Whenever I go back home from college to my home town Japan, one restaurant that I crave the minute I land is Baan Thai. Baan Thai is a Thai cuisine restaurant located in Sannomiya, Kobe. It is a considerably small restaurant with THE most amazing Thai food I have ever eaten. I have visited Thailand around eight times yet still could not find food better than they make at this restaurant.
A little introduction to Thai food:
Thai cuisine centralizes around lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a lot of spice. What thai cuisine gets correct about food is that it is always balanced. They always have a balance of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spice. Thai meals consist of one dish with rice and many sauces and condiments on the side to dip into. A secret ingredient that makes Thai food over the top amazing is coconut and a common ingredient that makes Thai Food what it is, is nampla also known as fish sauce.
Now let’s get back to Ban Thai:
With only three long tables and a counter top, Baan Thai is regularly always full. You have to make a reservation two or three days in advance because it is so popular. They have the basic menu of Thai appetizers, salads, entree’s, noodles, and curries and with every entree, noodle, or curry you order you get a side of rice. Along with that you can choose the level of spiciness you want added to your dish so that everything is just the way you want it to be! What i love about this restaurant is that the flavors are so distinct and aromatic. You palette immediately fires up and you literally feel like you are in heaven. The best part about eating in Japan is the lunch sets. At Baan Thai you can get an appetizer, a main dish, a drink, and dessert all for 8$, also known as 1000 yen.
Although they opened up another restaurant right across the road called Baan Thai Suk, the original one is much better! They have a variety of appetizers, curries, noodles, and meat dishes.
Spring Rolls (fried or steamed)- filled with vegetables and a crispy skin around the outside and amazing sweet and sour dipping sauce
Asparagus Garlic- Steamed Asparagus dipped in a spicy garlic sauce
Som Tam- Lime, Chili, and Papaya sauce over Vermicelli noodles, with small nuts to add to crunch factor
Yam Woon Sen- Amazing glass noodle salad
Vegetable and Tofu Green Curry (spice level 3)- This spice level is not too overwhelming but adds heat to the curry. he main ingredients for the curry is coconut milk, green curry paste, pea aubergine, sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil leaves.
Vegetable and Tofu Panang Curry (spice level 3)- Another type of curry fried in curry sauce using only the cream of the coconut.
Pad Thai-robably the most well known Thai dish anywhere around the world. It is
Price: Everything is pretty reasonable with an appetizer dish ranging between 6-8 dollars and an entree price in between 8-10 dollars. When my family of five goes we end up spending around 80$ with around one dish per person.
Service: The employees are very friendly bowing to you the minute you enter and when you leave. They always come and refill your water and ask you how your meals are doing. The best part about Japan is that they are not looking for a tip because there is no tip system, they are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.
Quickness of Food: The food comes out very quickly and at a timely paced manner. They understand that too much food on the table is overwhelming so they space out when they give you what.
YOU HAVE TO GO and leave comments once you visit on how good the food is, because I know it will be!