Aom Phanthong—the chef and owner behind the Zagat-rated Another Monkey—constantly seeks to refine familiar Thai dishes, presenting diners with contemporary interpretations of perennial classics. She doesn't shy away from the menu's cultural roots, though. The San Francisco Chronicle praised her devotion to bold flavors in 2010, claiming, "It's admirable to enjoy food prepared by a chef who cooks as if she's at home." The San Francisco Bay Guardian, on the other hand, simply called Phanthong's food "electrifying."
This eye toward tradition lends a comforting familiarity to the menu's spicy green curry and wok-fried duck with garlic chili sauce, but Chef Phanthong also presents fusion-inspired dishes, such as the tom yum shrimp nachos on a crispy flour tortilla. Bartenders adopt a similar attitude toward fusing flavors, demonstrated in a rotating selection of Thai-influenced versions of iconic cocktails such as a lemongrass gimlet and a blueberry mojito.
Neutral wood tones lend warmth to the otherwise modern and vaguely industrial decor, with its straight-backed chairs and clean lines. A collection of Thai statuettes lines the dining room's back wall, and the lounge area features tables and stools made from actual Thai drums so that diners can greet their meals with a group drumroll.