15 July 2016

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham & Nimmanhaemin 1


For locals, this temple is very famous for the holiness and most people come here to pray and also asking for some 'favor' (want to get pregnant or pass the exam and so on) but usually once it is granted than we need to come back again to pay back with the things that we promised for (normally jasmine flowers - how many bunch is depend on us).




red van - is the main public transport in Chiang Mai


Nimmanhaemin street is the most popular street in Chiang Mai city.  Along this main street and also inside the small soi (alley) in between is packed with small cafes and art shops.  Just walking along this street is like bringing you to the art gallery.  Very creative decorations and fresh ideas, not only that there are some traditional noodle shop and northern food restaurants around here too, plus hotels and backpackers in case you want to stay a night or two in this convenient location. 









Wanlamun @ Nimman
45/3 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Chiang Mai
Tel: +(66) 53213821

Cook With Love Sushi & Bakery, Chiang Mai


Actually, we visited this restaurant back then about two years ago when they just newly open.  The restaurant isn't located in the main road nor any malls.  It is in the small house, very cozy and nicely decorated.  However, if you have any problem in finding the location of this restaurant, you can call them up anytime.  At that time, they only have 2 tables that fit only eight peoples in one time.  And early reservation is required (even until now).  And last year we visited his restaurant again, he had expanded the dining area (as more demand) to become four or five more tables.  

The chef is named chef Khai and he is very talented chef.  He is one of my husband's close friend and used to work in a five star hotel as a head chef dealing with Japanese food.  However, he has a passion to open a Japanese restaurant on his own to freedomly create modern yet authentic Japanese cuisine.  After back and forth to Japan, looking for some more ideas and equipment that we can't find in Thailand, finally now he is, successfully open his own restaurant, tiny but that's where the charm is.  Inspired by Takizawa restaurant in Japan, where they only have about 8 dining tables with chef's table in the middle as a show table while he is preparing the food.  This restaurant serves set course menu that need to pre-booked at the time you make a reservation.  Because ingredients are purchased and prepared daily to keep the freshness.  However, some a la carte menu are also available on special request.





Soft shell crab salad - very fresh and nice starter

Eggplant miso with green and orange salt


Lobster sashimi

I have never had a lobster sashimi before, what I normally have just a simple salmon or tuna but with this dish it can convert me to choose lobster sashimi over any other fish or sea shell.




Lobster soup

This is the chef's recommendation.  It is a fresh whole lobster soup that serve on the strainer (not pot) that covered with special paper (imported from Japan).  This paper can hold the liquid from the soup and heat from the fire without melting out. 




Chawanmushi

His simple chawanmushi was silky smooth and tasty too.  At the end of our lunch, he actually thought me how to make one, but I unfortunately I didn't note it down, so I can't copy one like this at home.

Seared beef salad

Grilled lobster with creamy cheese

This dish was good but by then after so many lobster and seafood dishes, start to get a little fed up and I need my meat onwards please. 

Wagyu beef - medium rare just as what I like

This meat dish was just perfect.  Great quality of wagyu beef, marbled and oily piece of meat.  It is cooked to perfection that just melt-in-your-mouth.

Grilled fish with Chef's special sauce

Grilled Wagyu beed roll up served with mayo and fish roe

Pickled radish - very funny radish, when you touch it soft and bendy but when you take a bite it is crunchy

Some sake anyone?

Dessert time - Japanese sweet black beans with milk

After a wonderful meal courses that we had, honestly I expected dessert served much better than this.  It was actually taste good, not too heavy, but I am a sweet-tooth person and I love my dessert to be spot on and big to end my meal, regardless how full I am.  But this for me more like a mouth-washing menu or pre-dessert dish.


Cook With Love Sushi & Bakery
Rat Uthit Soi 8, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000

Tel: 085 616 3966

14 July 2016

De Lanna Hotel Chiang Mai

While in Chiang Mai, we stayed at De Lanna Hotel.  A small boutique hotel with a great great location, just a stone away from Chiang Mai night market.  The hotel itself just newly renovated, the rooms are clean and family friendly.  It is more like a resort than a hotel. 








Fish pond in front of the room and all along the walkway



Swimming pool

Buffet breakfast



Dining area by the garden

44 Intawarorot Rd.
T.Sriphum Muang Chiangmai 50200
Tel. (66) 053-326266, (66) 053-326278, (66) 053-326279