Siam Pasta has been serving classic Thai dishes since 1993 with a focus on the bouquet of aromatic, fiery spices that give each dish its personality. Diners whet their appetites with nibbles of chicken satay or baby egg rolls before savoring plates of spicy, crispy duck or cashew chicken. The cooks also toss rice, glass, or egg noodles with barbecue pork, roast duck, and sauces that transform the dish into spicy crazy noodles, pad thai, or curried chicken pasta.
The chefs at Dozika fuse Asian flavors from multiple regions, including Japan, Thailand, and Korea. Spider maki roll combines soft-shell crab and masago together with avocado, cucumber, and unagi sauce, and sashimi and vegetarian rolls provide colorful additions to boards of sushi. Noodle, curry, and fried rice dishes abound for diners looking to sample something new or finally learn how to spell “umami.”
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.
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.
Bangkok Wok specializes in traditional Thai dishes such as beef sautéed with basil and fresh thai chili peppers, duck curry, and spicy papaya salad. Many dishes contain a healthy amount of spice, but chefs are more than happy to kick the heat up a notch upon request.
Noodle Bar sates starving stomachs with a menu slathered in Southeast Asian dishes as well as fusion fare derived from Latin, European, and Japanese influences. Warm up for the mouth-stuffing voyage by munching on the fried calamari, with its sichuan-peppercorn crust and spicy capers wasabi aioli dipping sauce ($8), or the cucumber, sweet-cashews, and bell-pepper salad, dressed with crispy shallots and drops of honey ginger ($6). The chef's steamed fish—a palatable unification of codfish, ginger and lemongrass oil, and miso and black bean paste ($10)—paves the way for a liquid accompaniment, such as the mango lassi—a smooth blend of mango, yogurt, and lime ($4.50)—or the asian sunrise—a fruity fusion of lychee, pineapple, banana, and yogurt ($4.50).