Bannrai Yarmyen Restaurant, Chiang Mai
Tel: 66 53 247 999
Concierge.com's insider take:
Tucked away on a quiet lane in the burbs about one and a half miles northeast of the old city, downhome Baanrai Yarmyen (the name means "country house at sunset'') lies far beyond the orbit of most tourists. But for 50 years, its authentic Chiang Mai food and bucolic garden have drawn locals and in-the-know expats. The unpretentious fare includes kaeng jin gai hoom, a mild, northern Thaistyle chicken curry with Kaffir lime, as well as a variety of insect dishes, like rod duan, crunchy, deep-fried bamboo worms, which are definitely an acquired taste. An excellent acoustic band knocks out Thai classics as well as American country tunes. Not to be confused with Baan Rai Steak House, near the Ping River on Charoenrat Road.
Open daily 11 am to midnight.