The chefs at Lemongrass fill two different Annapolis eateries with visions of modern Thai cuisine. To do so, they keep an array of spices at their fingertips—dried red peppers, curry powder, kaffir-lime and basil leaves, ginger, and blades of that eponymous lemongrass. Pinches and spoonfuls of such seasonings lend nuanced flavors to a long list of dishes, including pad thai, sautéed mussels, panang curry, and pepper beef. Cocktails and desserts such as sticky rice with mango top off each meal with a tasteful style that recalls Abe Lincoln's signature cake hat.
For a quick curry, Washington's Sala Thai is a great lunch or dinner spot. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Sala Thai's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Sala Thai has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Sala Thai just as much as mom and dad. The patio tables outside of Sala Thai are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
If dining out is not on the agenda, Sala Thai offers delivery and pickup, too.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
A meal at Sala Thai will typically set you back about $30.
The Washingtonian calls Ruan Thai's curries "authentically spiced"—meaning, nuanced instead of just hot. The chefs here hail from Thailand, and they complement their curries with house specialties such as stir-fried pork belly and seasonal seafood dishes, including deep-fried flounder and soft-shell crab.
After strolling past clusters of Chinese eateries and shops, it might be a bit surprising to find an authentic Thai restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. The aroma wafting out of Kanlaya Thai Cuisine’s kitchen is unmistakably one of Thai cooking—a tangy mixture of basil, chili, black bean spice, and kaffir lime leaves. The fragrance only grows stronger and more enticing upon entering the bright, clean dining room and taking a seat at one of the glossy wood tabletops. Attentive servers bustle across the hardwood floors of the elegant space, taking orders, making suggestions, and noting diners’ spice preferences. Bartenders dart about behind a tiny corner bar, doling out imported beers and garnishing fruity cocktails with umbrellas and fresh fruit.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, chefs are hard at work, folding natural ingredients into a sweeping array of aromatic traditional dishes. Using time-honored Thai cooking techniques, the chefs whip up fiery coconut curries, tangy fried rice, and noodle dishes with meat, seafood, and tofu. To craft their specialty pottery shrimp—a favorite of food critic Robert Shoffner of the Washingtonian—the chefs simmer shrimp, cellophane noodles, napa cabbage, and mushrooms in exotic spices. The chefs take great care in the presentation of their dishes, decorating meats with swirls of carrot flowers, serving rice in bowls made of pineapple halves, and dishing pad thai noodles onto plates made of Renaissance oil paintings.
For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Washington's Spices Asian Restaurant is the place to go. Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Spices Asian Restaurant offers plenty of options for you as well. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Spices Asian Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Spices Asian Restaurant just as much as mom and dad. Spices Asian Restaurant is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
The dress code is strictly casual at Spices Asian Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Catering is also available if you'd like serve Spices Asian Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those who wish to avoid traffic, Spices Asian Restaurant is also accessible via public transportation, with a close stop at Cleveland Park Metro (Red). Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Spices Asian Restaurant's Connecticut Ave NW residence.
Meals at Spices Asian Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Located within walking distance of the DuPont Circle metro station, Bangkok Thai Dining artfully balances the five fundamental flavors of Thai cuisine daily. Inside the restaurant, candlelit tables and exposed-stone walls create a heady atmosphere for dinner dates or romantically tense geological surveys. Vegetarian options are available for all main meals, which include traditional stir-fries, noodles, and curries. Afterward, desserts can cool palates with tastes of fried ice cream or thai coconut custard.