Saturday, 2 May 2009

Galae Restaurant


This is such a beautiful open air restaurant. Dine amongst gum (eucalyptus) trees (which was a bit of a surprise since we are in Chiang Mai) and gorgeous flower garden overlooking a reservoir. After dinner (or lunch) you can even take a walk on the other side of the reservoir for some great views of Chiang Mai City.

And the food (a large menu of Thai and Northern Thai food) is not bad either. Most of the dishes are around 90 baht, and fish dishes up to 220 baht. Drinks are surprisingly cheap, at least cheaper than comparable restaurants eg. local fruit juices only around 30 baht.

We had BBQ ribs and dipping sauce (tamarind, I think) - quite fatty but delicious!


Green Curry with young coconut shoots - nice.


Deep fried Morning Glory Salad - although this was supposed to be one of the recommended dishes, I must say I've had better at other places such as Udommit, and other restaurants as well. Galae's version was rather oily, however, the serving very large!

Other dishes I'd recommend at Galae: Galae Chicken (Roast chicken in special tomato based sauce and cashew nuts) and Yum Woon Sen (Spicy vermicelli salad).

This restaurant is at the end of Suthep Road (behind Chiang Mai University), and not too far from Palad Tawanron Restaurant. If you're tossing up between the two, I'd definitely recommend Galae. The food and atmosphere are better at Galare, not to mention the prices! There is a 10% service charge at Galae, however.

The only thing is that being such a large, spread out restaurant, the service can be quite slow.

Galae Restaurant
65 Suthep Rd, Muang, Chiang Mai
053 328 455

[Update: 23/6/10 - having been back to Galae several times since when the review was written, I'd have to add that, when I said the "food is quite good" - I mean that the food was OK and you'll probably enjoy it. I prefer Galae to Palad Tawanron, but there are also other restaurants out there with very good food and very good atmosphere I that I'd prefer to Galae. See our "Recommended Restaurants" list.]

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2 comments:

Thai-Eyes said...

Sorry, but I disagree.
The Galae Restaurant is one of the worst restaurants in Chiang Mai.
The food is terrible, the service more than slow. Just the scenery is very nice. In my opinion You can´t get worse food somewhere else in Chiang Mai. I know the Galae more than 20 years, but I will not go there anymore.

Alice said...

Hi Thai-Eyes

Thanks for your comment. I do have to agree that the service was rather slow when I went last time (a couple of weeks ago), and I do also have to question their hygiene since the lady bringing us our cutlery was holding the spoon by the ...spoon (ie not on the handle!). The food wasn't as great as the time when I wrote the review, but I didn't think the food was that bad...the ribs we had were quite good, but the Kab Moo (deep fried pork rinds) were rather disappointing...

What restaurants do you like?

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