What’s for Lunch?

24 May 2011

mae_on_restaurant_02There’s nothing like a well-deserved lunch break in the middle of the climbing day. It’s a time to rest, hydrate, chat and of course chow down. But we’re not talking typical peanut butter and banana sandwiches in plastic bags here.

For the past six years, CMRCA has been working with Mae On Restaurant, an eatery near Crazy Horse, to bring lunches to climbers. When you sign up to take the CMRCA red truck transport out to the crag, you also get to choose a lunch.

The lunches are then delivered right to Crazy Horse by noon in reusable containers. It couldn’t be much more convenient, and with the rotating Thai menu, it couldn’t get much tastier either.

We caught up with Mr. Kasem Lekdee, the owner of Mae On Restaurant on a recent afternoon.

mae_on_restaurant_04How long has the restaurant been open? 17 years.

Who are your typical customers? Locals from this town. We have a lot of special Northern Thai dishes here, like turtles and deer, so people come for that.

What is your favorite dish on the menu? I can’t say! The tom yum is famous here as are any of the green curries.

Do you like working with climbers? Yes, they are very easy to work with. It is also good to use the reusable containers. They are easy to clean.

Even if you don’t take the CMRCA transportation, stop by the restaurant on the way to or from the crag for snacks and drinks. The banana chips themselves make the stop worth it.

mae_on_restaurant_03Mae On Restaurant is open from 7am-9pm. It is at 79 Moo 1 Chiang Mai—MaeOn Super Highway; on Super Highway Route 1217 between kilometer 23 and 24. Call the restaurant at 053 859 608

Watch this space for more about Mae On as we adventure around to see what other gems this area around Crazy Horse has on offer.

Posted by: Julia Plevin