Calling themselves "three Thais and a white guy," Naga Thai Kitchen's quartet of founders imparts creative, contemporary influences to traditional Thai cuisine. Flowers and dramatic, modern design elements spangle the dining room, interrupting orange walls with cutouts, staggered wood panels, and hanging fringes. When they're not plucking ripe lychee martinis off the branches of the bar, patrons select dishes from a menu of curries, stir-fried noodles, and chef's selection seafood plates.
The chefs at Blue Mint Thai & Asian Cuisine take omnivores', vegetarians', and vegans' taste buds on a tour of the Far East with their menu of rice and noodle dishes. Appetizers such as fried or fresh spring rolls strike the dinner gong before servers present soups infused with lemongrass and coconut milk or salads crowned in peanut dressing. Stir-fried starches support a choice of meats or veggies, and curries bring their colorful flavor to sides of jasmine rice. Open since 2008, this casual pan-Asian BYOB eatery boasts vibrant red booths and low-top tables, as well as free WiFi.
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.
Hanging lanterns spotlight sushi chefs in warm light as they stand behind an intimate sushi bar, garnishing freshly sliced sushi rolls with swirls of colorful sauces, sprigs of carrots, and plump portions of wasabi. In the kitchen, chefs peer over pots of bubbling noodles and simmering curries, meticulously adding dashes of spices and shoots of basil to procure complex and harmonious traditional Thai flavors. For dessert, the culinary artists pair sweet sticky rice with fresh mango and coconut ice cream.
Flowers of folded cloth napkins sit atop every table in the sunlit dining room, where dishes are joined by cups of jasmine and green teas. The restaurant is a BYOB establishment, enabling guests to bring their own bottles of wine.
Using just a handful of ingredients—flat noodles, jasmine rice, meats, and veggies—the chefs at Bangkok Dee Thai Cuisine whip up an array of dishes. They prepare pad thai, thai fried rice, and several types of curry, including a green curry that gets its color from thai basil and green chilies. They also whip up a teriyaki sauce from scratch and pour it on chicken and beef.
Blu Ginger Thai Cafe stages a flavorful musical for the senses, starring an ensemble cast of traditional Thai fare composed of fresh spices and ingredients. Build the meal around the dependable Fish Cake Tower, a foundation of deep-fried fish patties reinforced with ruby-red curry, kaffir leaves, and diced green beans ($6.99). The Golden Field fried rice enriches taste buds with its Thai brown sauce ($10.99), and flat rice noodles, basil leaves, broccoli, onion, and other veggies arrange themselves in the shape of pad kee mow before rearranging themselves into an impressive food pyramid ($10.99). Seven steamy noodle soups, such as the seafare-filled Ocean udon, pair up with a choice of seven curries, including the yellow curry with its charms of potatoes, carrots, and onions in a coconut cream sauce ($10.99). A sweet conclusion of ice cream ($3.99) or a crispy banana wrap ($4.99) lets diners sit back and reflect on the meal's choices, coming to peace with the impulsive appetizer orders and hastily blended sauces of youth.