First night dinner in Chiang Mai, I thought what better way to start by trying out this place which is raved by thousands of travelers in Trip Advisor as a must to eat when in Chiang Mai. It was packed at 6:30pm when we got there. We had to wait for a table. About 10 minutes which was reasonable being such a popular place.
It's casual, frenetic and fast but the food did take some time to arrive.
We ordered a Thai omelette, a duck Larb, a pineapple fried rice and a fish fillet curry. Drink we had a large Chang beer and a glass of white wine. We had to wait some time again for about 15 minutes before the food arrived.
First the omelette, several minutes later the fried rice followed by the duck larb. The curry didn't arrived until we were almost half way through our dishes. I scooped a piece of the fish fillet onto my plate. When I scooped again there was a mussel with shell. I thought this couldn't be right because I dipped further into the curry and realized there was a big prawn with shell! This looked more like a seafood curry dish, which was a wrong dish. I could overheard the 2 Chinese tourists next to our table speaking in Cantonese that they were here before us and that they had ordered a seafood curry but theirs hadn't arrived yet. We thought for a moment that we had their dish. I called the staff and explained that we had a wrong dish. The staff was apologetic and quickly removed the dish and said the fish curry is on its way.
We waited for another 10-15 minutes and had finished the other 3 dishes. We still hadn't received our fish curry. I asked the staff if we could cancel the fish if it hasn't been cooked yet and they were more than happy to cancel the order.
The total cost for the meal is 590Baht, an equivalent of $23.60 AUD. A real bargain. Food wise, it was tasty, simple and traditional. I have eaten a lot of Thai food and better Thai food in Melbourne than this place. However for the price I can understand why so many tourists flocked to this place. Because it is cheap, tasty and fast.
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