Chanchao's Chiang Mai Food Review
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By: Chanchao in Chiang Mai

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Monday, 7-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Upper Crust Cafe, Bakery, Mexican, Italian, Sandwiches, etc.

Upper Crust Cafe. And rather traditional looking fruit vendor :)
Aircon interior, very popular with tourists
Taco's at 90 baht. Or 145 baht for the combo with guacamole etc.
Map Location
Six pages of food without a blip of Mexican food and here we go with two entries on Mexican food right after another.. Well, when it rains, it pours. Upper Crust Cafe is actually quite a bit more than any one particular cuisine, it's a very Western tourist oriented place that serves sandwiches, some Tex-Mex, some Italian, breakfasts, cookies, cakes, coffee, shakes and so on, all in a nice, bright and cool air-conditioned little restaurant. It also has newspapers available which really would make it a solid Sunday Morning choice for breakfast or lunch, kind of what JJ Bakery used to be a decade ago. But.. sadly... as I found out last Sunday morning... they only open at 12 o'clock noon! Incredible. Let's hope someone there gets a grip soon and opens mornings.. (A branch of JJ Bakery is just a little behind Upper Crust in the same building on the back side, AND open in the morning...)

Prices are moderate, not real cheap but likely nobody would expect it to be a real cheapie, being an aircon establishment smack in the middle of the Night Bazar tourist market, the most touristed part of town. The Taco dish pictured goes for 90 baht, or for 145 baht you can go for the 'combo' version that comes with guacamole, beans and rice. Most dishes on the menu come in a basic version and a combo version with some 'sides'.

This makes it more expensive for Mexican food than Salsa Kitchen (see below), but air-conditioning and rent at the Chiang Inn Plaza Building cost money too.. I have to say Upper Crust feels a bit more, dare I say it, 'authentic' Tex-Mex, though everything I said below about the absence of 'real' Mexican or even 'real' Tex-Mex in Chiang Mai still applies.

Upper Crust is on Chang Klan road, right in the middle of the Night Bazar on the corner of the Chiang Inn Plaza mall building.



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