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“Slighty quirky but good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Huen Phen

Huen Phen
112 Rachamankha Rd, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
05381-4548
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Ranked #337 of 1,358 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London
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“Slighty quirky but good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had previously enjoyed lunch here a few years a go but never visited in the evening, having been put off by descriptions of the interior and some of the reviews criticising the food and service. This time we decided to give it a go and after a 10 minute wait at 6:30pm we were in.

The restaurant does have a slightly junk shop feel to it but I quite liked it. Not authentically Thai or sophisticated but still more interesting than most places. The dining experience was also a little quirky with strangely random portion sizes (plates of rice are tiny so order extra) and the staff are friendly but sometimes absent for too long.

There is a decent menu of northern Thai food but a lot of the dishes include pork (as is the way in northern Thailand) so this does limit the options slightly if you don't eat it. Having said that there should be enough to choose from to satisfy most people and we enjoyed three or four dishes between the two of us. As I mentioned some of the portions are large and some small so I would advise a degree of over ordering, just in case. It's reasonably priced after all, so why not.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Victim of its own success”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Eleven years ago my wife and I discovered a small restaurant, eclectically decorated serving delicious and spicy Northern Thai food. Unfortunately it looks like Huen Phen has been added to every tourist's itinerary.

Day 1, we went at 8.30 pm and there were nine groups ahead of us. These days since everyone has to photograph their food before eating, things are slower anyway.

Day 2 we went at 5.30 pm and got a table right away. But within 15 mins the place had filled up. And no, they won't take reservations, at least not from foreigners.

A note about the food, spicy means really spicy. So be careful.

The papaya salad was excellent. And the northern pork sausage so good we ordered it twice.

Have dinner at 5 pm and you can't go wrong with this place. A must do on a CHIANG Mai trip and sadly on everyone's list as well.

Visited August 2013
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“Best local food experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great selection of local foods, great prices. Not a tourist trap... and you should be fond of chilli! Delicious.

Visited May 2013
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“Yummy Northern Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I went to this restaurant because of my friend invite me to go there. we just order 4 dishes. they all was delicious. we love mix food stir fried. we will go again next time.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Try It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

It was a very nice place to eat. Serving sizes are a little small but the food was excellent and at a decent price. Will definitely come back here one day. Try their Khao Soi, it was one of the best i had around Chiang Mai

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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