Dash Restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai draws in big crowds even though it is located down a small lane in a quiet part of the old town. The setting is perfect: a beautiful wooden house with doors open onto a small patio, and tasty Thai food that suits all palates. Add to this the live band that plays in the evenings and they really have a winning combination.
Dash is located on Moon Muang Road, around a five minute walk from Tha Pae Gate. If you’re not familiar with Chiang Mai’s winding back lanes then it’s best to take a map. The restaurant is open every day from 9:00 until midnight. If you end up loving the food you eat here, Dash restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai also run cooking classes.
One of the greatest things about Chiang Mai is the prevalence of traditionally styled buildings, and part of Dash’s charm is its location. The large restaurant is set out over two floors, a teak building that stands out amongst the small frangipani guesthouses that line the road. Downstairs you’ll find the bar and plenty of tables and chairs, upstairs is traditional Thai style dining with low tables and comfortable triangle cushions. The restaurant is open to the elements, which thankfully in Chiang Mai is generally warm with a cooling breeze. This isn’t a thoroughfare so traffic is minimal. Finally there is an outdoor terrace, surrounded by greenery. If you are lucky a live band will be playing, which adds to fun and chilled out atmosphere here.
The food at Dash includes western and Thai dishes, so there’s something for everything. The chunky fresh spring rolls (125 baht) and juicy fried chicken wings (85 baht) make for a great appetiser, served with a chilled Singha or Chang beer. Mains include papaya salad (85 baht), tom yum with chicken or shrimp, a variety of noodles dishes starting at 75 baht and good vegetarian options. For those who are craving international food, the range includes spaghetti Bolognese, large salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers. Leave room for dessert, as delights such as passion fruit carrot cake (95 baht), brownie with ice-cream (95 baht) and mango cheesecake (115 baht) all getting rave reviews from customers.
Sometimes following the crowd is a good thing, and Dash has a great reputation, and delivers low-key delicious dinners.
Dash Restaurant and Bar
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 00:00
- Address: Muang Road Soi 3, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 53 279 230