Two decades removed from the opening of their first restaurant, the native Thai owners of Thai House continue to season meats, curries, and seafood with tropical Asian spices and embellish their three locations with hand-whittled teakwood silhouettes. Half-roasted duck and grilled shrimp swim in rice and noodles before catching cool, creamy waves of thai iced tea. Curries cascade over mounds of jasmine or brown rice imported from Thailand, and flotillas of Japanese sushi and sashimi cast their anchors alongside the spicy array of Thai fare. Mesmerizing notes of Thai music pervade the dining room, scoring dinner conversations and sword duels between chopsticks.
Using recipes passed down from generation to generation, chef Maneejun Sihavong, aka “Mom,” introduces palates to traditional Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. At Deejai Thai Restaurant, her menu encapsulates a wide range of flavors that span from pork-stuffed dumplings in a light, sweet curry sauce to spicy crab and avocado salads. The kitchen team gladly modifies the spice level of each dish to meet guests’ personal preferences, whether they’d like mild bites or the intense heat of fresh chilies.
During the day, light pours in through the large windows in the dining room, where a light yellow accent wall adds to the sunny atmosphere. On the outdoor patio, diners polish off their plates while taking in fresh breezes and watching Wienermobiles in their natural habitat. Deejai’s bar keeps the good times flowing with wine, beer, sake, and specialty cocktails that pair harmoniously with meals.
Kyjo?s Japanese, Thai, and Sushi Bar builds a bridge between Asia?s diverse culinary traditions, uniting the spicy curries and noodle dishes of Thailand with the delicately arranged sushi rolls and sashimi of Japan. Chefs bustle about the kitchen, tossing ginger and bamboo strips into woks or drizzling spicy Volcano rolls with wasabi sauce and magma. Other signature sushi rolls include the deep-fried Gucci roll, loaded with spicy scallops and tied together with a belt of designer seaweed. Sips of wine, beer, and sake accompany sushi entrees, and creamy Thai tea or coffee temper the spices of curry dishes.
Though the low-lit amber tones of its dining room create a darkly romantic atmosphere, Singha II Thai Bistro has nothing to hide. In a surprisingly gutsy move, the owners opened a message board on the bistro's website and gave diners free reign to speak their minds. The resulting forum crackles with tips (the chefs keep a stockpile of habanero peppers if you like your curry spicy), recommendations (Mike is a fan of the shrimp with cilantro sauce), and a panoply of plaudits (including "best thai food in nc"). Though the authentic Thai menu features a handful of signature dishes, you probably won't go wrong with the roasted duck basil. The boneless crispy fowl flavored with garlic, chilis, and fresh basil leaves seems to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Each dish at Thai Herb Authentic Thai Cuisine incorporates dozens of fresh ingredients, creating taste profiles that are complex and painstakingly balanced. The chefs adhere to age-old techniques to create such harmonious blends, whether it's by complementing sweet basil with spicy peppers or by brightening the flavors of rich red curry with tropical mango and fresh coconut milk. It takes nearly a full day to craft each curry dish on the menu, meaning that diners should refrain from talking about sports-games outcomes until the chefs can visit their DVRs.
A peek inside Thai Corner Kitchen’s crispy spring rolls reveals an edible tapestry woven from cellophane noodles, cabbage, and mushrooms, all rolled up into thin shells and destined for sweet and sour dipping sauces. The rest of Thai Corner Kitchen’s menu features the same kind of ingenious ingredient mixing, pairing noodles, curry, and rice with Thai herbs and spices and a choice of meat, seafood, or veggies. As diners munch away, natural light streams through dining-room windows and free WiFi sweeps across the room in search of mobile devices to impregnate with its signal.