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Dada Kafe Chiang Mai

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There is no café I adore more in Chiang Mai than Dada Kafé. Opened three years ago by Khun Da it’s the perfect place to get healthy food that not only tastes delicious but is also well-priced. During our last trip we begged them to consider opening a branch in Bangkok so we can get a daily smoothie hit. They also have free wi-fi so I could email food pictures as I went, hooray.

It’s situated on Ratmakka Road, which is around five minutes walk from the Tha Pae Gate. It stands out on a shabby row of buildings, gleaming green and surrounded by plants and flowers. You feel healthier just sitting in the place, especially if like me you spend most of your time dodging traffic in Bangkok. There is space to sit both inside and out, although at night there can be some mozzies so take some spray just in case. Food wise, it’s super tasty and mostly healthy. I went back regularly just to ensure I could give a full picture of the menu.

Breakfast

Try the large bowls of porridge with mango or mixed fruits. They hit the spot if you are planning to explore, you’ll get all the energy you need to last you until lunchtime from one of these. Boost your vitamin intake with one of the juices or smoothies; fresh apple and ginger juice has a real kick to it, or if you are feeling low try one of their pick-me-ups which the owners told us can help with all kinds of ailments from bad eyes to digestion. For the hardcore there are even shots of wheat grass (no thank you). For those out there who don’t like sweet things at every meal there are plenty of egg dishes, or my personal favourite: toast with avocado, lime and tomato.

Lunch and Dinner

There is so much salad in Dada’s sandwiches (you can pick from three different types of bread) they can be hard to fit it in your mouth. Chose from a variety of fillings including some quality chicken and juicy bacon. Whilst the vegetable burger wasn’t perfect, I couldn’t get enough of their chicken burger with sour yoghurt cucumber  salad. The food isn’t all western style, they offer a great range of Asian dishes including a very comforting rice soup, the hearty broth was jam-packed with veggies; and some spicy massaman curry and brown rice. Wash all this down with a peanut butter smoothie, slightly more sinful than the morning smoothies. They also serve a range of beer and wine.

Sweet treats

There is a time to be healthy and a time to indulge. Dada has a short but sinful list of desserts including German cheesecake, pancakes and handmade chocolates. In the name of research we worked our way through them all, and I even tried the pancakes with honey and mango twice. A slice of tiramisu balanced the coffee and cream notes perfectly and German cheesecake is light, fluffy and not too sugary. Get a pot of fresh ginger tea to accompany those delectable dark chocolates.

Address: Dada Kafe Chiang Mai, Ratmakka Rd 20/1 | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, 50200
Tel: 053-449718 
Open: From 9am till 9pm except on Sundays, where they close at 4pm

Sra Bua Bangkok Review

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin Restaurant: Amazing Thai molecular cuisine.

There are not many restaurants that have wowed me the way Sra Bua Bangkok did on my recent visit. I am a big fan of looking outside the box and doing things differently, I don’t get annoyed like some do with foodie fads and a bit of foam or a smear of sauce doesn’t detract me if the rest of the dish impresses. Run by Henrik Yde-Andersen, the Danish Michelin starred chef who got a star for his Thai restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, it serves de-constructed Thai dishes and embellished favourites. Even if you have travelled the length and breadth of Thailand, chances are that you won’t see any other dishes created like those at Sra Bua.

We were lucky enough to try some of the menu highlights during our visit. I’ve included some pictures and descriptions below as it really is impossible to imagine them otherwise!

The first serving  was a trio of amuse-bouche, a chewy soy sauce flavoured meringue,  lotus root with a kaffir lime coating and a prawn cracker served on a bed of slightly tex-mex tasting tomato and chilli sauce. The meringue was not sweet at all, which is a bit confusing as the texture was exactly like the ones my grandma makes. I really enjoyed the lotus root for its pleasing shape and citrus tang.

Sra Bua Bangkok Review

The dish that got all the critics swooning was the frozen red curry. Served on a foggy plate of dry ice the creamy, spicy sauce is frozen and served like ice-cream, with chunks of meaty lobster, avocado and longan fruit. A mouthful of this is a real symphony of textures and flavours.

Sra Bua Bangkok Review

One of the mains we tried was the de-constructed Tom Kha, with fish rather than chicken. The large portion of Panko came served with a crispy slice of skin and the sauce was poured from a teapot!

Panko FIsh and Tom Kha

It looks like the steak has skidded on the plate here, but that is actually a reduction of Thai basil: yum. The salad it came with looked like a miniature garden, and there was a delicious bite to the spicy oyster sauce.

Tenderloin with Thai Basil

If you’ve ever wondered what the dessert version of Pina Colada would look like then take a look at this. I think it might have even been my favourite dish of the night. The white dome is a crispy coconut shell that hides pineapple ice-cream and is leaning on malibu flavoured mousse. Despite my dairy intolerance I couldn’t stop eating this.

Pina Colada DessertThe signature dessert is banana cake with salted ice-cream, toasted almonds, fresh coconut and a large smear of milk reduction, which to my untrained palate tasted like super sweet caramel. It was delicious but far too sweet for me, and I really, really like sugar!

Banana CakeMy job really spoils me and I eat far more amazing food than my waistline can handle, but for me Sra Bua easily gets a top ten spot in my favourite Bangkok restaurants list. I will be talking about the food for weeks to come and taking my favourite people here when they visit.

Chez Papé – French Bistrot on Soi 11

Chez Papé is situated on a sub soi of Sukhumvit 11, just past Cheap Charlie’s Bar. When I found out about my new job Dan decided a last-minute celebration was in order. Chez Papé is open late (Dan doesn’t get back from work until 10pm) and serves duck (my favourite meat ever), perfect for a casual Friday night supper.

The décor is a little kitsch, with walls covered in pictures of famous French people and the music is the soundtrack of Woody Allan’s Midnight in Paris. It is however very comfortable and the service (did I mention that the waiters wear berets and stripes?!) has been excellent. I started with a Kir  which was excellent, not too sweet and Orangina which to me tastes like  my childhood summers.

Every time I have been I have chosen the duck as a main course. It’s probably enough to feed two so this time I skipped on the starter. I had tried their salad with goat’s cheese in filo pastry last time but this was far too heavy,  which was a shame as I do love goat’s cheese! The best starter we have tried so far is sharing a plate of ham and saucisson. The bread is a little disappointing but does the job.

I sadly didn’t have room for dessert this time, but we will definitely be back. The prices were very reasonable and it’s a great place to go to before a night out on soi 11.