Interestingly enough, Stuttgart has its fair share of Thai restaurants. G and I are big fans, both commercial and traditional, and although some restaurants serve Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese all mashed up in a single menu, we tend to go with the flow. But then we discovered Lek’s, which is a very small Thai place in Gerberstrasse (the address for this one is Gerberstrasse 5A 70178 but they also have another one here.) but with a very big menu.
Discovering Lek’s was by chance: we wanted to try a new Thai place and so we just wrote down Thai on Google Map and Lek’s popped up. It was so close from where we live, so we said ok, why not. We also tried it later on with a couple of friends and now it’s where we go when we want real, Thai food.
I’m not Thai, but I’ve been to the country and have been eating a lot of Thai both here and in Seoul, where it’s already very, very popular. Lek’s seems very traditional and authentic and the chefs are not Chinese (gasp!) But then the authenticity is not the only reason I like Lek’s; it’s because of the menu. Some places, such as Bratengrad 17 or Takeshii’s, have very limiting menus and sometimes it can get frustrating because you tend to try the same thing or you just don’t have a big selection to choose from. Enough with the duck dishes and spring rolls. Lek’s has a pretty big menu for such a tiny place (they have less then 10 tables) and I can assure you, all of the dishes we’ve tried were big, hearty and delicious. Not the fanciest place, again, it’s a very small place (at least the one in Gerberstrasse), but the food and service are great, which is a big go for us who don’t really mind the atmosphere when it comes to dining comfort food.
The Pad Thai is a favorite, of course, but they also have a wide range of curries, fish dishes, duck dishes, vegetarian dishes and other rice dishes. It takes a while to decide, but take your time.
I listed some Asian inspired restaurants around the city center, but by no means do I mean they represent only one traditional cuisine. (I didn’t include Chinese since these are just a whole other discussion.) Some may say Vietnamese, but the menus (more often than not) include other southeastern, Asian categories as well. So take a look, check the menu and pick one depending on your preference. Or just try all of them.
- Takeshii’s (A wee bit fancier. They have great cocktails but the menu isn’t huge. If you like spring rolls, theirs are pretty dang good.)
- Bratengrad 17 (you need to make a reservation. Nice menu, really nice interior and atmosphere, ok cocktails.)
- Floating Market
- Kanjana (quite pricier than the others but fancy atmosphere, great for date nights and good menu selection.)
- Thai Dat (more Vietnamese but offers Thai and Chinese too. Huge menu, not so big, and sometimes, it smells too much of fish sauce which can be downside for some people. I don’t really mind because you do get used to it but just fyi.)
Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments below please. Or just take me when you’re going…
All photos by rachelsanghee. March, 2016.