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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Smile Thailand - Great Thai Food in Asakusabashi

浅草橋駅前・本格タイ料理レストラン スマイル タイランド

Unique pots-on-cups of tea at Smile Thailand restaurant, Asakusabashi, Tokyo.
Cute pots-on-cups of lemongrass tea at Smile Thailand restaurant, Asakusabashi

Asakusabashi is on the JR Chuo-Sobu line, between Akihabara and Ryogoku stations, and has a lot of good low-cost accommodation and dining.

Last Saturday evening three of us went to Smile Thailand, right next to Asakusabashi Station on its north side.

Smile Thailand is a Thai restaurant that opened only a year or so ago, and boasts genuine Thai food, cooked by a Thai chef who has 16 years of experience preparing Thai food in the kitchens of top hotels here in Japan.

Delicious Hoi Cho Crab Jujube at Smile Thailand restaurant, Asakusabashi, Tokyo.
The Delicious Hoi Cho Crab Jujube at Smile Thailand tasted great!
The mood and decor inside Smile Thailand lives up to its name: warm and friendly. It's a cozy place - not big, not pokey, and is clean and tidy.

There were several tables occupied, which was a good sign, and we were lucky to get seated right away. We noted on way in that there were outside tables, too, with one guest seated on the small balcony enjoying the warm summer evening.

We started with a pot of lemongrass tea each, which showed up in the cutest double-decker pot-and-cup set. (Alcohol, including, of course, Thai beer, is served here too.)

The striking-looking Khao Sub Pa Rod Pineapple Rice at Smile Thailand restaurant, Asakusabashi.
Smile Thailand's Khao Sub Pa Rod Pineapple Rice tasted as good as it looks

 For dinner we then ordered the Khao Sub Pa Rod Pineapple Rice, the Gaeng Keow Wan Green Curry, the Hoi Cho Crab Jujube, and the Pad Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles. There was an English menu available, everything came with photos, and a spiciness count as well. The service was friendly and efficient.

The first of the food turned up no more than 10 minutes after ordering, which was impressive considering how busy they were. As with the tea pots and cups, the presentation was good, with more attention to detail than you would normally expect from a neighborhood restaurant. First prize for presentation went to the Khao Sub Pa Rod Pineapple Rice, which was a beautifully hollowed out and heaped pineapple garnished with coriander and a pink orchid. Even the Hoi Cho Crab Jujube came with an orchid!

Smile Thailand kitchen, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
The kitchen and bar at Smile Thailand, Asakusabashi, Taito ward, Tokyo.
More importantly, the flavors were spot on, and the only thing that prevented us from re-ordering were the good portions which had us more than satisified. As a fan of curry, I found the Gaeng Keow Wan Green Curry especially delicious. It was all good.

The bill came to just over 6,000 yen, which we thought was very reasonable indeed for three people who had eaten their fill.

A table of guests at Smile Thailand restaurant in Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Guests enjoying a meal at Smile Thailand, Asakusabashi, Taito ward, Tokyo

Smile Thailand is open between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm for lunch, then 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm for dinner every day of the week.

Major credit cards accepted.

Smile Thailand
Five-i Building 1F, 1-22-3 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0053
Tel: 03 5839 2852

See also: Excellent Chinese Restaurant in Asakusabashi

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