Let's Meet at - Chiang Mai, Oxford

Reviewed by Annabel Dunstan, MD, 3 Monkeys Communications.

Ah, Oxford: the timeless setting for dreaming spires, Inspector Morse murder mysteries, Brideshead Revisited fops and impenetrable Radiohead lyrics. Now you can add delicious and authentic Thai food to the list, thanks to the wonder that is Chiang Mai.

Which is handy, because while 3 Monkeys' London office has pretty much every conceivable gastronomic delight on its Soho doorstep, finding a top-notch eatery is more of a challenge for anyone new to Oxford.

Chiang Mai is tucked off Oxford High Street, just a few minutes' walk from Primark and Topshop. The entrance itself is at the end of a covered passageway not dissimilar to JK Rowling's Diagon Alley - they'll be missing a trick if they don't hold a Harry Potter night this month.

Once inside, the beams, wonky staircase and intricate carvings provide a cosy, unpretentious setting, while attentive staff serve a delicious range of Thai favourites beautifully presented with fresh orchids and fresh herbs decorating each dish: my particular favourite is steamed fish in plum sauce. Herbs and spices are flown in weekly from Bangkok.

Add an eclectic clientele mix, from Oxford dons to locals using the private room, and you have one of the tastiest jewels in Oxford's crown.

Where: 130a High Street, Oxford, OX1
Contact: 01865 202 233
How much: £30 per head (including drinks)

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