A travel friend suggested, actually he insisted, that I have dinner at Le Grand Lanna when in Chiang Mai and now I know why.
First off this, resort is set in the outskirts of town, most probably at the minimum 15- 20 minutes by car or tuk tuk from your hotel in good traffic, so plan accordingly. I took a tuk tuk there and an Uber back.
Le Grand Lanna is actually an indoor and outdoor restaurant within the grounds of The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort, which BTW is quite simply breathtaking. At a set time during dinner there is an hour long Thai dance and music presentation which is actually quite nice.
While the wait staff is certainly polite and quite honestly nice, service was just ok and at times a little chaotic. I had multiple people coming for my orders and I wasn’t quite sure who my primary server was. There was a bit of confusion with no one seeming to know that I had ordered a main course and what that was. I don’t mind “casual” service, but I do expect efficient service
The grounds which this restaurant seemed to be embedded in with original Lanna artifacts situated about and unique art and antiques thoughtfully displayed about - once again....stunning!
The atmosphere relaxed, yet sophisticated and the food......oh the food!!!! I do believe that the appetizer of “Cereal crust Chiang Mai’s lychee filled with minced prawns and peanut sauce” may just be the most delicious appetizer (quite possibly dish) that I have ever indulged in in my life (it even trumps Alinea’s ....believe it or not!). My entree was an exquisite curry: Traditional Chiang Mai curry with braised pork, pickled garlic, peanuts and ginger; it was really, really good. I had delicious lemongrass pandas leaf herbal “tea”. to drink. I thoroughly enjoyed my entire meal!There was so much more on the menu that I wanted to try, but I didn’t want to overeat. I will definitely be going back and perhaps even stay on property next time.
As an aside, guests are provided with a bottle of mosquito spray once seated - nice (and important) touch....
I recommend that you try Le Grand Lanna next time you are in Chiang Mai!!!!
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