It’s already in March and it’s the usually the time when we say good bye to some of the housemates. Our dearest housemate, Win is one of the people leaving the house at the end of March. He is going to start schooling in Saitama. He is from Thailand and working as a Thai food chef in Japan. He is super good at cooking and he can reverse-engineer almost any food in the world. It’s almost 100% proven as he sometimes cooks a certain dish for the first time and it somehow ends up good. He will be moving to another Oakhouse sharehouse in Saitama so we may see each other again in the future.
Win switches his work place every once in a while. I know at least 3 restaurants he worked. I’ve visited all three of them. All good. He only works in the restaurant that serves good food. Besides, he told me there will be a legendary Laos chef who used to work in a famous restaurant in Tokyo. I have no idea why he is working in a small restaurant like this but Win seems to admire him. At this point, I knew I had to visit this restaurant.
Win is the last Thai guy leaving the house which means we’re going to miss his Thai food a lot. Me and a bunch of people in Oakhouse Kichijoji 2 decided to visit his Thai restaurant in Asagaya before he leaves Tokyo. On the national holiday of 21st in March, we visited this place for dinner.
“Savaidee” is the name of the Thai restaurant located within walking distance to Asagaya station. Great location, 5 mins by walk, and all the dishes are reasonably priced.
Almost all the menu are either 580 Yen or 680 Yen.
As you can see on the top photo, it is not a big restaurant, only around 20-25 people can fit. There are not only Thai food but also a bunch of other south East Asian foods as well.
My favorite dish here is the Pupappon curry. It’s a curry with soft shell crabs. Amazingly delicious. I know I can eat this food every single day.
Win is genius in making original sauces. He just knows what to mix for the right food. We ordered some Thai spring rolls and it came with a chili sauce. My favorite sauce for the night was the “Laos sauce” which came with steamed glutenous rice. It literally made my day. It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve tasted before yet it was addictively goes well with rice.
The whole meal was about 1500 Yen each. It was shockingly inexpensive for the amount of food we ate and also the quality of food we shared. It always makes sense to share the food as we get to try many kinds of dishes at once.
I’ll definitely come back to this place and recommend my friends.
It is very sad that I don’t get to see Win anymore in this restaurant. I know it won’t be the same without him.
Photo by Batiste Perron
If you plan to stay somewhere accessible to Asagaya, make sure to visit this place. This is probably the best Thai restaurant you can find in Tokyo. Here’s where it is. Enjoy!