Begin your culinary journey with an order of spring rolls or cheese rolls, stuffed with raisin-studded rice paper and deep-fried (both $4.25). Classic dishes done well appease traditionalists, including spicy Tom Yum soup ($4.25–$5.25), pad Thai ($8.95), pad see eiw ($8.95), and five kinds of curry ($8.95–$9.95). Build a balanced meal with the entree and rice dishes including garlic and pepper lover ($8.95) with stir-fried meat tossed in black pepper sauce over cabbage. Diners can also pick from grilled selections ($10.95–$12.95), served with shrimp fried rice and steamed veggies. Cool off a spice-saturated palate with a sweet scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.50) for dessert. Expect friendly service, carefully curated curry, and a cozy ambiance at any of the eight outposts. Like the recipe for Play-Doh, Thai Cottage adheres to simple, timeless standards.
Inside Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi, chefs sauté and fry authentic Thai dishes alongside the skillfully slicing, quick-rolling hands of sushi virtuosos. Dinnertime diners can feast upon a plethora of specialty dishes, such as the pla mauk pad prik with sautéed squid, basil, and vegetables ($14.95) and the spicy Devil’s chicken, stir-fried with Asian herbs, coconut milk, and cabbage ($12.50). Pair spicy Thai cuisine with raw delectables from the sushi menu, choosing between maki rolls ($4–$6.50), hand rolls ($3.00–$5.50), and specialty rolls ($7.50–$12.50). All lunch entrees start at $6.50 and are priced according to their protein; with options such as steamed or fried tofu ($6.85), chicken ($6.95), beef ($7.50), mussels ($7.95), and sea scallops ($8.25). Peruse Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi’s fresh menu of curries, orange chicken, kung pao beef, and stri-fry to witness a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves.
Thai Topaz has been in business for nearly a decade, but the path it took to get there was much, much longer. Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa, the husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant, have picked up and moved numerous times, first from Thailand to Tennessee, then Wisconsin, then Texas. This was all in service of one desire: to support their daughter Somjira in her journey to becoming a doctor. Once Somjira was officially Dr. Namarsa, the family finally settled in San Antonio to open Thai Topaz.
Though the owners often call on generations-old recipes for their sauces and entrees, the key to the menu at Thai Topaz is change. As new dishes are discovered, less popular ones are retired. This leads to a dynamic menu that, like letting a crayon-wielding toddler loose on an art museum, strikes a pleasing balance between traditional favorites and original creations. Stand-bys such as pad thai and panang curry share space with unique dishes such as emerald salmon swimming in green curry and fresh avocado. The dessert menu is also respectably large, with treats ranging from sweet sticky rice with mango to homemade coconut ice cream.
For close to a decade, the stylists at Salon Divine have done much more than transform hair with services such as extensions and texturizing treatments—they've made a difference in their community. In September of 2011, the team paired with Driscoll Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help people donate their hair to make wigs for young cancer patients. They also recently hosted a benefit for a client with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Their care and compassion is reflected in the attentiveness they show to clients' hair, nails, and skin. They soothe tired feet with fragrant peppermint, citrus, or rose salt scrubs, and enhance the stress-reliever manicure with a hand and wrist massage, loosening joints that are stiff from rehearsing one-man sock-puppet shows. As a further tribute to client comfort, the salon boasts leather furniture and elegant, dark wood accents throughout. Bright pops of magenta from the backlit ceiling and strategically placed floral accents add a whimsical vibe that permeates the team's creative hairstyles.
The culinary couriers at Fire Wok dispatch delicious parcels of fresh, made-to-order pan-Asian provisions in a comfy, casual setting. The diverse menu takes tongues on a tasty tour through all fourteen levels of the USDA food pyramid, from the savory veggies of the Singapore rice noodles ($5.99, $6.99 with chicken or beef) to the exotic coconuts, pineapple, and raisins of the Malaysian curry ($7.29 vegetables or tofu) and the fresh-squeezed flavor of the lemon chicken ($7.29). Crush peanuts and hunger pangs with the savory pad Thai ($5.99, $6.99 with chicken or beef, $7.99 with shrimp or scallops), or set maws delectably ablaze with the Peking Fire ($7.29–$8.59).
On the surface, Thai Topaz is a classic Thai restaurant featuring bright and flavorful dishes boasting tamarind, mangoes, lime and basil leaves, ginger, and hot chilies. But there is more to the eatery than an adventurous menu. Thai Topaz is, above anything else, the testament to a loving and long marriage and the product of long-revered family traditions.
Husband-wife owners Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa combine their diverse backgrounds in engineering and biology to create a menu rooted in healthy living and innovation. By updating old family recipes taught to them in Thailand, the couple eschews the deep fryer and heavy pours of oil in favor of more nutritious cooking methods, such as using minimal oil and not cooking with ice cream. Their flavors come from their own supply of garden-grown herbs, including lemongrass, basil, mint, and kaffir lime leaves.
David Thanairongroj is the owner of the 2177 NW Military location. David and his wife are the son-in-law and the daughter of the original location's husband-wife owners Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa. The Thanairongroj are carrying on the family tradition with a new location and more modern decor.