A worthy splurge, with many uncommon items
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).
Updated from previous review on Saturday February 19, 2011
Creative and delicious cuisine, Plenty of vegan options
Expensive, Many egg dishes