If the sun is out and you’re wandering around this trendy part of town in search of something to keep you fuelled long enough to negotiate the rest of Josefstrasse, then Chiang Mai is your port of call. From the outside it appears to be a Thai food shop and, well, that’s because it is. The place isn’t exactly a restaurant and yet it offers the tastiest Thai food I’ve had in Zurich.
Forget the fancy fusion joints that offer modern decour and funky ice teas – this place will fill you up and satisfy your itch to go to Thailand (actually, it could also make you want to go even more…) for only 15 CHF. That’s 15 CHF for a box of curry so big that I often have to ration it over two lunches.
The choice isn’t very extensive, usually two curries and a soup, but I’d much rather be told to choose from 3 sublime dishes than have to navigate around a list of 50 iffy sounding dishes.
One thing you need to bear in mind is that if you eat in it’s an extra 3 CHF per dish and you’ll be sitting on a tiny stool. I suggest you take out and sit in the sun with everyone else.
Don’t forget to take cash, realizing you don’t have any once you get to the till (like I once did) will end in a wild goose chase for an ATM. The nearest one is at the main station, by the way.