So after nearly two and a half years, we finally found some delicious Thai food delivery in Sao Paulo. I mean really delicious. Better than any of the Thai places we’ve been to in this city, and we’ve tried out quite a few.
But in most economies, the intersection of supply and demand dictate price. Unfortunately, that is the case here in the Thai food category, so our yummy delivery dinners are stupid expensive.
For those Thai-loving foreigners residing in Sao Paulo, especially the city-dwellers, remember those delicious and cheap Thai places on nearly every corner? The ones that would even make sure that there were boxes of noodley goodness waiting for you when you got home from work? Yeah, I miss those too.
Last night we paid R$103 for a plate of Pad Thai, plus a side of peanut sauce, and a plate of Keng Massaman, without rice (we made our own as they charge about R$15 extra for rice). Sure, that probably included a 10% service charge and I gave the delivery guy R$5. So all in it was R$108. The equivalent US$52.
Just so happens, our NYC take out menus surfaced when we moved neighborhoods, so I can make a price comparison. Ordering from one of our NYC favorites would have cost US$7.95 for the Pad Thai and a Masaman Curry was US$10.95. They probably would have charged me US$1 for the peanut sauce side and we would have given the delivery guy 20%. That’s less than US$24 all in. And the curry would have come with rice.
So if you want good food from the land of Thai, your hands will be Thai’d when it comes to cost. 🙂
I know… another post bitching about how expensive it is in SP. But if you are someone who is considering a move, and a Thai food lover, make sure you figure this into your cost-of-living (well) calculations.
If you don’t care and just want some damn good Thai food, here is the info to order:
Telethai via Restaurante Namga, www.telethai.com.br, (11) 3676-1774, (11) 7710-8424
For more about restaurants in São Paulo, check out American Exbrat in São Paulo: Advice, Stories Tips and Tricks for Surviving South America’s Largest City.