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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – The Restaurant – at the Chedi

Via: Wall Street Journal

For many people, the mention of Chiang Mai brings images of ancient temples, gentle elephants and adventure sports – charming and rustic, but without the glamour of Bali, Koh Samui or even parts of Bangkok.

But gourmet Indian food?

Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is increasingly defined by more than just its mountains and temples, as it successfully lures many Thais, foreign expatriates and tourists to its bustling city center. As part of that trend, the Chedi Chiang Mai, a resort of boutique-luxury specialists General Hotel Management (GHM) Ltd., opened its doors in 2006 to become the first five-star hotel located along the Ping River.

The resort, just steps away from Chiang Mai’s famed night market and Sunday Walking Street, has been constructed around what was once the British Consulate. If the US$300 price-tag for a night at the hotel sounds a bit much, opt for the next best thing – a meal at The Chedi’s restaurant, simply named The Restaurant, housed in the former consulate’s early 20th-century colonial villa.

Though the hotel management is aware that location is one of the key factors behind the hotel and restaurant’s success, initial visitors were not wild about The Restaurant’s menu. Reviewers raved about the hotel’s “exceptional” rooms, surroundings and spa, but not so much the food, which critics deemed sub-par.

In 2010, though, the menu underwent a re-launch, propelling the restaurant into one of the top dining experiences in Chiang Mai.

Read more, HERE:

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/02/17/food-fridays-the-restaurant-chedi-chiang-mai/?mod=google_news_blog

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February 18, 2012 - Posted by | restaurants | , , , ,

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