Summer Canteen is nothing if not neighborly. Not only do its gourmet Thai dishes borrow from Burmese and Vietnamese cuisines, but its long shared tables create a friendly atmosphere. The communal-like setting may be irregular for such upscale food, but it’s a welcome relief.
Hae Ha Heng is the essence of Bangkok Life Style. The restaurant decorated in a contemporary Asian inspired style, yet we serve a top quality Authentic Thai Cuisine, using the freshest and the best ingredients. We also offer wide variety of tea, coffee, and unique Thai desserts that hard to find anywhere.
In Thailand, elephants are seen as a symbol of fortune. But at Ayara Thai, a bustling Thai restaurant tucked away near LAX, the elephants stand as decorative pieces. The space is simply decorated but offers a warm ambiance, with wooden tables and celadon-upholstered chairs, plus those ubiquitous elephants peering across the main dining room. Smaller space for sitting extends to the back, and can be booked out for private parties upon request. But no matter where you sit, the star of the show at Ayara is the food. Widely known for their fresh, from-scratch ingredients and personal touches, popular dishes include drunken noodles, assorted curries, spring rolls and chicken ka-pow. Family-owned and operated, Ayara is expanding to the building next door and will be offering bar service and a larger menu to go along with the expansion. In the meantime, Ayara’s original sauces are available for purchase online.
The décor may not be overly glamorous at Rodded, but the many Thai locals who flock to this family-owned Hollywood Boulevard spot for authentic Thai-Chinese dishes add to an inviting atmosphere amidst lime green walls and shiny lacquer tables. Regulars come for the noodles – both dry and in soup – which are the restaurant’s specialty. Fragrant, steaming duck noodle soup is something of a cult favorite, though mahogany-toned duck feet and stewed duck are also savory items worth exploring. Other noodle dishes – heaped with generous amounts of seafood and pork – are popular, and solid Thai standards range from pad Thai to shrimp cakes and Tom Ka Gai, a chicken coconut soup. Other house specialties include Hainan chicken rice (served on weekends only), daikon radish cake and a deep fried banana dessert. Park in the neighborhood and be sure to bring cash, as Rodded doesn’t take credit cards.
There's treasure to be found at Jasmine Thai Cuisine, but the gold here isn't buried beneath sand or water. Instead, it lies nestled in a bed of lettuce and cilantro. The restaurant's signature crispy duck rolls hold an edible bounty of Thai flavors hidden under deep-fried shells, including roasted duck and vegetables. And those specialty appetizers are just one of the options among the dozen of items on the menu.
Inside their Winnetka kitchen, Jasmine Thai Cuisine's chefs tour Thailand through the flavors of sweet and sour pork, filet mignon with garlic green beans, and spicy eggplant sauteed with chili and basil leaves. They also devote much of the menu to seafood, steaming mussels and grilling salmon in a teriyaki marinade. A selection of sweets rounds out the extensive selection, including fried banana balls and Thai iced coffee.
BBQ pork spareribs marinated overnight with a special blend of Asian spices. A half-duck marinated, steamed, deep-fried, and served alongside honey sauce. A whole deep-fried fish coated with chili-garlic sauce. All of these dishes are made using house recipes put together by the cooks at Bamboo House, who make Thai food infused with bold flavors.
Specialties aside, the culinary team focuses on classic curry, noodle, and vegetarian dishes such as deep-fried tofu smothered in crushed peanuts and plum sauce. Of the meat- and seafood-focused options, there’s the spicy seafood, a pan-fried medley of shrimp, mussels, and imitation crab—a fancy name for mussels with pincers tied to their shells.