Authentic Thai food is more difficult to come by in Tokyo than you’d think – especially if you’re looking for regional cuisine or dishes unadjusted to local, often spice-intolerant tastes. But Celadon in Hatagaya is a true jewel. It boasts a menu of over 70 dishes, including staples like pad thai and green curry but also rare delicacies such as whole fried fish with tamarind sauce. The restaurant’s name comes from the stunning jade green ceramics on which the dishes are served – all of these are handmade and individually stamped in Thailand, and add to the authentic atmosphere conjured up by the beautiful dark wood furniture and Thai ornaments.
Our top pick is the Pu Nim Pad Pong Kari, which is large chunks of wok-sautéed soft shell crab, peppers, celery and egg in a yellow curry – the perfect balance of warmth and flavour. Make sure you have enough jasmine rice to soak up all the sauce. To wash it down, try a Thai iced tea, made with strongly brewed Ceylon and crushed tamarind seeds. You can sweeten it with sugar syrup and add a splash of milk, but we prefer it straight up, to preserve all those refreshing and digestive qualities.
Thai food is made for sharing, so grab some friends and order one of the banquets. You’re unlikely to be disappointed by the variety and depth of flavours at this neighbourhood favourite.
Vort Hatagaya Bldg 1F, 1-8-3 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sat, Sun & hols 4.30pm-11.30pm / closed Mon|
|Transport:||Hatagaya Station (Keio line); Sasazuka Station (Keio line)|