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DINING OUT - ENTERTAINMENT

Plub Pla

By Elle Faraday

Last 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 words.
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 too big.
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.

The 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 Thai delights.
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.



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