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Its good to let people know of the nice places you have been to eat and the type of food you have had, along with the price and service, recommendations are always welcome. However, maybe we can also inform of the not so good-a-time .

The golf course restaurant at the Old Airport , open 24hrs and was run a while back by a Philippina woman and her husband, they did burgers etc and I recall having a nice meal there. I have returned to the same restaurant , obviously changed in style , more of the 24hr burger shop of the likes of McDonalds etc.

I have made 3 visits , the first a couple of months back , my wife ordered the small Pizza, and boy was it small , she offered a slice to me but I didnt want to deprive her by even taking a bite out of the 6 incher. I ordered the Philly CheeseSteak, comes in a bun with onions etc, that was the worst one I have ever eaten, nothing like the ones I have eaten in the States. Ok , fair enough , this is Thailand, but if your going to put something on the menu and charge big prices , then get it right.

The second trip I did there was in the evening and ordered a burger and fries for take out, The burger I ordered was a cheese, onion and mushroom. After getting home with it , 2 minutes away , I took the first bite of the burger and it was salty as hel_l,it wasnt the beef pattie , it was the onions and mushrooms, also the colour of the fried onions was jet black , god knows what they did with that but it was inedible , the fries were coated in some sort of seasoning but also salty.

Heres the sad part, in desperation at midnight last night , I needed some food and thought about getting a pizza. Ricos does the best Pizza in town I think and a good honest price , big as well , so as that place was closed , I went to the Golf course place , remembering my wife had said she enjoyed her Pizza. I ordered the next size pizza up , the 9 incher, slightly bigger than the last one I ordered. Ordered a prawn salad to go with it, got to watch my weight these days .

The Pizza was undercooked, the base wasnt even cooked, the top part was ok but the base made it inedible , it also lacked flavour . The salad was run of the mill , nothing special with tasteless prawns. Why dont the prawns have flavour in Thailand ?

Sadly , I wont be going there for a 4th time , I think 3 not so good experiences are enough for me . If you are charging 300 bht for a pizza and salad , whatever the time of day or night ,it should be good . If not , then they lose the custom as they have with me .

I gave the pizza to my dog, he wouldnt eat it either .

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I forgot to mention , Gary at the Kangaroo Bar also does a great pizza but he sometimes

gives it away for free on a Sunday afternoon, I dont think you can buy it there , theres no menu as far as I know and its only from Garys good heart that he does the food that he does for his customers on a Sunday .

Maybe the so called professional outfits need to take a look at what is on offer elsewhere and improve their own products by what they have seen others doing .

If anyone else has had any bad experiences anywhere, it would be good to know where to avoid.

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You are right about that pizza.......

I was so looking forward to it but when it arrived the base seemed uncooked.

Well, I say thatm but in truth, I couldn't make my mind up if they had undercooked it or perhaps they had accidentally over cooked it and maybe part of the base had stayed stuck in the oven. The edge of the pizza also had no crispy crust for some reason.

I was thinking to give them the benefit of the doubt, and give the place another try another day, despite being very unimpressed also with their breakfast on my only previous visit, (although my wife's burger was actually quite good) but now it sounds like this wasn't a one - off, I am not so sure.

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I forgot to mention , Gary at the Kangaroo Bar also does a great pizza but he sometimes

gives it away for free on a Sunday afternoon, I dont think you can buy it there , theres no menu as far as I know and its only from Garys good heart that he does the food that he does for his customers on a Sunday .

Maybe the so called professional outfits need to take a look at what is on offer elsewhere and improve their own products by what they have seen others doing .

If anyone else has had any bad experiences anywhere, it would be good to know where to avoid.

I have generally had good luck there but I generally stick with the hamburgers. Seems no one can make a good Philly cheese steak sandwich. had a bad one at Don's also. Have also had a pretty good pizza there but I like the Pizza Companies deep dish deluxe the best and only thought Ricco's was OK so we all have different tastes like NY vs Chicago.

My guess is that if you politely tell Barry he would appreciate it, to help in training his staff to do it right.:jap:

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Pizza, calzones and other good dishes with meat and cheese can be found at Tree House. Great food, good service. It's on the Google Map.

Edited by kandahar

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I really can't bring myself to name all of the bad places and bad experiences I have had. I know a lot of these people have dreams and try hard.

Now and then, I do get upset enough to type something about a bad experience. But others remind me that it is all subjective. What I find inedible is the best in town to another person. What I find is unacceptable service is perfect for another just because the server is likable. Limbo and I are so far apart on pizza that I question his sense of taste. So, these days, I just try to write about the good ones and leave the rest to the people who enjoy them, for whatever reason they have to enjoy them.

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Bad reviews do count, and effect businesses.

I need to buy about 20,000B worth of toner cartridges for a printer for a friend and actually got a quote from Jimmy's before someone canned them here.

It gave me second thoughts as they will need to be ordered so I sought out Technocom and will do the deal there today even though they are slightly more expensive.

Both shops need to order them in and they have to arrive before I leave for Australia next week, so reliability is an issue.

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The Food thing is more down to consistency than anything else I think.

Not easy to get the staff here I suspect.

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I forgot to mention , Gary at the Kangaroo Bar also does a great pizza but he sometimes

gives it away for free on a Sunday afternoon, I dont think you can buy it there , theres no menu as far as I know and its only from Garys good heart that he does the food that he does for his customers on a Sunday .

Maybe the so called professional outfits need to take a look at what is on offer elsewhere and improve their own products by what they have seen others doing .

If anyone else has had any bad experiences anywhere, it would be good to know where to avoid.

Yes I do put on free snacks on Sundays at the Kangaroo Bar to give back a little to my regular customers. Mainly Cheese and Bicuits/Sandwiches/Pizza etc.

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Get real Mr. Sunnyman! We live in Chiang Rai which has some of the best food on the planet - THAI FOOD!

If you go to these overpriced places where Thais try to cook western food, then I have no sympathy with your stomach juices:bah: .

When I'm out I usually eat Thai, it's delicious and much healthier than all that burger junk. I do cook at home such as: stews, spagetti and Indian curry, which my Thai family very much enjoy. Maybe I should start a little restaurant here for all you burger scoffing chappies.

When the old Pam GH in Jetyot Rd opens again they will be serving one of my special stews: so go there give it a try.

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Wow, L man. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today?

In my home country, I tend to see out "other" foods, maybe once a week; Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Polish ect. Here in Thailand, some of us tend to seek out the "home" foods once a week. What is the trouble with that? I like a good burger now and then. Isn't there room for a little of everything here?.

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Wow, L man. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today?

In my home country, I tend to see out "other" foods, maybe once a week; Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Polish ect. Here in Thailand, some of us tend to seek out the "home" foods once a week. What is the trouble with that? I like a good burger now and then. Isn't there room for a little of everything here?.

Fair enough, but my point was that there's good falang food and bad, and from my experience most of it is cooked badly. Actually I'm not partial to burgers, when I travelled in western USA and Canada for a month I only had one burger, supposedly the best in the world, and I didn't enjoy that very much,actually it was a major task for me to tackle it as it was HUGE.

I do confess I'm rather fond of the lasagne and other delights in Doi Chang though.

Yes, feeling a bit :angry: grumpy - that's true, having to go to MaeSai two days running, school not getting the message about the correct papers re my work permit. Seems to happen to me every time. Just keep cool and smile at the nice immigration officer whatever woos he conveys. I will try to:) for him.

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I can see where the immigration thing would get aggravating. I know of some others on work permits that run into the same troubles.

Burgers. Even in the USA, there are different styles and most of the "biggest and best" aren't all that great, whereas some of the everyday "normal" ones are outstanding. If you ever want a first class "normal" burger, stop by a stockyard sales outfit on sale day. Salebarn burgers have been the best for years but you have to put up with the smell of the livestock.

I know of one bugrer there that is free if you eat the whole thing. Hard to do. But it is good. From the website- "If you're in the mood to test the limits of your stomach and your waist, try the Premium Ethyl. Named for a type of gasoline available at the Amoco station next door, Ethyl is a two-pound freshly ground hamburger loaded with toppings and served on a homemade bun. It costs $17.95 and is served with a timer. If you finish it in less than an hour you get it for free and your name gets put on a plaque that hangs on the wall."

I also know of a steak that is free if you can eat the whole thing. Link- http://www.bigtexan.com/free72.html

From the website- "Our World-Famous FREE 72oz. STEAK DINNER (if eaten in 1 hour) is only for the very hungry.Many have tried. Many have failed."

I have eaten at both places many times but have never attempted those two dishes.

Anyway, in CR, the best burger I have found is made by a Thai man and wife. A lot of the Farang owned places just can't seem to get a simple burger right for some reason. The Nice Kitchen on Jetyod does not try to put on airs about their burgers. It is just a simple burger, larger than most in CR, but does have a bit of Thai added to it in the way of green peppers and such. Still, it is very consistent. Whenever I go there, they don't ask what I want to eat. They ask "One or two?" The answer is usually "Two." They do excellent Thai food as well. As for an American breakfast, I have yet to find a decent one in CR. I haven't tried Don's yet. I will one day. Maybe there is a surprise waiting for me there. The problem is, the place is always in the wrong direction for the other tasks that I need to accomplish in the morning. I just can't bring myself to drive out there to eat and then double back past my house to go take care of my other business.

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Buy Don's frozen burgers and cook them your self on your superb BBQ.

Once you have the meat you only need a toasted bun or a couple of thick slices of bread from one of the many bread sources around town and then add what ever extras you like.

I recommend the Aussie Special... a fried egg, fried onions, tomato ketchup (see, I speak American!) with a light dusting of salad and a couple of slices of tinned beetroot.

Cuisine magnifique!

Any attempt to add mayonnaise or pickles will totally destroy the effect.

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Buy Don's frozen burgers and cook them your self on your superb BBQ.

Once you have the meat you only need a toasted bun or a couple of thick slices of bread from one of the many bread sources around town and then add what ever extras you like.

I recommend the Aussie Special... a fried egg, fried onions, tomato ketchup (see, I speak American!) with a light dusting of salad and a couple of slices of tinned beetroot.

Cuisine magnifique!

Any attempt to add mayonnaise or pickles will totally destroy the effect.

Bloody show off sayng ketchup..how about an Aussy Navy term, pass the 'redders'. :)

Totally agree on the burger side of things. Take the time to source the goods and make your own. My American boss is horrified about beetroot on burgers. I keep telling him to don't knock it until you try it. Nothing better, than some runny egg and beetroot juice running down your arms when one is attempting to inhail your freshly made burger. dam_n, now I'm hungry :D

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