Cafe de Nimman, Chiang Mai

My (English) aunt and uncle travel to Thailand most winters, and this year they stopped in to see us prior to heading to their island paradise. I’m always keen to go to eat where the locals eat, so some Thai friends recommended Cafe de Nimman for great Thai food in a garden setting.

Cafe de Nimman is tucked away down a soi in a local area, and unless you were coming here, I doubt you’d wander upon it by accident. This place has been around a while, originally it was in Nimman (hence the name), but moved due to lack of space. It’s now on Sirimangkalajarn soi 13 with a big garden ensuring no more long waits for a table. The old address is all over the web still and causing much confusion!

Nimman padthai

We’ve eaten here a few times and always had a lovely meal. Each time most tables are taken, lots of Thai people are eating here and one dish we order has sold out. These are all signs of a good restaurant! 

The menu has a tasty range of Thai to choose from (er, with some pasta thrown in there too). As this is a popular lunch spot there are one-plate dishes as well as curries, salads, soups, stir-fries, noodles and rice. There are too many good things to list out here, but a few include: fried Tubtim fish with herbs, Isaan style grilled pork (below) and Yum nuer (spicy beef salad shown in the main picture) . The pad Thai (pictured above) is also worth mentioning, and comes wrapped in a thin omelette. I’ve heard the dish which this place is famous for, is liver and noodles. I’m not that into liver and have not gotten around to trying it yet, I will, though, for you. I adhere to the theory of if lots of Thai people are eating it, it must be good. I’ll let you know….

cafporkThe restaurant is set on a large plot with inside seating, outside seating uncover and comes complete with grumpy-resident-dog. There’s a big car park too so no annoying parking issues. The decor is a kooky mix of patterns and prints, high-backed old English sofas, stripy outdoor seating and ceramic animal busts. I’m not sure what this look is called, but somehow it works and help creates the perfect setting for a relaxed meal.

If I had to pick a downside, it would be that there’s not much selection for pudding. However, in reality I haven’t found this an issue as I am way too full to consider anything other than rolling home and napping!

Thai nimman

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