a large breaded fish-steak. It is the best piece of fish I have had in Thailand. The chips were surprisingly good; not the usual tiny french fries that are offered at so many CR restaurants/cafes. My companions were pleased with their selections. The prices are fair, in my opinion. Our visit occurred in the early evening, prior to "party time" on Jedyod Rd. The only detractor I found in my visit was blaring music from the sound system that seemed intent on informing passer-bys that a huge party was in progress inside. There was no party; only a few people enjoying a meal but having to communicate in loud voices in order to be heard over the sound system.

I will give it another try sometime. The food was too good to not give it another chance. If the music is being played at that volume level again, that will be my last visit. Maybe I should mention to the owner that the music is too loud but a person shouldn't have to tell an owner something like that. The ambience should be well thought out and planned. With that supposition in mind, I think the owner must prefer to allow that style of atmosphere to define his establishment. Those choices will define his clientèle as well.

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Do they do lunch? What do you call a reasonable price? Explain yourself man....

The noise wouldn't bother me I'm deaf any way.

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Do they do lunch? What do you call a reasonable price? Explain yourself man....

The noise wouldn't bother me I'm deaf any way.

Sooooo, you return from your little trip and you're just full of questions. Well, let me try to help you out here.

I have no idea whether or not they serve lunch. But I am hoping that you will find out that answer and post it here.

I used the word "fair" when referring to the prices. Basically, for the quality and the size of the serving, it was a fair price. But I don't recall the prices. The wife says the fish and chips was 150 baht, the ceasar salad was 80 baht and the bangers and mash was 120 baht. She has a pretty good memory for baht-related things. I have to actually make a mental note to remember such things if I want to and my mental notebook didn't have any blank pages that night.

If you can get past the loud noise, or if it is a quieter time when you visit, I think you may well add the place to your list of favourites. I would like to add it to my list but I really believe that the owner thinks that loud music contributes to the experience. It may well do that for some. I'm old and irritable and I don't need to be shouting to enjoy a conversation. I was so impressed with the fish that I will be sorely disappointed if the loud music is standard fare there at that time of evening. Later, it would make sense. A bar full of people perhaps justifies turning up the volume. A few quiet people enjoying an early evening meal doesn't qualify for such treatment.

As for how the place is decorated and laid out, it is pretty standard for that type of establishment in CR. And don't go to asking me to expound on that. I'm trying to do nothing today.

You know the parking situation on that street. But we take the Phantom when we are going to areas like that. A guy can always find a place to park a motorcycle.

Now, what did I leave out? Oh, yeah. Jubby's in-laws were nowhere to be seen.

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Back tomorrow.

Park at the Wang Come, 20 baht.

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I recently tried the food at Coconuts on Jedyod road. The place is located between the Cat Bar and the Siam corner restaurant. My companions ordered different items from the varied menu. Quite a few western style items are available. I had the fish and chips, as well as the ceasar salad. The fish was a large breaded fish-steak. It is the best piece of fish I have had in Thailand. The chips were surprisingly good; not the usual tiny french fries that are offered at so many CR restaurants/cafes. My companions were pleased with their selections. The prices are fair, in my opinion. Our visit occurred in the early evening, prior to "party time" on Jedyod Rd. The only detractor I found in my visit was blaring music from the sound system that seemed intent on informing passer-bys that a huge party was in progress inside. There was no party; only a few people enjoying a meal but having to communicate in loud voices in order to be heard over the sound system.

I will give it another try sometime. The food was too good to not give it another chance. If the music is being played at that volume level again, that will be my last visit. Maybe I should mention to the owner that the music is too loud but a person shouldn't have to tell an owner something like that. The ambience should be well thought out and planned. With that supposition in mind, I think the owner must prefer to allow that style of atmosphere to define his establishment. Those choices will define his clientèle as well.

I don't usually frequent bars or eat farang food as I love Thai food too much, but I do go to that bar sometimes to watch sport, and I know from regulars that loud music is not the norm there.

Welcome back Scea, must have that coffee sometime.

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Coffee for sure.

Flying BA today, they serve Glenlivet single malt, my none drinking resolve will be sorely tested!

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I just came across this topic a while ago, read up to page 2 and jump straight to the last page.

3 years ago, i complain to my wife's cousin that i couldn't find a decent steak house that serve accounting to what i order. I asked for medium rare, it always comes up well done...sometime roasted ! Then she told me to try Family Bakery House, went there, ordered a T-Bone that cost 150 THB back then....It was near perfect !!! On a iron hot plate, sizzled, i care less for the corn, veg and fries at the side, my eyeballs were fixed on that BIG steak, told the owner : "You better not disappoint me ~ " He smiled and brought the condiment basket.... I inspected the steak, it is more than an inch thick, cut off a piece and it is MR (medium rare ), ffffffffffinally !!!!! Next ! The bowl of brown sauce, tasted it...it's done right too. Contented, i pour the bowl of brown sauce over it and chow away...

Been there about ten times , the place is not at its prime anymore, i could imagine how nice it looks like when it was open 5-6 years ago. The countyard at the back of the restaurant has not been maintain....tall grasses and lot of weeds, untidy and lot of mosquitos too. The price of the T-Bone was raised twice, from 150 to 180 then 200 THB, when i patronized 3 days ago. This time somethings went wrong ! Ordered the T-Bone as usual, the bun was changed to a slice of toast, the brown sauce was change to spaghetti sauce, The steak was down sized from more than an inch to not more that 2 cm, the server was the same untrain girl, know her habit, i reminded her twice - Medium Rare PLEASE ! The steak came in medium to medium well !!! *Sign and let it be ~ But when i went to tell her to pack another T-Bone to take away, i told her medium rare. She repeated my order unenthusiastically saying " 1 Medium T-Bone, take away~" That's when i confirm it was her fault so i went straight to the chef and told her to do my take away order medium rare. The lady chef ask was my previous steak too cook? I told her a big yes ! but i assure her it's not a big issue, just get my other order right this time.

Although they have cut cost, other than the unenthusiastic server, i'd still regard this steak house to the best in Chiang Rai. :)

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I just came across this topic a while ago, read up to page 2 and jump straight to the last page.

3 years ago, i complain to my wife's cousin that i couldn't find a decent steak house that serve accounting to what i order. I asked for medium rare, it always comes up well done...sometime roasted ! Then she told me to try Family Bakery House, went there, ordered a T-Bone that cost 150 THB back then....It was near perfect !!! On a iron hot plate, sizzled, i care less for the corn, veg and fries at the side, my eyeballs were fixed on that BIG steak, told the owner : "You better not disappoint me ~ " He smiled and brought the condiment basket.... I inspected the steak, it is more than an inch thick, cut off a piece and it is MR (medium rare ), ffffffffffinally !!!!! Next ! The bowl of brown sauce, tasted it...it's done right too. Contented, i pour the bowl of brown sauce over it and chow away...

Been there about ten times , the place is not at its prime anymore, i could imagine how nice it looks like when it was open 5-6 years ago. The countyard at the back of the restaurant has not been maintain....tall grasses and lot of weeds, untidy and lot of mosquitos too. The price of the T-Bone was raised twice, from 150 to 180 then 200 THB, when i patronized 3 days ago. This time somethings went wrong ! Ordered the T-Bone as usual, the bun was changed to a slice of toast, the brown sauce was change to spaghetti sauce, The steak was down sized from more than an inch to not more that 2 cm, the server was the same untrain girl, know her habit, i reminded her twice - Medium Rare PLEASE ! The steak came in medium to medium well !!! *Sign and let it be ~ But when i went to tell her to pack another T-Bone to take away, i told her medium rare. She repeated my order unenthusiastically saying " 1 Medium T-Bone, take away~" That's when i confirm it was her fault so i went straight to the chef and told her to do my take away order medium rare. The lady chef ask was my previous steak too cook? I told her a big yes ! but i assure her it's not a big issue, just get my other order right this time.

Although they have cut cost, other than the unenthusiastic server, i'd still regard this steak house to the best in Chiang Rai. :)

Forget about steak here!

I've never had a decent one here, let it be one of the treats when you return to the West.

Better to eat delicious Thai food here when eating out, so many restaurants serving nutrition food, eat there 5 times for the same cost as that rotten T-bone.

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I made myself a nice steak and onion sandwich tonight. Local killed beef, sliced it thin and gave it a few whacks with the back of the knife.

I find the flavour quite tasty, I've never minded steak a bit tough, cuts like fillet always seem a little bland tasting to me. Have to cook it quick and rare as well.

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