Mae Orathai Vegetarian

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Soi Nanai 38/50, Patong, Phuket, Thailand, 83150

Simple place. Offers soups, a variety of tofu and meat substitutes with rice and noodles. Typical Thai vegetarian cuisine. Confirmed open by Cow member Feb 2015. Open Mon-Sun 6:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Thai

19 Reviews

First Review by gregjaymaui

Gem of Patong - Edit

Great (and only) local 'jeh' eatery in Patong, with huge selection of mostly delicious dishes. The women who run the operation are warm, friendly and accommodating, happy to share a little of their Thai with your English. A large dish with four dishes would cost THB 60, or two dishes for THB 40. Get there early for the option of 'brown' (red) rice.

Pros: good location, great service, inexpensive

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Delicious, authentic, inexpensive, & plant-based - Edit

This small-but-mighty eatery is not to be missed. The mother-and-daughters operation serves highly flavorful Thai Buddhist cuisine that is authentically prepared and plant-based (I asked them to be sure, and they said no meat, eggs, or dairy products on the menu, but I did notice that their small shop in the front does sell a few packaged commercial items that contain dairy and eggs).

There's good variety in the buffet, with the selection changing daily to keep things interesting. Usually there's at least one noodle dish, several faux-meat items, and a number of whole-veggie offerings (the latter making it a good choice for people who aren't into mock meats). There was even one vegetable I'd never encountered before in all my years eating in Thailand, which is always fun.

I've sampled at least 30 different items here over the years and everything has been delicious. A plate of rice with a serving each of three different veggie items cost 50-75 Baht (a little more for the faux "fish," which was uncommonly good). They're happy to serve you either more or fewer than 3 items as well, with the price adjusted accordingly. (Note that all the faux-meat items cost extra.) Portion sizes tend to vary a bit depending on which person happens to be serving.

It's open till 5pm daily, and fortunately the food in the heated area of the buffet table stays reasonably warm so even if you get there later in the day it should be passable (though it's best when fresh and piping hot, so early lunch is a great time to come).

Note there are no drinks served (other than water), so i would often grab a fresh coconut elsewhere before coming for a meal.

It's at 38/50 Nanai Road, which is about 300 steps south of the Sainamyen Road crossing, near Kelly's Hotel (but on the opposite side of the street). Look for the yellow banners.


Updated from previous review on Sunday February 16, 2014


Updated from previous review on 2015-02-09

Pros: Delicious, authentic, varied, great value, all vegan!

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good food - Edit

Friendly owner, only cheap vegan place in Patong. Great food!

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unimpressed - Edit

The woman who runs the place seemed friendly but the food was lukewarm and had been sitting out all day attracting flies. It was fine and definitely homegrown but might put off people. Not bad not not good either.

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Sabrosa y variada comida veggie - Edit

Fuimos con mi pareja con mucho apetito y la variedad de platos y sabores nos satisfizo. La comida es deliciosa y la atención es muy buena. El lugar es modesto. Te atienden con mucha simpatía, paciencia y con una sonrisa. Te explican con detalle en qué consiste cada plato y podes elegir un poco de cada cosa. Te ofrecen agua libremente para acompañar las comidas. Las opciones vegetarianas son muy pocas en Patong Beach, pero este espacio compensa esta carencia. ¡No dejes de visitarlo!

Pros: La atención y la variedad de sabores.

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Big on variety, even bigger on taste - Edit

Ate here twice and both times the food was divine. There's a sweet plant-based beef dish that's absolutely perfect! Be wary that the food is cooked in the morning and kept warm by the Thailand heat the rest of the day, so it pays to come early.

I was a bit confused about the pricing here - the first time I was charged 70 THB for a large plate of food, while the next time I was charged 120 THB. I just went with it since it wasn't much money for the food I was getting, but you may be able to bargain here (it's up to you if you want to).

Note some of the dishes are super spicy, since this place largely caters to locals!

Pros: Ultra tasty food, Huge variety, Great value

Cons: Food is all cooked at start of the day

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tasty local joint. a must-try for vegans - Edit

Love this place. Open 7am-5pm so come early. The lady is sweet and speaks some Engrish. Seating inside. Take away or plate with rice 3-4 curries, etc for about 60 baht. Lots of fake meats. Snacks and sides available too. Bags of noodles and curries for take-away. Also veggie products, sauces etc available inside. For vegans and veggies coming thru town I'd say it's mandatory to check out support local joints like this. Won't win any awards but very tasty and very good value.

Pros: tasty, cheap, local

Cons: out of the way, closed on Buddhist holidays , closes early (5pm)

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good cheap food - Edit

Yummy food and friendly service. Not the greatest ambience in the cafe but it is what it is! Nice street food and low prices!

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original thai veg food - Edit

I tried a range of dishes, one was very good, others less. Owner lived in munich, speaks some german. Typical thai style restaurant. Watch out: can be really spicy. 😊

Pros: very cheap. real experience.

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Variety Galore !! - Edit

Oh my goodness gracious such good food!!!
My partner got all the spice he could've hoped for and I got lovely mild flavours and the mock meat was scarily real tasting !!

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exactly what you want - Edit

owner was lovely. hard to find all out vegan places without asking for everything substituted. very very cheap also

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loved it. - Edit

Nice and friendly staff with a lot to try out. Would definitely come back if I was staying in Patong.

Pros: Great price, lovely staff.

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Lovely vegan food - Edit

Vegan places aren't easy to find in Patong so we were happy to find this one. Lovely buffet of Thai dishes, spicy and non-spicy. Very cheap.

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Buena opción para alimentar el cuerpo - Edit

Buscaba donde comer algo, vi el cartel enorme del número 17 rojo sobre fondo amarillo , esto son letras Thai que significa Jai, lo mismo que para nosotros Vegano.
Es muy muy simple el lugar, es para gente local. La comida ya está en bandejas y solo pides lo que deseas, recomiendo preguntar precio antes. Te ponen en bolsa plástica para llevar o entras como yo a comer junto a ellos, me gusto mucho.
Mi plato de comida me costó 80 Bats ( 2€), la señora amable y hablaba un poco Ingles.
Apoyemos estos locales de gente local que come sin crear sufrimiento. Cuidado pide que no sea picante.

Pros: Rápido , Limpio, barato

Cons: no tiene buena pinta, algo grasiento, sabor normal

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Delicious food, calm atmosphere, owner is very humble and helpful. - Edit

Your standard jai eatery in Thailand. Awesome food for a small cost, you'll always leave satisfied. I do... Highly recommended!!!

Pros: Tastes, lots of options, very cheap.

Cons: None...

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Humble & tasty food - Edit

Very friendly people, basic eatery, humble food. Tasty pre cooked food, no cold drinks. Staff were happy, friendly and obliging. Delicious green papaya salad.

Pros: cost, friendly, local

Cons: no cold drinks

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Extremely tasty local food - Edit

This place had really good local food with lots of options. There were quite a few fake meat options as well.

Extremely sweet lady owner. Doesn't speak too much English and there is no menu but you can point to the stuff that you like and choose.

I would eat here everytime I got the opportunity to.

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Tasty Local Food - Edit

Thanks to HappyCow we found this lovely place, which wouldn't be so easy to spot as it's far from main roads.

Tasty and cheap food (all the mains are vegan, cookies on the counter contain eggs), friendly staff (even though they don't speak English very well) and a family atmosphere.

There are no drinks available (which wasn't a problem for us).

Pros: Tasty, Cheap, Amosphere

Cons: No Drinks

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Open till 5 or 6 pm - Edit

One vegetable dish with rice for THB 35 (US$1) , two with rice for THB 40 (US$1.30). Soup and rice noodles also available and also a variety of meat substitutes. Actually I submitted this place and the correct address is 38/40 not 35/40 Nanai Rd, Phuket.

Pros: Good value, Friendly staff

Cons: Some Spicy Dishes

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