Something for everyone at Kantary Hills’ Sunday Lunch
Nimman Bar and Grill
Last Sunday, a small and starving
team from this paper decided to visit the recently
established Sunday Lunch buffet held in the Nimman Bar
and Grill at the niche-market oriented Kantary Hills
Hotel and Serviced Apartments on Soi 12, Nimmanhaeminda
As mentioned in last week’s Dining Out, with ‘all you
can eat’ buffets, you do get the ingredients you pay
for, although even the less pricey venues mentioned
offer great value for money in pleasant surroundings.
This Sunday buffet is priced at 350 baht. Even before we
ate it seemed to represent value for money, as the
selection was vast.
very happy editor! The Mail’s Phitsanu Thepthong, about
to tuck in at the Kantary Hills Sunday lunchtime buffet.
A starter counter displayed different kinds of cold
meats and cheese, assorted salads and raw vegetables,
spiced minced pork with 8 different vegetables,
tapas-style parcels of peppers, courgettes and pumpkin
stuffed with pork, pasta mixed with vegetables in a
cream sauce, and lots of other tasty offerings. A good
selection of both Thai and Western main courses, plus a
separate pasta and pizza bar took care of large
appetites, and the extensive dessert section included
some totally yummy, not over-sweet and very moist
chocolate bites. Fresh, very nicely cooked and
presented, in a stylish setting.
Usually, when I find myself at Kantary Hills, I order
their locally raised steak. The best I’ve had anywhere
in Chiang Mai, and always beautifully blue as requested.
On the menu for the Sunday Lunch was cold roast beef,
rare, exactly as it should be and delicious. But, I’m a
Brit, and horseradish sauce, an essential accompaniment,
was nowhere to be seen. No problem. Christian Roeschli,
the Swiss manager of the hotel, immediately disappeared
into the kitchens, returning with a mini-sauceboat full
of the stuff. Made my day. My accompanying Caesar salad
was fresh, not overdressed, and went well with the beef.
I’m not a big lunchtime eater, so moved straight on to
the desserts. All of the treats I tried were delicious,
and probably extremely fattening, with all, happily for
me, lacking that over-sweet flavour much loved by Thais.
Fruit juice and coffee complimented and completed a very
pleasant meal and left me wishing I’d had room for more.
The service, of course, was excellent, and the hotel
itself, with its various public rooms, is one of the
best-designed of any in Chiang Mai. The décor, with its
subtle Lanna influence mixed with contemporary elegance,
invites the diner or visitor to relax, rather than
intimidating them with vast, over-decorated and mostly
empty spaces. Christian put it rather well, saying,
‘Here, we don’t want you to feel that you have to dress
up to walk through our lobby.’ Friendly, relaxed,
excellent service, quality ingredients well-cooked and
presented…in brief, well worth a visit!
The Kantary Hills Sunday Lunch is served between 11.30
a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Also on offer every Wednesday from
6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kantary Hills’ Carvery Night are
fine cuts of beef, lamb, pork and poultry, with a wide
array of side dishes, salads and desserts for 490 baht.
For reservations, please call 053-222-111.