Chicken satay appetizers pave the way for Thai entrees such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and deep-fried salmon topped with chili paste
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Lunch and dinner menus offer classic Thai noodles, curries, and barbecue
Travel has long helped rejuvenate the mind. Proving that point, Koh Samui & The Monkey's owner's extensive journeys have served as inspiration for a menu that plays with flavors and spices, along with the ideas of traditional and modern. Mieng kum plates a pillar of traditional Thai cuisine with spinach leaves, which act as a wrap for chicken or tofu. Concerning the aromatic pumpkin curry, the San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant critic Michael Bauer praised it in his review, writing that "the pumpkin curry, crushed scallops and fried bananas are exceptional."
The artistry in each dish extends from the recipe to the presentation. Beautiful, colorful dishes first entice the eye as they're presented on crisp white tablecloths, on which candles cast the flickering shadows that keep the dying art of hand-puppet theater alive. The drink menu shakes and stirs with similar creative flair, mixing hip, top-shelf cocktails such as the pineapple-spiked Monkey in Paris.
A mélange of savory aromas fills Chula Thai Cuisine's dining room, giving diners a preview of the menu's complexly seasoned entrees. In addition to simmering curries with aromatic blends of pumpkin, coconut milk, and basil leaves, the chefs forge platefuls of Thai-style barbecue, which FosterCityPatch called "the restaurant's crown jewel." The entrees trigger taste buds for each of the four basic flavors—bitterness, saltiness, sourness, and sweetness—but the chefs can also add dollops of chili sauce to create spicier, more intense dishes that can be used to refill mace canisters.
Rated Best Thai Restaurant by the East Bay Express in 2011, Chai Thai Noodle earns its title with a vast menu of authentically prepared dishes imbued with vibrant flavors and spices. Chai Thai Noodle's masterful and lively preparations have earned the chefs enthusiastic accolades and multiple high-fives from local press; their pork leg stew in particular inspired across-the board ardor. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness credited owners and chefs Sangchai Vatanachai and Amnouy Manyvong for making "'pork leg stew' three of the most exciting words in the language of Thai food." John Birdsall of the East Bay Express mentioned that it had to rate "among the most satisfying meat dishes in all of East Oakland," and SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody cited the stewed leg, accompanied by pickled vegetables and mustard greens, as her primary motive for dining at Chai Thai Noodle.
Chao Thai Cuisine’s modest exterior belies the bevy of delicious and authentic fare produced by its speedy kitchen staff. A three-page menu displays nearly 100 dishes including beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian entrees. House favorites, such as pineapple fried rice, pad thai, and green curries, can be enjoyed upon the eatery’s cozy collection of indoor mosaic tabletops or stashed away into a sturdy take-out container or a water-sealed top hat.
The chefs at Buri Tara Thai Cuisine draw culinary inspiration from regions across Thailand when crafting dishes such as panang curry and bangkok duck. They intersperse local and sustainable veggies and meats into their courses whenever possible, melding pan-fried Thai rice noodles with bean sprouts and ground peanuts in the familiar pad thai, and salmon green curry with bamboo shoots and basil. The menu also includes vegetarian options for non-meaters or werewolves trying to change their ways.
Tossing crisp vegetables and savory meat and seafood with fiery exotic spices and subtly sweet notes, the culinary experts at Karakade craft authentic noodle, curry, and vegetarian Thai dishes. Karakade's menu teems with platters, such as grilled salmon swaddled in banana leaves ($13.95) and gai yang—barbecued chicken breast and steamed vegetables soaked in garlic-chili sauce and sprinkled with Thai seasonings ($9.95). Savor herbivore-friendly selections such as vegetarian pad thai ($7.95 for lunch, $9.95 for dinner) or crisp basil tofu mingling with garlic, basil, and bamboo shoots ($8.95). Bold purple-and-canary walls brighten Karakade's warmly lit interior, where diners slurp spicy noodles with wine brought from their own multi-level cellar or stolen from the trunk of Dionysus's Range Rover (corkage fee not included in this Groupon).
Summer Summer Thai Eatery provides feasters with an expansive menu of flavor-punching, simplistically modern Thai plates. Begin fully filling an unfilled stomach with starters such as the organic chicken satay—strips of curry-marinated organic chicken charbroiled to smoky consistency—alongside a helping of creamy peanut sauce and crisp cucumber salad ($7.50). The house specialty, the yellow curry Kang Gari Kai, introduces organic chicken to bashful potatoes and carrots, and, like a supportive canasta coach, brings out the best in them with a rich yellow coconut curry sauce ($9.50).
The lengthy menu goes on for about nine miles until the Earth's curvature obscures it from view. It's packed full of authentic offerings and contemporarily twisted cuisine. Ride the culinary fence with old- and new-school starters such as crispy tofu ($5.95) or Thai fish cakes ($7.95) before throwing sand on the table and drawing a line in it, indicating the desire to move on to bigger bites. Adherents of authenticity can feast upon classic pad thai ($9.50) and pineapple fried rice ($12.95), while contemporanians can go for the lamb red curry with pumpkin ($16.50) or tamarind-steamed salmon ($12.95). A variety of curries, vegetarian dishes (available upon request), and seafood dishes are also offered. Menu items marked with the ominously seductive chili are spicy and can be ordered on the heat scale ranging from 98.6 to Ghost Rider.
A menu with inventive twists on tofu, duck, and pork dishes, many infused with surprising fruit accents, aided Be My Guest Thai Bistro in snagging a nod from Best of Citysearch 2008. Skilled chefs ramp up pan-fried rice and noodles with mango, avocado, and fresh pineapple, and pans crackle happily beneath seafood such as salmon and shrimp. To send mouthwatering dispatches to distant bellies, the eatery’s online ordering database aids delivery service, and a slew of sake cocktails clink together to offer joyous rice blasts without the hassle of sneaking into a king's wedding.
Noodle Bar and Grill plies each patron with a heaping helping of noodles, bathed in zesty Asian sauces or steeped in curry sauce. Named for both its wide range of noodles and the fact that diners recline on pool noodles, Noodle Bar and Grill pairs bowls of thick egg noodles or thin vermicelli noodles with tender portions of chicken, duck, or filet mignon. The savvy servers can gift feasters with soups, salads, desserts, and sides inside the restaurant or deliver them to doorsteps in nearby neighborhoods.
While You’re Waiting:
Larb: a Thai salad of ground meat and herbs
Pad: Thai word meaning “stir-fried” that prefaces many of the country’s noodle dishes.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse the eclectic collection of home goods and decor at Design Plus Gallery (333 8th Street).
After: Dance to 80s rock, hip-hop, and goth at Cat Club (1190 Folsom Street).
If You Can't Make It, Try This: Sister restaurant Basil Canteen (1489 Folsom Street) serves guests in a casual atmosphere dominated by a giant communal table.
Celebrating a grand reopening with a renovated dining room, Banh Thai splits its menu into two sections?lunch specials and an all-day menu. After a glimpse through the many offerings, it starts getting easy to imagine yourself contentedly eating Thai
all day. The flavor-packed options begin with the appetizers, which comprise a lengthy selection of egg rolls, soft-shell crab, fried tofu, and stuffed chicken wings. Throughout the menu, there are plenty of vegetarian options
alongside beef, chicken, pork, and seafood dishes. The chefs also get creative with their red, green, and yellow curries, offering dishes like deep-fried catfish in a red curry
and prawns sauteed in a yellow curry with onions and potatoes. If there's still room left for dessert, dinner
can end on a sweet note with fried bananas accompanied by coconut or vanilla ice cream.
The chefs at Siam Bay Authentic Thai craft an extensive menu of Thai specialties, from fried tofu to garlic pork with steamed broccoli. Generous portions, served in classic blue-and-white china bowls can be shared with tablemates or kept to oneself by building a protective fence of chopsticks.
Since 1993, sisters Ikun, Cholada, Mimi, and Neena have been proudly sharing the flavors of their homeland with the people of the Bay Area. The sisters even hosted crown Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn of Thailand Bangkok Bay for a special dinner for the Stanford faculty and staff. Bangkok Bay Thai Cuisine’s menu is packed with authentic Thai dishes including curries, stir-fried noodles, and rice dishes, all made with fresh herbs and spices and without MSG or witchcraft. Along with lunch, dinner, and early-bird dining options, customers can enjoy fruit and vegetable carving classes for deeper glimpses into Thai culture.
Siam Orchid weaves fresh organic ingredients into upscale Thai dishes, served in a bright and airy dining room. Rolled lavender napkins and crisp white tablecloths greet patrons as they slide into a high-backed seat and begin perusing a menu of aromatic dishes. Each dish is based on traditional Thai classics, such as the pad thai with river shrimp or complex curries with stewed organic beef, slow-braised New Zealand rack of lamb, or organic sliced chicken breast. Homegrown kaffir lime leaves star in a curried dish of fried prawns, and shrimp, and a crispy taro nest cradles a medley of crispy chicken breast, vegetables, and spicy brown sauce.
The restaurant?s respect for the environment shines in their choice of eco-conscious ingredients, while their d?cor evokes the natural world with tall arrangements of branches and sprays of flowers painted on violet walls. Gold-striped curtains part over wide picture windows to allow views of the street and of petite tables that sit outside.
Absence makes the heart grow founder, as the saying goes. And for husband and wife, Peter and Laddawan (“Mae”), that couldn’t be truer. The Thailand-born duo decided that after 20 years of working 12-hour days in restaurants in America, including their own, they needed a break. But, nearly a year after selling their restaurant and retiring, Peter and Mae found themselves itching to get back into the business. So they established Chang Puak - White Elephant Restaurant in December 2006.
At White Elephant, Peter, Mae, their children, and a niece work together to serve up the same type of food Mae learned to cook in Thailand and perfected over the years. These traditional dishes range from a yellow curry with chicken to a tom yum prawn soup with a touch of chili. This soup in particular is known for its ability to clear stuffy sinuses faster than snorting pepper.
No matter what dish patrons order, the family endeavors to treat them like royalty—after all, the restaurant was named after the sacred white elephants owned by the royal family of Thailand. Like the restaurant’s guests, these elephants are fed well and are always treated with respect.
Chef Andy Ye and his staff of cooks at Banh Thai Restaurant believe their classic dishes deserve an exquisite flavor balance as well as artistic presentation. “Thai chefs focus on creating a blend of the spicy and subtle, the sweet and sour, so that all are equally satisfying to the nose and palate,” says one post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Luckily, the seemingly endless list of traditional Thai ingredients these chefs have access to allows for ample opportunities to make that happen. Among their creations is a sauce flavored with curry spices that bestows rack of lamb with a bright yellow hue. Seafood isn’t excluded from their artful touch either, as green curry paste, basil, and string beans add pops of green to be soaked up by delicate sea bass. That blend of visual and tasty also extends to more than 30 vegetarian entrees and noodle dishes on the menu that come decorated with savory and sweet touches of eggplant, mango, and cashew.