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by Truly

Review: Anotai is one of the best vegetarian dining experiences I've ever had while traveling. I got exactly what I wanted: exquisite food made with interesting local ingredients, that I could eat without worrying about accidentally ingesting fish guts or chicken blood or whatever nastiness seems to be lurking in the food in countries where I can't speak the language. Let me first address the negatives which others have posted here. We actually went to Anotai three times (the first time was a Wednesday and it was closed - I see the HappyCow folks have noted that on the website now). Yes it is hard to find but not if you use the directions on the main listing which are quite good. Also it's easy to get a taxi from the nearby Radisson hotel to get home safely. It was well worth the (three) taxi fares. Yes, your meal will be expensive by Thai standards but still far less than I would have paid for comparable quality fare back home in New York. I thought I got a great deal. While it's true that the staff's English is quite limited, the menu is printed in English. And now for the positives! The decor is soothing, calming, and mellow. Both times we visited, there were not many diners so the staff was quite attentive. The food is the draw though - simply extraordinary. We only ordered from the Thai part of the menu as we wanted to try Thai food, not Italian. Some of my favorites included: • Tofu & Herb Salad w/ Roasted Chilli Spicy Dressing - 110 baht • Spicy Mix Vegetable Soup Tom Yum - 110 baht • Vermicelli in Spicy Soup Tom Yam - 95 baht • Thai Green Curry Soup w/ Vegetables and Tofu - 110 baht And of course you have to try the Butterfly Pea Tea mentioned in another review. It's really special. Desserts are also a major treat, although generally not vegan. They change all the time so pick what looks good, but do try to sample a home made ice cream or sorbet in awfully interesting flavors like Peach-Mint sherbet or Blood Orange Sorbet. We also really enjoyed several chocolate-based treats (two kinds of brownies, both excellent) which can be served with a scoop of home made coffee ice cream. Heaven! I would go back to Bangkok in a heartbeat just to have another dinner at Anotai. Fantastic place.


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