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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – ‘Pickles’ restaurant


Via: City News – Chiang Mai

Pickles serves up traditional American corn beef sandwiches (see photo) which are becoming legendary.


Pickles is owned by an American who lives in Thailand, loves a Thai lady and is permanently settled here. The food is pure Americana. Gary, the owner said that when he first moved here ten years ago he couldn’t find corned beef (well, fresh corned beef anyway, you can buy the canned stuff), so one day he made some, and pastrami as well, and let his friends try them. They liked them so much they started buying them off him.


Anyway, so the restaurant itself is tiny, only four tables. When we walked in there were already farang sitting on two tables, they greeted each other as though they were Thai people, speaking fluently.

The menu was truly appetising:

– hot juicy corned beef

– Romanian pastrami

– hot brisket of beef tongue

– all sorts of barbecues like ribs (the farang on the table next to me had this and it looked soooooooo good! – next time!), beef short ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork chop, spaghettis and even pizzas.


Of course I will return to try the other items on the menu, but on that day, we couldn’t possibly eat any more. The value for money was amazing, with huge portions, the sandwiches cost no more than 200 baht each ($6.45 USD). The pork ribs (advertised as best in town) are also 200 baht as is the pork chop. With these prices, this tiny little venue doesn’t need to do much boasting, it is a no brainer.


OK, here are simple directions: From Chang Puek Gate, drive towards Kuang Singh Intersection past the Mecure Hotel (old Novotel), just past the hotel look to your right and you wil see the Standard Charter Bank. That is Chang Puek soi 7. Drive to the end of the soi there is a t-junction, turn left for a few metres and you will see the restaurant on your right hand side, there is parking for 3-4 cars.



December 10, 2012 - Posted by | restaurants | , , ,

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