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From the folks behind Supanniga Eating Room and Somtum Der comes food from four Thai regions — north, northeast, central, and east — to Chiang Mai’s Nimman neighborhood. 

Ging Grai (“sea fig tree branch”) was inspired by a 38-year-old sea fig planted at Supanniga Home, a boutique retreat in Khon Kaen run by Thanaruek “Eh” Laoraovirodge, the Supanniga Group cofounder in charge of the new restaurant.  

Despite its clear Isaan roots, the restaurant casts a wider net on the menu. 

Dishes like aeb plaa (seasonal grilled fish in banana leaf, THB160) and larb nuea (northern-style larb with pig’s blood, THB160) offer an upscale twist on northern fare, while Isaan is represented in cuts like somtam poo plara (papaya salad with field crabs in fermented fish sauce, THB95) and larb made with giant featherback fish (THB100). 

Central Thai dishes include khanom jeen sao nam (fermented rice noodles with coconut sauce, THB220), but eastern Thailand is where Supanniga does its best work, and naturally you’ll find some unique eastern specialties on the menu, like gaeng pa hed kon tua fak yao (spicy clear curry with mushroom and yardlong beans, THB220). 

khanom jeen sao nam (fermented rice noodles with coconut sauce, THB220). Photo: Ging Grai

To drink, there are mocktails made with ingredients like mulberry, galangal, chamuang leaves, and kaffir lime — ideal partners for desserts designed by Wittawat “Max” Jermsurawong, a rising Thai chef who cut his teeth at New York’s Spot Dessert Bar.

Love the handicrafts? You can take those home, too. The restaurant doubles as a homeware shop featuring products made by Thorr, a lifestyle brand born in Amnat Charoen that specializes in woven goods.

Gring Grai is located on Soi Nimmanhaemin 11 in Chiang Mai city. 

Photo: Ging Grai
Photo: Ging Grai
Photo: Ging Grai
Photo: Ging Grai
Photo: Ging Grai

This story originally appeared in BK.


Ging Grai

Soi Nimmanhaemin 11, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai

Opens 11:30am-9pm daily except Monday


This article, Supanniga team brings regional flavors to Chiang Mai’s Nimman neighborhood, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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