Respond to Review of Water Drop Teahouse and Restaurant
Review: I made a special trip out to Water Drop after a glowing recommendation from a friend in Bangkok and wasn't disappointed. There's quite a bit of faux meat on the menu, but plenty of pure vegetable dishes as well. The most impressive thing for me was the variety on offer. Though it's not the most expansive menu I've seen, there really are a lot of interesting dishes. I ended up buying enough takeaway to last about a day and a half because I couldn't decide. The spicy papaya salad was very nice and delicately flavoured and the tofu laab and pork curry were delicious. We also had some mushroom drumstick appetisers (called Tempo Mushroom), which were interesting. I've heard great things about the imitation beef that they do, and I really wanted to try the vegetarian sashimi, which I've never seen on a menu before. Will have to wait til next time I'm in town. You can see the full menu on their website (the photos on the site are also a pretty accurate representation of what you get). Starters are 80 baht each and mains are 90, so not the cheapest feed in Bangkok, but well worth it. A typical bill would end up around US$6-8 a head for a couple of courses plus drinks. The atmosphere is also very pleasant and the place is spotless. When I went there was only one staff member who spoke (a little) English, but the menu has English descriptions so that makes things a lot easier. It's also worth having a look at the stuff for sale in the corner (frozen 'meat', steam buns, various snacks, teas etc). Even though the restaurant actually fronts onto Rama IX road, it's a little tricky to find due to poor signage. There's a two-storey annex building between the main Vongvanij Building and Rama IX road, with a small parking area in front. Water Drop is on the upper floor of the annex. Note that the google maps link from Happy Cow shows the wrong location - suggest you do your own google map search for Vongvanij Building. Not a hands down five happy cows, but definitely better than four. Highly recommended.