We’ve all found ourselves pining for a Pad Thai or a Green Curry now and then, but there’s so much more to Thai food than that. In case you’re unfamiliar, traditional Thai food can often be grouped into four categories: boiled dishes (tom), spicy salads (yam), pounded foods (tam), and hearty curries (gaeng).
Guwahati’s Thai restaurant scene is phenomenally underrated. The cuisine is available across the city, in smart luxury restaurants, modest local joints and hip, buzzy spots you’d never expect. Well, here’s a list of the Thai restaurants in town we know and absolutely love. Check ‘em out!
When it comes to Chinese and Thai food, Confucius is a reliable place for many. Hanging red-lantern shaped lamps, several portraits of scholars and the Chinese philosopher Confucius, and a Green Dragon on the wall with bamboo curtains, the ambience is soothing and beautiful. We love their Bamboo Shoot and Mushroom Soup flavoured with Sesame Oil, Chicken in Lemon Grass Sauce, Fish in Thai Chilli Sauce, Pad Thai Rice, and the sticky Date Pancake.
Location: Christian Basti
Price for two: Rs 800++, without alcohol
Bright and lively ambience, with creative murals on the walls and comfy leather seating, The Woking Mama is a great spot for a lazy lunch or an intimate dinner. Try out their Larb Gai (Thai minced chicken salad with roasted rice powder and mint leaves), Thai Garlic Pepper Prawns with Bell Pepper, Mushroom and Pak Choi with Soya Chilli Sauce, and Thai Massaman Curry with Thai-style Cherry Tomato Fried Rice. End the meal on a sweet note with the heavenly Coconut Caramel Custard.
Location: Dona Planet, Christian Basti
Price for two: Rs 1300++, without alcohol
Wood panels, sophisticated seating, vibrant décor painted in red, white and green, and dim lighting, Le Mexitthatchi is a cool place to be. Their separate Thai menu has authentic and delicious delights. Think Thai Yellow Curry, Thai Khao Phat (vegetable fried rice with pineapples, peanuts, and sesame seeds), Thai Fish Cakes, Spicy Thai Tofu, and Cold Noodle Bowl. However the real deal is the Vegetable Por Pia (rice paper roll sheets stuffed with sautéed ginger and veggies, served with peanuts and coconut curry) – a must-have, we say!
Location: Paltan Bazaar
Price for two: Rs 1,000++, without alcohol
Mamagoto is a popular name across the country. Their décor is vibrant and classy, with creative graffities adorning the walls. While there, you cannot miss their Thai Crispy Vegetables, Crispy Lotus Stem, Soggy Thai Basil Fried Rice, Thai Green and Red Curry with Fried Rice. Their dessert selection is equally good – we suggest you try out the Sticky Rice with Mango and Home-made Coconut and Palm Sugar Ice Cream.
Location: City Centre Mall, Christian Basti
Price for two: Rs 1,200 ++
Vibrant wooden seating, adorned with metal blue-coloured lotus leaves and warmly lit, the fine dining space has won several awards for its authentic Pan Asian delights. Treat yourself to some Thai Grilled Mushrooms, Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf, Steamed Pork Belly, Pineapple Fried Rice with aromatic Thai Green Curry loaded with aubergine, basil, and chunks of tender chicken. The dessert selection features a long list of sweet temptations; the star however is Thapthim Krop – Thai waterchestnut rubies in coconut milk.
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Gotanagar
Price for two: Rs 2000++, without alcohol
The ambience is shiny with fancy LED lights. Sit on one those wooden benches or take a spot at the bar section, dotted with high bar stools, while the live music sets the mood right. Go for their best-sellers – Tom Yum Soup (spicy lemon soup in Thai herbs with mushroom, prawn, and coriander), Raw Papaya Salad with Peanut and Sweet Tamarind Chilli dressing, Stir-Fried Veggies with Cashew Nuts and Basil, Pad Thai Noodles, and Thai Red Curry with Jasmine Rice. For dessert, indulge in the soft and delicious Steamed Coconut Dumpling served with Honey and Butter.
Location: Christian Basti
Price for two: Rs 900++, without alcohol