We visited Chiang Mai and the hostess at our B&B told us about this cultural show that only locals seem to attend. Went along to the show and we were all blown away. The show lasted an hour and a half, and we were the only people there! There were so many amazing dances and I feel that I really need to tell the world about this place.
At the end of the review I have attached a google maps link.
1. It is an ala-carte restaurant.
The food was delicious. When we sat down, a gentleman with good English helped us to order. He recommended the Chiang Mai Steak, which actually turned out to be giant beef ribs cooked twice - slow cooked and then fried, so that they were crunchy on the outside and soo soft and tender inside. This was only 200B, and the most expensive dishes on the menu were only 200B, including dishes of whole fish done in various sauces. Other dishes ranged from 50B to 150B.
2. The show starts at 8pm.
We arrived early and were able to spend time browsing through the private museum they have on the premises. They had lots of amazing pieces on display from various recent times, and it was well worth the time taken.
3. It is an amazing old teak mansion.
Mansion is the only word I can use. A massive set of steps leads up to an impressive dining area with high ceilings. There are tables for those who wish to sit cross legged on the floor, and tables for those who prefer western-style chairs.
An array of amazing Lanna antiques is on display.
4. The staff outnumbered the diners.
I don't understand why this place is so unheard of, but it was an amazing show and we enjoyed every minute of it, (90 minutes!)
5. It was great value for money.
We ate till we were full to bursting, and the bill only came to 960B for a family of two adults and two children. This was amazing value, when you compare to the fixed price the other cultural dinner shows charge. And it was ala-carte, so we were able to get dishes that had been cooked fresh just for us, rather than sitting there in the buffet. The fish had three different sauces with it and was just divine.
Please visit! I do not have any affiliation with this place and I only felt that we should try and let other tourists know about them, as it looked like it might go out of business for the lack of diners. There were two other tables (locals) dining on the night, but one table left before the show started and one left as soon as they had finished their meal (15 minutes into the show).
I have located the restaurant on Google Maps and if you go to StreetView you can see it. There is parking out the front. It is located a short walk from 137 Pillars, Tanita House and Baan Orapin. We walked home to Tanita House after dinner, and it only took us 10 minutes.
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