Having opened in 2001, Pera Thai's mission was to bring authentic Thai food to the heart of the city in an original atmosphere to complement the cuisine. Nestled in among the grand hotels of the historic Pera neighborhood, blink and you might miss it with only a modest canopy above the door to announce it. Inside, the decor in the relaxed but formal dining setting is simple and clean, with touches of Thai motifs and tableware.
In 2006 the restaurant was recognized with a 'Thai Select,' Award by the Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government, becoming the only Thai restaurant in Istanbul to do so. The National Institute of Thai Food also awarded Pera Thai with ”The Pride of Thailand-Certificate of Excellence ” in 2009. As such, the menu is an extensive and authentic presentation that includes simple starters such as soups, and spiced salads, as well as sautéed dishes, Thai curries, noodles, rice dishes and specials. From the starters we would recommend the bold flavors of the Tom Yam Gung (a hot prawn soup seasoned with lime, lemongrass and chilli), or the Gai Pad Nam Prik Paow and Kreab Kung (stir fried chicken in curry paste with shrimp crackers) are also excellent.
For the main course, the Gaeng Ped Neua, Gai (red curry with chicken or beef garnished with kafir lime leaves) is a creamy concoction with tender pieces of meat and served with a bowl of jasmine rice. If you are more into noodles then the Pad Thai is a perfect choice with fresh shrimp, soy bean sprouts, lime, and spring onions. Beef lovers need look no further than the Pad Priok, (stir fried beef with bamboo) with more tender meat served in a delectable sauce. It is worth noting that when you order your dishes spicy, the chef will not go easy on you, so if it is getting a little heated, order a glass of the delicious Thai Iced Tea, (a mixture of traditional black Thai tea, condensed milk, and ice) as a cooling tonic.
There is also the pleasant surprise of an excellent wine list featuring some of Turkey's best vintages which have been specially chosen to compliment the menu dishes. Since opening, as the first Thai restaurant in Istanbul, Pera Thai has received numerous local and international awards and is repeatedly voted as best Thai restaurant in the city. As a result, itt is usually very crowded on the weekends, but less so during lunch hours.
Tom Yam Gung (Thai hot prawn soup seasoned with lime, lemongrass and chilli)
Tom Ka Gai (chicken and galangal shoots in coconut milk soup)
Gai Pad King (stir fried chicken with fresh ginger and funghi mushrooms)
Gaeng Kiew Wan Neua, Gai (beef or chicken in green curry with coconut milk)
Gaeng Ped Neua, Gai (red curry with chicken or beef garnished with kafir lime leaves)
Gai Pad Nam Prik Paow and Kreab Kung (stir fried chicken in curry paste with shrimp crackers)
Pad Thai (fried noodles Thai style)
Pad Priok (stir fried beef with bamboo)
Thai Iced Tea
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