At Chilli Thai, talented chefs anoint plates with enticing and colorful Southeast Asian fare. Like a decorative tapestry knit from pasta, the elegantly plated curries, noodle dishes, and desserts combine masterful cooking with striking visual art, awakening palates and eyeballs with mouthwatering spices and vivid colors. Throughout the space, dark, varnished wood surrounds diners with an aura of elegance as fried rice, marinated meats, and sweet thai iced tea serenade taste buds with flavorful lullabies.
Water gurgling down glass walls and a golden dragon etched into the host's stand hint at the exotic origins of Thai Spice Cuisine's menu items. From colorful, heat-packed curries to sesame-miso salmon stacked atop a bed of fresh greens, each dish is a work of art, meant to be appreciated for its beauty before being eaten or autographed by Jeff Koons. However, the menu still makes room for less high-minded treats: the cinnamon-sugar banana spring rolls harks back to the classic banana split with drizzles of caramel sauce and a solitary cherry accompanying its dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Banana Leaf's headmaster, Steve "the Cajun Asian," treats each customer like a houseguest, so be sure to ask for him before perusing the menu or borrowing his toothbrush. Bring taste buds to blossom with an appetizer such as the shrimp blanket ($4.99), comprising jumbo shrimp wrapped in a rice sheet, then deep fried and served with homemade sweet & sour sauce. To satisfy a poultry addiction, nosh the larb chicken ($12.99), a delicious disarray of pummeled poultry, red and green onion, cilantro, mint, rice, and lettuce tossed in a homemade lime dressing and Thai fish sauce. You’ll also find dependable noodle dishes ($11.99–$12.49) and other entrees ($10.99–$12.99) prepared in a health-conscious way.
Best Thai's kitchens sizzle with dishes from fiery menus of family recipes that vary by location, featuring aromatic curries, fresh stir-fries, and Thai specialties. Taste buds disappear into the forest of veggies infused with sweet thai basil that makes up the jungle curry with chicken ($9.95), leaving only distant cries of "Delicious!" and "Dr. Livingston, I consume." House specialties such as the soft-shell crab in panang curry ($15.95) or lemongrass-and-basil chicken ($9.95) delight noses with spicy bouquets delivered on the tips of forks and spoons. Shrimp, onion, and eggs speed down highways of flat, stir-fried noodles in the Five Star noodles ($10.95), leaving blazing trails of spice and lost broccoli luggage in their wake.