Directions: 20 metres straight down the ally at 40 Xuan Dieu Street, which is approximately 100 m north of the Sheraton corner. Close to Tracy's Bar. It is in the old Houng's Kitchen location, next to I.A.F Frame Gallery.Phone: (+84) (0)243 718 336
Cannot recommend Thai Smile enough. The food is absolutely delicious. I have spent significant time in Thailand and the food is up to par.
I have been here multiple times and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. I have tried about half the menu thus far and it has been delicious.
I have travelled in Thailand and to my taste buds, the food is authentic. I like my food a little less spicy, so I always order it so. I am sure if you like it more spicy, the kitchen can accommodate you.
If you come here, you will not be disappointed. I love Thai food and this is my go to place in Hanoi.
Went there this evening - it's down the steep alley on the site that used to be occupied by The Kitchen.
The food was delicious, no two ways about it: we had fishcakes followed by chicken laab and green chicken curry with rice and I look forward to eating my way through the menu. The prices are very reasonable and the staff charming.
It's a new venture and is well worth supporting - we were the only guests during a two-hour dinner, so get yourselves down there for some gorgeous Thai food cooked by the expert Mr Son, late of London.
Thai Smile does delivery, too.
Ok, so I've spent very little time in Thailand, but I love curry. I decided I had to try out this little gem, because, rumor has it, this is one of the best Thai joints in town. And I have a soft spot in my heart for hidden treasures, like this one promised to be.
A small, but well lit sign, directs to down a small incline from the main drag outside of the Sheraton, to the entrance. You walk in through a quaint out-door dining area, that is simple, but appears well appointed, and is probably quiet and delightful in summer. I spotted a couple of friend in-doors, and decided to join them inside.
The starter/sampler platter was just that, a sampler. Not overly generous portion size, but enough to let you try a couple bites of each item on the starter menu. The fish cakes, rumored to be good, were indeed, excellent.
The chef prepares each dish as it's ordered. There were few other patrons, so the meal was paced well, but I wondered if this place could get too slow under "normal" business demands. I had a meal of tom kha gha soup, followed by green chicken curry, stir-fried local greens, and coconut rice. The soup was very well balanced, plenty of mushroom and chicken, and lit me up when I accidentally bit into a hidden pepper! En Fuego!! I asked the waiter to tone down the green curry (from a five pepper rating to a two), and was not disappointed. It was a very nicely done green curry, and while I enjoy spicy food, I felt like a two was great. I could've done 3 or 4, but it would've compromised my enjoyment of the food.
The rice and greens were both properly done, and were the only two dishes that seemed to be above average serving size. Everything is quite adequate, however, and you inevitably leave feeling very satisfied. My only suggestion to the chef would be to add a simple desert item like mango & sticky rice, flan, or possibly banana fritters to the menu.
All considered, I'll definitely keep returning. Prices are very reasonable, at just over $600K VND for the three of us, including several drinks and a couple other dishes ordered by my friends. Did I mention the chef conferred with us a couple times to make sure everything was satisfactory? Great hospitality, excellent food, and good price point for the area.
P.S. They sent me home with a carry-out menu (free delivery within 3km radius on minimum order of 200,000 VND)
My family and friends have had dinner at Thai Smile twice since it opened 4 days ago,we have sampled over 12 separate dishes including soup, appetizers and mains, every dish was great.
Fresh ingredients with the delicious subtle Thai flavors that come from the balanced use of the herbs and spices. The coconut based and curry sauces made me want to lick the dish!
The menu has English on one side and Vietnamese on the other. The level of spicy (hot) is clearly indicated with by the number of small red chilli's next to the dish.
The Thai smile has a shady garden setting with big umbrellas and fans available. It has a modest and homely feeling.
The staff are very friendly and welcoming, we have 2 young kids and the nice waitresses entertained them by showing them the "Nemo" fish while the adults continued drinking Singha Beers. It is a new business and it seems like some of the staff are still training so please show understanding when you visit there.
The owner Mr Son is also the chef, his dedication to his new venture is obvious in the food and atmosphere of the Thai Smile.
Definitely worth a try !!
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