Pink House Garden, Chiang Mai:
- Tempeh Laab + Salad with Peanut Sauce
- Price: 95b + 70b
- Score: 6/10
- November 26th, 2016
Pink House Garden is a relatively new, undiscovered veggie restaurant in Chiang Mai. Although I think it will soon become a popular spot thanks to its beautiful setting.
I visited Pink House Garden on a saturday afternoon with a friend. She happens to live nearby and didn’t even know it existed. Going light on the rice dishes that day we chose two salad style dishes.
The first was spicy minced tempeh salad. This is a vegetarian version of the traditional Thai Laab dish. Laab is usually made with minced pork but has strong flavours of mint and chili.
Laab is actually one of my favourite dishes in Thailand but I don’t often find a veggie alternative. I’ve had mushroom laab before but this tempeh dish was something new, and I loved it. It was flavoursome and the minced tempeh texture was great. It was definitely my favourite of the two dishes. It had minced tempeh, mint, red onion, carrot, and just a little bit of chili.
The second was Salad with Peanut Sauce. The Salad was a little bland. Mostly lettuce with a little bit of sweet potato, carrot and bell pepper sprinkled on top. But the peanut sauce was really good. It was pretty thick but incredibly tasty. If the salad had just a little more variety to it this would have been a great choice. But as it is I would only recommend it as a side dish and not a main.
We were also given a constant refill of cinnamon tea, (complementary), as we chatted for a few hours.
I was excited to try their vegan cakes as I’d heard excellent things about them. When we went they only had a gluten-free (not vegan) chocolate cake or an avocado-lemon cake. We had the avocado cake and it was pretty good but it didn’t blow my mind. Maybe I’d built it up too much in my head! That being said, I have heard great things from a few friends and seen some good looking pictures so maybe I’ll give it another try.
The food we had isn’t the best in Chiang Mai. It’s more so the setting and the atmosphere at Pink House Garden that makes it worth a visit. A lovely open garden area with tables and chairs, or cushions and low tables to sit around. My friend and I were the only two people there when we went so it was quiet and relaxing too.
Pink House is also open late (10pm) and I imagine it would be a lovely place to enjoy an evening with some friends.