If the sun is out and you’re wandering around this trendy part of town in search of something to keep you fueled long enough to negotiate the rest of Josefstrasse, then Chiang Mai is your port of call. The queue that snakes its way out the entrance should be enough of an indicator as to how good their food is, really.
Forget the fancy fusion joints that offer minimalist decor and funky iced 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 CHF 18. That’s CHF 18 for a box of curry so big that I often have to ration it over two lunches.
The choice isn’t very extensive, usually three 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 CHF 3 per dish but now that they’ve moved to a much larger new premise, it’s a nice option in winter. I suggest you take out and sit in the sun, though.
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.