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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published January 4th 2016
Relax and dine at Fat Cat
As soon as I spied Fat Cat restaurant on the side of Rural Road Mae Hong Son, I knew I had to stop there for a meal. I adore outdoor eating in traditional huts and enjoy it even more if those huts are set amidst a wild and thriving garden of greenery.

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Right on the roadside


Pai is already the perfect location to find just this sort of setting with its hippie culture pervading every aspect of this northern Thai town - including the cuisine. But Fat Cat Restaurant tends to embody this feel to an even greater degree.

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The embodiment of the relaxed culture of Pai


When you arrive you cross from the road straight into a little grove with the front counter straight in front of you. You can sit right here, but you will notice a little path to your left inviting you to explore further.

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An enchanting setting for a meal


I encourage you to follow it, and climb the stairs to the little loft overlooking the garden, where you can recline and eat on mats and low tables - a true alfresco delight.

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A real relaxed dining experience


A great way to start your visit is to order one of their iced teas. For me this was a real highlight as they were made from the real deal. My pandanus iced tea was an actual pandanus leaf infused in the water, giving it the subtlest of flavours. In addition they provided sweet syrup on the side, rather than pre-mixed, meaning you can leave it off or add it to your liking.

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Pandanus iced tea


Fat Cat Restaurant is one of those eateries that is very vegetarian-friendly. People with other dietary considerations are also well catered for here with some gluten-free options also provided.

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It's always nice to have options


I had a sandwich which was filled with grilled and raw vegetables. Perfect clean food without all the add-ons. There are all sorts of sides you can get including fries.

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Vegetable sandwich


I finished up the meal with a coffee. They served something called ginger coffee - which I had never heard of before - but which I knew I would enjoy.

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Ginger coffee - hot, iced or as a shake


Their on-site garden clearly contributes to the freshness and the quantity of organic produce included in the dishes and much of the salad ingredients you will enjoy have been taken direct from here. You don't get fresher than that.

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Even getting to the toilet is a garden adventure


They also have a shop with a few good items and are well known for the baked goods they prepare in their home-made mud oven. They have well praised home-made yoghurts, and kombucha and a lot of the dressings and condiments you will be served are also made from scratch.

I won't tell you that the food at Fat Cat is the best to be found in pai, but it is still a very good dining experience, and the whole setting along with the food works together to make it a not-to-be-missed experience when visiting the area.

fat cat, vegetarian-friendly, organic, homemade, food, outdoor dining, Pai, Thailand
Don't miss a chance to stretch out fat-cat style
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Why? For fresh food in a relaxing oasis
When: 9:00 am 4:00 pm, daily
Phone: 66 87 084 025
Where: 18 Moo 1 Ban Yen Mae, Mae Hi, Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Cost: Salads begins at 60 baht, sandwiches begin at 90 baht and Thai dishes are 45 baht
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The iced tea looks very refreshing.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 1066 days ago
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