Thai Orchid was a finalist for Metro Active’s readers’ choice award for Best Thai Restaurant in Silicon Valley. The menu favors seafood specialties like deep-fried soft shell crab in tempura batter. Entrees include a roasted duck with seafood platter, salmon with red curry sauce, and staples like pad thai.
The chefs at Asian Express cast a wide net over the Pacific, ensnaring a collection of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai recipes. They pan-fry tender meats and fresh veggies to create colorful dishes, such as pad thai and fried rice, that satisfy grumbling tummies with dine-in, takeout, catered, and slingshotted portions.
The Bangkok Taste is a Thai food restaurant in San Jose, near Los Gatos, that serves traditional Thai dishes. We have been in business for 18 years at the same location.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is casual and charming. Groups of four or more are usually served family style. Beer and wine is served, as well.
Hailing from the Chiang Rai region of Thailand, the Singard family has brought the rich culinary traditions of Thailand across continents to share the colorful and aromatic dishes at Lanna Thai. In the kitchen, the chefs put their extensive experience in Thai cooking to work, crafting a menu that includes crispy spring rolls lined with chicken and basil and more unusual offerings such as pumpkin-salmon curry and lamb massaman curry.
Regulars warn against judging this joint by its shopping mall-location. The surrounds (and low prices) might scream fast food, but the cuisine here is all made fresh-to-order. Enticing specials include pan-fried spice noodle dish with crab meat, and sauteed beef served alongside green papaya salad. All specials include free Thai iced tea.
This unassuming space belies the efforts of chefs who scour local markets for the freshest ingredients. Metro Active praised the spicy, crispy catfish and its “lively, chile-based sauce that’s at once spicy, sweet, and tangy.” Don’t miss the Thai roti dessert, which features coconut-milk ice cream atop lightly fried bread.