Supattra’s Cottage is a restaurant located on the main road that runs behind Chiang Mai University. It’s a very busy restaurant at lunchtime, popular with university students and staff alike; so it’s worth coming in a little before the clock strikes midday if you want to avoid the hungry masses. Though even at its busiest hour, the food doesn’t take long to arrive. Speaking of which, a glance at the menu reveals a mix of Thai and western dishes, from fried rice to spaghetti. The restaurant is air-conditioned, though there are some tables outside as well. The decor is spartan; shopping mall canteen style, but with better lighting. Water, condiments, as well as tissue are all self-serviced at a central table.
Although Supattra’s Cottage offers a variety of food, I always order the fish “pad cha”; a sort of stir fry with herbs, including kaffir lime leaves and Chinese ginger; it’s also usually spicy, though in my case expressly sans chili. I sometimes contemplate ordering something different, but inevitably return to this dish; for no other reason than because it is very delicious, flavorsome, plentiful and satisfying. Though my eating buddies highly recommend the fried rices; and these do look decidedly appetizing, plus the plates are huge!