Khun Churn - Mediplex

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 21 Reviews
Extensive Thai vegetarian food menu. Upscale, nice atmosphere with air conditioning. Offers fresh juices. Directions: from BTS Ekkamai, take exit 2 directly in to Mediplex building and go down to lower ground floor. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Thai, Juice bar, Take-out
Bangkok Mediplex, Sukhumvit Soi 42 (Sukhumvit Soi 42)
Bangkok, Thailand
02-7136599
Closed now

Mon-Sun 10:00am-8:30pm

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First Review by duffiness
Marina-S
Marina-S
  • vegan
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+91

very nice place

5
Posted on 10 / 03 / 2014

Not huge but big menu. Please try here carrot cake :)

Pros: menu, quiet, nice staff
Cons: no fresh juces for 3 weeks already
vtraveller
vtraveller
  • vegan
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+1946

Worth a visit

5
Posted on 04 / 18 / 2014

Visited yesterday and really enjoyed this place. It's in a mall with nothing much of interest for tourists (clinics). The space is roomy, clean, and has a nice ambiance.
The menu didn't denote what was vegan, and the staff didn't speak much English, but the menu was quite good, and the food was nicely presented and tasty. They also have non-dairy ice cream and lots of fresh juices.
A great place to bring a date or meet for a business lunch.

Pros: ambiance, clean, good food
Cons: not all vegan
Durianrider
Durianrider
  • vegan
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+33

Great vegan food!

5
Posted on 02 / 26 / 2014

Still serving quality food 26th Feb 2014. Open hours are 10am to 8:30pm.

Bit hard to find cos its down stairs in the basement and you get the feeling there is nothing down there but walk around and you will find it!

Great high carb low fat options. I don't find the food too salty if you know what to order. The rice is so fresh tasting. They do serve egg but if you order the vegan menu items its no worries. Just ask. Staff are fast and friendly.

I order 3 main dishes + 5 serves of rice + 2 serves of brown rice noodles.

Pros: tasty, high carb low fat options.
Cons: hard to find (sort of), closes 8:30pm

Satrai
Satrai
  • vegetarian
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+47

Nice

4
Posted on 12 / 27 / 2013

Confirmed open as per December 2013.
Nice restaurant in basement of MediPlex right next to Ekamai BTS. Many options but not cheap.


earthville
earthville
  • vegan
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+716

A worthy splurge, with many uncommon items

4
Posted on 09 / 29 / 2013

The Khun Churn at Mediplex has a glossier vibe than its older sibling in Chiang Mai, but the food is equally good. The menu is overflowing with delicious cuisine, including a number of items one doesn't usually find on restaurant menus.

The emphasis here leans toward heath-conscious cooking, though they don't always make the health choices we would make (e.g. the menu says they use only wheat noodles for health reasons, but customers with wheat allergies or gluten intolerance would surely prefer the traditional rice noodles, as we do). On our first visit in 2011, we read that they use some organic ingredients, but in 2013 we didn't see any mention of that so we're not sure.

We found the atmosphere relaxed despite being located in a mall. If you come during off hours, you'll likely find it almost empty (though it fills up at peak lunch hour). Service was attentive, graceful, and accommodating.

Especially recommended are the appetizers, which include some less common options and a few original inventions well worth trying. The noodle rolls and the fried corn cakes are particularly good. For dessert, try the grilled banana with cereal cream (vegan, made from brown rice milk and soy).

The curries are less spicy than the Thai norm, but still flavorful. In Sep 2013 there was a cassia curry special that was particularly good.

Many dishes use egg, but there are plenty of vegan options, so the only downside is the price (about 3-4 times what we usually pay at other nearby veg*n eateries for similar portions), but the creative menu and the quality of taste and presentation all make it a worthy splurge. Just be aware going in that if you have much of an appetite, you'll likely need to order more than one item per person.

There are fresh juices, which are always appreciated, but the portions are so small as to make them very overpriced (at 85B for a slender champagne class of carrot juice finished in two or three gulps, that's essentially five-star hotel pricing).

Enjoy!

Updated from previous review on Saturday February 19, 2011

Pros: Creative and delicious cuisine, Plenty of vegan options
Cons: Expensive, Many egg dishes
jre8995
jre8995
  • vegetarian
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+105

Very welcome discovery

4
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2013

Lovely atmosphere, extensive menu (perhaps too much choice!) and charming staff
A little expensive but very enjoyable - will be going back for more soon


BramDeSaedeleer
BramDeSaedeleer
  • vegetarian
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+50

Personal favourite

5
Posted on 08 / 03 / 2012

I discovered this restaurant about three years ago as it just opened and I just moved to the area. The food is delicious and of restaurant quality. Just what you would expect when you walk in, because it looks a bit classy and more upscale. Looking at the extensive menu you immediately notice the low prices. I expected something more expensive so I was pleasantly surprised. The food itself is in one word delicious. Never had a complaint, been going there regularly for three years now. Also a nice drinks menu with juices. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
The location is very convenient as you can walk from the skytrain straight into the building.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly staff, Reasonably priced
foodcircles.org
foodcircles.org
  • vegan
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+27

Great Food, Sad Location

3
Posted on 07 / 14 / 2012

After the bustling and friendly lunch buffets from the Chiang Mai Khun Churn, I was a little disappointed as I wandered around the Mediplex, passing one clinic after another... One positive thing though: it's very easy to get to from the BTS station Ekkamai. Pretty space, nice long menu, kind staff.

Food was OK, I had a the macrobiotic plate with some extra veggies, it was a little bland (no seaweed, no tahine, just veggies, grains and beans).

Would I go back? Maybe, there aren't many other vegetarian/healthy/nice places in central Bangkok. But I might also just go to one of the great salad bars in Central Chitlom or Terminal 21 Gourmet for example...

Pros: healthy food, choice of dishes, nice restaurant/space
Cons: almost empty, ground floor of Mediplex
Kazi
Kazi
  • vegan
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+29

Unmarked but quite good

4
Posted on 06 / 28 / 2012

As other people say this is a very unmarked restaurant because it's on the downstairs of Mediplex building.
Foods are quite good and dished up beautifully.
Some food taste rare and impressive.
Mediplex is next to BTS Ekamai station and actually very convenient to access.
I want many people to know this restaurant. It's like a hidden jewelry box!

Pros: Delicious , Rare and creative, Quiet
Agenda
Agenda
  • vegetarian
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+211

Expensive but nice

3
Posted on 05 / 10 / 2012

I went to Khun Churn with a friend and we opt for the lunch option. They give you options to choose from and it's only 150 per lunch. Tolerable, but portions are really-really-I mean it - REALLY tiny. Like in a doll house.
The food is delicious but very spicy. They cannot change it in case of lunch set, so my friend wasn't able to eat most of her servings.

Other options in menu is expensive, about 120-200 baht per dish.

Pros: Ekamai BTS direct entry, Setting is beautiful, Tasty
Cons: Spicy, Prices are high
jort38
jort38
  • vegetarian
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+28

Expensive and roomy

3
Posted on 12 / 23 / 2011

We had dinner in this restaurant. We were the only ones.
Ambiance is indeed very good, but to be the only guests and leaving some 40 seats empty feels strange.
Food itself is quite upmarket. Display is very good, size of the portion rather small. Taste also very nice and sometimes even surprising.
Total experience not at all bad, however the price does not make up for the experience.

Pros: room, surprising combinations, healhy
Cons: lack of customers, price
eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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+294

Fancy and pleasant but not the best in Bangkok

4
Posted on 07 / 11 / 2011

Certainly a pleasant experience. The interior is well designed - so well that you totally forget it's inside a shopping mall.

The menu is the most extensive we've seen so far in Bangkok, to the point where ordering becomes quite an ordeal ;) Do be careful if you're vegan though, they do use egg here and there so best to keep an eye out - the korean style pancakes that accompanied our platter of boiled vegetables with red curry sauce (which were great by the way) had so much egg in them they tasted like omelette.

Staff was prompt and polite but not friendly - no positive, community vibes to speak of.

As for the food... well.. conceptually it was great - lots of interesting combinations and vegetarian versions of things that we've not tried since quitting fish. But from a foodie perspective...mmm... room for improvement. The tastes were good but could be more sophisticated, complex and complete, especially considering the price, which for Bangkok is definitely expensive (most expensive we've come across so far). We also felt we could do with more veges, although perhaps that was an ordering blunder on our part.

Another thing - not sure how accurate and complete the ingredient descriptions on the menu are. We ordered one dish that said it had tofu in it but I swear what arrived was closer to mock meat. The curry we ordered was said to contain pineapple, but we were a little surprised to also discover grapes in there and not much else.. felt like a curry fruit salad, which in our minds was just a bit wrong.

All in all, not a bad experience but it is a bit overpriced all things considered and the food is better at May Kaidees, which is priced at a fraction of this place although granted the ambience is not as posh.

I'd be interested to try it again to see if the food is better on a different order, but I doubt it. Looking forward to seeing what the Chiang Mai HQ is like.

Pros: posh ambience, overwhelmingly extensive menu, healthy food
Cons: a bit cold (no loving vibes), overpriced, some surprise ingredients
OT
OT
  • vegan
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+67

Nice place, food ordinary

2
Posted on 06 / 01 / 2011

A very nice restaurant with great decor. The staff were very attentive and only approached us when needed. But - the food was bland also the beer was a lttle on the warm side. We did ask for no chilli but we did expect our meals to have some flavour at least. The food was very well presented though more pricey than other vegie restaurants. Now that we have had the experience of eating at this restaurant we probably won't return when we visit Bangkok again soon. Easy to access by skytrain - so a good location.

Pros: Nice decor, Close to skytrain, Attentive staff
Cons: Bland food, Expensive, Warm beer
Groucho
Groucho
  • vegan
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+41

Anything else but "inexpensive"...

3
Posted on 03 / 05 / 2011

Nothing to complain about the food, but this place is anything else but "inexpensive".


Eacampbell
Eacampbell
  • vegan
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+26

WOW!

4
Posted on 11 / 28 / 2010

The food here is amazing. Worth a fancy veg dinner out. Had the larb duck and a delicious curry (somo?) with fruit in it (forgetting the name). Amazing.
Small portions for the price, especially how small the rice is! but very delicious.
Don't order the "chaa manao" (lemon iced tea) it's just Nestea mixed with water and ice. Not good.
Professional, friendly staff and a beautiful atmosphere. Hi-so establishment!

Pros: Great food, Professional service, Beautiful dining area
Cons: Expensive, Small portions
johnboy
johnboy
  • vegetarian
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+16

Excellent!

5
Posted on 07 / 31 / 2010

This was my first meal at Khun Churn, and it was excellent. The menu is expansive and I am looking forward to returning to try some more dishes. The decor was very nice. I agree with other commenters that this place is great for taking people out to dinner.

I was particularly pleased to see Khao Soi on the menu - not common outside of Chiang Mai. It was delicious.

A little on the expensive side by Thai standards, but well worth it.


enRoute
enRoute
  • vegan
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+659

cool place, slightly strange location

4
Posted on 05 / 01 / 2010

It was a bit eerie finding this in a seemingly deserted floor of the mall (along with a new "Whole Foods" that seems, confusingly, to mostly be a glorified 7-11). The restaurant was very comfortable, nice old tunes, wifi, good ambiance. Unfortunately what I got was just a little off somehow, a bit too salty, too rindy, but that may have been what I ordered. Looking forward to going back and trying a few more dishes though, the Issan Set they have looks good.

Pros: shiny, tasty, upmarket
Cons: pricey, weird location, salty
chillin
chillin
  • vegan
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+45

Upmarket ambience

4
Posted on 12 / 25 / 2009

It was real easy to find Khun Churn, which is always a bonus when searching out the great vegan eateries here on HappyCow. We enjoyed everything we ate and the menu was extensive - my Thai friend was able to check which dishes were vegan - my Thai is limited, as was the waiter's English. Will definitely head back to Khun Churn soon.

Pros: Upmarket feel, Extensive menu, Delicious food
Cons: Smells a bit sterile - maybe mediplaza, Limited understanding of English
killianH
killianH
  • vegan
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+55

best upmarket in Bangkok - in an odd spot though

5
Posted on 12 / 22 / 2009

this is the best up market veg/vegan food in bangkok. their food is always interesting and the lunch menu for 135 baht (from 11.30am-3.00pm) is the best option, you get to try 3/4 different options. Its "expensive" for bangkok but totally worth it. Its just in a really odd spot, the medical mall lower floor.

Pros: great lunch menu, great vegan options
sunnyday
sunnyday
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+22

good place to entertain your friends.

4
Posted on 05 / 20 / 2009

Hardly find an upscale pure vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok, this is a place for a veggies fancy dinner. The food is good and freshly cook. Understand that most of the ingredients are organic.

Good place to take your non-veg friends to try vegetarian.

The price is higher than other Khun Churn's branches.


duffiness
duffiness
  • vegetarian
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+31

Spoilt for choice

5
Posted on 05 / 12 / 2009

New,upmarket and classy but good value for money , we have just come back from our second meal there in a week and it was excellent. Delicious, tasty food, do try garlic fries, this place is heaven sent.

Pros: Location, New, Variety

 

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Added: 2009/05/09

 

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