Where: Gumpendorfer Straße 91, 1060
It’s light pine furniture, brown tiles, and imposing purple and orange colour scheme would typically repel, but as soon as the part-owner Suwan greets my short, bald friend as a lieb little buddha and our tastebuds are hit by the perfectly spiced curries, even the hum of the drinks fridge seems to be part of this place’s charisma.
The kitchen specialises in northeastern dishes, whipped up by the women that can be seen from the front window in the open kitchen who come originally from the region.
The Tom Yam Gung soup is worth the lip numbing for a starter. As for the main, choose any of the plentiful coconut curries on the menu. After tasting one of them you’ll understand why the people who come in over the evening to find no table free, resemble a baby who has had their mother’s nipple snatched from them. During the grand finale of my visit, I can’t help but smirk at them in an elitist-kind-of-way as their eyes follow my fork into my dessert of mango and coconut sticky rice and up to my mouth. Mmm, tastes just like in Thailand. Since 2009, this has been a second home for many locals of the 6th district. Considering the words of the other half of Thai Isaan’s founding duo, Walter – “This is a take-away place – you wouldn’t bring somebody here for a romantic dinner.” On this occasion, I would strongly recommend to forgo romance for curry. And by the way – if Suwan asks if you want to try the Durian, he’s most probably just trying to clear the table for the next customer. Nevertheless, run for your dear life.
Value for money:
Tom Yam Gung soup = 5.90€
‘Gaeng Gai’ Red curry = 9.90€
Mango and sticky rice dessert = 8.90€
Chang beer = 3.50€