The name Khun Churn will not be new to residents of Chiang Mai.  This popular restaurant has been running successfully in the city for over 20 years now.  It is a Thai specialty restaurant, and arguably the most high end vegetarian establishment in Chiang Mai.  If you’re looking to impress a date or mark a celebration, then the ambiance at Khun Churn would suit such occasions perfectly.  The audience who frequent Khun Churn can be split into two categories – Expats living in Chiang Mai and affluent Thai nationals. Despite the fact this is a high end restaurant, their afternoon buffet is marked at an incredibly affordable 169 baht per person flat (no surcharge etc).  It was this buffet that caught my attention and spurred me to visit this restaurant to check it out. If you can’t make it to Chiang Mai, they have another outlet located in Bangkok, you can see the Facebook page for that outlet HERE.

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Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Cuisine
Location: JJ Market Atsadathon Rd T.Changpuak A.Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact: 053-270-071
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am-3.00pm (buffet)

In terms of diversity and variety, the buffet at Khun Churn must surely rank as one of the best I have seen.  There were a plethora of dishes spread throughout the entire restaurant, you have to look around carefully to ensure you don’t miss out on anything!  The staff are unbelievably attentive and on the ball, not like the 低头族 generation in other countries who seem incapable of doing anything that requires movement and/or intelligence.  Even the chef can be seen regularly prowling around clearing plates and showing customers to their seat.

 

In a separate station all by itself, there is a Khao Soi section.  Here they have yellow noodles along with the curry sauce and a variety of fresh uncooked ingredients, which you can add to your hearts content into your bowl.

For those who are in the mood for something a little more sinful, there are deep fried carrots and other vegetables.  Along with a couple of dipping sauce choices.

Here is a look at my first plate (first of many) for the Buffet.  While none of the food was sensational, it was all consistently good, which is an extremely impressive feat for a buffet.  My personal favourites were the dry potato curry (although incredibly spicy), the deep fried carrots and the glass noodle Thai salad.  On the upper level of the restaurant there is also a salad bar, grilled vegetables and fruits.  Considering that everything is purely vegetarian, it must rank as the best buffet I have been to in my food travels.

I couldn’t resist gathering together a bowl of Khao Soi.  For those unfamiliar with this Thai dish, it does have distinct similarities to dishes like laksa in Singapore, curry mee in Penang and lemak laksa in Northern Malaysia (Southern Thailand) – It is a rich coconut milk based dish, with a good hit of spice and of course the ubiquitous Thai herbs.  Khao soi is also notorious for having deep fried hard yellow noodles as a garnish on top.  This dish was not bad, I liked the addition of round soya granules inside, and overall the coconut gravy was very well seasoned, with a nice undertone of sweetness.

The only section which could have perhaps been improved upon is the desserts station.  There were only two desserts, both of which didn’t really impress me.  The coconut banana ‘pudding’ was overly sweet and cold.  The honeydew dessert on the right hand side was quite refreshing though.

BUFFET PRICE: 169THB/per person.     9/10

 

Conclusion – The service is absolutely excellent at this restaurant.  Every member of the staff work in harmony together and are some of the most proactive that I have seen in a long time.  I’ve been disappointed by the below par standard of buffet offerings far too often in my 28 years of life – Khun Churn really did a excellent job of tearing down my skepticism, and really impressing me.  The buffet is unbelievable value, and definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss when in Chiang Mai.

Overall Rating
Food – 7/10
Ambiance- 8/10
Service – 9/10
Value – 8/10