The Waterdrop Teahouse is one of the best places to get distinctive and wholesome vegetarian food that is delightful to both the eye and the palate. The address is 100/123 Rama 9 Road., Huay Kwang but it can be a bit tricky to find. It is not too terribly far from the Phra Ram 9 MRT station; however, if you are not familiar with the area, it is recommend that you call the restaurant at 02 645 0505 and have the staff give the cab driver directions in Thai. The restaurant is located on the second floor of Vongvanij Plaza, which has a holistic healing center and several health food stores in it. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday between 1000-2000 and on weekends 1100-2300. Visit the website at waterdropthailand.com.
The restaurant is clean and bright and has a relaxing spa feel with a small take away shop located inside the space where you can purchase some of their teas, dried goods, frozen vegetarian meals and food for preparing at home. They have a limited English speaking staff and the service is good. The staff was able to recommend dishes and explain what is in certain dishes and how they were prepared.
Often times vegetarian food consists of your basic vegetable curries and vegetable stir fries, but Waterdrop specializes in Thai Fusion food and meatless meat dishes. The menu boasts imitation chicken, fish, beef, pork and duck as well as noodle and rice dishes, soups, curies and a Shabu Shabu set. Another bonus is that the most expensive entrée on the menu was a mere 120Baht, which is advantageous for any diner’s budget. The Imitation Beef with Lemmon Grass and Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce (80Baht) was so good it was almost an out-of-body experience. It was hard to believe it was not beef. The flavors were bold, and the look and texture was akin to slow roasted beef….it was tender and chewy, not too oily. It was truly a pleasure to eat. The Emerald Fried rice (90Baht) was another titillating dish. The plating was creative and the rice was vivid and hearty being “chocked full” of nuts and green vegtables, while the flavor was uniquely earthy and texturally satisfying. Also recommended is the Steamed Veggie Spring Rolls with Mixed Meat Stuffing (80baht). Again, this dish was a marvel with complex flavor sensations, great textures, and evocative combinations. Everything from the complimentary soup and side sauces served to the garnishes on the dishes were fresh, high quality and cohesive. It was a joy to eat and left the impression that this was a menu planned by a vegetarian who has a real passion for food and a mission to feed all of the senses.
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with this place and it is worth taking the time to go find it. If you are looking for vegetarian food that is well thought out, and leaves you feeling as if you have just eaten hearty, rich foods then you have got to dine at Waterdrop Teahouse.