After hours: Thai and Vietnamese food abound at Te Te’s
TOKYO — Here’s the thing about me and food — there are very few things I won’t eat.
Excluding any reality-show menus, I’ll try anything once. Almost always, I’ll ask for seconds.
The biggest exception to this rule is the other reason (see above) why I wouldn’t last five seconds on a TV show involving crawlers or islands. I hate coconut, in all its pale and chalky forms. Shaved, milked, dried or fresh — I can hardly stand to look at a coconut cream pie.
So imagine my surprise when, a couple of years ago, I went with a group of friends from work to Te Te’s in Nishi-Azabu, took one look at the photo on the menu, and thought, hey, that green curry looks awfully good.
I ordered it. I ate every last drop. And I’ve been going back about once a month ever since, almost always for the coconut-laced green curry. I still don’t have an explanation, except that it’s tangy and creamy and slightly spicy with shrimp, eggplant and handfuls of julienned bamboo.
I like it so much, in fact, that I never have room for the all-you-can-eat dessert bar that comes included with the 1,260 yen, or $14, lunch set.
Te Te’s is a two-story Thai and Vietnamese restaurant that serves the same six dishes for lunch each day — green curry with shrimp, pad thai, fried rice with crab and fried egg, chicken curry, pho, and pork with basil and chili and a fried egg. Usually, a seventh dish is offered as a daily special, such as another fried rice or curry. Each dish comes with soup and an Asian-style salad or sandwich slice.
The 1,260 yen also includes coffee, tea and dessert — a table full of creme brulee, black sesame pudding, panne cotta, fresh fruit, coconut cake and a bread pudding, which looks suspiciously like French toast with powdered sugar.
The first floor is more like a coffee shop, with small plates and desserts. Upstairs is for lunch and the dinner buffet, which starts at 6 p.m.
I’ve never been, though I can’t figure out why not. After all, it might be an opportunity to face my last major food fear — mangoes. If Te Te’s puts them out on the table, I’d be willing to give them a try.
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