There used to be a great restaurant in the warren of alleys in Machida's stomach (原町田 (I know that this hara is not the stomach hara but I like calling it Machida's stomach, so)) called Pattai. The staff were super cute, friendly, and smiley, and since I went there all the time I even started to make friends, kind of, with them, the head waiter/manager guy showing me pictures of his kids and introducing me to his wife and telling me about his family troubles.
And the food was really really good and best of all they were happy to make anything vegetarian for me. After the first few times going in, I didn't even have to ask.
One day, we went in for dinner, and the old staff had completely disappeared. The sign, the name, the location all the same, but a 100% turnaround of staff.
What happened to them? we asked the new staff.
They quit... came the nervous reply.
How fishy. And the food wasn't good anymore. When I asked if they could make it veg, they ran around, confused, and had hushed conferences. Hmph.
So I was woefully Thai-food less for a few desolate months, until I discovered this place: