$$$$$ | French

Le Coq d'Or

Set in a beautiful colonial house near the Ping River, Le Coq d'Or is both distinguished, ambient and offers tremendous service. With imported beef, lamb and local fish prepared in French and Belgian styles, diners won't leave unsatisfied. The foie gras or salmon tartare are popular as a starter, while the chateaubriand and the Norwegian salmon come highly recommended for mains. There is a good selection of wines to accompany the meal. Bokking ahead is recommended.

Address: 11 Soi 2 Koh Klang Rd
Telephone: (0)5 314 1555
Website: http://www.lecoqdorchiangmai.com

$$$$$ | Thai

Ginger and Cafe

Ginger and Cafe is elegant and sophisticated, with large draped windows and delicate silk finishes. This restaurant offers a diverse menu of regional flavours accented by classical dishes and grilled delights. The imported steaks and lamb are delicious, as is the local seafood. These can only be followed by one or more of the sumptuous desserts. Dinner can be nicely wrapped up with a drink at the lounge bar outside.

Address: 199 Moon Muang Rd
Telephone: (0)5 341 9011
Website: http://www.thehousethailand.com

$$$$$ | Thai

Aroon Rai

This Thai garden restaurant serves authentic northern cuisine from an open kitchen, and lets diners take some of their recipes and spices home. Famous for fried insects and frogs, the menu also offers a superb khao sawy with egg noodles and crisp-fried chicken, a sweet and spicy combination with coconut undertones. Their sai ua (Chiang Mai sausage) is famous and the fried pork rinds are truly decadent.

Address: 45 Kotchasarn Rd
Telephone: (0)5 327 6947

$$$$$ | Thai

Le Grand Lanna

Situatued on the grounds of the Dhara Dhevi resort, Le Grand Lanna is fashioned on a Lanna nobleman's home, constructed entirely of old teak on raised stilts. Aside from it's comfortable dining hall with beautiful Lanna art, there is also a sheltered terrace seating outside, overlooking the tropical gardens, which are home to exotic birds and butterflies. Flaming torch lighting and traditional music set the scene beautifully for evening meals. Pomelo salad, khao sawy and gaeng hang lan (red pork curry) with sweet mango chutney are favourites on the menu, satisfyingly topped off by homemade lychee or yam ice-cream.

Address: 51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd
Telephone: (0)5 388 8888
Website: http://http://www.dharadhevi.com/

$$$$$ | Italian

Girasole by La Gondola

In Chiang Mai, Girasol by La Gondola overlooks the tranquil Ping River and is known for its vast glass aviary collection and romantic balcony seating. In true Italian fashion, this restaurant is very lively and serves rather large portions of food. There is a broad menu offering Northern Italian cuisine, including an assortment of delicious pastas and mouth-watering steaks, as well as various specials.

Address: 71 Rachadamnoen
Telephone: (0)5 327 6388

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