Thai vegan foods in buffet style. Menu changes each day. Rice and one selection start from around 25 baht and up for more. Soup and a la carte menu also available. Sells a small selection of snacks and packaged items for take home. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Thai, Buffet, Take-out
576/5 Third Road (near Thappaya road just before the overpass)
Pattaya, Thailand
0891197586

Mon-Sun 6:00am-4:00pm

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  • Outdoor seating
  • Cash only
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First Review by Tim Denny
matimatik
matimatik
  • vegan
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+14

Cheap but awful

2 Posted on 09 / 22 / 2014

First, drop any hope to find it by the name (just look for the "vegetarian food" sign -- I wasn't sure I was there until I saw the photos here on the site).

Second, I can't say I enjoyed just any single part of it. I'd ate a noodle soup and some rice with various veggies and sausages they had to offer, and drunk some ice tea, and all of it was a complete disaster to all my senses. Sausages and some stuff in the soup seemed (and tasted) so close to a real meat so it made me wondering if it really was a vegan place at all, desptite all the "vegetarian" signs. It tasted awful, ice tea was some mix with orange and whatnot and I'd preferred soda water if I knew how disgusting it was. I haven't discovered anything like eggs or dairy, hence if it's indeed vegetarian it's most probably vegan.

Those Thai spices and whatever they put in the food smelled like stuff in fish markets, so disgusting. Maybe ones who love Thai/Asian stuff might like it, but definitely not me.

It's an open street cafe, like most of cheaper local places, so be prepared to heat and street noises. But you probably already know that if you even were anywhere in Asia before. Any closed place with an aircon would be more costly.

Conclusion. It might be vegan, but I don't want to ever try it again anyway. I'm staying in Pattaya for the whole winter and strongly prefer supermarket frozen foods and Indian places ever since (there are a lot of lacto-ovo-semi-vegetarian, usually vegan-friendly Indian places and they usually aren't disgusting. Besides, Indian folks usually know English better so explaining that you want some vegan food is usually easier there than in almost any Thai place).

Try it if you're vegan/vege- and wanna know what real Thai food looks and tastes like. You might not like it, you might vomit a little, you might want to get home ASAP and eat a dozen of vegan pizzas and burgers in order to forget that place, but you would at least know for yourself, and experience is all that matters if you're exploring SE Asia :)

Pros: Cheap, Probably vegan
Cons: Open (heat and street noise), Everything smeels and tastes disgusting, Awful place by overall experience
Tamara Last
Tamara Last
  • vegan
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+14

Not as good as expected

2 Posted on 09 / 22 / 2014

I was very excited at first when decided to find this place in Pattaya. As it turned out, it wasn't as good as expected. At first I've seen this place, but didn't recognize it as Kitchen Jay. After a long and hopeless attempt to find this wonderful place I decided to go get some meal at pretty tatty eatery with signboard "Vegeterian food". I ordered some rice, soup, several sausages or whatsoever and iced tea. The only thing I could eat was rice. It was just usual rice without salt or any seasoning. The soup smelled strange, and there was something floating in it like chicken giblets... Then sausages. I ordered several types of them to try. None of them were edible, it's smell and taste were just exactly like meat in a bad sense of the word. May be it's just Thailand's feature, but I definitely was not prepared for that. So be prepared if you ever go there!
Updated from previous review on Monday September 22, 2014

Pros: cheap, friendly staff
Cons: unappetizing, smells disgusting
reissausta ja ruokaa
reissausta ja ruokaa
  • vegan
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+117

Good and cheap soup

5 Posted on 12 / 24 / 2013

I had twice their soup that costed only 35 baht. Great clear broth with vegetables and at least 3 different kinds of mock meats.

There is also a buffet if you come early enough.

This is not too far from Walking Street or Pattaya South Road.

I visited on December 2013.

Pros: cheap, good soup

earthville
earthville
  • vegan
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+754

Delicious and great value!

5 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2013

Kitchen Jay serves exceptionally tasty buffet-style Thai Buddhist cuisine. On my visit, there were about 7 different dishes from which to choose, providing a nice variety of flavors and textures. I had a plate with three of those plus a fauxtein patty, all of which were delicious.

The items are served from a warming table so they were still reasonably hot at 12:30. Arriving earlier might be wise if you like it fresh and piping hot.

Service was very friendly and helpful, and one young gentleman spoke enough English to answer questions (including confirming that all the snacks and sweets they sell are also vegan, so i picked up a few).

Best value in Pattaya. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Pros: super-tasty, all vegan, very affordable
Tim Denny
Tim Denny
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+77

tasty vegan food at an affordable price

5 Posted on 01 / 27 / 2012

Kitchen Jay is a Thai run and operated vegan restaurant located in the same premises as the Susireepon blind massage and steam bath spa. They mostly serve Thai style foods -- without animals products of course. Dishes can range from fiery hot to mild, I have taken friends here who cannot handle chili and they loved it. the family that runs the place is very friendly to all customers, as far as I know only one person speaks English, but that is not an issue. Give it a try you will love it

Pros: affordable foods, fresh, lots of veggies
Cons: not centrally located, lack of English signs

 

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Last updated: 2014/08/25

 

Added: 2012/01/27

 

Added by: Tim Denny

 

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