Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for it is amazing balance of sour, sweet, spicy, bitter and salty. Every dish is supposed to balance these flavours therefore you find a pinch of salt in your mango juice and even something is burning hot there might be the sweetness of peanuts or the fresh lemon to balance the spiciness. When you eat with Thai people you should not be surprised to talk about food the entire dinner, maybe just about one dish. I have witnessed hours of discussion about the perfect fish head soup from which are the right ingredients to who does it best his grandmother or this restaurant or someone at the table. There is a genuine enthusiasm in Thai culture for food and cooking that is just adorable. And Thai cuisine offers a wide range of fresh and surprising dishes that you get tired trying more. But after living a year in Thailand I got very picky and too often I am disappointed how the chef adjusted the dish to the western tongue… fair enough as he has a business he needs to keep going but sad for my palate. No, actually it´s sad for everybody, Thai cuisine is delicious and people should open up to the fireworks of spices on their tongue. So about once a week I make a Thai soup or Thai curry at home from scratch. And when I say from scratch I mean it, I´d never use a Thai curry paste from the shop. If I don´t have the time yet long for some hopefully exciting food I might go to one of these places:
Nom Nom Metro Richard-Lenoir
Little old thai lady serving fish in banana leaves, chicken curry, sticky sticks and yummy coconut balls. Expect 4-6 euro for lunch.
Doi Suthep (traiteur) Metro Richard Lenoir
Delivers the food to Doi Suthep Restaurant (No.36) down the street but here you pay less and have bigger portions. Expect 5-10 Euro including drinks.
Lao Siam Metro Belleville
Try the “crying Tiger” if you like it spicy!Tthis place has good food, nice staff and is always busy. Make an reservation if you don´t wanne queue for dinner. Good place for dates or with a bunch of friends. Approx. 20€ p.p.
Madame Shawn Metro Jacques-Borsengent
Upscale Thai if you need to pamper yourself in a nice setting. But a tasty curry without rice will cost you 12-15 Euro. Not easy on the wallet. Approx. 30 € p.p.