For the casual observer passing Tuk Tuk, it might seem as though there has been an accident. The front of a tuk tuk—the Thai term for rickshaw—juts from the front of the building above the awning, as though its wheel has just burst through the wall. But if that observer ventured inside, they would find neither debris nor an apologetic teleporter proclaiming that his calculations were off. Instead they would see diners seated beneath colorful wall art and hanging lamps whose shades resemble curving Möbius strips, or, according to one review from Gayot, snail shells. Then, once the adrenaline faded and reality set in, the investigating observer would be smacked by what was so obvious to everyone else: the aroma of mingling spices.
A compendium of noodle dishes, wok stir-fries, curries, and house specialties, the menu prioritizes the power of complementary ingredients. According to the same Gayot review, chef Aoi Rattanamanee has a particular knack for seasoning grilled dishes: "Chicken is marinated overnight in garlic, cilantro and black pepper, fostering deep flavor." The spicy basil fried rice mixes chili and thai basil within a vegetable medley, and the Crying Tiger beef derives its zest from garlic, galangal root, and soybean sauce. Those in search of proven staples can indulge in pad thai or one of three curry variants, whose ingredients have all simmered in a creamy coconut milk.
Today, the Los Angeles foodscape is saturated with the culinary styles of countries from the other side of the Pacific. But nearly 40 years ago, that was hardly the case. In 1976, Supa Kuntee and her family opened Chao Krung, one of L.A.'s very first Thai restaurants (the second ever, as far as they know). Early on, they attracted hordes of curious diners who had never sampled the Kuntees' native foods. Years later, the family still follows those traditional recipes when crafting their wide selection of noodle, rice, curry, grill-based, and wok-prepared entrees. The pad thai is quite popular, as is papaya salad and tom yum, a soup that can be made with spicy lemongrass chicken or tofu and mushrooms.
As they did with the menu, the Kuntees looked to authentic Thai traditions when designing Chao Krung. They pride themselves on recreating the elaborate decor found in many Bangkok restaurants, hinted at by the intricately carved welcome sign that greets guests in two languages. From tables set with linen napkins folded into lotus flowers, people can admire the ornate mural of the Chao Praya riverbank, or gaze through one the painted window boxes set into teak-wood walls. An illuminated sala roof, meanwhile, covers one end of the bar, protecting patrons from the intrusive gaze of any secret agent spies hiding in the rafters.
For a quick curry, Los Angeles' Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine's full bar.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine is great for large groups.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine to your next party or event.
Hand your keys to the valet driver, or pull into your own space in the neighboring lot. Street parking is also an option.
Prices at Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
For a quick curry, Los Angeles' Gala Thai is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet.
Toast your evening out at Gala Thai with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Families will feel right at home at Gala Thai with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Gala Thai has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
If space is what you're looking for, Gala Thai has plenty of room for larger parties.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Gala Thai also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
If it's more of a Netflix night, Gala Thai lets you get your food via delivery or take out.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Your bill at Gala Thai will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Nariya Thai?s menu not only packs in the flavor of traditional Thai cuisine; many entrees are also seasoned with healthy ingredients such as garlic, ginger, and kaffir lime to aid in digestion, weight loss, and warding off vampires. The menu includes red, yellow, and green curries and honors the grill with barbecue chicken and pork options. Chefs whip up aromatic dishes of pra ram by combining beef, chicken, or pork with steamed vegetables and peanut sauce. A happy-hour menu allows friends and coworkers to gather for discounted cocktails and beers and small bites of golden tofu, Thai-style buffalo wings, and spring rolls offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Nariya Thai offers patio seating and hookah, and are open to 2 a.m. with live music after 10 p.m on Tuesday through Sunday.
Los Angeles' Natalee Thai offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Natalee Thai, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Natalee Thai's extensive drink list.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Natalee Thai is a great spot for families to chow down.
With its spacious interior, Natalee Thai is a great choice for big groups and celebrations.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Natalee Thai diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
You can also have Natalee Thai cater your next event.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Natalee Thai.