Respond to Review of Chamlong's Asoke Vegetarian Restaurant
Review: Things have changed, no one calls this Chamlongs cafe any more, firstly because its not Chamlongs. Its run by Santi Asok a Buddhist sect excommunicated from the national Thai Sangha (Buddhist organisational body) their food coupons refer to them selves as The Dharma Practitioneer Association. 2ndly it is not a cafe! It is in fact a fully fledged 40 table Thai veg restaurant, the countries leading example of this restaurant genre, the best in it's class. The restaurant is in the middle of it own car park in a simple purpose built single story structure. 3/4 of the building is allocated to a lik minded community of supporting and complementry health food shops, restaurants, whole food wholesalers, organic produce shops and an organic/whole/health food super market. Prices across the board are close to unbeatable from 10 baht up. This genre of Thai non commercial vegetarian is for the benefit of many, to experience wholesome food as espoused by Buddhist ideals, also the opportunity to experience wholesome community, behaviour, knowledge and mind. This is evidenced by the humble non air conditioned but cool breezy open plan lay out, the unique serve your self buffet style, no waiter, pay as you go by coupon, the in house health and Bhuddhist (Thai language) bookshop, clean up your dishes after your self when finished system and what appears to be cost price food. Simple authentic Thai vegetarian food, top quality natural whole food organic dishes of a broad range.