The first evening I visited Lada Thai I walked up at 19:30, pulled on the door and found it not budging (pushing didn’t help much either). Disappointment set in before I saw a woman inside who came, opened the door and then ended up asking, “What can I make for you?”.
If ever there was a hole-in-the-wall, out-of-the-way place, Lada Thai takes the rice cake. It’s tiny. The register is separated from the cooking area by flimsy room dividers. But the proprietor was willing to take my order and make me a dish even after she’d called it a night, so I took a quick look at the menu and ordered a Pad Thai.
She fried up my meal quickly. I asked her if I could take a photo. She blushed, but gave in. I’m glad she did, even more so that she gave in to make me my take-out meal. I was expecting some sort of peanut sauce but it was unlike any peanut dish I’d ever had. What looked like a dollop of couscous was finely chopped peanuts. Not only was it delicious, but I couldn’t finish the whole thing. I’d stumbled upon a woman who made the authentic Thai dishes she had grown up with herself.
There is an abundance of quality Asian food in this small neighborhood. And with Lada Thai, I ended up with lunch in addition to my take-away dinner.
There are special lunch rates as well.
Lada Thai | Restaurants (Thai) | Main dish NOK 105
Strømsveien 22 A | +4799899329
12:00 – 20:00 daily