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
Conveniently located just above Ningyocho station, Wanchan serves good, original Thai cuisine, prepared by a former chef for the Thai ambassador. In addition to the usual curries and other crowd pleasers, the menu offers some unusual dishes that are rarely found in Tokyo, and all the dishes we've tried have been distinctively flavored. [Show more]
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.
Asakusa -- Montee. 3841-8668
Spicy down-home Thai cuisine, including many dishes from Isan in northeastern Thailand, draws the customers at this basement hole-in-the-wall. If you're not in the mood for beer, Spanish wine runs Y1800 a bottle; budget around Y2500 for dinner and drinks.
SunmapAsakusa 1-1-12, Asakusa Chikagai B1F. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
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

Yokohama Minato-mirai -- Keawjai. 045-682-2679
Good, fast Thai food in a food court setting, from a long-running and very reliable Tokyo-based chain.
SunmapMinato-mirai 2-3-2, Queen's East B1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.