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.
For a quick curry, Washington's Sala Thai is a great lunch or dinner spot. None of the fare at Sala Thai is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Toast your evening out at Sala Thai with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Sala Thai has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Keep it casual at Sala Thai — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Sala Thai to your next party or event. Sala Thai also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prices at Sala Thai are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
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.
For a quick curry, Washington's The Old Siam is a great lunch or dinner spot. No need to miss out on The Old Siam just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and The Old Siam has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Families will feel right at home at The Old Siam with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, The Old Siam is a great summer destination. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to The Old Siam — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. Hop online in no time using The Old Siam's free wifi.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. Catering services are also available.
If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Orange) is a nearby stop. Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's 8th St SE business.
The Old Siam's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Head to Bangkok Joe's for tasty Asian-fusion cuisine and a trendy vibe. Bangkok Joe's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Bangkok Joe's has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Bangkok Joe's. Bangkok Joe's offers patio seating in the warmer months. Wifi access is totally free at Bangkok Joe's, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Bangkok Joe's has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. Jeans are just right for a meal at Bangkok Joe's, which embraces a casual vibe. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bangkok Joe's offers catering. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
A typical meal at Bangkok Joe's will set you back less than $30.