Begin your culinary journey with an order of spring rolls or cheese rolls, stuffed with raisin-studded rice paper and deep-fried (both $4.25). Classic dishes done well appease traditionalists, including spicy Tom Yum soup ($4.25–$5.25), pad Thai ($8.95), pad see eiw ($8.95), and five kinds of curry ($8.95–$9.95). Build a balanced meal with the entree and rice dishes including garlic and pepper lover ($8.95) with stir-fried meat tossed in black pepper sauce over cabbage. Diners can also pick from grilled selections ($10.95–$12.95), served with shrimp fried rice and steamed veggies. Cool off a spice-saturated palate with a sweet scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.50) for dessert. Expect friendly service, carefully curated curry, and a cozy ambiance at any of the eight outposts. Like the recipe for Play-Doh, Thai Cottage adheres to simple, timeless standards.
For more than 27 years, Kru Pong and his wife, Toon, cooked Thai cuisine in three different continents. They have since settled down and unpacked their recipes at Thai Gourmet Restaurant, where they pour all of their knowledge into every dish of curried duck and stir-fried tofu. Thai food is known for its spice, and Thai Gourmet certainly delivers on that front. But the restaurant has a few less expected tricks up its sleeve, capping off meals with cool thai custard, mango ice cream, and creamy iced coffees. It makes sense that Kru Pong keeps ice on hand at all times; he probably picked up the habit at his other job as manager of Kru Pong Thai Boxing.
When ordering a dish at Bangkok Thai Cuisine, you always know what you’ll be getting into. The restaurant classifies its dishes according to four levels of spice: mild, medium, spicy, and Thai hot. The last of these is reserved for those brave diners whose dietary staples consist of jalapenos, deep-fried chilies, and dragon meat. The rest appeal to a more diverse crowd and include highlights such as sweet-and-sour tilapia and eggplant with basil. Despite the menu’s penchant for customization, there’s only one word to describe Bangkok Thai’s dining room: warm. Chairs of rich cherry wood juxtapose spotless white tablecloths, and plants bask in the glow of small red lanterns that hang from the walls.
At Sushi Rock, each dish is a colorful work of art, whether it's a multi-hued rainbow roll or a bright green caterpillar roll, complete with edible "eyes". Chefs treat each dish with the same artful attention, using only fresh veggies and seafood to ensure their sushi and sashimi tastes just as good as it looks. Diners can mix and match sashimi to alternate between thick slices of peppery tuna and smoky cuts of salmon, or order up sushi rolls stuffed with octopus, flying fish eggs, and fresh water eel, to name a few. Tataki dishes offer a change of pace with cooked options such as seared albacore and red snapper.
Lit by warm red lights, V21's four shelves of spirits shimmer alongside stacked bottles of wine and a row of gleaming taps, sending festive scraps of light down on the lounge where guests laugh, chat, and pair sips with small plates. Music fills the air as cocktail-sipping patrons recline on leather couches and sample pulled-pork empanadas or greek nachos covered in marinated lamb and feta.
Glassware and china drown in extensive happy-hour menu offerings including small plates, wine, and handcrafted cocktails made with specialty vodkas. On weekend mornings, diners can stroll or roll through the door for a hearty brunch, read a complimentary newspaper, browse the web on free WiFi, or exchange tongue twisters with pet dogs on the outside patio.
The Bangkok Chef kitchen is a treasure trove of fresh, exotic ingredients—from juicy mangos to crisp kaffir leaves to fiery chilies. Chefs fold the ingredients into a comprehensive array of traditional Thai specialties, including curries, noodle dishes, and stir-fries. Inside the bustling kitchen, you'll find them flying around stirring tender duck and pineapple into a red curry and peeking into pots of bubbling tom yum soup, ensuring each dish is spiced to perfection. Servers carry dishes out into the bright dining room, where soft lights illuminate intimate tabletops and comfy booths, and expert bartenders blend up lychee martinis and minty mojitos. The restaurant sometimes closes briefly after the lunch rush before reopening in the evening, allowing chefs time to assemble fresh ingredients for dinner or attend rehearsals for the kitchen's upcoming production of Oklahoma!.