Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 38 reviews )
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Nimman Haeminda Rd, Soi Hillside 3 (at opposite Soi 13), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50200

Restaurant and bakery. Restaurant is located on the 2nd floor. Offers a changing menu written on the blackboard. Specializes in vegetarian/vegan versions of Thai traditional dishes. No mock meats or MSG. Has house-made vegan cakes. Colorful artwork adorn the walls. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-8:30pm. Last orders 8:15pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Thai, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out

38 Reviews

First Review by SteffenS

Peaceful place in busy Nimman - Edit

If you are heading to check out Nimman, Anchan is a must. What I enjoyed most about this place is how relaxed it feels compared to its city centre counterparts. The food is super tasty (I had the green curry with pumpkin) with vegan options clearly marked on the colourful chalk board that makes up the menu. All in line with the slogan adorning their sign outside the door "vegetarian food so good you won't miss the meat". There is also a nice terrace to enjoy the breeze from whilst observing the street below.

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Fresh and good food - Edit

We were in Anchan on our first evening in Chiang Mai and were amazed. After three weeks in Thailand, the eggplant-miso dish convinced us, finally a really different taste than most. Also the mint smoothie is super refreshing and not too sweet. We came back a few days later and tried a curry with palm hearts and the tofu sweet sour. Both very tasty and served with brown rice. The choice is not huge, but everything is fresh. The tables for two on the balcony are sweet, absolutely recommended.

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Good Thai Food - Edit

If you want quality Thai food then this is the place to come. It's just a shame that the dishes don't tend to be that creative or inspiring. They only have about eight vegan dishes to choose from (there are a few more with egg.) Even though the menu changes weekly, there isn't much difference from week to week.
They are also tight on the rice portions.
They don't provide free water. They're not cheap.
The curries taste good but I expected to see more than just the usual curries and rice and noodle dishes on the menu.
They had one vegan dessert on my last visit which was a banana choco cake. It was light and fluffy but not really as sweet as a dessert should be.
The venue is nice. You go upstairs and you can sit in the open window looking down to the street below. The kitchen is right in the middle of the restaurant so you can see everything cooked in front of you.
Might make a nice place for a romantic dinner.

Updated from previous review on 2015-07-18

Pros: Quality Thai food, Nice venue

Cons: Not all vegan, Not cheap

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Good food! - Edit

Everything well presented, fresh and tasty!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Great food

Cons: Nothing

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Nice ambience - Edit

Lovely deco, prices at 95-120baht on the mid/high side but food comes in a very substantial portion. We ordered the Eggplant miso dish which was a little too oily but overall good and could taste the original taste of the eggplant. The Hang-Le Northern Thai Curry had a nice taste but was way way too salty, to the extend that we had to ask for it to be diluted with some hot water, even then it was still too salty. The waiter politely obliged and in general the staff were nice. The Anjahn juice which is the Butterfly Blue Pea flower drink was delicious.

Pros: good ambience with good vegan options.

Cons: taste is on the heavier side.

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just yes on so many levels - Edit

Yes. So many yes’s.

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taaaasty! - Edit

We had massaman curry and yellow curry with srirfried vegetables, papaya juice, passionfruit juice and banana chocolate cake - it was delicious!

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very nice massaman - Edit

Great massaman. Tucked away. Reasonable prices :-)

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upstairs vego restaurant with great food - Edit

I called in for lunch and ordered my favourite dish, massaman curry with brown rice ... great presentation of the food and the quality was really very good and the serving portion was large ... a clean, cool resturant with nice friendly staff ... this was my second visit as they were full on my first visit this week

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very nice - Edit

Good location, indoor and balcony, nice staff. Food delicious. Visited some times.

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in Grund vom Glauben abzufallen - Edit

Ein Grund vom Glauben abzufallen...
So viele gute Bewertungen und Lob in den höchsten Tönen und dann kam der bittere Geschmack der Erkenntnis und die Frage, ob sich so viele irren können...
Mein schlechtestes Essen seit vier Wochen in diesem Land... hatte drei verschiedene Gerichte bestellt und alles sah irgendwie gleich aus...
Das gleiche bunte Gemüse in jedem der Gerichte, nicht ansprechend angerichtet und im Geschmack zwar verschieden, aber fad.
Vegan vegetarisch kann so verlockend sein und muss nicht an so eine Trostlosigkeit erinnern... Vielleicht war es nicht der Tag der Küche... vielleicht wird aber hier nur noch die Kuh gemolken die mal etwas besonderes war...

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Probably Best Pad Thai Ever! - Edit

We went there for dinner, everybody was so friendly! We ordered our food and we did wait a considerable time though, I may have been a tad bit hungry before. We got the Pad Thai and it was out of this world! The staff spoke much better English than any other Thai restaurant we had went to. Overall, I absolutely loved it. They didn't lie, "You won't even miss the meat". Spoiler Alert: We didn't.

Pros: Great Food, All Vegetarian, Friendly Atmosphere

Cons: Medium-Long Wait

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The best place - Edit

Great place with plenty of vegan options marked on the vegetarian menu. Eggplant red curry, massaman and Indian curry was all absolutely amazing. Brown rice for free, 120baht for curry. We also tried the Stirfry vegetable and it was the best one I ever had.

I can't say enough good about this place. The food blew my mind every time. Loved it!!

Pros: huge portion , super tasty, nice and friendly staff

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Interesting twist to Thai dishes! - Edit

The Anchan Pad Thai Noodles were on the menu the day I went, so I ordered them and was surprised when a plate of PURPLE noodles was suddenly in front of me ! Apparently the noodles were coloured with a type of flower - which was cool. Of course the dish was delectable and I enjoyed sitting on their balcony reading.

Pros: super fast, nice atmosphere, interesting twist to dishes

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Awesome food, cool Location - Edit

There is nothing more to add. My son had the best Pad Thai here. We never found a better one.

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Wonderful food - Edit

A little out from the centre of town but worth the effort. The menu changes daily so you could be in for anything. The panang curry was outstanding, with a higher standard than most Thai restaurants in Chiang Mai. It appeared as though a lot of thought and care went into making their dishes.

Pros: Great taste, Clean presentation, Changing menu

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Awesome food ! - Edit

One of my favorite restaurant in Chiang Mai. Everything is freshly made, the food is tasty, the menu change every week with new dishes. The staff is very friendly and the price are really correct. The restaurant is located on the first floor on a quiet street, it's an open space so no cold airconditioning. Deserve 6 stars. :)

Pros: Free wifi, No Aircon, Quiet

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Best pad Thai - Edit

This vegetarian thai restaurant is the best place to eat a vegan pad Thai . We think it's absolutely the best in town . Good also the curries and smoothies .

Pros: Pad Thai

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GET THE BANANA COCONUT SMOOTHIE! - Edit

10 stars all the way. The food here was incredible and the smoothies are to die for! Loved everything we had and would highly recommend when visiting Chiang Mai!

Pros: Great service, Delicious smoothies, Convenient

Cons: Fills up quickly

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LOVE THIS PLACE - Edit

AMAZING FOOD. Their menu changes from time to time and it has always wow'd me. Fresh ingredients full of flavour without all the unnecessary seasonings. Their tofu dishes are always mind blowing.

Pros: Fresh vegetables, Friendliest staff, Cosy atmosphere

Cons: Nothing

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Insanely over-priced - Edit

Food was less than average, we slightly changed our order 2 mins after placing it and they refused to change it. Grumpy staff, avoid :(

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great pad thai - Edit

This place was great. I ordered the pad thai and a mango smoothie which were both great. The pad thai tasted healthier than other pad thais in a good way with delicious mushrooms and tofu and fresh veggies as well. The mango smoothie was delicious and sweet and tasted like they used high quality mangoes.

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A Favorite - Edit

Everything we've tried at Anchan has been delicious. Wait staff is friendly and helpful. I love the stir-fried veggies, but they also have a curried fried rice which is wonderful. Soups are filling, and the curries are wonderful.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Good portion sizes

Cons: A little expensive, but still good value for the m, Small dining space fills quickly

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Made to order vegan food - Edit

Great made to order vegan food. Pad Thai, massaman curry ftw

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Misled not *vegan as specified - Edit

We went here and ordered the marked *vegan thai omelette. Spoke to the staff to ensure that it was in fact VEGAN and they reassured that it was vegan and that there are no eggs used. However, the dish was undoubtedly made with eggs. We took the dish over to the cook who confirmed that it was in fact made with egg and that he made it wrong. WTF!!!! You have a dish that is marked *vegan on the menu and the wait staff also assure you that its vegan and then the cook admits that he made it wrong. We did not get an apology. The cook was angry that we didn't want to pay for it. Such an awful experience, avoid at all costs.

Cons: Vegans will get poisoned, Pricey, Rude cook

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Yummy but overpriced - Edit

Anchan has a very small menu (one page, no pictures) compared to most veg restaurants in Chiang Mai, and it changes regularly. All vegan options are labeled. It is located on a street off of Nimmanhaeminda, just out of earshot of the buzzing traffic. Simple ambiance. I got the miso eggplant dish with brown rice. The food was very good, but expensive (I paid over 100 baht for what you can get elsewhere for 60-70), but this is something to be expected in this part of the city.

Pros: Meal was delicious, Good location

Cons: expensive, small menu

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Delicious food in a relaxed ambiance - Edit

Anchan is a nice vegetarian restaurant in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai that offers many clearly-marked vegan options. The restaurant is very ex-pat friendly and the menus are all in English. I tried the eggplant miso stir fry, crispy mushroom with tofu sauce, and the crispy mushroom thai salad and it was all delicious.

Pros: Large portions, Friendly staff, Nice ambience

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