Fine but not fussy dining is how I would describe the food at Feast Society. Every dish I’ve had here has been incredibly nuanced and had me scratching my head with the thought “What did they put in there?” At every turn it was almost as if the chef schemed to keep their diner happily perplexed.
Eating a meal here felt as if I was trying to solve a Rubik’s cube with my mouth. Front inverted, top, left inverted, top inverted (that’s for all of you who also had waaaay too much time as a kid). “Oh! They braised this apple in cider vinegar. I never would have thought to do that.”
The house salad is maybe the simplest thing here, and even it has more than one layer of complexity to it. Butter lettuce swathed in a light, but tangy vinaigrette. Halved grapes and little cubes of dragon fruit; sunflower seeds for a textural contrast. One of the better salads I’ve eaten in recent memory, and not just something I’d chalk up as rabbit food.
The charcuterie board was extensive and well thought out; a common theme here. It was subdivided into four categories: cured meat, cheese, dished items, and those that are scattered. The meats and cheeses were all pretty standard. The ubiquitous Parmesan and Prosciutto were present, as well as a nice Emmental and pair of salami. The real stars however, were the house made nibbles.
There was some roasted and peeled sweet peppers that made my Moroccan dinner guest flush with memories from back home. Apple chutney sat alongside a house made mustard that would’ve had the same effect on my usual German eating partner if he weren’t already getting The Good Stuff in his motherland. Brandied prunes that could be more accurately called candies prunes. But hands down the best flavor had to be the fresh cheese. Tangy and smooth it was too good to only have the dollop that was present.
The portions here are… let’s say, generous. Each main could probably feed two people comfortably or one person uncomfortably. The slab of house made bread you’re given with nearly every dish speaks to that. This bread is also maybe the best I’ve had in Chiang Mai. Definitely the best I’ve had from somewhere that wasn’t a bakery. They sell it on its own too and at just 15 baht for 100 grams. Outrageous quality/quantity for the price, but that’s true for anything on the menu.
Speaking of the menu, it has an extensive vegan selection. Honestly, it’d be better to say that it has a an extensive non-vegan section as there might be more vegan options than not. The whole lot of which are filled with bold flavors and a variety of textures even with the absence of animal products. The Jamaican jerked mushrooms is a particularly nice main, vigorously spiced and served on a bed of coconut rice. It is accompanied by a red pepper spread, chutney, heap of diced pineapple, and large rasher of that amazing house made bread. (Have I used “house made” enough during this review yet to get across just how much care and effort they put towards your meal?)
The chimichurri steak is probably the best main I’ve had here, perfectly medium rare and tender. It’s pre-cut for ease of consumption, but this also serves to give some beef drippings to the blackened onions and zucchini it sits on top of, not to mention the mashed potatoes nestled beside. And you guessed it, it also comes with a large slab of the house made bread, brushed with olive oil and griddled.
The restaurant itself is simple, consisting of four different but similar sections. Two subjugated outdoor patios with a pair of tables each. The inside is a nice place for groups, or if you just want to for-go the inevitable mosquitoes. I’d tell you how good the desserts are, but I never have enough room left to sample them. Their non-alcoholic drinks are quite good though and actually contain real lemon juice and not just a yellow lime (this distinction can be hard one to overcome in this country). The wine is a bit pricey, being just shy of 200 baht per glass. That comes with the territory of the quantity and quality of their mains tough; price points and all that jazz. I’m not a big wine guy in fairness, and tend to stick with the sweeter drinks.
Price: Starters will run you 100-150 baht. Sandwiches are in the 200-250 baht range. The small cheese board is 309 baht (picture in the reivew) and large is 450. Non-vegan mains are in the 200-350 baht range, and the vegan ones are 200-300.
You should expect to spend about 300-400 baht per for a full meal here; 500 if you will be drinking wine.
Open: 12:00-23:00 Everyday
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