When I’m in Thailand I eat mostly Thai. However, living in Korea means that I miss out on a lot of other delicious ethnic food. Thialand is always my opportunity to sample other cuisines. The quality is usually good, and the prices are affordable. Can I really resist? 🙂 I love love love Middle Eastern food, and Chiang Mai has a few restaurants that serve delicious Middle Eastern fare. One of my favorites is the Olive Tree, formerly Jerusalem Falafel. My review of a while back is here. I prefer the latter, but the Olive Tree is a great option if you’re looking for a variety of well prepared mid eastern dishes.
The menu is extensive, so making a choice was not easy. I was dining with a friend, and we decided to share the baba ganoush. Bland for my tastebuds, but it was okay. (sorry, forgot the photo) 🙂 For a main course I chose the lamb kofta with olives. I was not disappointed. The lamb melted in my mouth, and they did not stint with the olives. Served with a generous portion of herbed rice. If you order this, you need to be hungry. This really is one of those dishes that “sticks to your ribs”!
My friend didn’t have the same great experience. She ordered the moussaka, but unfortunately it was the one item that wasn’t available that evening. She opted of a couple of nondescript appetizers, which were okay, not great. I personally think that they do a better job with the main courses than the appetizer.
At approximately $15.00US (including wine), my meal was a little more than I usually spend. However, the lamb kofta was delicious, and I think a real bargain.
Don’t be put off by the older female server. She has been working there forever (before it was the Olive Tree). She runs the place like a drill sergeant, and is not shy to put you in your place (for whatever reason)!
Located at 29/7 MoonMuang Road, the restaurant is very easy to find. At Thapae Gate you will see the Black Canyon Coffee shop. Walk up MoonMuang (with Black Canyon on your right) for about two blocks. Closed on Friday. You can find them on Facebook
If you’d like to try cooking lamb kofta at home, this recipe looks good.
What’s your favorite Middle Eastern dish?
This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys.