Rachaphruk
Ebisu: Thai
Rachaphruk (Ebisu: Thai)
Rachaphruk
Open 11:30am-3:10, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

The lunchtime buffet here offers a relatively wide assortment of down-home Thai standards, and is a great deal at just Y1200. A typical spread might include soup and two curries, several stir-fries, fried chicken and other main dishes, plus salads, fried rice, jasmine rice and rice noodles. There are also numerous teas and juices, and tapioca for dessert.

The food here is all distinctively flavored, and a change of pace from the other Thai spots in town. The Tom Yum soup and the glass-noodle salad seem to be spicier than average, while the curries are much milder, especially the rich, creamy yellow curry. The fried rice and stir-fried vegetables are also very good, and you can help yourself as much cilantro as you like.

Something about the atmosphere here feels a bit like you're in restaurant in Thailand rather than just a Thai restaurant in Tokyo. Perhaps it's the TV set showing Thai food shows, or the aggressively cluttered decor. Or maybe it's the single fried egg that they serve you as soon as you sit down - a very charming touch.

The evening menu includes Thai sukiyaki, a few Chiang Mai-style northern dishes, and some budget-friendly rice plates. Dinner with drinks averages around Y3000.


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