Probably the most famous Thai soup, Tom Yam is a pan-Asian classic. Its sweet and sour taste with a tinge of spice is unmistakable and alluring. Tom Yam is served at nearly every Asian restaurant, each trying to outdo the other in the recipe. Kazan has a range of places for Asian food lovers, so here is a roundup of the 8 places that make the best Tom Yam in the city.
This is one of the most popular Asian restaurants in Kazan, OmNomNom makes three different variations of Tom Yam: Tom Yam King (≈$18, a huge portion with octopus and clams), Tom Yam Classic (≈$8, hot coconut milk base, mussels and shrimp) and Chicken Tom Yam Classic (≈$7, with chicken).
The trendy bar is THE place to be, and you can tell by its hours that this place is not just about lunch. Although hidden away from prying eyes, it’s always full. Tom Yam with beef or chicken (≈$5) will keep you going during the daytime, and in the later hours, you can continue savoring your favorite flavor with the soup inspired Tom-Yummi cocktail (≈$8).
This pan-Asian restaurant offers a wide selection of legit Asian food. Choose between Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese. From sushi to… the proverbial Tom Yam with shrimp and scallops (≈$9, comes at a discount on weekdays). A view of the Kremlin from the window is a great bonus.
The fastest Tom Yam you’ve ever ordered, served lightning-quick – between 1 and 3 minutes, and you can watch them make it right in front of you in the open kitchen. Chicken (≈$4) or shrimp (≈$6) Tom Yam varieties are being served along with delicious wok noodle dishes, mostly for take away.
Since it’s Van Gogh, you can expect to see his signature colours in the restaurant’s decor — blue, yellow and red. The beautifully designed panoramic restaurant also serves the classic Thai soup. Tom Yam Kung (≈$10, with seafood, eggplant, mushrooms and coconut milk) is decorated with several sauces and served with rice and lime.
This mostly Georgian restaurant offers what may seem a strange combination of dishes, Italian and Japanese among them. While it usually means that the flavors are far from authentic, it’s not the case here. The chef manages to keep up with the variety on the menu, and Tom Yam (≈$12) tastes surprisingly delicious.
This exquisite gastrobar in the Lyadsky garden in the center of Kazan offers a respite from the city bustle and thoroughly selected dishes of Russian, European and pan-Asian cuisine, including the Tom Yam (≈$9), made with seafood and chili. It’s one of the favorites among the regulars, so it is worth a try.