O’Malley’s Irish Pub has only been going for three
months, but the Dining Out Team felt it was time to see if the ‘bar room
talk’ about the food was as we had been hearing. We descended, four of us for
lunch. At that time, the Anusarn Market is probably a little less busy than in
the evenings, but parking is always available, even in the pay a few baht
atmosphere as you walk in is certainly a pub, and an Irish one too. Dark wood
panelling and a sit-up bar along one side. On the other some alcoves and
free-standing tables covered with green tablecloths (is there any other colour
for the Emerald Isle)? Down the back is a pool table and festooned from the
walls are beer tankards, tea pots, horse brasses, fishing gear and the world’s
oldest golf bag, as used by Henry Cotton’s great-great grandfather. (I made
that up, but it’s the Irish atmosphere that makes you into a story teller!)
The menu starts with all-day breakfasts starting at 99 baht
and ending up with an eight ounce rib eye steak at B. 220. There is also the
first ‘red eye’ Bloody Mary served with breakfast at only B. 40! O’Malley
knew his clientele!
is a page of starters all around B. 50, including chicken wings, Louisiana or
Oriental, chips and onion rings. Soups are B. 50-80 including an interesting
sounding Oyster chowder, followed by salads B. 50-80.
Sandwiches and burgers range between B. 50 for a simple
grilled ham and cheese through to another eight ounce rib eye open faced
sandwich with garlic toast, chips and onion rings at B. 200.
Traditional pub fare (B. 130-180) covers fish and chips, pies
and Irish stew, then there are steaks B. 240 through to B. 350 for a 12 oz. Rib
eye with the works. BBQ ribs and chicken follow B. 150-200 and then
international favourites all under B. 220, and there’s also a 17 item Thai
selection all under B. 100.
Owner Scott (Canadian, not American or Irish, by the way)
suggested a few items, so we sat back and had a drink while waiting. Now I will
let you into a little secret, Miss Terry doesn’t drink alcohol at lunchtime.
But in this pub, it would have seemed out of place not to have a beer, so I did
- but only one!
We had a couple of starters with a Caesar salad that was
delightfully ‘sharp’ and some potato skins all ‘bacony’ and cheese and
then shared the ‘House Special’ breakfast with some beautiful back bacon. We
began to feel full, but the shock was yet to come!
On a huge plate, out came a rack of baby back ribs, and let
me tell you that it was a big baby! It was accompanied by coleslaw, corn on the
cob, chips, tomato and baked beans, and cost B. 150. This has to be the hungry
man’s bargain of the year!
If that was not enough, Scott then trots out a Beef and
Guinness pie, complete with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Again on a huge
plate, and a very tasty item too. Our resident ‘pie eater’ gave it the
thumbs up. But he hadn’t finished with us - out came a traditional Bangers and
Mash, on a non-traditional huge plate as well. Great food, but we had to call a
halt. We were all very full. Correction - very, very full!
There was no doubting the size of the portions at
O’Malley’s. O’Malley must have been a big feller. No, huge! The ribs
looked like half the beast! As well as being more than adequate portions, the
food was pub grub of a high standard. Quite frankly, I believe that the food is
currently under-priced, so if you are looking for a ‘huge’ bargain in the
eating stakes (no pun intended) head for O’Malley’s. We certainly will, but
skip all meals for the day beforehand! Recommended highly for a classic pub
night (or lunch).
O’Malley’s Irish Pub, (in the Anusarn Market),149/14-15
Changklan Road, Chiang Mai, telephone 053 271 921, email [email protected]