Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai
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Feb 14 2015

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located farther from the city than we thought. In fact, it’s in the artsy and more rural Mae Rim, the next city over. The location is no mistake, and makes for peaceful setting. Sala Mae Rim, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai’s main restaurant, overlooks rice paddies surrounded by the resort’s luxurious villas. We arrived just in time to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains.

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We started our meal with spring rolls, pork, chicken and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and spicy papaya salad with soft shell crab (two chilis was perfectly spicy for us). None of the appetizers blew us away, but the pork and chicken was notably good.

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For our main courses, we followed the recommendations of the staff and ended up with a delicious assortment of Northern Thai cuisine. We ordered the steamed sea bass with garlic, panang curry with pork rib and a side of morning glory.

Don’t overlook the veggies, they might seem simple, but that morning glory had a ton of flavor. The pork rib dissolved in our mouths and made one of our favorite curries that much more enjoyable. Steamed fish in Thailand can be quite bland in our opinion, but not this dish! It was served with a light sauce that enhanced the fish without smothering it.

As if that weren’t enough food, we had to try Sala Mae Rim’s signature Kao Soy. Kao soy is a noodle dish made with a soup-like coconut curry sauce and topped with crispy noodles and lime. It is only found in Northern Thailand, so you must try it if you visit Chiang Mai. This was by far the best version of the dish we have tried and it was hard not to fill up on that alone.

To wrap up our meal Eric tried the passion fruit and lychee jelly, a perfect dessert for someone in the mood for a unique treat on the lighter side. It was served with papaya sticks and mint.

Evanne had a Thai dessert sampler, which you should definitely consider if you have not had any traditional desserts here before. Made from rice flour, beans, coconut and other ingredients, these little treats are sometimes brightly colored and usually in the shape of a flower or fruit. The sample also came with a little tapioca pudding making it a complete tour of Thai sweets.

If you have more than a few days in Thailand, or are looking for somewhere outside the city, making the 30-40 minute drive from Chiang Mai is certainly worth it. If you’re in the Mae Rim area enjoying the local art galleries and crafts, make sure to stop by the Four Seasons for some Kao Soy or their famous afternoon tea.

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Quick Tips:

  • Traffic in Mae Rim can be very bad during commuting hours, factor this into your trip
  • The Four Seasons has a free shuttle from the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai
  • We recommend the Kao Soy and Panang curry with pork plus a side of morning glory. Leave room for dessert!
  • Time your visit for a great sunset over the mountains from your table (ask for a table outside)
  • Visit Sala Mae Rim online to make reservations and see the full menu


Poplar Travels was a guest of Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Our opinion is always our own. 

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Evanne Allen

Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.


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