Very pleasant spot. Friendly staff and amazing vegan buffet.
Very pleasant spot. Friendly staff and amazing vegan buffet.
Our tour of vegan - vegetarian eateries in the chiang mai area had been "ho-hum" until we came upon Happy Green, a short/cheap taxi ride out of the city hustle/bustle. beautifully located overlooking the mae ping river, across from a pagoda, the ambience of the restaurant is notable, and testament to the caring/compassionate thai family behind Happy Green. very rustic, and built of recycled wood in thai farmhouse style. this is not a fast food in/out style, rather, a place to hang out for a morning or afternoon hour or so, (they close late afternoon).
the ingredients are organic/local and fresh, either from their on-site garden or family farm. the food is simple, tasty, plentiful and healthful (fairly priced too.) yes, the service is on the calmer side, but hey, if you want zip-zip in/out, then don't come to thailand. (they have a mini-food market there too, where you can get assorted organic fruit, veg, rice, coconuts, coco water by the giant bag too!)
so in summary, let go of the stress and immerse yourself in the Happy Green experience:>)...and if you really want a link to the busy world, they do have electrical outlets/wifi throughout...
Arrived here late with a group of +10. The buffet was over so we ordered from the menu. It took for ages for them to make everything, and some of it never arrived. Then an other group arrived and they ordered the buffet, so they also strated to make stuff for the buffet.
Their signature salad was superb.
The curry (red?) that I had was the best on my trip: the taste was so intence I had never had anything like it before.
They seemed pretty un-organized and they noticed this also them selves. The waiter said that we don't have to pay at all and then gave us all a free glass of coconut water. We like the food so much that all of us payd and also gave a tip.
Maybe it's better to come here early.
Don't remember what the prices were like, since it was in the beginning of my trip so had no comparison then.
Location a bit far, if you're not on a bike.
this place is super rustic and away from any noise. lovely view of a wat and the river. i could have sat there all day. it was wonderful.
the food was okay. we had the buffet because the woman in charge didn't really want to cook us anything from the menu. she really pushed for the buffet, so we went with it. we ordered shakes and her reply was 'that's going to take awhile, wouldn't you like a coconut instead?'. i said that was fine as we were not in a hurry and we wanted the shakes. there was only one other table there. i didn't realise that after eating our cold buffet meal, we still wouldn't have had our drinks. we got up to pay and she was just then starting to make them, so we sat back down and drank them.
if this place was run right, it would be really great. as of now, 3.5 stars.
Being that it was my first time, I was introduced to the family and then given a tour of the vegetable garden. What an amazing welcome!
I have a refreshing conversation with one of the owners. She shared about her dedication to holistic lifestyle. Food, mind/body well-being and community. They are a family of rice farmers that have transition over time to the modern world by offering wholesome vegetarian / vegan dishes and organic fruits and vegetables.
It's rustic and natural casual setting is a nice chill out spot. They have recently installed wifi for the customers.
This jewel is located along the Ping River and the dining area has a great view of Wat Chedi Liem (Wat Ku Kham).
With our busy lives it's seems rare to just sit and appreciate the stillness. Happy Green provides that setting we all need from time to time.
About 85 - 90% of the produce com from the family farm. Today I watched as they we putting ripe papaya with such care and enthusiasm. Happy is not just a word. it's a genuine expression.
I enjoyed the buffet. A lot of the preparations are local dishes. This is a nice change from the standard dishes that are very popular like Pad Thai. And, they do make Pad Thai to order.
I also had fresh coconut. My Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) was good and spicy but it was a variation of what I was used to eating.
I wish that I lived closer so that I could make many more trips there. I posted a picture of the Thai language signage and if you are using local transit or google maps. This hotel Sheik Istana Hotel is about 100 meters away.
I am looking forward to returning to Oasis soon.
Just came from here having ordered a tom yum soup for 60thb and a red curry for 35 - inexpensive but not unusually so for Chiang Mai. The "curry" had some nice fresh vegetables but they were just swimming in oil with no curry flavor I could detect. The tom yum was literally inedible - spicy but without the sour lime and galangal flavor it should have. We left it nearly untouched. Lime soda was too sour to finish also. The buffet is 30thb a plate but the food is cold and looks unappetizing. We sat and waited for one of the 6 people working today to bring us menus or take our order but had to get up and find it all ourselves. Nice enough garden in the back and lovely ingredients but on the whole lacking in atmosphere, service, and flavor. Having lived in Chiang Mai for over a year and loving Thai food as much as I do, was very excited to try this place (despite having been turned away yesterday because they closed a half hour early) but will never come back and recommend my friends not come here either.
The restaurant is pleasant, spacious, breezy, and feels like being in a rural area although it's in town. The food, especially the ordered one from the menu, is good and the service was fine. The only problem was getting there. Although the directions given in the HapppyCow are correct (thank you!), we, several Thais we asked, and the song-teaw driver, had difficulties getting there. I am therefore including several photos that can serve as landmarks.
I got lost on my motorcycle trip and found this place near the river. They really have their own veg just outside the restaurant. Food & drinks were really tasty. Definitely worth for a lunch or dinner.
Happy Green does not have the fastest service in town but the food quality is beyond all others. Freshly picked salads from the garden make it difficult to remain 100% vegan with the ants but this is the norm for a great organic restaurant as the life-force is on your plate. Are they selling organic sweet potatoes or potatoes? No problem, ask them to make you a mash up as even though it is not on the menu they will be happy go get it done. Tell them to hold the oils and salts and they will comply. Don't trip over grandmother lounging between the kitchen and the open back deck. Don't wait for a server, get up and talk to the staff. Are you fully raw? Now problem as they'll blend a smoothie as you sip coconut water. This place is the real deal and while others would drop stars for the quicks I would rate more than 5 stars when compared to other places with the commercial feel, the light plate, and the view of walls and non-organic ingredients.
Salads range from 30-50B. The glass noodle salad was my favorite. All of the salads are made spicy so make sure to tell them if you don't want it too spicy! The papaya salad was my bfs favorite; it has a peanut dressing.
The smoothies are so yummy too! Simple with no added stuff. I got mango.
Most, if not all, of their food is grown in their organic garden at the restaurant. So fresh!
This is an undiscovered Thai vegetarian restaurant which is unlike other Thai places because it is open all day every day and you can order from their menu as well as pick from pre-made dishes. Do not expect a silver service but along with it's rustic and simple design overlooking the river I find that it is all part of it's charm. 10% off for cyclists and students. Most importantly, the food is amazing. Go discover it.
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