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Chiang Mai, Thailand
This is a beautiful restaurant set in a teak wooden house overlooking the River Ping. Built in 1921, the old British consulate was the inspiration behind the newly revamped restaurant which is infused with an early 20th century British spy theme—secret rooms behind library walls and menus arriving in envelopes marked Top Secret, anyone?
Rating : 18/20
The menu is eccentric and eclectic, with a jumble of Thai, Sichuan, Laotian and local Lanna dishes all managing to complement one another perfectly. Order Thai-style and share as many dishes as possible. Recommended dishes include deep fried soft shell crab served with a spicy tamarind sauce, and the delicious steamed scallops served with flavour-infused glass noodles and garlic, seared with burning oil. An absolute must are the tender slithers of wagyu beef fried with abalone mushroom, as are the delicately poached pork dumplings with a to-die-for Sichuan chilli sauce. End the meal with the Chengdu ice jelly from the chef's home town, served with a local twist: fresh mango and a generous dollop of coconut ice cream.
Rating : 33/40
Cocktails are as intriguing as the theme, with classic Bond names such as Man with a Golden Gun. The wine list is excellent and covers many grapes and regions.
Rating : 17/20