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Thai restaurants in Tokyo

I thought it would be nice to start a discussion about where people who live in Tokyo can go for good Thai food - in between trips to Thailand that is.

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  1. I finally tried the lunchtime buffet at Mango Tree on the 35th floor of the Marunouchi Building. While it's not the greatest Thai food I've ever had, I'd say it might be comparable to a mid-level hotel or shopping-mall buffet in Bangkok.

    There's a good variety of different dishes - three soups, three curries, and maybe two dozen other dishes. Maybe half a dozen dessert items.

    The Y2800 price tag is a bit steep though - I think the Y2100 dinner buffet at Mango Tree Ikebukuro is definitely better value for money.

    1. Has anyone been to Rice Terrace recently? I remember them as serving a slightly more sophisticated menu than average for Tokyo, but I haven't been there for a few years.

      1. I like Som-o in Shinokubo and that place under the tracks at Yurakucho, I think its called Aroyna Tabeta. Both are pretty tasty and it is usually where my Thai friends take me for Thai food.

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        1. re: Tokyoite

          Oh I like Aroyna Tabeta - I remember going there before they raised their prices. (It used to be Y500 for every dish.)

          Haven't been to Somuo in Okubo yet, although I've been meaning to try it.

          1. re: Robb S

            Would definitely recommend Somou, look forward to your thoughts when you get a chance to try it out :)

            It's too bad Aroyna raised their prices but alas that's all of Japan recently, isn't it :(

            1. re: Tokyoite

              Ha, at Y630 per dish I can't really complain about Aroyna's prices.

              I was just looking at the "related" discussion on this board from back in 2009, and it's surprising how many places have closed since then. Just looking at my own list of places I used to like to go - Peach Fair in Nishi-Shinjuku, Coriander in Nishi-Azabu, Im Aroi in Arakicho, Sawasdee in Nakai, Gold Leaf in Jiyugaoka, Pecharet in Osaki - all gone.

              I guess Tokyo is a really tough market for "Thai-style" Thai food.

              1. re: Robb S

                I guess at Y630, there isn't much to complain about!

                Yeah, Coriander was a regular haunt for me as well.
                It's a real pity they are gone.

                Just getting the ingredients to make it yourself ends up being too expensive as well - 200 yen for a bunch of coriander!

            2. re: Robb S

              Aroyna Tabeta moved to Kanda last week: http://www.tabeta.com

              All dishes are still only Y630.

              1. re: Robb S

                That's a shame, the under-the-tracks atmosphere was kind of cool. However, Nishi-kanda isn't too far off I suppose.

          2. A new prospect for a good thai restaurant in Tokyo? At least it seems local thai people like and it has an all thai kitchen staff. The menu sounds almost too huge to manage too. Very nice!

            Keawjai: Kotobashi 1-15-4 1F, Sumida-ku, tel. 03 3634 9991

            Keawjai's Meguro branch: Meguro Kowa Bldg B1, Kami Osaki 2-14-9, Shinagawa-ku, tel. 03 5420 7727

            http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/eat/keawj...

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            1. re: Roysen

              I liked Keawjai's Meguro branch quite a bit, and it was popular with Thai Embassy staff, but it closed a few years ago. The new Shinjuku main branch seems to have replicated their rather large menu, so I have high hopes for it. (I've been a few times, but only for lunch so far.)

              1. re: Robb S

                I took a look at Kewjai on tabelog and although I managed to find some Indian restaurants I found with interesting and good looking food, the food pictured for Kewjai was certainly not up to the standard I was looking for. I will try to check out some of the other suggestions on this and the other thread.

                It was disapointing that Kewjai didn't measure up because they do have duck there.

                Edit: but I found this restaurant on tabelog and the food looks seriously good. The restaurant has a beautiful view too. They actually have a lot of what I am looking for on their menu too except Chicken satay and duck curry.
                http://www.blueceladon.com/Siam_Herit...

                The Mango Tree branch called Mango Tree Tokyo near Nijubashimae Station does however have chicken satay.

                1. re: Roysen

                  Siam Heritage looks like a good find if you're looking for something upscale. (Although I'm guessing you're more likely to find actual Thai customers at Keawjai.)

                  The Mango Tree near Nijubashimae station is the Mango Tree on the 35th floor of the Maru Building in Marunouchi, by the way.

                  1. re: Robb S

                    I see. Thanks for that information.

                  2. re: Roysen

                    I am not sure what happened to the URL link in the post above. It doesn't work. Here is the correct one:

                    http://www.blueceladon.com/Siam_Herit...

              2. I like Wanchan (ワンチャン, http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A13020...) in Ningyocho. The chef used to be the chef for the Tai Ambassador and the shop is owned and operated by someone in the family that owns Tamahide and a couple of other local restaurants.

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                1. re: edozanmai

                  Looks like a nice menu at Wanchan. Although the "karaoke time" after 10pm is a little scary!

                  1. re: edozanmai

                    Thanks for the recommendation for Wanchan - it was great! The dishes were all distinctively flavored, and there were some unusual dishes that one rarely sees in Tokyo.

                    I had some tasty Isan-style raw sausages, quite piquant and nicely spiced, and some curry-flavored sausages as well. There was a very crispy whole fish smothered in garlic with a very spicy sauce, and a good soft-shell crab stir-fry. I'm looking forward to trying some more dishes, including their curries.

                    The only drawback was that it got unpleasantly smoky at one point (the next table wasn't all that close, but it had multiple smokers). The air cleared up a bit once their food arrived though.

                    The bill was around Y7,500, covering five dishes and four drinks.

                     
                     
                     
                     
                  2. I am now working on this shortlist for the one I would like to actually try:
                    Siam Heritage Tokyo
                    Mango Tree Maronouchi
                    Jim Thompson's Table Thailand
                    Bangkok in Roppongi
                    Baankirao in Shinjuku

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                    1. re: Roysen

                      I found the service at Ban Kirao to be actively hostile; friends of mine had the same experience. Krungtep, a block away, has much food anyway IMHO.

                      I stopped going to Bangkok in Roppongi after more than one mediocre meal, but that was quite awhile ago, and other people seem to like it.

                    2. Ateppara - tThe place in the basement of the bowling alley, catty corner from the barber shop, which is across from the taxi noriba, on the west side of Ebisu Station. All you can eat lunch buffet including beer, 1000 yen. The best in Tokyo? Hardly. Worth the trip, yup.

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                      1. re: kamiosaki

                        A Teppara seems to have closed.... (I think the bowling alley is gone too?)

                      2. Has anyone been to Inakamura?

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                        1. re: Gargle

                          Ok, we went. It's very good Isan food. Not in a high end kind of way, but in the way that Sripraphai in nyc was good when it opened. Honest, homemade, correctly spiced if you ask for it (I'm burning on the inside). The fish described as Tai seems to be Tilapia, but no biggie.

                          Koiwa seems to have a lot of Chow-ish potential - we walked past several Shanghai style, Korean, and various other regional Chinese places that seemed promising.

                        2. In all honesty, the best value Thai food I have had in Tokyo has been at Tinun Shibuya, located behind Tokyu Plaza and halfway to Mark City. They only do simple yatai stuff like Gappao and Pad Thai as well as Tom Yum Ramen but the Gappao is by far the best and most authentic I have had. It is suitably dirty too and they play Thai pop music. It isn't somewhere you stay for long. Eat and go but at 790 for gappao is it a deal. I go at least once a week.

                          Ad for more serious food Mai Thai in Ebisu is also very good but you have to book and a little pricey for Thai food. I guess green Papaya is more expensive here! Very authentic taste though. I hate bland Thai food (which you often get in tourist parts in Thailand!)