Mexican? Matt was puzzled by my suggestion. Almost offended. Thai food was a staple in our lives back in New Zealand. Easily four, five or more times a week. But before I came on the scene Matt was living off Nam Tok Neua at Auckland 'cheap eats' institution Food Alley where the sweet little lady at his favourite stall Marigold Thai would have his meals ready and waiting and lovingly called him Big Man.
Since arriving in Thailand we’d had Thai for breakfast lunch and dinner non stop, so I was ready for a change.
It turns out Chiang Mai has seven or so Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants. I chose Miguels because it was rated number one for Mexican in the city on TripAdvisor and I was hankering for wine (it’s not easy to find in Chiang Mai) and I’d read you could find it there.
Miguels is located at 1 Chaiyaphum Road on the inner side of the eastern wall boundary of the Old City. This place has a nice vibe. There’s a gorgeous garden patio surrounded by shrubs decorated with fairy lights. I'm also a sucker for fairy lights.
We arrive just in time to grab the last available table and order drinks. A goblet arrives reminiscent of something from an English pub - we are off to a great start.
One thing about red wine in Thailand is it's served chilled which is nice and refreshing even though it might not be the correct way to drink it. I'm taking this method back home with me.
Unfortunately they'd run out of guacamole because apparently avocados aren't in season. They were also out of a few other items on the menu but I was most gutted about the guac. It's an inside joke in Chiang Mai that it's very common that whatever you want on the menu will have run out. We found this almost every time we ate. Its annoying but it forces you to try something new.
We settled for salsa with our corn chips which is spiced medium or hot, it’s delicious and you can help yourself to as much of the hot version as you want. So we slather it over everything.
Be aware that the so called Giant Burritos are pretty ordinary sized. My Vege Giant Burrito was on point - nicely packed with refried beans, tasty sautéed veggies, sour cream and cheese but I was left wishing that it was true to its name.
Matt’s chicken tacos are also excellent but again on the smaller side. Our neighbours appear to have been here before and all order the chicken fajitas which are generously portioned.
We filled the space with shaved ice desserts from a new Korean dessert Café near the southern end of the night bazaar called OKbingsul. This is more our size. See what I mean about how things run out in Chiang Mai?
All in all, Miguels is a cheap and yummy little Tex-Mex with a nice atmosphere that I recommend you try. Have you tried any others in Chiang Mai?