The mixed meat platter at Krung Siam restaurant is a thing of beauty. With hefty portions of grilled chicken, grilled pork, and two different sausages (from Thailand's northern and northeastern regions), it's big enough for three or four people to share, perhaps accompanied by a spicy salad and a few side dishes. It's certainly big enough for two hungry people to make a dent in, with plenty left over for a doggy bag.
The food here is several levels up from Tokyo's typical budget Thai joints, incorporating high-quality ingredients, creative recipes, and a range that goes well beyond the usual curries and noodle dishes. And with most dishes priced at around Y1100-1300, it represents very good value for money.
Our Shrimp and Avocado Spicy Salad was livened up by very fresh-tasting lemongrass and other herbs that complemented the refreshingly tart and spicy dressing. Stir-fried Soft-shell Crab with Egg and Curry Sauce was skillfully prepared, with a deeply flavored sauce that was worth scooping up the dregs of. The scrumptious dipping sauce that came with the meat platter really brought out the flavors of the sausages and other meats, and we were happy to see it included in our doggy bag.
The menu offers a good range of regional dishes from the north, northeast (Isaan) and south of the country as well as central Thailand. Drinks include tropical cocktails, Thai beers and an inexpensive wine list. The dining room is stylish and modern but still comfortably casual. Budget around Y3000-3500 per person for dinner with drinks.
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