Thaijindesu chaperones diners on a journey through Thailand and Japan by assembling a massive menu filled with authentic, hand-rolled sushi, as well as traditional curries, noodles, and grilled fare. Discover spherical harmony in the golden dumpling, a steamed pork and shrimp dumpling accompanied by crispy garlic shavings and a light sauce ($6), or judge the battle between sweet and savory raging within Thai pineapple duck ($17). Ancient mariners and spiteful albatrosses select fresh fare, such as a spicy crunchy rainbow roll layered with delicate slices of tuna, flounder, salmon, and white tuna ($8.25), from the sushi a la carte menu. An extensive array of martinis, wines, and sake encourage diners to break bread, inhibitions, and promises to recite the alphabet backwards. Thaijindesu also features lighter fare, including soups and salads, on their well-stocked lunch menus.
Shades of crimson and golden lighting embrace patrons as they enter Simply Thai, where the aromas of curry and spiced stir-fry enchant the senses. Crispy duck bathes in piquant sauces, and seafood specials populate plates with shrimp, scallops, and mussels in rich pools of curry. Meat-eschewers can find solace in a lengthy list of vegetarian specials, curries, and noodle dishes.
While using forks to spear thin-sliced beef or twirl flat rice noodles, patrons can sit back into curvy, cushioned backboards and admire a mandala-esque bronze disk mounted onto a colorful wall. A Buddha motif interweaves the restaurant's décor, with golden Buddha heads watching over diners from a wall and a larger lounging statue dreaming of nirvana and its close cousin, Marshmallow Fluff.
Som Bao Cafe is a family business that's run by the seven grown children of Somdee and Bao Phoutasen, who lent their names to the eatery's moniker and their passion for food to the kitchen. On any given day, guests may meet siblings Bo, Fonsi, or Kelly as they drop off plates of coconut-infused curry or steaming pad thai. Kam or Pennee may appear at the register, and Monk or Susan might share the spicy details of their favorite rice or noodle dish in exchange for a winning lotto ticket.
Whether quenching a TV fix at the black lacquered bar or noshing on a veggie stir-fry at a casual table in the dining room, each patron plays a role in making this family's American dream come true, even without disturbing the sleeping genies hiding in every soy-sauce bottle.
A chalkboard sign sits on the red-brick sidewalk outside Beauregard's Thai Room, listing handwritten specials such as Thai-style red curry and grilled-chicken avocado salad. Walk past the restaurant's black wrought-iron fence and you'll find a courtyard lush with greenery that leads up into a historic building adorned with a bright-yellow canopy. When weather permits, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner in the outdoor courtyard; otherwise, it's just as nice to take a seat in the dining room, which is illuminated by chandeliers and, if the windows are open and it's a clear day, the occasional solar flare.