Daret’s Guesthouse and Restaurant
One of the cheapest foreign and Thai food restaurants in Chiangmai is Daret’s.
* not really street food but about the same price
It is beside Thapae Gate on the outside of moat road and if you do not know where that is, here is the address, 4/5 Chaiyaphum A. Muang, Chiangmai 50300. It is extremely popular among tourists, especially backpackers who eat there quite regularly as the vast majority of dishes are very cheap.
I have eaten there on many occasions myself and usually have Kow Soi, a dish made with chicken, egg noodles, red curry sauce, chillies, fish sauce, shallots, peppers and mushrooms – absolutely delicious. The cost for this fabulous meal is around 45 baht (about one pound) – I usually have a strawberry milk shake with this costing 30 baht.
My husband usually plumps for chicken curry with potatoes and jasmine rice for the princely sum of 70 baht – another delicious dish for visitors to sample.
The food is always well cooked and the portions are very generous. On the menu are such things as Gai Pad Met Mamuang - Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts, not a spicy or hot dish but slightly sweet and salty along with Pad Thai (Fried Noodle) a national dish of Thailand consisting of stir fried noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chillies, bean sprouts, shrimp and tofu. One of my other favourites is Por Pia Tord – Fried Spring Roll which is also not too spicy and comes with a sweet and sour dip, making a perfect starter dish for two.
Daret’s restaurant also serves a wide selection of western food such as beefburgers, chipped potatoes, fish and various salads to name but a few. For dessert why not try some cool ice cream served with fresh fruit – I have and can thoroughly recommend it.
There are plenty of beers to order, for instance, Singha, Chang, Leo or Tiger or maybe you just fancy a cool milk shake or fruit drink – the choice is yours. Whatever you do choose Daret’s restaurant is ideally located to sit back, relax and people watch because of its great central location. It also has a smaller part of the restaurant at the left hand side for people who like to smoke and the entire restaurant is outdoors under a covered canopy. There are two well serviced and clean toilets at the back of the restaurant and incidentally, inside the restaurant itself, towards the rear, is a ticket reservation area for people who wish to book day trips and excursions etc.,
Daret’s restaurant also has above it rooms to rent at very cheap prices, from 140 baht for a single, 180 for a double baht per night. I have never stayed there myself however I have been told that the rooms are very basic but clean. The higher your room, the further away you will be from street noise, so if you do decide to book, try and get top floor accommodation.
In my opinion this is a well run and well maintained restaurant, with excellent food at affordable prices, served by very friendly and courteous staff. If you haven’t tried it, do so and enjoy your meal.
- Telephone: +66 53 235 440