While scanning the pages of Nooddi Thai Chef's eclectic and lengthy menu amid the eatery's oceanic murals, eyes are forced to stop at words that stand out against the traditional "dumpling," "curry," and "satay." The kitchen staff's specialties cause these double takes on a daily basis, as they introduce eccentric proteins such as wild boar in a garlic red curry sauce or sautéed alligator in an aromatic herb sauce. In addition to their Thai classics, the cooks assemble flavors from across Asia, including those in Vietnamese pho, Japanese yakisoba, and Indonesian mee goreng.
"I really love Thai food," says Jazmine Thai co-owner Josh Morton. "I love how it reflects all the taste buds, all the sensations, from sweet to sour, to spicy to salty." He shares this passion with his partner and executive chef Somsak Kechat, who artfully prepares and plates a wide range of dishes from Thailand's vast culinary treasure trove. With a Kechat does everything from sculpt fried rice into a heart to serve the shrimp-chicken-veggie dish inside a masterfully carved pineapple. He also prepares dishes such as the Spicy Sea of Love—a blend of seafood and green peppercorns—and the Evil Jungle Princess, a red curry he sautées with shrimp, chicken, and veggies. Meanwhile, a bartender compliments these interestingly named meals with a lineup of refreshing libations that includes wine, sake, and the My Thai cocktail, a tropical blend of fruit juices, liquors, and giggle zest.
At Kawa Thai and Sushi, chefs concoct tasty, authentic Thai and Japanese specialties. Sushi-bar creations include the Shrek roll, a combo of crunchy lobster, tuna, and avocado with masago in green soy pepper. Noodles, curry, and tempura dishes also abound, helping guests conquer any number of cravings.
Erawan Thai Cuisine's dishes nourish bellies and eyes with a visually stunning blend of fresh veggies, vibrant sauces, and tender meats. Morsels of chicken pork, fish, and shrimp mingle with piquant chili and ginger, and 11 meatless entrees appease vegetarian palates with seasoned tofu and veggie blends. Thanks to the restaurant's liberal BYOB policy, guests can pair zesty papaya salads or mango-sauced duck meat with their favorite beverage, free from the oppressive limitations of corkage fees or taxes levied by King George. Customers can also work hand-in-hand with chefs to fashion catering packages for any occasion.
Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
Fusing contemporary cuisines with traditional Asian dishes, dining duos can indulge in Circle's menu of eclectic eats for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Inventive appetizers including the lightly fried cheesesteak spring rolls (a $4.95 value) kick start lunch and dinner food processors before plowing into two flavorful entrees. Immerse spoons in a sea of green pepper, basil, and kabocha pumpkin curry (an $11.95 value), or let the vegetarian thai burrito's layers of edamame puree and grilled seitan (a $12.95 value) help sate grumbling stomachs before their spiteful F-22 impressions overwhelm all conversation. Wrap up evening with a shareable dessert such as the coconut custard (a $6 value) or a thai donut (a $4 value). A full line of Coke products (a $1.50 value) wash down the fusiony feast, and thai coffee (a $2 value) and coconut juice ($2) provide accompaniment more authentically Asian than a rendition of “The Fried-Rice-Spangled Banner of Thailand.”