Tucked away in a backstreet of Akasaka, this popular Thai restaurant re-creates the casual dining feel of a Bangkok neighbourhood restaurant. There are bold red- and blue-painted walls, bright lighting, rattan furnishings and Thai trinkets lined up at the entrance. The owner-chef is from northern Thailand and infuses dishes with plenty of fresh herbs and often a spicy kick.
Yum Takrai is a crunchy and flavourful mound of lemongrass salad, while the Pad See Ew – rice noodles with chicken and vegetables – is highly recommended, plus you get to choose the thickness of your rice noodles. Khao Soi, a spicy coconut curry noodle soup from the north of Thailand, is another favourite. Portions are generous for the price, and you can wash them down with a selection of Thai beers like Leo and Singha. Sonpon is open every day until 2am, so you can always head there for a hearty meal after a night out.