Every bite at Oishii Thai is essentially a flavor-explosion. With vivid ingredients such as of fresh cilantro or mint, ginger and garlic, chili peppers and other herbs and spices, it’s no wonder. Standard Thai favorites such as panang curry and Pad Thai can be found here, along with sushi, teriyaki specials, and plenty of vegetarian options. The casual, welcoming dining area features original artwork from the artists of Silphakorn—a famous art academy in Thailand—along with granite tabletops and sunny yellow walls.
Tasty Thai’s chefs have been keeping the citizens of Vernon Hills stuffed with Thailand’s spicy, basil-speckled food for more than 15 years. During that time, they have served countless orders of homemade egg rolls, color-coded curries, and Thailand’s beloved stir-fry dish, pad thai. To complete meals, the eatery’s entrees can be bookended with a bowl of hot-and-sour tom yum soup and a plate of Thai custard made with a blend of eggs and coconut milk.
At Lai Thai Restaurant, daintily named appetizers often turn out to be savory, fried surprises. Golden bags, for example, are really wonton skins filled with crab and cream cheese. Likewise, the angel wings are stuffed chicken wings, battered and brimming with bean thread noodles, veggies, and more ground chicken. The menu’s entrees typically bear more transparent titles: spicy catfish, fried rice, and pad thai all constitute popular specialties. Five types of curries—from panang coconut to pineapple shrimp—quell spice cravings, and the sweet almond beef mixes almonds, water chestnuts, and onions in a brown sauce, allowing for a more satisfyingly crunch than eating uncooked noodles out of impatience.
Chefs imbue Zakuro Thai Sushi Cuisine's intimate dining room with the aromas of traditional Thai noodle dishes, fried rice, and seven types of curry. For dinner, they craft specialties such as deep-fried soft-shell crab with basil sauce, served with vegetables and a choice of white, brown, or fried rice. At the sushi counter, chefs hand-roll maki including the Hollywood, layering spicy tuna and shrimp tempura inside kelp or soybean paper and topping the bundle with fried onions and seared Cajun albacore. The softly lit restaurant boasts wood floors, Asian figurines, and tall, twig-like accents that are lit from beneath, casting spindly shapes on the walls like two saplings making shadow puppets.
Karma's interior flawlessly blends ultra-modern designs with traditional Zen-like fixtures, creating a peaceful atmosphere that compliments its fusion menu of pan-Asian favorites. Begin the gastro journey eastward with shiitake-mushroom potstickers ($9) or black-salt and Szechwan-pepper calamari served with garlic-lime aioli ($8). Other stomach stretchers before the main game include the stir-fried Thai-basil noodles mixed in a spicy lime peanut sauce ($5) and the jumbo Thai vegetarian spring roll ($11), which is rolled up with carrots, napa cabbage, marinated tofu, and sweet chili sauce. Karma's entrees—such as the Asian BBQ salmon ($19), orange-peel tempura chicken ($16), and yellow mango vegetable curry ($15)—gather symphonies of savory spice alongside elegantly simple flavor profiles to accommodate a range of visiting palates.