Joe Jets Diner…just what Chiang Mai needed!
Recently, while in Bali, my partner and I
discovered an American-style diner, at which point it
dawned on us that a diner is exactly what Chiang Mai has
been missing. No longer! On our return, we found out
about Joe Jets Diner.
Joe Jets opened its doors on Huay Kaew Road almost a
month ago. The inspiration of friendly owners, Allan and
Daao, (often found chatting with customers), the diner
is a work of art in itself. Its unique interior,
resembling an airport lounge, is complete with red vinyl
booths, old fashioned tube TV’s at each table, and
framed pictures of bizarre, jet-propelled vehicles
lining the walls The waitstaff are flanked in
retro-tailored outfits, resembling flight stewardesses
from another era.
I found all the usual diner fare at this hip and fun
family restaurant, including juicy burgers grilled to
perfection, served on a grilled sesame bun. I “built my
own” burger from one of the sheets provided at the back
of the menu, the front cover of which is designed like a
giant EU passport. A choice of three sizes of burgers,
and an unparalleled list of toppings, including
everything from the typical sauteed onions and mushrooms
to grilled pineapple, black olives and smoked bacon,
made certain my very own burger would be interesting.
The fries, a staple of every diner in the world, were
nothing less than perfect—hand-cut Chiang Mai potatoes,
fried to a crispy golden brown, offering a choice of
British-style vinegar, or American-style ketchup on each
table. I chased them down with a thick chocolate shake -
so large, I not only got the custom-printed glass filled
to the brim, (with a very cool metal straw-spoon), but
also the remnants that were left over in the silver
blending cup! My friend had the banana shake, and swore
you couldn’t go wrong with that choice. We ended our
‘burger journey’ with a slice of Blueberry Cheesecake,
made in-house. It was divine - rich cream cheese filling
on an Oreo crust, smothered in blueberry sauce. At the
end of our third course of nostalgic diner food, Joe
Jets provided us with free entertainment, a magician,
Nick W. Daao told us that she would like to give Joe
Jets a family atmosphere—she looks forward to providing
free entertainment for kids and adults every Sunday for
the next several weeks. She and Allan are also happy to
organize birthday parties.
As we were departing, I viewed a vast breakfast menu,
which is still expanding. The prices are very
reasonable, as Joe Jets hopes to accommodate local
university students. Hours are 10am-10pm and delivery is
available from www.mealsonwheels4u.com, where you can
also take a peek at the menu. Joe Jets is at 237/1 Huay
Kaew Road, just past the Canal intersection on the left
side of the street while heading toward the mountain.
www.joejets.com e-mail: [email protected], Tel:
0800 577 588
Plakapong Fillet Mediterranean
Mediterranean cuisine is very popular at present, and this is
a very simple recipe using the readily available Plakapong fish in Thailand, but
any white meat fish will be fine. Frozen fillets can also be used, but leave
them out for some time to make sure they are fully defrosted. The coriander
garnish can be omitted if your guests are not used to this Asian flavor.
Put a very little cooking oil in the wok and heat over
medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic and sauté until
onion is transparent. Add tomato, white wine and oregano and
cook until water evaporates, stirring occasionally.
Place fish filets in a baking dish coated with nonstick
cooking spray. Top with garlic/tomato/oregano mixture and
bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until fish
flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with Feta cheese and
olives and garnish with chopped coriander leaf.
Serve with boiled potato or rice.
Ingredients Serves 4
fillets 4x100 gm
Medium onion, chopped ½
Cooking oil 25 ml
Garlic, minced 2 cloves
Medium tomatoes, seeded and diced 2
Dry white wine ¼ cup
Dried whole oregano 1 tspn
Feta cheese (crumbled) ½ cup
Black olives (sliced) ¼ cup
Coriander leaf (fresh)