Chew Xin Jai

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222 Moo 4 Wiang Tai, Pai, Thailand

Point and choose from the food spread in front of you. A menu is also available. Grab a free map at the bus station, the restaurant is labeled as pure vegetarian food. Previously operated as J-In Pai Restaurant on Th Raddamrang. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-7:00pm. Buffet ends when the food runs out.

Categories: Vegan, Thai, Buffet

30 Reviews

First Review by kool_kitchen

Amazing authentic food! - Edit

Great local food, the owners are super nice!our favorite place in pai.
Note the hours are incorrect, when we were there they closed at 7.

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Cheap!! - Edit

Two of us ate for 85 Baht here (two curries with rice and two huge spring rolls) The buffet food is not super warm because it sits out all day but it's very tasty!

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Cheap and delicious - Edit

From 8am to 5pm you have a selection of tasty curries and different vegan options to choose from. Water and ice is free.
Free wifi and some plugs to charge too.

Pros: Good value, Really tasty , Calm environment

Cons: No paper in the toilet

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so good! - Edit

They did oil free high carb food for us.

On the same street as Pai Vegetarian.

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Only tried the buffet food though. - Edit

So haven't had a chance to try the menu dishes yet, only the pre-made food from the buffet, which was nice and very very cheap - a full plate of rice & 3 different 'foods' added plus a big spring roll & big fried mushroom came to only about 60 bahts.

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Very good. Two great places in the same street. - Edit

I came here because Duang's amazing 'Pai Vegetarian' over the road is closed on Sundays. While the owners here aren't Thai, they make very good Asian vegan food. I had the glass noodle salad and pumpkin curry, and big were delicious. Anyway you've got two great choices on the same street. Duang's is the best of the two. Try both!

Pros: Vegan, Tasty , Not expensive

Cons: Service was slow despite my being there early and

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like vegan fast food ;) - Edit

So much good food, and all vegan! I had the Khao Soi, which was so good! The fake meat was very real, but made out of mushrooms or something like that... They also have a buffet with lots of vegan fast food stuff...

Pros: cheap

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BEST food I've had in Thailand! Eat here! - Edit

Honestly the tastiest food I've had in Thailand. The pumpkin curry was amazing. Two of us ordered four dishes and rice each for just under 300THB. Every dish was absolutely delicious and we had an absolute feast. I would 100% recommend this place!

Pros: Lots of delicious vegan options, Large portions, Very well priced

Cons: Nothing bad to say! Absolute 10/10

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friendly - Edit

friendly people, nice vibe in the restaurant and good food. not qo expansive and you get enough food for the price

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Best in Pai - Edit

After visiting most of the Vegan restaurants in Pai, this is definitely the best and cheapest. Don't expect a detailed description of what each dish is, but be safe in the knowledge that they are all good!
Lots of fake meats on offer if that your dig. Eggplant curry is my fav.

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really yummy place!!! - Edit

Things must've changed since those other reviews said it was largely mock meat - there is some, but there are plenty of other choices too. I definitely don't like oily food but didn't find it too greasy at all here. Delicious pumpkin curry and very nice rice. A great find and very good value. Would definitely recommend.

Pros: yummy food, quiet , great value

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Cheap & Delicious! - Edit

I LOVE these kinds of places! Getting to try four different incredibly delicious vegan entrees for 55 baht is the best!

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Cheap but standard veg chinese food. - Edit

Pretty standard Chinese Veg sorta place ive encountered else where in SE Asia. So much mock meat stuff. but the price is amazing if your looking at saving some money compared to other veg food in the area.

Pros: all vegan, cheap

Cons: average tasting

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Cheap, oily and over cooked. - Edit

The place has a nice set up, but I'm not a fan of the food. Very oily, too many mock meats, stingy brown to white rice portions (1:5 I'm guessing). I've eaten here more than enough times to give it another chance, but won't go back again, my partner and I, as well as other people we've spoken with don't feel of after eating here. Bloated, reflux and generally uncomfortable. Maybe there's a lot of MSG, not sure. Regardless, wouldn't recommend. Owner isn't entirely friendly.

Updated from previous review on 2016-07-31

Pros: Nice set up , Peaceful

Cons: Oily, Sick feeling post eating , Too many mock meats

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Tasty food, can't beat the price! - Edit

We got the buffet (3 items per plate and rice). The food was flavorful, but all of it (except for the rice) was cold. I think that they do not have burners of a method of keeping the food warm after making it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed eating it. We didn't order from the menu, which includes food freshly cooked and likely served hot.

I ordered a carrot juice (asked for no sugar, as carrot juice is naturally sweet) and they brought out what tasted exactly like carrot pulp and water. It had no taste of carrot and my husband and I took one sip of it and could not finish the rest. We are NOT picky eaters, so that is saying a lot.

In any case, I would still recommend this place- good food, amazing prices! I might return to try out items from the menu!

Pros: great price for buffet, flavorful food, menu items and buffet items

Cons: buffet was cold

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Cheap, awesome tasty food - Edit

We went there twice: one time for the buffet and one time ala carte. Both times the food was really great. Big portions for a extremely cheap price. We all loved especially the pumpkin curry. Everything seems pretty high carb and low fat. Really stylish place too for being so cheap, not a usual cheap thai eatery. Only downside is the staff, pretty unfriendly and not helpful at all.

Pros: unfriendly staff

Cons: cheap, all vegan, yummy

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great buffet - Edit

Great place with cheap buffet and additional menu with a lot of options. Different kind of fake meats that you can order are also available. I personally prefer the noodle soup and eat it every time. If you want to eat from the buffet better go at lunch time, usually in the afternoon there are not to many options available.

Pros: great delicious food, cheap prices

Cons: closing at 5pm

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Cheap and Delicious - Edit

Unfortunately due to allergies I couldn't order from the super cheap buffet (around 70p for a plate of food) but there were plenty of things on the menu I could eat. I highly recommend the Rad Pork and the Pad See Ew but I'd skip the Vegan Chicken with Rice as it was a little dry. This place is actually open until 7pm but the buffet stops at 5.

Pros: Mock Meats, Deep Fry, Cheap

Cons: Drinks aren't served cold

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good cheap vegan food... - Edit

The soup for 30 baht is really delicious and quite big. The soup is really tasty and made with a lot of spices, noodles and mock meat.
Also other dishes are really tasty.

Pros: cheap, vegan , tasty

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Perfect Lunchplace - Edit

The food here is so good, and so cheap!! Get there before 5pm and have the buffet, it is really good and ridiculously cheap. Really nice staff as well!

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Cheap, vegan and delicious - Edit

I like this place very much! I've been there 3 times with a group of friends and everything we tried was pretty good and not too spicy (quite rare in Thailand :p).
Staff was friendly and most of them don't speak english. But in a vegan place, all you need is a smile in your face and everything is easy to get :)

Photos and more about it: http://walkingvegan.com/chew-xin-jai-vegan-restaurant-pai-th/

Pros: Cheap, Vegan, Clean

Cons: closes 7pm

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Unfortunately you may have to eat here - Edit

The only vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Pai
Truly bad food
Overcooked veggies mixed with meat imitations.
White rice with tiny bit of brown added for color.
Unhelpful staff. Would not give me hot water for tea. I had to use warm water.
Would not make brown rice.

you are better off buying your own veggies and fruits in the market.

On the positive side, the place is clean and beautiful, and you can meet nice people there.

Pros: Clean, Vegan, The only vegan/vegetarian in Pai

Cons: Overcooked bad food, Artificial meat mixed with vegies, Unhelpful staff

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Chew Xin Jai - Edit

great food , buffet style , inexpensive , easy to find ,its in the road that runs between the post office and 7/11 street and the large Pai Police station building, you cant miss its' Chinese temple styled facade.

Pros: delicious, clean, inexpensive

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Aaah Vegan - Edit

It is so nice to go a place where everything on the menu is 100% vegan. We arrived after 5pm so had to order from the a la carte menu which was fine with us. We took the staff recommendation and had the Singapore style yellow noodles, spring rolls, and a curry. All were pretty good. The atmosphere in the restaurant was laid back; shoes off at the entrance, staff eating their evening meal together at a table near us. We felt pretty at home. The only awkward moment was when we had to interrupt their meal to pay the bill.

Pros: 100% vegan

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Amazingly vegan! - Edit

First of all the name is "chew xin jai". Located in pai this restaurant offers many vegan options as well as raw food and cheap fresh juices. Really cheap fresh and tasty with amazing vegan chicken!!! The vegan place to be!

Pros: Cheap, Fresh, Tasty

Cons: Not easy to find, Not good English speaking staff

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Pure vegan Asian dishes = happiness - Edit

I was glad to learn that this gorgeous little town had a vegan restaurant. From the previous reviews I thought it was going to be a really sterile space with uncomfortable seating. While it doesn't have an interior designers touch, it did remind me of Taiwanese restaurants. Plus it was very clean.
The food was amongst the cheapest I've had in all my travels in Asia. Vegan curries with rice for $1..... Awesome. I had pumpkin with greens and a spicy tofu stir fry. I also added mushrooms and a spring roll. It was a lot of food!
Let me spend a second on the glorious mushrooms. I have given it a bit of thought and I can't figure out what they do to them to get them tasting that great. They are seriously, seriously good. :) very ugly to look at but they do taste like meat as far as my memory goes back 20+ years. Very tasty addition to my meal.
The next day, I wanted to try the soup as it's very hard to find vegan Asian soups. I'm a fan of mock meats and there are quite a few that go into this soup. Unfortunately, I spied the meals on offer and elected curries and noodles with rice again. This time I added a fried something or other to my plate. It was tasty and moist, reminded me of chicken a bit. Mushrooms again too. Happiness.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is complementary water to the right of the counter. On the table there are a number of bowls with saucers on them. These are the condiments, soy, chilli, sugar etc. I love condiments, so I added some spice and saltiness. For me the dishes needed them.
For anyone who has gone to Pai from Chaing Mai, they will know that there are 762 turns in the road in and the minivan driver may not care that you think he is driving like a maniac. There is a chance that lunch will not remain where it should for the entirety of the trip, but I still encourage you to grab a bag of those delicious mushrooms to snack on during the trip. Maybe even two :)

Pros: Tasty food, Very cheap, Clean & great staff

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Good, inexpensive nosh in Pai - Edit

This spacious, charming restaurant is well worth a visit. Meals are around the 30 baht mark (red rice and bain-marie dishes or soup), but if you've a Western appetite you're likely to pay double! The 'duck' noodle soup is especially good.

Pros: inexpensive, yummy, friendly service

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