In the natural glow of large picture windows, Chinese and Thai rice and noodle dishes clatter on Chong's Cuisine tables. Curlicues of steam rise from shrimp, vegetables, and chicken, generously slathered in ginger and zesty szechuan sauce. Guests can quickly judge spiciness by spotting a tiny printed pepper beside hot menu items and an invisible picture of Harry Houdini beside mild ones..
Chef Andy Ye and his staff of cooks at Banh Thai Restaurant believe their classic dishes deserve an exquisite flavor balance as well as artistic presentation. “Thai chefs focus on creating a blend of the spicy and subtle, the sweet and sour, so that all are equally satisfying to the nose and palate,” says one post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Luckily, the seemingly endless list of traditional Thai ingredients these chefs have access to allows for ample opportunities to make that happen. Among their creations is a sauce flavored with curry spices that bestows rack of lamb with a bright yellow hue. Seafood isn’t excluded from their artful touch either, as green curry paste, basil, and string beans add pops of green to be soaked up by delicate sea bass. That blend of visual and tasty also extends to more than 30 vegetarian entrees and noodle dishes on the menu that come decorated with savory and sweet touches of eggplant, mango, and cashew.
Banana Leaf blends the flavors of Malaysia and Thailand, with notes of Indian and Chinese cooking added for good measure. The result: surprising, spicy, sometimes-tropical dishes that feature fresh fruits. From the open kitchen diners watch chefs prepare prawns with peppers, shredded mango, and mango sauce, or grilled seabass in banana leaf.
San Jose's Bangkok Taste Thai offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting. Bangkok Taste Thai is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Bangkok Taste Thai has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Families will feel right at home at Bangkok Taste Thai with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Bangkok Taste Thai, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Bangkok Taste Thai patrons come in casual attire. Or, take your grub to-go.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Expect your bill at Bangkok Taste Thai to come in at around $30 per person.
The chefs at Asian Express cast a wide net over the Pacific, ensnaring a collection of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai recipes. They pan-fry tender meats and fresh veggies to create colorful dishes, such as pad thai and fried rice, that satisfy grumbling tummies with dine-in, takeout, catered, and slingshotted portions.
For a quick curry, San Jose's Thai Elephant Express is a great lunch or dinner spot. Come prepared to feast at Thai Elephant Express — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Bring your whole brood to Thai Elephant Express, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Thai Elephant Express with their complimentary wifi. Long guest list? Not a problem at Thai Elephant Express, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive. Folks tend to dress down at Thai Elephant Express, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Thai Elephant Express offers catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Thai Elephant Express. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Thai Elephant Express since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.