Best Thai's kitchens sizzle with dishes from fiery menus of family recipes that vary by location, featuring aromatic curries, fresh stir-fries, and Thai specialties. Taste buds disappear into the forest of veggies infused with sweet thai basil that makes up the jungle curry with chicken ($9.95), leaving only distant cries of "Delicious!" and "Dr. Livingston, I consume." House specialties such as the soft-shell crab in panang curry ($15.95) or lemongrass-and-basil chicken ($9.95) delight noses with spicy bouquets delivered on the tips of forks and spoons. Shrimp, onion, and eggs speed down highways of flat, stir-fried noodles in the Five Star noodles ($10.95), leaving blazing trails of spice and lost broccoli luggage in their wake.
At Chilli Thai, talented chefs anoint plates with enticing and colorful Southeast Asian fare. Like a decorative tapestry knit from pasta, the elegantly plated curries, noodle dishes, and desserts combine masterful cooking with striking visual art, awakening palates and eyeballs with mouthwatering spices and vivid colors. Throughout the space, dark, varnished wood surrounds diners with an aura of elegance as fried rice, marinated meats, and sweet thai iced tea serenade taste buds with flavorful lullabies.
iZap Thai & Sushi Bar's name reflects the dual Thai and Japanese influences that inspire the chefs. Thai-style curries arrive with aromatic combinations of coconut milk, basil, and kaffir lime leaves, which ensure that each bite tastes more complex than a stew full of Rubik's cubes. To accommodate virtually any palate, the chefs can add varying amounts of spice to the entrees and create dishes that range from mild to molten hot. Although the Japanese sushi selection adopts a different approach with its clean, relatively simple flavors, the chefs do roll seven specialty maki with more assertive cores of sriracha sauce or jalapeños.
Cylindrical-pendant lamps and track lighting give the split-level dining area a slightly modern vibe, but the Thai statues and wall art echo the restaurant's commitment to its trans-Pacific influences.