By Elle Faraday
week I wrote about an all-you-can-eat buffet at Grandview restaurant. It was
ideal for business lunches and had a variety of western and Thai dishes. This
week I thought I would continue with this theme as I was taken to an exceptional
lunchtime buffet at Plub Pla Restaurant as a belated birthday treat. Having only
heard good things about Plub Pla I was looking forward to it.
In Thai, ‘Plub Pla’ means ‘the royal pavilion’ which immediately
suggests something grand. The actual building is designed as a traditional Lanna
style house and is set amongst stunning waterfalls and beautiful gardens. When
we arrived, I took a moment to look around the gardens before I went inside. The
setting is truly idyllic and will certainly leave first time visitors lost for
Once inside, I was not disappointed. We were greeted immediately and led to a
table next to a giant display of orchids. The interior is full of Lanna arts and
handicrafts, all of which are of an exceptional quality and bring a certain
class to the place.
The delicious aromas coming from the buffet hit you as soon as you walk through
the door and coupled with the sight of so much food, my senses were on overload.
At first glance, I thought it was going to be very expensive and was shocked to
find that it was only 350 baht to eat as much as you like. The restaurant was
fairly quiet, but the food was piping hot and dishes were continually brought
out and topped up throughout our lunch. No detail was too small and no request
As it was a birthday lunch, I decided to treat myself and have a couple of
glasses of white wine, which was very good quality and exceptionally good value.
My dining partner chose the red wine, which again was very drinkable and
excellent value for money.
The buffet is offered every day and serves a wide array of traditional northern
Thai dishes along with a few international dishes such as sushi and sashimi. To
start, I headed straight for the Japanese food, which as you may be aware by now
is an indulgence of mine. The sushi was delightful as was the tempura and miso
soup. My partner went for the Thai hors d’oeuvres which included spring rolls
and Chiang Mai sausage which was equally as good.
choice of main course dishes included pork and chicken kao soy, chicken in a red
wine sauce, spicy salads, northern style curries, minced pork, steamed
vegetables and sticky rice. Although some dishes were slightly on the spicy
side, this did not put me off – instead, I just ordered more water!
I had a bowl of chicken Kao Soy and the chicken was so tender that it almost
melted in my mouth. I also had some mouth-watering papaya salad and one of my
favourite dishes, minced pork. I eat this dish whenever I can and because of
this, I find that I am often very critical. I can honestly say, however, that I
was very impressed - it was delicious.
To finish off the meal, I opted for the fresh fruits, which complemented the
rest of the meal perfectly. I was indeed very content.
The entire experience was something I intend on repeating very soon as it is the
perfect place to take friends and family when they visit as well as catching up
with friends over a spot of lunch. The setting adds to the experience and if you
are going to visit, I suggest taking your camera because you will find plenty of
photo taking opportunities. If you don’t fancy going for lunch, they offer an
a la cart menu in the evenings, serving a wide range of traditional northern
Plub Pla can be found at: Khum Khantoke, Chiang Mai Business Park. For more
information, you can telephone 053 304 121-3, email [email protected] com or
visit their website at: www.khumkhantoke.com. The restaurant is open from 11:00
until 23:00 and offers free parking in the Khum Khantoke parking area.