I love having a menu available before I visit a restaurant,
so I was happy when The Duke’s menu slipped out of my copy of Chiangmai
Mail and happier yet when I started looking through it. Some of my favorite
foods were just waiting for me—spinach and Greek salads, ribs, seafood, pizza,
gourmet burgers. The Duke’s was definitely on my schedule.
Located near the “little” Rimping Supermarket on the east
side of the Ping River, The Duke’s is open every day, serving lunch from 11:30
a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (with lunch specialties) and dinner from 5 p.m. until
closing. Look for the large green signs outside the restaurant, and park on the
street. The restaurant is roomy, clean and tastefully decorated with seating
both inside (air-conditioned) and out.
The menu was planned for the resident expat community and
there’s something for everyone, even the kids. Managing partners David and Pin
Anichowski lived in the U.S. for 14 years before returning to Thailand with
their four children. The Duke’s features the only menu I’ve seen in Chiang
Mai with a special Kid’s Menu and a note that says, “Kids are always welcome
at The Duke’s”.
There are a few things to consider as you plan your meal at
The Duke’s. First, appetizers are offered at a special happy hour price every
day. Buffalo wings, steak kabobs, shrimp and a fabulous concoction called
“Broke the Mouth”, a huge plate full of mixed starters are all featured.
Second, the amazing desserts are half price on Wednesdays at
dinner for eat-in customers. Can you handle toffee fudge double chocolate cake
at the usual price of 50 baht or 25 baht on Wednesday evening after dinner? How
about a variety of homemade cheesecakes or a stacked high Dutch apple pie with a
sweet, crunchy topping?
We started with Chicago steak kabobs served with steak sauce;
mozzarella sticks battered with breadcrumbs, crisply fried and served with pizza
sauce; and deep-fried jalapeno peppers served with ranch dressing. Appetizers
start at 65 baht for a sampling of The Duke’s ribs and go up to 225 baht for
Broke the Mouth, which serves several hungry diners. The appetizers were
followed by a delicious Greek salad filled with plenty of olives and cheese and
served with a light, tasty dressing. A sampling of New England shrimp chowder,
creamy and packed with shrimp, followed. Salads and soups start at 45 baht for a
cup of Brunswick stew and go up to 85 baht for a bowl of the delicious shrimp
An entr้e of lasagna arrived with a plateful of The
Duke’s signature ribs and a prime filet mignon imported from Argentina. The
pasta was cooked just right and the serving was enormous. We were delighted by
the ribs, which are prepared in the restaurant’s impressive wood-burning brick
oven and come with the sauce on the side. The sauce is slightly sweet and offers
a nice contrast to the tender smoky ribs. The medium rare filet mignon, served
with the diner’s choice of sauce, was tasty and tender.
Entr้es range in price from 145 baht for fried chicken
to 995 baht for a huge combo meal of imported strip loin steak and shrimp
fettuccini Alfredo. Filet mignon begins at 565 baht, ribs are 250 baht for a
full rack and the lasagna is 175 baht.
The Duke’s also features a wide range of dishes to delight
vegetarian diners such as spinach and vegetable lasagna at 135 baht and a
grilled vegetable and cheese Dagwood sandwich at 110 baht. Seafood lovers will
enjoy a variety of delicacies including a creative honey smoked chili tuna filet
at 315 baht.
We saved room for dessert, and were not disappointed by the
fabulous Dutch apple pie that easily served the three of us, 55 baht.
I can’t wait to try a few more specialties at The Duke’s
- the Cuban sandwich, the shrimp and chicken picatta, and the pastrami Reuben
come to mind. So does the homemade ice cream. According to Pin, “We make
everything fresh on the premises, except the butter, of course!”
The Duke’s, 49/4-5 Chiang Mai–Lamphun Road, Chiang Mai, telephone
053-249-231, take out and catering available.