LAttitude Thai features authentic Thai cuisine under the guise of sweet curries, savory stir-fried noodles, and hearty entrees served in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The menu showcases innovative appetizers, such as chicken wings stuffed with ground pork, glass noodles, and vegetables ($8.25), as well as classic main courses, including pad thai with chicken and prawns ($8) and chicken-pumpkin yellow curry ($8.50), which turns back into chicken-stagecoach curry after midnight. Staunch hunger pains with a filling entrée, such as spicy lemongrass prawns ($10) or sweet-and-sour pork ($8) with pineapple, mixed vegetables, and a conflicting blend of dispositions.
Employing exotic spices, fresh vegetables, and sweet sauces, the culinary experts at Singapore Express craft a full menu of authentic Thai cuisine including full-flavored curry and noodle entrees. Groups of two or four jumpstart palates with one or two appetizers, choosing between lighter selections such as steamed chicken dumplings and heavier subjects including deep-fried tofu and the meaning of life. Main courses vary in consistency from the broth-based chicken-coconut soup—a blend of swimming Thai herbs clinging to straw-mushroom buoys in a sea of coconut broth—to duck red curry served with steamed white rice. Table denizens can also rev up a stolid maw by imbibing signature dishes such as the Indonesian nasi lemak—a bed of rice cooked in coconut milk and crowned with chicken wings, fried fish, and a fried egg—or a spicy mint pork leg, which can be used to hold up a wobbly table.
Waiters weave among columns, bearing an array of Thai dishes that match the bright oranges and greens that leap from the decor in Wild Thai Restaurant's dining room. Chefs stir tart lemon sauces and simmer duck in a coconut broth with red curry, tomato, bell pepper, and basil, the resulting crimson sauce complementing the swaying orchids on the tabletops. Glowing sconces bring to life the gilt accents on statues and paintings, which shimmer above plates of flat rice noodles. Sriracha sauce splashes a pepper-infused bite across meats marinated overnight. The burn is counteracted by thai iced coffee, which is traditionally allowed to steep tableside and mixed with sweet condensed milk or thrown into the face of somebody who thinks Home Alone 3 is the best Home Alone.
Stylish and spacious, boraan offers a posh setting in which to enjoy its artfully prepared Thai dishes. The menu features the traditionally succulent suspects, flanked by a redolent lineup of fried rice, stir-fry, and red, green, and yellow curries. Meanwhile, the signature seafood rad nah adorns its noodles with flavorful shrimp, mussels, scallops, calamari, crab, and chinese broccoli in a garlic-bean gravy sauce ($17.99). A BYOB policy and no corkage fee, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensure that boraan not only meets all culinary expectations but also extends them a handshake and a collectible business card.
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.