It was 1984 when Gil Lobreck left Bangkok and re-settled in Seabrook, Texas, introducing his new home to traditional Thai dishes in his restaurant, Bay Thai. Almost two decades later, Gil’s son Andrew decided to continue the family tradition by building his own restaurant—Merlion—where he peppers his dad's recipes with
occasional American influences to present a new twist on established Thai staples. In addition to making five different curries flavored with everything from lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves to nutmeg and cloves, Chef Andrew also designs inventive seafood dishes such as wild-caught salmon served with a sake-mushroom cream sauce and wasabi-spiked mashed potatoes. These more creative entrees appear alongside a familiar sounding selection of wok-seared noodle dishes, Thai fried rice, and marinated satay skewers.
The terracotta tile floor and apple-red walls of Merlion’s dining room stand out amid the black banquettes and tables draped with crisp white linens. One of the most striking elements, however, is the brick and stone bar, which complements the warm colors and earth tones used throughout the space, and serves as a protective barrier between bartenders and any big bad wolves they refuse to serve.
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.
When it comes to presentation, the chefs at Thai Seafood like to get creative. It's not unusual to find creamy scallop curries served alongside heart-shaped mounds of rice, or sweet mango sticky rice decorated with delicate petals of apples. The chefs also surround nutty cashew chicken with colorful sprinkles of herbs, and top coconut ice cream with fluffy clouds of whipped cream. The only thing that impresses as much as the comprehensive menu of Thai dishes––which includes tangy yellow, red, and green curries, noodles, and fried rice––is the elegant dining room, where white linens drape over burgundy tablecloths and wine glasses play classical music when clinked.
For a quick curry, Texas City's Basil House is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Basil House.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Basil House's tasty dishes at your next party.
The super-affordable fare at Basil House will definitely make your budget happy too — prices are almost always under $15.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Basil House since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Houston's Ginger Thai and Sushi offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Ginger Thai and Sushi's menu does not offer low-fat options.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Ginger Thai and Sushi.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Ginger Thai and Sushi, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Ginger Thai and Sushi is great for large groups.
Ginger Thai and Sushi tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Ginger Thai and Sushi provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Ginger Thai and Sushi's moderately priced fare.
You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
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!.