Thai restaurants

Tokyo

Ikebukuro -- Pesri's Kitchen. 5954-8118
Good, very affordable Thai cuisine from the popular Tokyo-based Tinun chain; budget around Y1300 for food at dinnertime, or Y900 for lunch.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro 8F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Ikebukuro -- Mango Tree Cafe. 5954-8106
Accessible Thai cuisine buffet service from the Bangkok-based Coca chain. The lunch buffet is Y1600 and is served from 11am-3pm (last order at 2pm; 90-minute limit). At dinnertime the price is Y2100, with service from 5-10pm (120-minute limit). Between 3 and 5pm you can order a smaller Y800 lunch set or pancakes.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro Ikeresu 9F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ikebukuro -- Phrik. 3984-7273
Very authentic Thai cooking served in a modest little shop. They also run a small Thai grocery store across the street.
lateSunmapIkebukuro 2-62-6. Open 4pm-3am (LO) daily.
Ikebukuro -- Mekong. 3988-5688
A leftover from the days before Nishi-Ikebukuro went relatively upscale. Delicious curries and ambitiously tacky decor. On weekends there's a good lunch buffet.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 3-26-5. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Takadanobaba -- Tinun Taikoku Ramen. 3202-1865
Great, cheap noodles and crowds of Waseda students. Noodles are served in several different thicknesses and styles.
SunmapNishi-Waseda 2-18-25. Open 11am-1am daily.
Okubo -- Khun Mae 1. 3227-9588
The main branch of this popular Thai restaurant is simply called Khun Mae and is located a few doors down the road; the confusingly named Khun Mae 1 handles some of the overflow. (Apparently they start their numbering at zero.) Whichever number you choose, the food is reliable, fairly authentic, and reasonably priced. [Show more]
SunmapHyakunincho 1-10-11. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Okubo -- Khun Mae. 3368-1166
One of Okubo's better Thai restaurants; budget around Y3000-4000 at dinnertime.
SunmapHyakunincho 1-10-7, Omori Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 3-11pm (LO) daily.
Shinjuku -- Keawjai. 3226-9991
Top-quality "Imperial" Thai cuisine, from a newish branch of this long-established Tokyo Thai restaurant. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
no smokingSunmapShinjuku 3-21-7, Toshin Bldg 2F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Shinjuku -- Chang-pha. 5269-4376
Inexpensive Thai street-market fare, including lots of stir-fries and curries in the Y800 range.
SunmapShinjuku 3-15-17, Isetan Kaikan 4F. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed some Wednesdays.
!Shinjuku -- Krungtep. 3358-9085
This casual spot offers simple market-style Thai food with good, authentic flavors, plus an inexpensive wine list.
SunmapShinjuku 2-12-4. Open 11:30am-midnight (3am weekends). Closed Mondays.
Shinjuku -- Coca Shinjuku. 6380-6201
Thai-style "sukiyaki" (fish balls and other delicacies boiled in a broth at your table) is the specialty of this Bangkok-based chain.
SunmapShinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku 8F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Mango Tree Cafe. 6380-2535
The dining room is pleasantly decorated and the food here is very well prepared - including some excellent grilled chicken - but the dinner menu is too small and limited to get excited about. Lunch is a better bet, with a Y1600 buffet. Dinner averages around Y2500 without drinks.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1 7F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Khao San. 5909-7450
Good Bangkok street-stall food in this department-store basement, including dishes like Nam Phrik Kapi (shrimp and chili paste with vegetables), stir-fries and spicy salads. Most of the menu is available for take-out, and popular items like curries and pad thai are ready to go immediately.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Lumine 1, B1F. Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Yoyogi -- Kao Tip. 3404-6226
A fairly basic menu of Thai standards, and a list of 20 different wines starting at Y1,500 a bottle.
mapSendagaya 4-26-12. ( from Yoyogi station go past the koban and through the tunnel on the way to Sendagaya -- it's on the left) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Omotesando -- Tinun Aoyama. 5766-5811
This branch of the ubiquitous budget Thai chain has a larger-than-average menu, good food and take-out service. The decor is also a cut above the norm.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-1-25, Kitamura Bldg B1F. (on Aoyama-dori a few doors down from Andersen) Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.
Ebisu -- Mai Thai. 3280-1155
Very authentic flavors and atmosphere - it's almost like being in Bangkok, and sometimes there's even a tuk-tuk parked outside.
SunmapEbisu 1-18-16. Open 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Ebisu -- Jai Thai Palace. 5793-5100
Standard Thai fare in pleasant surroundings; there are a few California wines as well as the usual Thai beer. Desserts are above average.
SunmapEbisu 4-20-4, Yebisu Garden Place Glass Square B1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ebisu -- Mango Tree Cafe. 5475-8349
Accessible Thai cuisine at reasonable prices from the Bangkok-based Coca chain. The shop is open all afternoon, so you can drop by for a Thai snack even during teatime (between lunch and dinner).
SunmapEbisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Nishi-Azabu -- Rice Terrace. 3498-6271
A stylishly decorated restaurant in a converted two-story house. The food is spicy and authentic, with plenty of original dishes to show off the chef's talents. There's a nice selection of Australian/California wines to go with the food. Reservations recommended. No smoking 6-9pm.
mapNishi-Azabu 2-7-9. Open noon-2pm, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Akasaka -- Tinun Taikoku Ramen. 3586-3258
Inexpensive Thai noodles.
mapAkasaka 3-6-6. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Akasaka -- Hot Pepper. 3423-2248
A small, friendly shop with good inexpensive Thai food.
mapAkasaka 9-2-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
!Yurakucho -- Coca (Bic Camera). 3201-5489
Thai-style "sukiyaki" (fish balls and other delicacies boiled in a broth at your table) is one of the specialties of this Bangkok-based chain, and they also serve a nice selection of standard street-stall dishes with real Thai flavors. Open all afternoon.
SunmapYurakucho 1-11-1, Bic Camera 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Jim Thompson's Table. 5524-1610
Upscale, sophisticated Thai cuisine in a fun, brightly colored setting. Budget around Y4500 for dinner, or Y1600 for the buffet lunch.
SunmapGinza 2-2-14, Marronnier Gate 10F. Open 11am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Tinun. 3569-0365
Thai ramen and Isan-style barbecue dishes in a funky basement restaurant arcade. Budget around Y2500 for dinner with drinks.
SunmapGinza 5-1, Ginza 5, B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- Mango Tree. 5224-5489
This flagship of a Bangkok-based chain is one of the more upscale Thai restaurants in town, with a large lunchtime buffet (Y2800) and a prix-fixe evening menu (budget around Y8000). The buffet offers a few dozen different dishes and a wide variety of flavors, including a decent dessert selection. The view is also quite impressive.
decorSunmapMarunouchi 2-4-1, Marunouchi Bldg. 35F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- Siam Heritage. 5224-8050
Upscale Thai cuisine with a nice view, from the popular Tokyo-based Blue Celedon group. The lunchtime buffet is Y2200; budget around Y5000 for dinner.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg 6F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Yaesu -- Thong. 3217-3811
A reasonably priced menu of Thai standards served in a pleasant dining space. Lunch sets (until 3pm) from Y850 and prix-fixe dinners from Y2880.
SunmapMarunouchi 1-11-1, PCP Marunouchi B1F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO; 1hr earlier Sat/Sun) daily.
Nihonbashi -- Thong. 6225-2891
A branch of a popular Thai chain. Lunch is served until 4pm.
SunmapNihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ningyocho -- Wanchan. 3668-0034
Good Thai cuisine, including some interesting original dishes, prepared by a former chef for the Thai ambassador. Lunch from Y800; budget around Y2000 in the evening.
SunmapNihonbashi Ningyocho 1-19-3. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Shinanomachi -- Mae Yao. 3355-0280
An offshoot of the popular Waseda curry shop, Mae Yao's Shinanomachi branch bill themselves as a Thai diner. The rather basic menu offers a choice of just three curries, a stir-fry and a noodle soup, all better than average and prepared by native-Thai kitchen staff. Curries start at Y780.
mapShinanomachi 21, B1F. Open 11:30am-8pm (LO; Sat -7pm). Closed Sundays.
Hanzomon -- Sawadee. 5215-6185
Decent Thai cooking from the Dipmahal Indian-restaurant chain.
SunmapKojimachi 1-6-6. Open 11am-5, 5pm-midnight daily.
Jimbocho -- Maenam no hotori. 3238-9597
The dishes here are authentic and spicy, from a fairly wide menu, and the late-night hours are convenient. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
latemapKanda Jimbocho 2-1. Open 11:30-2:30, 5pm-1am (LO; Sat. to 9pm). Closed Sundays and holidays.
Jimbocho -- Muang Tai Nabe. 3239-6939
Thai sukiyaki from the owners of Menam no hotori; budget around Y3000 for dinner.
mapKanda Jimbocho 2-1. Open 11:30am-4:30, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kinshicho -- Thailand. 3626-3885
Great Thai cooking. Lunches start at Y850, dinners average Y3,000.
SunmapKinshi 3-12-10. Open noon-2, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kinshicho -- Keawjai. 3634-9991
Excellent, authentic Thai food at reasonable prices. There are a few outdoor tables for the warmer months of the year. Budget around Y2000 at dinnertime.
lateSunmapKotobashi 2-15-4. Open 10am-4:15am (LO) daily.
Asagaya -- Phrik Khii Nuu. 3336-6414
A small neighborhood joint (it would be hard to find if you didn't stumble across it) with about a dozen seats and proper Thailand-style Thai food. They serve good curries and some unusual regional dishes; they also offer cooking classes.
SunmapAsagaya-Kita 2-9-5. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Kichijoji -- Sukhothai. 0422-20-2600
Home-style cooking, plus "Thai sukiyaki." Lunch served weekends only.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-2-10. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed some Tuesdays.
Kichijoji -- Amrita Shokudo. 0422-23-1112
There are several Thai restaurants in the neighborhood, but this sprawling shop stands out for its comfortably laid-back, ethnic-cafe atmosphere. There's a menu of Thai standards along with plenty of desserts and exotic drinks, all at very reasonable prices.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-17-12. Open noon-2:30, 5-10:20pm (LO) daily.
Kichijoji -- Lan-sang. 0422-21-8412
Excellent, spicy Thai and Laotian food. Dinners Y2,500-5,000. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-32-9, Motohashi Bldg. #202. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

Yokohama/Kanagawa

Kawasaki -- Tinun. 044-874-8427
Inexpensive Thai noodles and curries from this popular budget Thai franchise.
SunmapHorikawacho 72-1, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yokohama Minato-mirai -- Keawjai. 045-682-2679
Good, fast Thai food in a food court setting.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-3-2, Queen's East B1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.