And a new Thai menu at West’s Restaurant
Krit’s restaurant, more formally known at
Kitchen Nimman, has been established at his current venue
for several years now and I reviewed it not long after it
opened at Pha Thani ‘square’ just off Huay Kaew Road, across
from Hillside 4. A year of two later he opened an attractive
bar in the next door premises, called La Vie en Rose, and
the adjoining terrace which stretches serves as an extension
of this popular Thai restaurant.
The bar serves wine, beers, cocktails,
spirits and of course soft drinks and coffee so it is ideal
for an aperitif or after dinner drink. From Monday 12 July
he will be adding another attraction with the chance to hear
one of the most talented singers in Chiang Mai, Ong-Art, a
tenor whose repertoire includes everything from baroque
classics through to popular songs.
Ong–Art (pictured) will be at La Vie en
Rose between about 8p.m. until 10p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays. There will be no cover charge and customers are
welcome to drop in any time during the evening for a meal or
simply for a drink or coffee. One Monday the programme will
mainly be devoted to a range of popular songs, on Wednesdays
to hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s and on Friday evenings to
Broadway and other songs from musical shows. But these are
subject to variation and change.
As many readers will know Krit’s
restaurant has a wide ranging menu including some Northern
Thai specialities and it is popular with both Thai and
foreign customers. For me a main attraction is the
‘specials’ of the week, listed on a blackboard. About five
or six new dishes each week supplement the main menu. Other
personal favourites include the Chiang Mai salad, which I
have with prawns and the delicious raw salmon served with
soy sauce and wasabee. The service is friendly and prices
reasonable. Expect to pay around 300 baht a head with a
drink and service.
Immediately next door to Krit’s you will
find the Australian-owned West’s, which is possibly most
famous for its splendid puddings, including chocolate
indulgences, lime cake, cream caramel, yoghurt with passion
fruit and a wonderful banana ‘sundae’. Ice cream and cream
are added as a matter of course to many desserts.
There are set menus and specials and a
wide choice of dishes on the dinner (or lunch) set is
excellent value at just 190 baht. This offers a salad, a
choice of main course – including pastas – and one of the
puds. However last week David the owner introduced a new
Thai menu following the arrival of a cook from Bangkok.
I have enjoyed it twice in the past weeks
and am happy to report – now that it is ‘slimmed down’ from
a very large menu - that it offers some good and tasty
choices. On my most recent visit with a Thai friend we
enjoyed a quite spicy yellow curry with prawns, some al
dente stir fried vegetables and a wonderful banana blossom
salad. This was accompanied by a couple of large Singha
beers and followed by a shared dessert. Good value at 600
baht including the drinks and a tip.
You’ll find these venues open every day
of the week not far into the square on the right. The square
is busy with many bars and eating places but there is ample
It is directly across from Hillside 4 and
Furama Hotel on Huay Kaew Road.