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The Spirit House Restaurant review

Tennis courts deteriorate – does anyone care?

The “Party of the Year”!

Ban on alcohol - what’s forbidden, what’s allowed?

 

The Spirit House Restaurant review

Dear Editor,
It is with concern and much disappointment that I read Mr. Brian Baxters’ review in your paper of the Spirit House restaurant.
I have been in Chiang Mai for two weeks, staying at Viangbua Mansions. One night I ventured into Spirit House for dinner and have now been back on six occasions. In the interests of fair play and accurate reportage, I would like to relate to your readers that I have found my experiences to be at polar opposites to that which Mr. Baxter wrote in his disparaging review. Mr. Baxters’ assertions that Spirit House is devoid of choice or diversity in the food that they offer is simply untrue. Steve, the owner / chef, has created a quaint and quirky atmosphere which is very warm, friendly and extremely accommodating. The menu is hand written daily and offers a range of dishes from ingredients that Steve has sourced fresh that day. I have eaten the food of some the worlds greatest chefs (Paul Bocuse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Tetsuya Wakuda), and whilst I am by no means comparing what Steve does to that rarefied company, what I can say is that Steve serves tasty, home-style dishes that are well presented and flavoursome. We are not talking Haute Cuisine here, we are talking excellent renditions of old favourites that use fresh ingredients and are presented simply but elegantly. Furthermore, where else does the chef personally come to your table and ask if there is anything special that he can prepare for you. But the beauty of Spirit House is that Steve does this to every table. This sort of personal touch is just so exquisitely bespoke, and it is this that is the charm of Spirit House.  So I implore your readers to take the review of Mr. Baxter with a large dose of salt. The best and most accurate review that they will attain is to go and try Spirit House for themselves. 
 Chris Hayward
Ed: May I invite Mr Hayward to re-read my review of The Spirit House with rather more care and may I also be immodest enough to suggest that it is rather more subtly flattering about the restaurant than he concedes. My aim - as always - is to write about more than the food, (unless it is of quite exceptional quality), and to convey something of the overall experience, the ambience, staff and service, value and the ‘style’ ofthe place. In other words, will it suit the reader?
I use as few adjectives as possible but a run through the text, beginning with the headline I provided describing it as ‘atmospheric’ will yield the following: ‘something of a rarity’, then delicious, (twice), inexpensive (drinks), handy, intriguing, (artefacts), large space, cheap and cheerful, Friendly, (staff), comfortable, decent, (his speakers), exotic and finally ‘out of the ordinary for Chiang Mai ‘. I also wrote, ‘it would be churlish to complain at the cost’, quoting the reasonable average of 200 baht per head including a beer. My, (seemingly unsuccessful), attempt at humour and mild irony obviously eluded Mr Hayward, but I am genuinely surprised that my overall review should have been interpreted as anything else than positive, as a less hasty reading would have shown. In conclusion may I suggest that seven visits to one restaurant in two weeks - though flattering to the place -shows an astonishing lack of interest in the literally scores, possibly hundreds, of worthwhile eating place in this wonderful city – not excluding The Spirit House, of course.
Brian Baxter

 

Tennis courts deteriorate – does anyone care?

Dear Khun Phitsanu:
I hope that your newspaper will look into the condition of the tennis courts at the 700-Year Stadium, half of which (those on the south side) are in a disgraceful state of disrepair. Many of the nets are torn, and most of the court surfaces are badly cracked and full of holes and other surface irregularities, large and small.
I first played tennis there in early 2006, and I assure you that since that time nothing, or almost nothing, has been done to them by way of upkeep and routine maintenance.
I spoke with a young lady there the other day who I believe was the manager’s assistant, and she told me that there was no money for repairs and maintenance because the “government” was not sending them any.
My question is: which governmental authority(ies) are responsible for funding the stadium budget, and why has this disgraceful situation been allowed to continue?
Thank you,
Christopher Salisbury


The “Party of the Year”!

Dear Sirs,
We want to thank you so much for your wonderful coverage of our birthday
party.It is very flattering and special to have our ‘event’ written up and shared with
your readers. Everyone had a lot of fun, and you have made it especially memorable for us.
Tananan and David Wilson


Ban on alcohol - what’s forbidden, what’s allowed?

Dear Editor
I am trying to arrange an anniversary party for two close friends. Their Anniversary is on the same day as HM The Queen’s birthday. I have asked several venues - pubs, restaurants etc if they are serving alcohol. Nobody has been able to give me a definite - including 2 of the 4 star hotels here.
I do not want to be either disrespectful or break the law - but I wish the law was a little bit clearer - so we know if we should or should not do something.
Maybe your editors could print the days which alcohol is banned - in advance - so your readers will know. It must be awful for the alcoholics - not knowing their favorite bar is going to be closed.
Regards
Margaret



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