Prasit "Ken" Khachenrum's culinary journey spans more than 11,000 miles. In his native Thailand, the young chef began mastering the dishes of his home soil at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bangkok. Later, after landing a position with Commodore Cruise Lines, the globetrotting Khachenrum continued plying his skills while sailing beneath the Caribbean sun. Upon deciding to settle in Washington, DC, Chef Ken worked through the city's restaurant scene on his way to becoming sushi chef at Yosaku Japanese Restaurant, opening his first restaurant in Yorktown in 2002, and finally, opening Thaijindesu.
Thaijindesu—translated from the Japanese word "romanji," meaning "Thai people"—invites guests into an elegant spiral of Thai and Japanese flavors. Chef Ken places bowls of steaming noodles and curries beside fresh rolls of sushi, uniting regional nuances on a single menu rather than uniting two menus with Velcro.
Before Tida Thai existed, when Boonrit Ngamsaard?known to his restaurant's many regulars as Jack?first started cooking Thai food for other people, something was missing. His dishes weren't quite reaching the standards he'd set for himself. In response, Jack didn't just order a new spice or check out a cookbook from the library?instead, he went all the way back to Thailand. Only there, Jack reasoned, could he immerse himself in the skills he wanted to absorb.
It worked. Jack returned to the states on a long noodle zip line, fired up a pan, minced some garlic, and instantly realized that his trip to Thailand had been a good idea. He then founded Tida Thai, an elegantly decorated establishment where fresh foods delight palates. Customers describe Jack as a "warm and caring individual." And they enjoy his perfectionist streak, too, citing the chef's penchant for getting feedback and tweaking spice levels to individual specifications. It's no wonder that after much imploring from his customers, Jack opened up several more locations. Regulars now pour into these eateries every day, enthusiastically seeking Jack's skillful flavor combinations and Tida Thai's tranquil atmosphere.
For a quick curry, Norfolk's Bangkok Garden Restaurant is a great lunch or dinner spot.
It s easy to find fare you love at Bangkok Garden Restaurant, though fat levels are anything but low.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Bangkok Garden Restaurant's menu.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Bangkok Garden Restaurant.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Bangkok Garden Restaurant cater for you.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Bangkok Garden Restaurant is conveniently close to a parking lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
With its little tiki bar and plush, cushioned banquette that runs the length of one wall, the interior of Boon Thai Erawan is cozy and welcoming. Diners settle in here for made-from-scratch dishes, beginning with classic Thai-style spring rolls lined with basil and wrapped in translucent rice paper, and then later moving on to larger entrees of peppered steak in a secret Thai sauce or duck pineapple curry. Meals conclude with desserts such as fresh mango and sticky rice or homemade ice creams.
Although crisp tablecloths and wood-paneled walls lend Royal Thai Cuisine's dining room a formal air, an attentive waitstaff and old-style Thai recipes help to keep the atmosphere homey. As guests peruse the menu of fragrant curries, stir-fried chicken, and roasted fish, servers patiently answer questions about specific dishes' ingredients and spice levels, which can be made mild or fiery. For added visual flair, some entrees arrive in a hollowed-out half-pineapple or the arms of a cardboard cutout of Cary Grant.