Sweet and spicy aromas dance around the interior of Monora Thai Cuisine accompanied by soothing music. Tables fill with noodle soups, fried-rice dishes, and numerous styles of curries, including duck curry with infusions of pineapple and coconut. House specials, such as salmon with panang sauce and BBQ spare ribs, come with two egg rolls, two wontons, soup or salad, rice, and an extra stomach to fit everything.
From panang curry to crispy pork in garlic and oyster sauce, chefs use USDA-certified meats and quality ingredients to create fresh Thai dishes with no MSG or preservatives. The kitchen combines three distinctive cooking styles—authentic, signature, and Bangkok style—to highlight Thailand’s diverse recipes. Expansive leather booths and spacious tables give customers space to stretch out and do short sprinting drills as they dig into the chefs’ creations.
When the family behind L5 Thai Restaurant & Lounge immigrated to the United States from Thailand, they brought along a deep love for their native cuisine. The menu aims to capture the region's complex and distinctive blend of flavors and spices. However, truly re-creating these flavors requires a more personal touch, and the chefs acknowledge this by making some noodles in-house and by giving nicknames to every single peanut. This commitment lends even more authenticity to the selection of familiar Thai staples, including fragrant curries, stir-fries with spicy chili sauces, and Thai-style barbecued spare ribs.
The dining room's white tablecloths appear crisp and minimalist, but the red walls, ceiling-mounted surfboard, and chrome-laden bar seating area imbue the ambiance with some casualness and whimsy. Leafy plants sit in the corner, adding a verdant splash to contrast the reds, golds, and ambers defining the majority of the space.
Thai Gourmet by Sri Maya serves up traditional Thai plates that blend fresh ingredients with a mix of meat, tofu, and seafood. Jump-start the meal with an appetizer, such as the goong in blanket, deep-fried, stuffed shrimp accompanied by sweet chili sauce ($8.95). The eatery’s servers can assist indecisive diners by making suggestions, such as the salad kagg, which blends mixed greens, fried tofu chips, and egg with Thai dressing ($7.95). Pad thai reassures palates with an old favorite ($8.95), and the noodles wang dange combines the best of the sky and sea, mixing flat noodles, chicken, squid, and bean sprouts ($9.95). In accordance with tradition, Thai Gourmet by Sri Maya uses fresh ingredients for all its dishes, including the delectable desserts. The sticky rice with Thai custard ($5) meets daily cream requirements, and homemade mixed-fruit ice cream ($4) marries wholesomeness to indulgence, like playing hooky from work to help old ladies cross the street.