Located on the main street of Reykjavik, Ban Thai is a fine dining restaurant serving authentic, posh Thai food. The brand has been established in Reykjavik for nearly three decades, and time has well-attested its authenticity and success.
The appearance of Ban Thai stands out among the warm-colored houses as its black walls are marked by the bright green storefront, and the upstairs windows are decorated into the shape of little houses.
The owner’s creativity then extends to the menu, where you can find many signature Thai dishes. Although it may look pretty complex at the beginning since the menu has quite a lot of items without pictures, there are several popular options such as Pad Thai and Massaman curry. The level of spiciness is labeled by the number of red chili peppers.
Ever since 2009, Ban Thai has never missed a year for being listed as Iceland’s best Thai food by local newspapers. In 2011, it was also recognized as the top ten best restaurants in Iceland. Many Hollywood stars have visited this place while in Iceland.
Being rated as the best Thai food in Reykjavik, some diners have shared their mixed feelings saying that Ban Thai didn’t have warm services. It might be a universal expectation of being warmly welcomed in a restaurant, but I’d sincerely argue that not all restaurants are the same. It doesn’t hurt to experience something different as long as the FOOD IS GOOD.
The most popular orders we have collected from our friends and coworkers at Ban That go like this:
Pad Thai, and deep fried shrimp, for the popularity and commonality;
Chicken Massaman curry, a must-try for sweet and spicy lovers, but if you can’t handle very spicy food, please go with mild spicy without sacrificing the special Thai food taste.
Panang curry, compared to the previous curry dish, this one is made of Thai coconut milk which helps balance the strong curry sensation into a milder milky savor so it tastes less spicy.
These curry dishes always go well with rice (it’s usually Jasmine rice in Thai restaurants) because the grains absorb the curry flavor, and then the most popular meat option is chicken.
For soup, Tom Kha Kai has a thicker texture than Tom Yum soup, depending on your preference.
If you are a vegetarian, Massaman tofu is a good option for its well-layered flavors and fresh vegetable ingredients.
We have no complaints about the communication nor the quality. Just don’t ask for chopsticks since this is a Thai restaurant. And I’d applaud for the staff standing up for their culture telling you this is a Thai restaurant. And that’s one of the essential spirits making Ban Thai an authentic Thai food place.