The Dining Out Group
Coordinated By Paul & Nop
Photos from our last outing at “Pickles” by Nop:
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Our next event will be at Saenkham Terrace Restaurant. This will be onThursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM. So far only 5 people have reserved…
This review is from the Chiang Mai Mail October 2004 so please ignore the prices
Saenkham Terrace Restaurant
Close to being the ‘ultimate’ Lanna experience
There is a very strong ‘push’ in the North towards maintaining the cultural heritage of the Lanna kingdom. This is an important factor in maintaining the differences between Chiang Mai in particular, and the central Bangkok and southern regions. Chiang Mai is not another Bangkok in a rural region. Chiang Mai has its own distinct character, and this should be promoted and maintained. This is the rationale behind the Saenkham Lanna Terrace Restaurant.
We last reviewed this restaurant almost two years ago, and we were very, very impressed. I was looking forward to the evening, to see if the initial high standards had been maintained, and would the venue still have the impact it had the first time.
The location is a short drive only from town (around 6 to 8 km) along the Klong Chonprathan Road from Chiang Mai University, depending upon your navigation skills. Look for and cross the over bridge into Ban Naifan 2 on your right, and then the imposing club house building also on the right. As you walk into the main ground level area you are greeted with a sweeping staircase leading up to the dining floor. This is the Lanna Terrace, with a central air-conditioned dining area, that looks just like a Lanna art gallery. Believe me, exactly like an art gallery! The attendants in the ‘gallery’ are quiet and efficient and exceptionally pleasant too in their long aprons. The table settings are in keeping with the ‘arty’ Lanna theme too, with Celadon plates and polished stainless steel cutlery.
The menu, in its own wooden container, has a ‘star’ rating beside many items. This does not indicate degree of spiciness, but the popularity of the dish. The more stars - the more popular! It begins with 18 appetizers covering grilled, deep-fried and a salad item. There are vegetarian items as well as prawns, pork and northern sausage. The prices range between 70-90 baht.
Spicy salads are next, generally around B. 80 and nothing over B. 100. These are followed by a huge range of curries, again with most at B. 80, though the prawn with young coconut in spicy hot and sour soup tops the bill at B. 140.
Fried items are next up (generally around B. 80) and have chicken, beef, pork, fish and pasta choices, and this section precedes many fish and prawn dishes, with most in the B. 90-200 range.
Northern dishes have their own section at around B. 60-90 includes spicy stuffed Northern sausage. Finally there are Special Dishes, with most B. 60 and are noodle or rice-based items.
Finally there is a good choice of desserts. The last page has beverages and a large Heineken is B. 100, with Singha B. 10 cheaper. There is also a wine list with wines reasonably priced.
We tried many of the items, with the deep-fried mushrooms with its own special sauce being superb, and one that I kept on coming back to. It is beautifully presented in its own ‘ceramic boat’ with sauce at one end and a flower at the other.
I also tried the hang lay curry. Checking back I found that I had chosen this dish last time as my dish of the evening. It was again a wonderfully flavoursome item with the meat simply falling apart, well deserving of the praise it received last time.
Other dishes were similar in that they were meticulously prepared and cooked and correctly presented.
Even the rice, that staple of Thai cuisine, is light and fluffy, presented in its own pottery bowl, complete with lid to keep it hot during the dinner.
In no way were we disappointed by Saenkham Terrace. The food was at the same high standard, the venue was just as sensational as before, and the prices little altered over the two years. This restaurant remains one of the best Lanna experiences available in Chiang Mai, at prices that are still exceptionally low. Very highly recommended (again)!
Saenkham Terrace Restaurant, Clubhouse Ban Naifan 2, 199/163 Tambon Maehea, A. Muang Chiang Mai, 50100, telephone 053 838 990, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. saenkhamterrace.com. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking outside clubhouse.
Food Quality 8
Average meal excluding alcohol 350 baht per person.
Saenkham Terrace, Clubhouse Ban Naifan Project 199/163 Maehea, Chiangmai TH 50100
Follow the Canal Road south to the last right turn before the night safari exit. Turn right and cross the bridge and go straight into the mouban. Follow that around until you see a big building on the right on a hill. This is the club house. The restaurant is in the clubhouse.