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This place looks interesting.

 

This is Chiang Rai's most exciting restaurant opening in forever

 

Chiang Rai's most exciting restaurant opening in a long, long time, Locus Native Food Lab showcases chef Kongwuth Chaiwongkachon's dedication to local produce and unique takes on familiar Thai dishes.

Known for his time in Japanese kitchens like Thonglor's defunct Kaguya and Chiang Mai's Ren at Dhara Dhevi, the chef is now taking an altogether different path at his new restaurant. “Everything changed after I took a trip into Hin Lad Nai forest where I saw the balanced way the hilltribe people there live with nature. Now I cook for a reason—to show people how local wisdom is important to all of us,” Kongwuth said. 

Here at Locus, it’s all about native products, and it's not limited to the food. From the first glance at the hybrid clay-concrete house with its cogon grass roof to the mat of plaited yang plant, the owner's appreciation of local craftsmanship becomes apparent.

Each night, Kongwuth serves only a single group of diners (from 1-20 people), attentively telling the story behind each dish in the 10-course tasting menu (B950/person).

 

Spotlighting Northern Thailand’s abundant produce, the chef remakes traditional dishes with no-frills techniques—no sous vide, no foams, no faux caviar or any modern gastronomy gimmicks—yielding textures and depth while retaining familiar flavors. While dining, you might see him at work using old-school equipment, like the steaming cloth-top pot for making kao kriab pak mor (steamed rice dumplings) or a vintage ice shaving machine.

Kongwuth's take on the traditional sa ba tang cucumber spicy salad comes in the form of a light and refreshing lemongrass chiffon cake, spicy cucumber sorbet and crispy nam pu (crab sauce), while his namprik orng (tomato and mince relish) comes simply plated among a variety of blanched veggies.

The chef also employs some Japanese techniques he has mastered through his career, resulting the tender pork chashu in his kua kae (stir-fried curry with veggies).

171/5 B. Santarnlhuang, T. Rimkok, A. Muang, Chiang Rai, 086-881-7299. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-late. Reservations only

 

 

 

 

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Looks interesting indeed.

On the way to Isuzu before the airport turn off.

 

 

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How does he make any money?

 

At 20 diners maximum times 950 baht, he only takes in 19,000 baht. Hardly big money to pay his staff and overheads.

 

Must be much more to his restaurant than this.

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6 till late... maybe book 2 settings?

 

The rent out there isn't going to be much and local produce is cheap.

Staff don't get paid much, expected to make it up with tips.

 

 

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Dined at MK/Central Plaza yesterday as the guest of a member.

 

He dismissed the cooking pot from the table and ordered off the menu.

We had the roast duck/roast pork plate which was excellent along  with half a dozen entrees.

 

About 600B I think.

 

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On 7/5/2017 at 2:00 PM, Flustered said:

How does he make any money?

 

At 20 diners maximum times 950 baht, he only takes in 19,000 baht. Hardly big money to pay his staff and overheads.

 

Must be much more to his restaurant than this.

Maybe he'll raise prices when (if?) the place gets busy.  

 

I look forward to reviews by the first brave diners.  :smile:

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2 hours ago, sceadugenga said:

Dined at MK/Central Plaza yesterday as the guest of a member.

 

He dismissed the cooking pot from the table and ordered off the menu.

We had the roast duck/roast pork plate which was excellent along  with half a dozen entrees.

 

About 600B I think.

 

I never understood the attraction to those type of places.  If I have to cook it myself, I'll stay home and eat in comfort.  :tongue:

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We never used the pot, all the food was cooked before it arrived. :cool:

 

You would have been a while cooking it, roast duck, roast pork, dimsum, a tasty soup etc.

Makes a change to have lunch out and watch the locals at play.

 

I'll cook tonight, I came across some nice mushrooms in the market after getting the bad news about my UPS box from Technocom.

They should go well with some chicken fillets and bacon in a tasty sauce.

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A friend and I ate at Uncle Dee's which opened to so much promise last year.

I had a T-bone that was too thin to be properly cooked rare but he chose the much better option with a thick rib eye.

These were the only steaks available but we were offered lamb chops as a third option.

Both were tasty but I've come to the conclusion that a place that sells no alcohol, or allows it brought in, is not going to attract a lot of red meat eaters.

The place was deserted on a Saturday night, prices for the steaks around 600B each.

 

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On 11/9/2016 at 4:36 PM, LD Lee said:

Went to Barrab last night with the Thai family (the visiting 20 somethings made the choice). Although this one is likely well-known to those reading this thread, I don't recall is being reviewed here lately so here's a quick review. Very good food, very reasonably priced (we had many more dishes than people but is was still less than B200/person), quick kitchen and service, plain but pleasant atmosphere, and clean. The only slightly dissenting vote was a young family member who thought the som tam was a bit bland. The kao soi and several pork and sausage dishes impressed all. About 100m W of the clock tower. While the atmosphere may not impress visitors, definitely recommended if you're looking for a good, reliable Thai lunch or dinner, especially if trying to satisfy a group with varying preferences. 

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Yes a top place

I would add to the commenter that the service person for me spoke excellent English as she had lived in Canada and Australia

Beer selection was a bit weak

But what they call chicken salad was excellent, gai Pat met mamuang actually

Only slight issue with them I would have would be that when they see a white skin they dumb down the spicy dishes

Still, a five-star place

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On 11/13/2016 at 1:41 PM, sceadugenga said:

I'm going to give this (nameless) place another plug, we've known about it's bbq chicken for a while, she sells 80 a day, but today we lunched there.

 

A chicken, somtan and nam tok moo that we ordered arrived pronto, if there was a menu we did not see one.

All fresh and spicey for 190B

 

On your right driving out of town on the old Chiang Mai road, opposite the failed supermarket.

You'll see the smoke of the footpath grills.

Don't let the decor put you off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is there enough sit down seating and do they serve beer or is it nearby?

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A positive vote for Okra Cafe located on the Southeast corner of the East Bypass Road;

All Western food and the young lady chef-owner, who graduated from a culinary school in Australia ,speaks very good English and the menu targets middle to high-end dishes

She knows food and is more than agreeable to talking about it with us Foodies

Been there 3 times with a variety of dishes and none disappoint

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11 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

A positive vote for Okra Cafe located on the Southeast corner of the East Bypass Road;

All Western food and the young lady chef-owner, who graduated from a culinary school in Australia ,speaks very good English and the menu targets middle to high-end dishes

She knows food and is more than agreeable to talking about it with us Foodies

Been there 3 times with a variety of dishes and none disappoint

She imports top quality steaks from Australia and Japan.  She's (speaks English) happy for people to call ahead, to reduce their wait time, at  088.878.5535   Closed Thursdays. 

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1 minute ago, rijb said:

She imports top quality steaks from Australia and Japan.  She's (speaks English) happy for people to call ahead, to reduce their wait time, at  088.878.5535   Closed Thursdays. 

And she agreed to serve me her excellent chicken linguine with mushroom sauce and truffle oil even though it's not on the menu

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