The Imm Aim Vegetarian and Bike Cafe was actually not where we intended to go. My husband found a great vegetarian restaurant online, and after drooling over the beautiful pictures, we decided it would be worth the two mile walk. Arriving at what Google said was the location, we saw no restaurant. As we stood there bewildered, a local Thai lady told us the restaurant had closed down. Hungry and disheartened, we googled “good vegetarian and vegan restaurants within walking distance” and voilà! The Imm Aim Vegetarian and Bike Cafe came up!
Walking up to the cafe I immediately loved the ambiance and feel of the place. Colorful yet simple, everything about the cafe breathes positive vibes. We chose an outdoor table on the downstairs terrace facing the street and started perusing the Thai fusion menu. There were so many great vegetarian and vegan options! Our waiter and cafe owner Phromwiharm explained the menu in perfect English, helped us order, and made excellent recommendations. We finally settled on the Panang Curry with Naan (Mushrooms, shallots, and okra) and the Kao Pad Med Ma Mijang (Fried brown rice, cashews, ginger, garlic, and mild chili sauce). An enticing drink menu inspired our adventurous side, so we ordered an ice tea of passion fruit, ginger, mint, cinnamon, and honey.
The Imm Aim Philosophy
Made fresh with seasonal vegetables and local produce, the food at The Imm Aim Vegetarian and Bike Cafe is nothing but high quality. They don’t use oil, preservatives, MSG or GMO’s in their dishes. I really appreciate restaurants who prioritize high quality produce and stand behind their services. Guaranteeing the taste of their dishes, their policy is that if you don’t like your food you don’t have to pay for it! They also do their best to accommodate those with any allergies or dietary restrictions.
The Imm Aim Adventure
As delicious smells of freshly baked pastries wafted through the terrace, I enjoyed my wait, taking in the vintage bike decor, Buddhist prayer flags, eclectic colorful cushions and fresh cut flowers. I also checked out the other two equally charming dining areas, one inside and another upstairs balcony. And speaking of colorful, this cafe draws a fun crowd! The lady next to us wore a cheerful orange floral dress that matched her sunny disposition. She happily cradled her banana blossoms and gave me a winning smile as I took her picture. Soon Phromwiharm came back with warm vegan pastries fresh out of the oven, playfully tempting us as he passed the pan under our noses. Wow did they smell good!
When our food arrived it not only tasted great but looked beautiful! There’s something to be said for aesthetically pleasing food. Pretty food just tastes better! The tea, although a creative concoction of things I would never dream of mixing together, was wildly good! My Panang Curry was unique but excellent. The rice dish was so good that my husband decided to order a cashew stir fry that was equally satisfying.
The Imm Aim Verdict
Overall our dining experience at the Imm Aim Vegetarian and Bike Cafe was yummy, fun, interesting and surprising. If you’re adventurous, looking for original vegetarian or vegan cuisine, and are in Chiang Mai, Thailand, try the Imm Aim Vegetarian and Bike Cafe!