The aroma of spicy Thai curry and fresh papaya lingers in Lilly's dining area as Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes emerge from the kitchen. Panang curry swims in creamy coconut sauce and citrus flavors, and crispy boneless duck and lightly battered soft-shell crab entrees stand nearby. Patrons can opt for pickup or delivery to their homes or permanent dwellings inside airplane luggage compartments.
The extensive menu at Panna Thai showcases both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine amid a chic, intimate backdrop. Start your Southeast Asian excursion with Thai-style shrimp cakes with sweet chili sauce ($7.95), a traditional Thai appetizer that will easily charm the western palate with a few coy glances. Panna Thai boasts an enormous selection of entrees, from curries to stir-fries, all of which blend sweet, sour, bitter, and salty tastes, unleashing an uncommon flurry of flavor on unsuspecting palates and unbalanced humors. The restaurant's friendly and accommodating staff is on-hand to assist diners in choosing a dish that suits their spice tolerance. Noodle dishes are a favorite, like the basil noodle served with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp ($8.50, $10.50 for shrimp). Meat-centric meals—like the garlic short ribs ($11.95) and the beef or chicken satay dinner ($12.95)—also abound to sate the appetites of carnivores and were-falcons alike.
King & I serves up a menu stocked with classic Thai and Chinese cuisine, served in a casual setting. Start with delicacies such as boneless chicken wings stuffed with fresh ground pork and clear noodles ($7.95) and crunchy soft-shell crab deep-fried, herbed, and served with cucumber salad ($7.95) for a meal preamble as delicious as a firing squad of dumpling-loaded slingshots. Crispy duck ($13.95), beef pepper steak served with sautéed vegetables ($7.95), and spicy catfish pan-fried in chili sauce ($9.95) attend to meat-thirsty mouths with tasty aplomb. Other edible options include steaming bowls of noodles, fried rice, and curries that burst with spicy fireworks of flavor. Soothe frenzied taste buds with a cold beverage from the humble list of soft drinks, beer, and wine.
Rice and seaweed usually enclose the seafood in a sushi roll, but that's not the case with Taiga Modern Japanese & Thai's salmon mentai sauce roll. Instead, it's the salmon itself that encircles a medley of crisp asparagus, cucumber, and sprouts. Taiga's other rolls are made more traditionally and include the seaweed-encased shrimp tempura and crab mix of the lasagna roll. Those traditional approaches and flavors dominate Taiga's other Japanese and Thai dishes, from wild-caught cod steamed with lime juice to deep-fried tofu tossed in spicy garlic-basil sauce. Guests can end their feasts on a sweet note with Taiga's handmade crepe cake topped with green tea ice cream.