Utter hole-in-the-wall, but great spot for amazing intellectual conversation and fantastic food.
So, two of our counterparts from the Thai Embassy took a couple of my colleagues and myself to lunch the other day, and I had no idea what to expect. I had been to the restaurant they suggested, Shada Restaurant, a hole-in-the-wall place two minutes from the Embassy (could totally walk there if it wasn’t 150° and humid), but the dish I ordered the first time I was there was nothing to write home about, so I was a little concerned. We suggested a Thai restaurant we know and love, but they politely declined in favor of Shada. Then our Thai friends ended up being about ten minutes late, the norm for Arabs, but a little surprising for Asian diplomats. But, that was all I could find fault with for the rest of the two hours we leisurely enjoyed in the restaurant whose decorations and fish tank can only be described as bold (kitschy). Continue reading