While not a must-do, you might want to try a khan toke dinner at least once when in Chiang Mai. At the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, the setup is highly elaborate – from the elegant teakwood room decked out in ethnic Lanna style to the round teak tray containing nine side dishes to the sitting arrangement on the floor – all designed to re-enact the original khan toke experience.
Dash Restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai draws in big crowds even though it is located down a small lane in a quiet part of the old town. The setting is perfect: a beautiful wooden house with doors open onto a small patio, and tasty Thai food that suits all palates. Add to this the live band that plays in the evenings and they really have a winning combination. Dash is located on Moon Muang Road, around a five minute walk from Tha Pae Gate. If you’re not familiar with Chiang Mai’s winding back lanes then it’s best to take a map. The restaurant is open every day from 9:00 until midnight. If you end up loving the food you eat here, Dash restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai also run cooking classes.
The Khantoke Dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is based around the traditional Thai dinner and dancing show. For the Khantoke dinner guests sit on bamboo mats on the floor and are served a range of northern Thai food to share with the table. The food includes a rich chicken curry and a Burmese style pork curry, fried chicken, sticky rice, vegetables with a spicy chilli dip and the northern delicacy of deep fried pork skin. While you sit and eat a variety of Traditional Thai dances are shown on stage including sword dancing and a popular drum performance.
The menu varies from International, Thai and Chinese Cuisine. Examples from the menu includes Grilled river prawns with curry sauce , Grilled pork with lemon grass served with hot & spicy sauce, Mixed grilled scallop, river prawn, chicken, pork and sea mussel with curry sauce and much much more. There are also various specials on daily, for example; Chicken served with Thai saffron fried rice Stir fried rice noodles, with minced chicken and sunny-side egg (89THB) Spaghetti cabonara with slow cooked egg to name but a few.
Tong Restaurant and Bar is a highly rated Northern Thai restaurant that’s easy to spot thanks to an enticing barbeque grill outside the entrance. Tong, also called Tong Tem Toh, is one of the most popular restaurants for Thai’s in the Nimman area. From 17:00 when they open there are customers trying to beat the queue that forms from opening time until late. You can’t reserve a table in advance so be prepared to wait for up to an hour for a table, but the authentic northern Thai food is worth the wait.