Thai Fazon Belgrade Take Out Review
Walking along a side street of Belgrade’s main boulevard, I discovered what is probably one of Belgrade’s only Thai restaurants. Its name, Thai Fazon, is a pun in Serbian. “Thai” sounds like the Serbian word for “that.” A “fazon” is something clever like a joke or pun, so the restaurant’s name means “That pun.”
I was standing outside of Thai Fazon reading the menu, when someone who worked at the restaurant opened the door and handed me a take out menu. The English translation of the menu was quite good, so I was already impressed. I became even more impressed when my family and I got several dishes for dinner from this hole-in-the-wall takeout establishment.
The Coconut Basil Chicken (360 RSD, $4.25) was swimming in a creamy, mild, coconut curry. Mixed in with the chicken were peas, diced carrots, corn, peppers and onions. My dad, who went to pick up the food, said that the cook picked fresh basil while he was watching her make the meal. The dish was so good! The rice was perfect for soaking up the coconut sauce.
The Ginger Chicken in Soy Sauce (300 RSD, $3.50) was very flavorful. It consisted of chicken, fresh ginger, peppers, several other veggies and peanuts. The ginger flavor was very present and delicious. The sauce the dish was prepared had the consistency of teriyaki sauce and not soy sauce.
The Chicken with Broccoli (320 RSD, $3.75) was a mixture of sautéed red and yellow peppers, onions and broccoli. The dish didn’t really have a sauce or particular flavor. This was the blandest dish that we ordered, but my sister enjoyed it because it contained her favorite veggies. In general, Thai Fazon’s dishes contained plenty of vegetables. Thai restaurants in the US typically skimp out on the veggies, but there were plenty here.
The Chicken Pad Thai (460 RSD, $5.50) was really good. The noodles had a great slippery texture. I couldn’t really taste the peanut flavor that’s present in American renditions of the dish, but I didn’t mind. Along with chicken and noodles, the pad thai came with peppers, onions and bean sprouts, which were grown by the cook. My dad found out that the restaurant is run by a Thai couple who doesn’t know much Serbian. I don’t know how they ended up in Belgrade, but I’m grateful that they did!
The dishes don’t come with rice, so we ordered a portion of White Jasmine Rice (130 RSD, $1.50). It was enough for three of us and then some. The rice was topped with sesame seeds, like most of Thai Fazon’s other dishes.
In addition to our entrees, we were given complimentary Red Bean Sticky Rice. I didn’t know what it was at first so I thought it was just another side of rice. I quickly realized it was sweet and ate it for dessert. It was so good! It was sticky and sweet, without being overly saccharine. The dessert was covered in sesame seeds. It had a nice texture. The beans didn’t really have a flavor, but they added a sweetness to the sticky rice.
I didn’t expect I could get good Thai food in Belgrade, but this ended up being probably the best Thai food I’ve had anywhere.
The Bottom Line:
Sredacka 5A (Vracar)
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Hours: 12-9 p.m. every day (delivery stops at 8)
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