Ok, so this is not technically a restaurant but if you want the most authentic thai food in Berlin then you cannot find anywhere better. I have been in love with the idea of Thai Park since I first heard of it; it is a park in Charlottenburg where Thai families come out into the park in Spring and Summer to share, cook and sell Thai food – how perfect for celebrating reaching the half year mark of my blog. I visited with Maija on a Saturday afternoon back in April as soon as it had restarted for the season.
Preussenpark in Wilmersdorf/Charlottenburg is the location of this unique culinary delight. The park itself is quite attractive with lots of big horse chestnut trees but the Thai stalls make it even prettier as they are decorated with colourful umbrellas. When you first arrive it can be quite overwhelming, there is so much choice and no signs to help you chose. You need to follow your eyes and your nose and see what takes your fancy. There are woks everywhere deep frying chicken wings, pork belly, banana in batter and even whole fish. There are fresh papaya salads being prepared to varying degrees of spiciness. You can chose between spring rolls, satay sticks, steamed buns curries, sticky deserts, pad thai noodles and hosts of other things that you have no idea what they may be until you ask. The whole experience is intense and exciting.
We were joined by a Thai friend Nawapat (Mynt for short) who was also visiting the park for the first time and acted as a guide for us. She helped Maija chose a papaya salad and a whole fried fish which looked like dorade perhaps. I chose some crispy pork belly, a papaya and pork salad and a steamed bun with…yet more pork! For herself Mynt chose what she called a stinky fish salad which was very true to its name and unforgivingly hot – she was delighted with it. Our other friend Don chose some pad thai and spring rolls. This feast was complimented by Brazilian cocktails made by a lovely bronze skinned middle aged Brazilian lady who freepoured us some strong caipirinhas. Everything was really good, especially my salad which hit all the taste sensations you expect from Thai food. The fish was also delicious, very fresh and a bargain at 8 euros. We all finished very happy and full and vowed to return week after week after week until we have tried it all!
Date of visit: April 25th.