Possibly the champ of Chiang Mai for flavor...
Posted on 01 / 03 / 2011
Khun Churn is a major vegetarian institution in Chiang Mai, so it's bound to attract both praise and criticism.
For my tastes, it's probably the best place in town, at least as far as flavor and (for the lunch buffet) value are concerned (though May Kaidee gives it stiff competition for flavor and Giva wins the prize for health and good chi). It's true that some of the curries and sauces are sweet, but i didn't find them overly sweet - in fact i find them rather irresistible. The peanut sauce (among the salad dressings) in particular is tops. I also appreciate that the som tam (papaya salad) has just a tiny bit of chili for authentic flavor, but it isn't excessively spicy, for which my digestive tract thanks them.
At 98 Baht, the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is a stomach-bursting good value. (Public service message: try not to eat yourself into a food coma, and don't overdo it on the oily dishes...)
The covered garden setting is quite pleasant, even when it's busy.
To reach Khun Churn on the cheap, you can take a songthaew to Nimmana Haeminda (Nimmanahemin) Rd and jump off at Soi 17 (just south of the Baiyoke Chiang Mai Hotel), then walk east on the soi for half a block. A songthaew to/from the Tha Pae gate area should cost no more than 30 Baht (as of Jan 2011).
Two corrections to the main listing (which might be updated by the time you read this):
- The lunch buffet price is now 98 Baht, not 80.
- They do accept credit cards.
Supreme flavor, Lunch buffet is great value, Nice setting
Buffet food can be oily & less fresh, Non centrally located