At the heart of Chiang Mai city is the Night Bazaar but don’t wait until dark to discover the treasures to be found around the Changklan Road area. A mid-day Lunch at The Duke’s in the Chiang Mai Pavilion offers plenty of delicious selections to look forward to. This is the second location of The Duke’s and has been in operation since 2007.
Chances are one of the first people you will see in the restaurant is the manager, Tony, who speaks Spanish, Farci, Italian, Portuguese and English. He enjoys catching up with regular guests, keeps an eye on what’s happening, gets to know customers and finds out what they want on the menu.
The first floor is casual where there is much going on. Diners can see the action of pizza making and preparing salads at the work stations. From the salad station come The Duke’s long time favorite salads, namely, the Greek, the Caesar and the warm spinach salad. Three new salad dishes have been introduced to the regular menu; Steak salad, Tuna salad and Tomato salad. The functional yet decorative setting is open pantry style displaying the implements, ingredients and fresh food near the main kitchen.
Those foodies who like to mix and match the variety of multi cultural main courses can indulge themselves. A menu of Greek pizza, tuna salad, steak kebab and garlic cheese bread is just one example of an inspirational line up of delicious food.
The aromatic Greek pizza is a combination artichoke hearts, black olives, sundried tomatoes, with olive oil on crispy pizza bread. The Italiana pizza is a favorite with regular diners. The Tuna salad of fresh leafy lettuce with olive oil and lime vinagrette over generous portion of tuna.
The steak kebab is served with a dollop of mashed potatoes steamed vegetables and topped off with a rich brown gravy.
The Homemade desserts are time-tested flavors in delectable forms such as apple pie, cheese cake, giant cookies (7 inch width), and chewy brownies -- all go along superbly with the homemade vanilla ice cream.
The second floor set up is more relaxed and intimate when candles are alight at night on the tabletops. It’s a great space for small parties of 8 to 10 friends or a larger party can be set up for 50 guests. One wall holds the expansive range of fine liquors required for full bar service. For guests, the evening view of the buzzing bazaar at night with its lights and colors is memorable. The fine selections of wines from Italasia is carefully tended. The door to The Duke’s is exactly opposite the Royal Princess Hotel. Introduced this month is the classic cocktail menu.
It takes a fair amount of stamina to keep a sizable restaurant in operation. At the moment there are 25 staff on duty serving customers of which half are working in the kitchen preparing the food, pizzas and salads. Tony is proud they all work together to produce something great.
The restaurant is very clean and neat. In addition, they use organic cleaning products all natural and non toxic. They do not use any chemicals such as cleaners or mosquito repellant. The staff policy is not for the employees to smoke on duty. Get to know The Duke’s very soon.
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